Nanoemulsion Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Nanoemulsion Market is Segmented by Application (Anesthetics, Antibiotics, Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Immunosuppressants, Steroids, and Other Applications), Route of Administration (Oral, Parenteral, and Other Routes of Administration), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report offers the value (in USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Nanoemulsion Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 7.2 %

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Market Overview

The nanoemulsion market is expected to register a CAGR of nearly 7.2% during the forecast period of 2021-2026.

The COVID-19 outbreak is expected to have a positive effect on the market for nanoemulsions. Nanoemulsions are used extensively as vaccine carriers and adjuvants. In vaccine development, nanoemulsions are used as they offer various advantages like increasing the surface area of an antigen allowing for favorable antigen presentation, slow release of the antigen, and uniform dispersion, and good stability of the vaccine. In a research article appearing in the September 2020 issue of News-Medical.Net, researchers stated that a potential COVID-19 vaccine can include a cationic nanoemulsion-based system. These nanoemulsion systems can produce immune responses that are similar to live attenuated vaccines but do not run the risk of reversion. These developments are likely to affect the market in a positive manner.

The studied market growth can largely be attributed to factors such as the increasing burden of chronic diseases and development of vaccines, rising adoption of targeted therapeutics and image-guided therapies, and the high stability and chemical properties for efficient drug delivery.

Vaccines play a significant role in the treatment of several chronic and infectious diseases, which gained more prevalence in recent decades. An increasing number of biopharmaceutical companies are using nanoemulsion formulations in the development of vaccines. In June 2019, BlueWillow Biologics Inc., a nanotechnology-based vaccine manufacturer, announced that it had received a US patent for an intranasal NanoVax anthrax vaccine. The NanoVax nanoemulsion platform could elicit both a systemic and mucosal response when administered intranasally. This was in contrast with other conventional vaccines are injected (intramuscular) and fail to provide mucosal immunity. The NanoVax platform has also been used to develop vaccines against two strains of genital herpes viruses, HSV1 and HSV2.

The last decade showed several promises, with successful results of nanoemulsion being used as adjuvants for vaccines to treat chronic infections and cancer diseases through targeted therapies. Increasing research projects through institutes, in collaboration with various government funds and companies, are being witnessed, which primarily deal with the improvement of the oral delivery of drugs for the management of chronic diseases. Nanoemulsion provides enhanced transdermal permeation of drugs, which increases the plasma concentration profiles and bioavailability of the drug. In the case of cancer indications, the nanoemulsion and nanoparticle form offers a higher potential of killing the cancer cells, as well as better treatment of cancer, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia, among others. With the constant demand for new and improved vaccines, nanoemulsion applications are expected to increase globally and drive the market.

Scope of the Report

With its unique properties, such as small droplet size, nanoemulsion makes an attractive option for application in the pharmaceutical industry. It significantly improves the bioavailability of hydrophobic drugs, where its market is primarily driven by its stability and chemical properties, increasing the adoption of targeted therapies and minimally invasive procedures.

The nanoemulsion market is segmented by application into anesthetics, antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), immunosuppressants, steroids, and other applications. By route of administration, the market is segmented into oral, parenteral, and other routes of administration. By geography, the market is classified into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world.

By Application
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Other Applications
By Route of Administration
Other Routes of Administration
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

The Antibiotics Segment is Expected to Register a Healthy CAGR Over the Forecast Period

Nanoemulsion formulations are becoming clinically useful as they can provide a substantial advantage over the conventional formulation of antibiotics. This is because the antibacterial activity of antibiotics can be enhanced significantly by dispensing them in a nanoparticle form. Nanoemulsions are used extensively in antibiotic drug deliveries and they have varied purposes. They can act as effective carriers for the bioactivation of antibiotics, helping their administration through various routes such as transdermal, topical, and oral delivery. There is a rising interest in the application of nanoemulsion in antimicrobial properties and effective anti-biofilm agents. This is expected to positively affect the market development during the forecast period.

Rising antibiotic resistance has received increased attention from researchers and companies across the world. However, the rate of new antibiotics released in the market for therapeutic treatment against emerging “superbugs” has been low. A large number of research articles have been published in the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, 2017 that study nanoemulsions and their antibacterial properties, such as stability and antibacterial properties of erythromycin oil-in-water nanoemulsion against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Staphylococcus Aureus, and Streptococcus Pneumonia. With increasing applications in a wide range of antibiotics for treating various diseases and the emergence of better treatment possibilities, the companies that invest in the antibiotics segment are steady. Thus, the success rate and adoption may further determine the growth of this market over the forecast period.

