Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market (By Workflow: Target Identification & Screening, Lead Identification & Candidate Optimization, Target Validation & Functional Informatics, Preclinical Development, Others; By Drug Type: Biologics and Small Molecules; By Therapeutic Area: Oncology, Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, Neurology, Respiratory, Others; By Drug Type: Small Molecules and Large Molecules) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Outlook, and Forecast 2022 – 2030


The global drug discovery outsourcing market size was estimated at US$ 3.62 billion in 2021 and is expected to hit over US$ 6.55 billion by 2030, poised to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8% from 2021 to 2030.

Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Size 2022 to 2030

Growth Factors

The global drug discovery outsourcing market is primarily driven by the growing investments in the research and development of various new and innovative drugs. The surging growth and popularity of the global biopharmaceutical industry is a major factor which is estimated to boost the growth of the global drug discovery outsourcing market. The biopharmaceuticals alone accounts for 20% of the total pharmaceutical industry. The recent developments of various new drugs in the biopharmaceutical industry that can effectively cure various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases is significantly driving the growth of the global drug discovery outsourcing market. The presence of numerous contract manufacturing organizations and contract research organizations in the market are exponentially contributing towards the growth of the market. Moreover, the development of various life-saving drugs in the biosimilar and the biologic industry is expected to increase the investments in the drug discovery activities across the globe.

The rising prevalence of various chronic diseases and rapidly growing geriatric population is expected to augment the growth of the drug discovery outsourcing market. The world is witnessing an alarming surge in the prevalence of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and respiratory diseases. This rising burden of various diseases is encouraging the pharmaceutical industry to invest heavily on the research and development of various life-saving drugs. This further fuels the growth of the drug discovery outsourcing market across the globe. The geriatric people are the major consumers of drugs and various therapies as they are susceptible to diseases and spend more on the healthcare. Therefore, the growing global geriatric population will positively impact the market growth. As per the United Nations, the geriatric population is estimated to reach at 2 billion by 2050. Furthermore, the active participation of the government authorities such as FDA and EMA on the research results and clinical trials of various new drugs and diagnostic tests is encouraging the drug discovery activities in the market.

Scope of the Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market

Report Coverage Details
Market Size US$ 6.55 Billion by 2030
Growth Rate CAGR of 6.8% from 2022 to 2030
Largest Market North America
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030
Segments Covered Workflow, Therapeutic Area, Drug Type, Region
Companies Mentioned Albany Molecular Research Inc., EVOTEC, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, GenScript, Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC., Charles River, WuXiAppTec, Merck & Co., Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Dalton Pharma Services, Oncodesign, Jubilant Biosys, DiscoverX Corporation, and QIAGEN

 

Workflow Insights

The lead identification & candidate optimization segment accounted for a market share of around 32% and dominated the global drug discovery outsourcing market in 2020. The increased efficiencies and the economies of scale associated with this segment has resulted in its significance. It is considered to be the most important workflow during the initial stage of the drug discovery process. The rising adoption of the advanced silico technology and computer aided drug discovery systems has supported the market growth significantly. Furthermore, the growing demand for the skilled resources having a knowledge of computer software, analytical chemistry, and metabolism is supplementing the growth of this segment.

Therapeutic Area Insights

The respiratory segment hit the market and garnered revenue share 13.80% in 2020. The rising investments towards the development of the drugs that can cure respiratory diseases owing to the rising pollution levels and growing burden of respiratory diseases across the globe is expected to boost the market growth. According to the World Health Organization, around 65 million people across the globe suffer from COPD and around 3 million dies due to it every year. Around 334 million people are suffering from asthma and around 14% of the global children are affected from it.

Based on the therapeutic area, the oncology segment is estimated to be the most opportunistic segment during the forecast period. The huge demand for the cancer curing drugs is boosting the growth of the oncology drug discovery outsourcing market. The increased prevalence of various types of cancer among the population has encouraged the investments towards the drug discovery activities pertaining to the cancer treatment. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, around 19.3 million new cancer cases and around 10 million cancer deaths were reported in 2020. The new cancer cases are expected to rise by 47% from 2020 to 2040, globally. Therefore, it is estimated that around 28.4 million new cancer cases will be recorded in 2040 across the globe. The most prevailing types of cancer includes breast, lungs, colorectal, and prostate cancer.

