Preclinical CRO Market (By Service: Toxicology Testing, Bioanalysis & DMPK Studies, Chemistry, Compound Management, Safety Pharmacology, and Others; End Use: Medical Device Companies, Biopharmaceutical, and Government & Academic Institutes) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Outlook, and Forecast 2021 - 2030


The global preclinical CRO market was estimated at USD 4.9 billion in 2021 and expected to reach USD 9.6 billion by 2030, poised to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% during the forecast period 2021 to 2030.

Preclinical CRO Market Size 2021 to 2030

Growth Factors

The rapid expansion and growth of the contract research organizations (CROs) in the past few years has boosted the growth of the preclinical CRO market. Various biopharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and government research organizations avail the services provided by the CROs on a contract basis. The rising prevalence of various chronic diseases and gene-related diseases needs to be catered. This need resulted in the increased investments in the research activities by the numerous biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, for the development of new and innovative drugs and devices for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of chronic diseases. Preclinical CROs enables the biopharmaceutical and medical device companies to focus on their core activities by providing the solutions and services regarding the research and development of the medicine and devices. Therefore, the rapid growth and development of the biopharmaceutical industry is expected to play a major role in the growth of the global preclinical CRO market.

The rising need for the development of new life-saving drugs is boosting the investments in the preclinical studies. Preclinical CROs are playing a crucial role in the development of new drugs and staging the concepts for the commercialization of the newly developed medicines. The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has significantly contributed towards the increased activity of the preclinical CROs. The COVID-19 was new to the world, and hence its preclinical study was of utmost importance. This resulted various organizations and governments to inject huge investments in the preclinical research of the virus. Moreover, favorable government policies and regulations regarding the preclinical studies especially in the developed regions of North America and Europe are the major drivers of the preclinical CRO market across the globe.

Service Insights

Based on service, the toxicology testing segment dominated for around 23% of the market share in 2020. As per the research results published by the Sevier Research institute, around 50% of the preclinical testing witness failure owing to the toxicology tests. Therefore the extensive use of the toxicology testing across the preclinical CRO industry is anticipated to drive the demand for the preclinical CRO services.

On the other hand, the bioanalysis & DMPK studies segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period. This is attributed to the increased importance of the DMPK in evaluating the intrinsic properties of drugs and facilitates toxicology testing. Moreover, bioanalysis provides quantitative analysis and is increasing being used at every stage of medicine development process. Therefore the rising uses of bioanalysis and DMPK in the preclinical research is estimated to drive the growth of this segment.

End Use Insights

Based on end use, the biopharmaceutical segment accounted for around 80% of the market share in 2020. The increasing number of medium and small biopharmaceutical companies across the globe is boosting the growth of this segment. The small and medium-sized biopharmaceutical companies lack in adequate resources and expertise in preclinical trials of drug development. Therefore, they are increasingly outsourcing the preclinical research works to the preclinical CROs that boosts the demand for the preclinical CROs services. Further, the rapid growth of the biopharmaceutical industry is expected to drive the demand for the preclinical CRO services in the upcoming future. The biopharmaceutical industry alone accounts for around 20% of the global pharmaceutical industry and is rapidly growing.

Preclinical CRO Market Share, By End User, 2020 (%)

On the other hand, government & academic institutes segment is expected to be the most opportunistic segment during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the increased investments by government and academic institutions on the preclinical studies on the discovery and development of various drugs and medical devices. The rising outsourcing activities of such institutes is expected to drive the growth of the preclinical CRO market.

Region Insights

Based on region, North America dominated the global preclinical CRO market 46% in 2020, in terms of revenue and is estimated to sustain its dominance during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the presence of numerous top biopharmaceutical industry players in the region. The increased volume of outsourcing activities for the preclinical phase of the drug development by the biopharmaceutical companies has fostered the growth of the market in this region. According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), US conducts more than half of the research & development activities in the pharmaceutical field and also holds intellectual rights of a significant amount of new medicines. The biopharmaceutical industry accounted for around 4% of the US GDP in 2015. Therefore, the rapidly growing biopharmaceutical industry is expected to play a crucial role in the growth of the global preclinical CRO market.

Preclinical CRO Market Share, By Region, 2020 (%)

Asia Pacific is estimated to be the most opportunistic market during the forecast period. This is due to the rising prevalence of chronic diseases among the population. Further, the countries like China, India, and South Korea are characterized by the presence of certain big CROs, which are known for conducting preclinical studies at low cost. Moreover, the rising number of CROs in the region is boosting the growth of the preclinical CRO market in Asia Pacific.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The 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.

In September 2020, Innoplexus and Paraxel collaborated to launch Clearinghouse, an online resource for the researchers and clinical trial sponsors that provided all the datasets and information regarding the COVID-19 virus.

The various developmental strategies like partnerships, collaborations, and joint ventures fosters market growth and offers lucrative growth opportunities to the market players.

Some of the prominent players in the global preclinical CRO market include:

  • Wuxi AppTec
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • Medpace, Inc.
  • Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.
  • PRA Health Science, Inc.
  • PAREXEL
  • Envigo
  • Eurofins Scientific.
  • Laboratory Corporation of America
  • ICON Plc

Report Scope of the Preclinical CRO Market

Report Highlights Details
Market Size USD 9.6 Billion by 2030
Growth Rate CAGR of 7.5% From 2021 to 2030
Largest Market North America
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2021 to 2030
Segments Covered Service, End User, Region
Companies Mentioned Wuxi AppTec, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Medpace, Inc., Charles River Laboratories International, Inc., PRA Health Science, Inc., PAREXEL, Envigo, Eurofins Scientific., Laboratory Corporation of America, ICON Plc

 

Segments Covered in the Report

By Service

  • Toxicology Testing
  • Bioanalysis & DMPK Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Compound Management
  • Safety Pharmacology
  • Others

By End Use

  • Medical Device Companies
  • Biopharmaceutical
  • Government & Academic Institutes

By Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Rest of the World

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current size of preclinical CRO market?
The global preclinical CRO market size was reached at USD 4.9 billion in 2021 and is projected to hit USD 9.6 billion by 2030.
The global preclinical CRO market is expected to reach at a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period 2021 to 2030.
The global preclinical CRO market is primarily driven by the rapid growth of the pharmaceutical and the medical devices companies.
The major players operating in the preclinical CRO market are Wuxi AppTec, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Medpace, Inc., Charles River Laboratories International, Inc., PRA Health Science, Inc., PAREXEL, Envigo, Eurofins Scientific., Laboratory Corporation of America, ICON Plc.
The North America dominated the global preclinical CRO market 46% in 2020 and will lead in near future.

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