There are various modes for the administration of nanoemulsion-based medicines. Oral and parenteral modes are quite popular, although other methods (for example, through eye droplets) are also popular. Companies operating in the market collaborate for novel product development. For example, in May 2018, Ascendia Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company, announced a collaboration with KC Pharmaceuticals for the development of over-the-counter (OTC) sterile ophthalmic drop medicines. Initiatives such as these are likely to boost the market growth and development.

Nanoemulsion Market Latest Trends

North America is Expected to Dominate the Market Over the Forecast Period

North America is expected to dominate the overall market during the forecast period due to the presence of key players, the high prevalence of chronic diseases in the region, and established healthcare infrastructure. Furthermore, beneficial government initiatives and an increase in the legalization of cannabis-based products are some of the factors expected to drive market growth. In this region, Canada is fast becoming a prominent player. The Canadian cannabis industry is one of the largest in the world. Nanoemulsions are being used by pharmaceutical drug manufacturers operating in this field. In June 2020, Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. launched a new nanoemulsion-based Fast Action Spray product line involving cannabis infused with nanoemulsion. The innovative formulation offers unique advantages over existing formats of cannabis consumption in terms of convenience and predictability of consumption.

In February 2020, Pressure BioSciences Inc., a company based in Massachusetts, United States, announced the opening of its Ultra Shear Technology Demonstration Laboratory that can process CBD oil into high-quality, water-soluble nanoemulsions. The UST Demo Lab is located in the company's South Easton facility in Massachusetts. The UST Demo Lab will study ways to make hemp-derived cannabinoid oil effectively soluble in water and to optimize absorption and bioavailability when consumed or applied.

Innovative product developments by major companies in this region are expected to have a positive effect on the nanoemulsion market.

Nanoemulsion Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

The nanoemulsion market is moderately competitive and consists of a few major players and several small players. In terms of market share, the major players, namely, Ascendia Pharmaceuticals, Covaris Inc., Microfluidics (IDEX Corporation), Taiwan Liposome Company Ltd, and Allergan PLC, currently dominate the market.

Recent Developments

In December 2020, Pressure BioSciences Inc. announced that its Pressure Cycling Technology platform was selected by major global research teams for its critical sample preparation steps for COVID-19 research.

In June 2020, Ascendia Pharmaceuticals announced that it was using its EmulSol technology for making a pipeline product called ASD-004, which is a clear emulsion cyclosporin eyedrop for dry eyes.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 High Stability and Chemical Properties for Efficient Drug Delivery

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Burden of Chronic Diseases and Development of Vaccines

      3. 4.2.3 Rising Adoption of Targeted Therapeutics and Image-guided Therapies

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Manufacturing Expenses and Technical Difficulties

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Application

      1. 5.1.1 Anesthetics

      2. 5.1.2 Antibiotics

      3. 5.1.3 Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

      4. 5.1.4 Immunosuppressants

      5. 5.1.5 Steroids

      6. 5.1.6 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 By Route of Administration

      1. 5.2.1 Oral

      2. 5.2.2 Parenteral

      3. 5.2.3 Other Routes of Administration

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Allergan PLC

      2. 6.1.2 Ascendia Pharmaceuticals

      3. 6.1.3 Covaris Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Foamix Pharmaceuticals

      5. 6.1.5 Latitude Pharmaceuticals Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Microfluidics (IDEX Corporation)

      7. 6.1.7 Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma

      8. 6.1.8 Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd

      9. 6.1.9 Taiwan Liposome Company Ltd

      10. 6.1.10 Owen Biosciences Inc.

      11. 6.1.11 Latitude Pharmaceuticals Inc.

      12. 6.1.12 BlueWillow Biologics Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape Covers - Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies, and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Nanoemulsion Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Global Nanoemulsion Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.2% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Covaris Inc., Microfluidics (IDEX Corporation), Allergan PLC, Ascendia Pharmaceuticals, Owen Biosciences, Inc are the major companies operating in Global Nanoemulsion Market.

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