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Pharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) Market - Growth, Trends, Forecast (2020 - 2025)

  • ID: 5175966
  • Report
  • August 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 120 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence


  • CMO Vendors
  • CRO Vendors
The pharmaceutical CDMO market was valued at USD 148.5 billion in 2019, and it is expected to reach USD 224.9 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 7%, during the period of 2020-2025.
  • As a result of the growing demand for generic medicines and biologics, the capital-intensive nature of the business, and the complex manufacturing requirements, many pharmaceutical companies have identified the potential profitability in contracting with a CMO (contract manufacturing outsourcing) for both clinical and commercial stage manufacturing.
  • The biggest factor driving the growth of CMOs in the pharmaceutical industry is the growing need for state-of-the-art processes and production technologies, which have proven highly effective in meeting regulatory requirements.
  • US is one of the largest R&D spenders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. According to Axios, a prominent online news company in the United States, as of 2018, pharmaceutical industries in the country had the tenth-highest average after-tax profit levels, when compared to more than 100 different industries. While drug companies are responsible for 23% of the US health revenue, they also make 63% of the total profits.
  • R&D sections of several pharmaceutical companies, especially operating at small scales, were condensed after the emergence of CRO players. As more CROs have started to offer research services with valuable cost, they won the competition with in-house pharmaceutical R&D departments. CROs also follow several strategies to stay ahead of top pharmaceutical players.
  • The CMO/CDMO service sector is uniquely positioned to address some of the challenges that drug developers are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has impacted multiple aspects of the pharma and biopharma industry, from drug development, clinical trials, supplies, manufacturing, to supply chain logistics. However, the drug shortages due to COVID-19 are limited, and they are expected to remain so for short-term, due to stockpiles of pharmaceuticals, APIs, globally.
Key Market Trends

Increasing Investment in R&D to Drive the Market Growth

The United States is the world’s largest market for drugs and accounts for almost half of the R&D spending in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets. Hence, CMOs play a critical role in this market and have invested in new facilities and technologies to cater to a wide range of outsourcing units.
  • The biggest Chinese professional manufacturer of dermatology and anti-tuberculosis drug products, Huapont, is one of the fastest-growing pharmaceutical manufacturers in China, mainly dependent on product R&D and market expansion.
  • CRO/CMOs can leverage their expertise, owing to their R&D and complex manufacturing capabilities, to fill the needs of the large generic, big pharmaceutical, and biotech companies.
  • A major stake of R&D investments and capacity expansions are likely in the injectable and sterile liquid dose formulations segment. Small biotech firms get access to specialized knowledge and resources, which help them expedite their R&D activities.
Asia-Pacific Expected to Witness Highest Growth in CRO Market

Over the forecast period, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth in the CRO market, owing to the low cost offered by the region, as compared to the United States and other developed economies. Additionally, growing incidences of chronic and lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, coupled with ease of patient recruitment and availability of expertise for clinical trials, are few driving factors boosting growth in the region.
  • With the increasing privatization of clinical trials, there has been an increase in the outsourcing of research processes in developing regions like China and India. For instance, the market is witnessing increased outsourcing of research services, such as Clinical Data Management, Pharmacovigilance, Biostatistics, etc., by large pharmaceuticals.
  • Growing investments by several pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical drug manufacturing companies are also supporting the growth of the CRO market in the region. As part of its five-year Research, Innovation, and Enterprise 2020 plan, the Singaporean government has committed to invest nearly USD 2.4 billion in advancing manufacturing and engineering in the pharmaceutical market.
  • In January 2019, Lambda, headquartered in India, announced the acquisition of US-based Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services, in a move to increase its presence in the United States.
Competitive Landscape

The CDMO Market is consolidated in nature. The need for continued research and development related expenses push forward for the extension of business opportunities. In the pharmaceutical industry, medicine is continuously tested and are most profitable during the patent period; the emergence of competitive solution can hamper the rate of return. Such factors push for continued innovation and fast track the introduction time to market. Major players include Catalent Inc., Recipharm AB, Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.

February 2020 - Catalent, has signed an agreement with Zumutor Biologics Inc., to manufacture Zumutor’s, ZM008, for the treatment of solid tumors. Zumutor is a biologics company that develops novel immuno-oncotherapeutics to drive transformational improvements in cancer treatment.
  • December 2019 - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. opened its new USD 90 million viral vectors CDMO (contract development and manufacturing organization) site in Lexington, Mass. The 50,000-square-foot facility may add more than 200 jobs and support the development, testing, and manufacture of viral vectors, which are critical to advancing new life-saving gene and cell therapies worldwide.
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1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Porter's Five Forces Analysis for CMO
4.2.2 Porter's Five Forces Analysis for CRO
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Industry Policies
4.5 Market Drivers
4.6 Market Restraints
4.7 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry

5.1 Dosage Formulation Technologies
5.2 Dosage Forms by Route of Administration
5.3 Key Considerations for Outsourcing of Pharmaceutical R&D
5.4 Major Segments in CRO - Bio Analytical Testing, Central Laboratory Testing, and cGMP Testing

6.1 Service Type - CMO Segment
6.1.1 Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Manufacturing
6.1.2 Finished Dosage Formulation (FDF) Development and Manufacturing Solid Dose Formulation Liquid Dose Formulation Injectable Dose Formulation
6.1.3 Secondary Packaging
6.2 Research Phase - CRO Segment
6.2.1 Pre-clinical
6.2.2 Phase I
6.2.3 Phase II
6.2.4 Phase III
6.2.5 Phase IV
6.3 Geography
6.3.1 For CMO Market Segment North America By Service Type By Country United States Canada Europe By Service Type By Country United Kingdom Germany France Italy Rest of Europe Asia-Pacific By Service Type By Country China India Japan Australia Rest of Asia-Pacific Latin America By Service Type By Country Brazil Mexico Argentina Rest of Latin America Middle East and Africa By Service Type By Country United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.3.2 For CRO Segment North America Europe Asia-Pacific Latin America Middle-East and Africa

7.1 Vendor Market Share Analysis
7.2 Company Profiles
7.2.1 CMO Vendors Catalent Inc. Recipharm AB Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd Patheon Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim Group Pfizer CentreSource Aenova Holding GmbH Famar SA Baxter Biopharma Solutions Lonza Group
7.2.2 CRO Vendors CMIC Holdings Co. Ltd Covance Inc. Syneos Health Inc. LSK Global Pharma Service Co Ltd Novotech Pty Ltd PAREXEL International Corporation Pharmaceutical Product Development LLC PRA Health Sciences Inc. Quanticate Ltd IQVIA Holdings Inc. SGS SA (SGS Life Sciences) Hangzhou Tigermed Consulting Co Ltd Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd WuXi AppTec Inc. Sagimet Biosciences (3V Biosciences Inc.)


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