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Drug Discovery Services Market By Type (Medicinal Chemistry Services, Biology Services, Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism), By Drug Type (Small Molecules, Biologics), By Therapeutic Area (Oncology, Neurological Disorder, Respiratory Disease, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease), By Regions (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World) – Global Forecast up to 2025

  • November, 2019
  • Domain: Healthcare - Pharmaceuticals
Pages: 82
Tables: 21
Charts: 14
Regions/Countries: 4/0
Companies: 12
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This market research report includes a detailed segmentation of the global drug discovery services market by type (medicinal chemistry services, biology services, and pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism), by drug type (small molecules and biologics), by therapeutic area (oncology, neurological disorder, respiratory disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and others), and by regions (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World).

Overview of the Global Drug Discovery Services Market Research:

Infoholic’s market research report predicts that the global drug discovery services market will grow at a CAGR of 11.7% during the forecast period 2019–2025. Drug discovery refers to the process of identifying potential new medicines, and it involves a wide range of scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and pharmacology. The process of drug discovery involves various methods such as identification of target molecule, candidate drug identification, characterization, screening, and assays for therapeutic efficacy. Once a candidate compound has shown its therapeutic value in these tests, it will begin the process of drug development prior to clinical trials. In recent years, there is a lot of interest in biologics-based drug discovery. Biologics drug discovery includes developing new novel antibodies, recombinant proteins, hormones, vaccines, cell therapy, and gene therapy for treating cancer, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disorders, and many others.

The upsurge in the externalization of R&D activities, rising expenditure on R&D, expiration of patents boosting the demand for drug discovery, and introduction of advanced technologies are few of the factors driving the growth of the drug discovery services market.

Increasing patient base for various chronic & lifestyle diseases and growing advancements in innovative technologies will enhance the revenue of the drug discovery services market in the next five years.

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The industry generates the majority of the revenue from the key players operating in this field; few of them include Charles River Laboratories, Evotec SE, GVK Biosciences, Albany Molecular Research Inc., Domainex Ltd., Genscript Biotech Corporation, Syngene International Ltd., Eurofins Scientific SE, and Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings.

According to the Infoholic Research analysis, North America accounted for the largest share of the global drug discovery services market in 2018 and will retain a high position during the forecast period. North America is followed by Europe, with a share of more than 25% of the global market in 2018.

By Type:

In 2018, the medicinal chemistry services segment accounted for the largest share and is expected to grow at a high-double-digit CAGR during the forecast period. Increasing tendency of pharma companies to externalize discovery and development services, increasing number of drug discovery and development activities, and growing R&D expenditure are the key factors driving the growth of the medicinal chemistry services segment. The biology services segment is projected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecast period 2019–2025.

By Drug Type:

  • Small Molecules
  • Biologics

The small molecules segment occupied a significant share in 2018, and biologics is expected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecast period 2019–2025. The increasing use of small molecules drugs to treat chronic disease is leading to increased demand for these drugs.

By Therapeutic Area:

  • Neurological Disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Oncology
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Others

Based on therapeutic areas, oncology dominated the market in 2018 and is expected to maintain its position throughout the forecast period. The high demand for cancer therapies due to the increasing number of cancer cases across the globe makes the segment a dominant shareholder in the coming years.

By Regions:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World

Based on geography, North America dominated the market in 2018 with a market share of over 40% and is expected to maintain this position throughout the forecast period. Increasing demand for personalized medicine, well-established healthcare sector, rising incidence of chronic disease, availability of advanced technologies, high healthcare expenditure, and rising growth of the biopharmaceutical market are few of the factors that make North America a dominant shareholder in the global drug discovery services market. Asia Pacific is projected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period 2019–2025.

Global Drug Discovery Services Market Research Competitive Analysis: The market is growing at a steady rate with a CAGR of 11.7% during the forecast period 2019–2025. The increasing burden of disease and the need for new therapeutic drugs have led to an increase in collaboration between companies for drug discovery services. For instance, in September 2019, German-based Evotec entered into a multi-year drug discovery collaboration agreement with Japanese pharma company Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. According to the collaboration terms, Evotec will leverage its technology platform to establish five drug discovery programs in the field of oncology, neuroscience, gastroenterology, and rare diseases, which Takeda will advance into clinical development.

East Midlands’ life sciences researchers and GSK entered into a strategic research collaboration for lung disease in February 2018, and the partnership is expected to accelerate discovery and development of innovative treatments for COPD and related airway diseases.

Key Vendors:

  • Charles River Laboratories
  • GVK Biosciences
  • Evotec SE
  • Albany Molecular Research Inc.
  • Domainex Ltd.
  • Genscript Biotech Corporation
  • Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)
  • Syngene International Ltd.
  • Eurofins Scientific SE
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • Jubilant Life Sciences
  • WuXi AppTec Co., Ltd.

