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Rising cost, growing complexities of conducting clinical trials and increased pressure from regulatory agencies to adopt various techniques to minimize the costs involved for successful introduction of a drug in the market has compelled pharmaceutical players to adopt new outsourcing models. All these factors have helped fuel market growth of the Life Sciences BPO industry in the past decade. In addition, rise in the number of patent expirations and failure of drugs during the clinical trials process has triggered the overall growth of pharmaceutical outsourcing industry. Moreover, outsourcing aids the biotechand pharmaceutical industry to focus on their core strategies and utilize their internal resources for more critical in-house projects.
The Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs) outsourcing services accounts for the largest segment of the overall Life Sciences BPO market. Growing healthcare costs has led to a rise in the demand for generic drugs and this has consequently led to growth in demand for active pharmaceutical outsourcing services. Moreover, CMOs conduct internal R&D to come up with novel technologies to further support their clients. The API manufacturing market accounts to be largest segment of the total CMO market. This growth has been attributed to increase in outsourcing activities for pharmaceutical manufacturing outsourcing, owing to increasing regulatory compliance such cGMP and other approvals. Moreover, manufacturers do not have all the technologies and expertise available in-house required for manufacturing different APIs and hence, outsourcing serves as a more cost effective solution for pharmaceutical companies. Also, the growing importance of biological drugs calls for distinctive manufacturing technology.
The Contract Research Organizations (CROs) outsourcing services market has also witnessed significant growth in the past decade. This growth has been attributed to the rising costs involved in conducting various phases of clinical trials ranging from drug discovery up to post marketing approvals. Pharmaceutical companies are now opting to outsource their clinical trial activities to vendorscapable of providing bundled services such as regulatory services, clinical data management, medical writing, site management, pharmacovigilance, risk based monitoring, biostatics, protocol development and others. The drug discovery services segment accounted for the largest market share in 2012.Since a large number of molecules fail during the drug discovery process, through outsourcing the pharmaceutical companies are mitigating their financial risks and avoiding sunken costs through partnership with CROs. However, clinical data management outsourcing services market is expected to foresee the highest growth rate of 17.3% from 2013 to 2019. This high growth has been attributed to the growing adoption of advanced IT services such cloud applications and enhanced software services provided by Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO). Data security and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)still persist to be major hindrance for growth of this industry.
Geographically, North America accounted for the largest share of the global pharmaceutical outsourcing services market in 2012 and was valued at USD 28.4 billion in 2012 followed by Asia-Pacific. The Asian-Pacific region is expected to represent the highest growth rate of 21.2% during the forecast period owing to availability of trained resources, low cost labor, favorable regulatory policies and huge patient pool suffering from varies chronic diseases. Moreover, the companies from this region are now meeting the required manufacturing and quality standards of the USFDA and EMEA to further boost market growth.
The major players in this market include Catalent Pharma Solutions, Lonza Group, Parexel International, PRA International, Piramal Healthcare, Charles River Laboratories, PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development)
The global life sciences BPO market is segmented as follows:
Global Life Sciences BPO Market, by Segments
Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Market
Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs)
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) Manufacturing
Finished Dosage Formulation (FDF) Development and Manufacturing
Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
Clinical Data Management (CDM)
Risk Based Monitoring
Contract Sales Organizations (CSOs)
Global Life Sciences BPO Market, by Geography
Rest of the World (RoW)
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