The global Preclinical CRO Market size is expected to reach USD 8.4 billion by 2028, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2021 to 2028. The market is expected to witness lucrative growth over the forecast period due to increasing R&D expenditure and growing outsourcing trend. The increasing volume of new drugs entering the preclinical phase is also anticipated to boost the market growth over the forecast period.
The market is undergoing a series of mergers and acquisitions, resulting in the improvement in full-service capabilities and international reach of larger companies. For instance, in 2019, WuXi AppTec acquired Pharmapace. On the other hand, mid-sized and smaller contract research organizations (CROs) are focusing on niche sectors and are providing a personalized approach to their sponsors. Various companies are focusing on research and development of new drugs, and therefore are outsourcing these activities to launch efficient CRO services in the market. This, in turn, provides a positive atmosphere for joint ventures among market participants owing to the preference of sponsors to maximize their benefits.
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North America held the largest share of 47.7% in 2020. Significant investment in healthcare R&D, coupled with well-developed healthcare infrastructure in the U.S., is contributing to the largest share of North America. Asia Pacific is projected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 12.0% over the forecast period.
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Preclinical CRO Market Report Highlights
- By service, the toxicology testing segment accounted for the largest share of 61.1% in 2020 due to its significance in Investigational New Drug (IND)-enabling studies
- Based on end-use, the government and academic institutes segment is anticipated to register the highest CAGR of 8.4% over the forecast period due to improving government initiatives toward healthcare, especially in developing economies
- North America dominated the market in 2020 with a share of 47.7%. Significant healthcare expenditure on R&D is one of the major factors driving the market in this region