Key Competitive Facts:

  • In 2019, Lundbeck acquired Abide Therapeutics for $250 million and takes control of Abide’s drug discovery platform focused on serine hydrolases, which is a diverse enzyme class that accounts for roughly 1% of all proteins in mammals.
  • In May 2019, Amgen acquired Nuevolution for $167 million following their three-year collaboration, which is expected to boost the Amgen’s drug discovery platform.

Benefits – The report provides complete details about the sub-segment of the global drug discovery services market. Thus, the key stakeholders can know about the major trends, drivers, investments, vertical player’s initiatives, and government initiatives toward the drug discovery services segment in the upcoming years along with details of the pureplay companies entering the market. Moreover, the report provides details about the major challenges that are going to impact the market growth. Additionally, the report gives complete details about the key business opportunities to key stakeholders in order to expand their business and capture the revenue in specific verticals, and to analyze before investing or expanding the business in this market.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the potential market opportunity with precise market size and forecast data.
  • Detailed market analysis focusing on the growth of the drug discovery services industry.
  • Factors influencing the growth of the drug discovery services market.
  • In-depth competitive analysis of dominant and pure-play vendors.
  • Prediction analysis of the drug discovery services market in both developed and developing regions.
  • Key insights related to major segments of the drug discovery services market.
  • Latest market trend analysis impacting the buying behavior of the consumers.

Key Stakeholders:


1          Industry Outlook

1.1     Industry Overview

1.1.1   Overview

1.1.2   Global Driver for Pharmaceutical Demand

1.1.3   R&D Pipeline in the Pharmaceutical Industry

1.1.4   Top Pharma Drugs by Sales

1.2     Industry Trends

1.3     Total Addressable Market

2          Report Outline

2.1     Report Scope

2.2     Report Summary

2.3     Research Methodology

2.4     Report Assumptions

3          Market Snapshot

3.1     Market Definition – Infoholic Research

3.2     Need for Discovery and Development Services

3.3     Segmented Addressable Market

3.4     Trends in the Drug Discovery Services Market

3.5     Related Markets

3.5.1   Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing Organization

3.5.2   Pharma Contract Research Organization

4          Market Outlook

4.1     Market Segmentation

4.2     PEST Analysis

4.3     Porter 5 (Five) Forces

5          Market Characteristics

5.1     DRO – Market Dynamics

5.1.1   Drivers          Upsurge in outsourcing of R&D activities          Rising expenditure on R&D

5.1.2   Opportunities          Advent of innovative technology          Expiration of patent boosts demand for drug discovery

5.1.3   Restraints          High cost for discovery and development of the drug          Strict regulations governing drug development and ethical issues related to animal studies

5.2     DRO – Impact Analysis

5.3     Key Stakeholders

6          Type: Market Size and Analysis

6.1     Overview

6.2     Medicinal Chemistry Services

6.3     Biology Services

6.4     Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism

7          Drug Type: Market Size and Analysis

7.1     Overview

7.2     Small Molecules

7.3     Biologics

8          Therapeutic Area: Market Size and Analysis

8.1     Overview

8.2     Oncology

8.3     Neurological Disorder

8.4     Respiratory Disease

8.5     Diabetes

8.6     Cardiovascular Disease

8.7     Others

9          Regions: Market Size and Analysis

9.1     Overview

9.2     North America

9.3     Europe

9.4     Asia Pacific

9.4.1   Overview

9.5     Rest of the World

10        Competitive Landscape

10.1    Overview

11        Vendors Profile

11.1    Charles River Laboratories

11.2    GVK Biosciences

11.3    Evotec SE

11.4    Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI)

11.5    Domainex Ltd.

11.6    GenScript Biotech

12        Companies to Watch For

12.1    Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp)

12.2    Syngene International Ltd

12.3    Eurofins Scientific SE

12.4    Pharmaceutical Product Development

12.5    Jubilant Life Sciences

12.6    WuXi AppTec Co., Ltd.



Research Framework

Infoholic research works on a holistic 360° approach in order to deliver high quality, validated and reliable information in our market reports. The Market estimation and forecasting involves following steps:

  • Data Collation (Primary & Secondary)
  • In-house Estimation (Based on proprietary data bases and Models)
  • Market Triangulation
  • Forecasting

Market related information is congregated from both primary and secondary sources.

Primary sources

involved participants from all global stakeholders such as Solution providers, service providers, Industry associations, thought leaders etc. across levels such as CXOs, VPs and managers. Plus, our in-house industry experts having decades of industry experience contribute their consulting and advisory services.

Secondary sources

include public sources such as regulatory frameworks, government IT spending, government demographic indicators, industry association statistics, and company publications along with paid sources such as Factiva, OneSource, Bloomberg among others.

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