Drug Type Insights

The small molecules segmented garner revenue share of over 76% in 2020. The small molecules drugs are characterized with certain features such as easy to characterize, simple, and well-defined. The small molecules drugs are considered more effective in treating diseases. The small molecules can easily treat the infected cells, provide effective treatment, and results in low or no side-effects. Therefore, these features of the small molecules has attracted huge investments and resulted in the growth of this segment.

Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market Share, By Drug, 2020 (%)

On the other hand, the biologics is estimated to be the most opportunistic segment during the forecast period. The recent developments of the various life-saving drugs in the biopharmaceuticals has surged the demand for the biologic drugs across the globe. Furthermore, the rising awareness regarding the availability of biologics to cure diseases like cancer, diabetes, and CVDs is expected to drive the growth of this segment.

Region Insights

North America dominated the global drug discovery outsourcing market with 35% revenue share in 2020. The presence of numerous top contract research organizations and contract manufacturing organizations in the region along with the presence of various top pharmaceutical industry players collectively contributes towards the growth of the drug discovery outsourcing market. Moreover, the huge demand for the new and innovative drugs in this region owing to the increased prevalence of various chronic diseases has favored the market growth in the past years. US holds the patent and intellectual property rights for most of the newly developed drugs.

Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period. The rapidly growing geriatric population and rising prevalence of various diseases is supplementing the demand for the new drugs. As per the United Nations, around 80% of the global geriatric population is expected to live in the low and middle income countries. Furthermore, the presence of several top research organizations is supplementing the growth of the drug discovery outsourcing market in the region. The availability of cheap factors of production in this region is attracting foreign investments towards setting up drug manufacturing facilities in Asia Pacific.

Key Market Developments

  • In June 2020, AstraZeneca and Accent Therapeutics collaborated to develop and commercialize therapeutics that targets RNA-modifying proteins for the treatment of cancer.

The drug discovery outsourcing market is moderately fragmented with the presence of several local companies. These market players are striving to gain higher market share by adopting strategies, such as investments, partnerships, and acquisitions & mergers. Companies are also spending on the development of improved products. Moreover, they are also focusing on maintaining competitive pricing.

Some of the prominent players in the global drug discovery outsourcing market include:

  • Albany Molecular Research Inc.
  • EVOTEC
  • Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings
  • GenScript
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC.
  • Charles River
  • WuXiAppTec
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
  • Dalton Pharma Services
  • Oncodesign
  • Jubilant Biosys
  • DiscoverX Corporation
  • QIAGEN

Segments Covered in the Report

By Workflow

  • Target Identification & Screening
  • Lead Identification & Candidate Optimization
  • Target Validation & Functional Informatics
  • Preclinical Development
  • Others

By Therapeutic Area

  • Oncology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory
  • Others

By Drug Type

  • Biologics
  • Small Molecules

By Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Malaysia
    • Philippines
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • North Africa
    • South Africa
    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current size of drug discovery outsourcing market?
According to Precedence Research, the global drug discovery outsourcing market size was reached at US$ 3.62 billion in 2021 and is predicted to surpass US$ 6.55 billion by 2030.
The global drug discovery outsourcing market is expected to drive growth at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2021 to 2030.
The major players operating in the drug discovery outsourcing market are Albany Molecular Research Inc., EVOTEC, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, GenScript, Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC., Charles River, WuXiAppTec, Merck & Co., Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Dalton Pharma Services, Oncodesign, Jubilant Biosys, DiscoverX Corporation, and QIAGEN.
The technological advancements in the pharmaceutical industry, increasing investments in the research & development, rising prevalence of various chronic diseases, and rising popularity of the biologics are some of the most important drivers of the global drug discovery outsourcing market.
North America region will lead the global drug discovery outsourcing market over the forecast period.

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