Biopharmaceuticals is currently at the core of the pharmaceutical sector. The opportunities in the global biopharmaceutical market are big and growing too rapidly. In fact, biopharmaceuticals generate global revenues over $150 billion, making up about 20 per cent of the total pharma market. It’s by far the fastest-growing part of the industry. Biopharma’s current annual growth rate is double that of conventional pharma, and the growth is expected to continue at that rate for the foreseeable future. However, the global pharmaceutical market is not entirely free of challenges and flaws. As biopharma companies move from the scientific frontier to the business mainstream, the companies in the global biopharmaceutical market will increasingly be forced to confront the same challenges of maintaining competitiveness by ensuring affordability, quality, and delivery performance.
Opportunities in the biopharmaceutical industry
Biopharmaceutical products are known for their efficacy and safety. Furthermore, the ability of these products to address and cure previously untreatable conditions allows companies in the global pharmaceutical market to command high prices for new and innovative drugs. Despite the high prices, the strong demand for biopharma products are driving sales and profitability in this market. According to our pharma industry analysis, investments made in the global biopharmaceutical market has yielded better returns than the pharma industry average, prompting clinical trials to become unprecedently high. The success of the clinical pipeline will lead to a higher number of new molecule launches, rising from a handful a few years. Moreover, robust, low-cost genetic profiling will improve treatment outcomes and serve to accelerate and enhance the outcomes of clinical trials, helping to reduce the cost of drug development.
Challenges in the global biopharmaceutical market
Managing demand for improved access
The downward cost pressure is expected to intensify with healthcare systems increasingly attempting to balance the rising demand with the reducing budgets. Consequently, payers may also find it challenging to justify the annual treatment costs demanded for some biopharmaceutical products. Furthermore, governments in emerging markets understand the critical role that biopharma will play in boosting healthcare outcomes, and they are demanding alternative ways to fulfill the rising demand for these products.
Quality compliance and regulatory scrutiny
Companies in the global biopharmaceutical market are struggling to keep up with the rising demands of regulators, primarily the US Food and Drug Administration. In the last five years, the industry has been subject to an unprecedented number of warning letters, and scrutiny is unlikely to decrease. Furthermore, the rising relevance of global markets (beyond the United States, European Union, and Japan) is increasing the complexity of multiple quality standards and regulatory regimes. Compliance, robustness of processes, and efficiency are keys to success for companies in the global biopharmaceutical markets.
Complexity in supply chain operations
The complexity of supply chain operations of companies in the global biopharmaceutical market are bound to increase with the rise of new processes and technologies. Moreover, the current production programs are already stretching the industry as even several top biopharmaceutical companies are failing to deliver to the market.