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Bioanalytical Testing Services Market

Bioanalytical Testing Services Market: Information by Type (Cell-Based Assays, Virology Testing), Application (Oncology, Infectious Diseases), End-User, and Region — Forecast till 2030

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Market Overview

The global bioanalytical testing services market size was valued at USD 1.32 billion in 2021. It is expected to reach USD 4.36 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 14.2% during the forecast period (2022–2030). 

The preference for outsourcing analytical testing, growth of R&D activities, and the focus on the analytical testing of biologics and biosimilars are among the key factors driving the market. Pharmaceutical firms benefit from outsourcing research as it reduces the need for labor and installation of costly production units.

Market Snapshot

market snapshot
Base Year
: 2021
Study Period
: 2020-2030
: 14.2 %
Fastest Growing Market
: Europe
Largest Market
: North America
Market Size
: USD 4.36 billion by 2030
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Market Dynamics

Outsourcing to CROs for Minimizing Costs, Mitigating Hazards, and Enhancing Efficiency

In the past few years, biopharmaceutical companies have been significantly outsourcing resources to contract research organizations (CROs)to minimize costs, mitigate hazards, and achieve efficiency. Bioanalytical testing is a key process for the drug development value chain, recognizing associated risks with safety and efficacy both in pre-clinical and clinical stages. Bioanalytical research during drug development and lead optimization stage is performed in-house by pharmaceuticals. In contrast, later stages, such as long-term toxicity and phase II tests are outsourced. This is chiefly because the outsourcing of bioanalytical testing for final phases demands fewer method modifications, thereby lowering the cost of the new process developed by the CRO.

Drug Safety and Effectiveness: Bottlenecks for Development of Safe, Cost-Effective Therapies

Drug safety and effectiveness tend to be the key bottlenecks for developing safe, cost-effective therapies. Thus, CROs in this space occupies a remarkable position within the framework of drug development. The bioanalytical testing of large molecules has been a significant challenge for the pharmaceutical industry as the old techniques used for classical drugs cannot be adapted to large molecules due to their high molecular weight and complex structure. This has enabled the development of techniques such as Ligand Binding Assays (LBA), Maldi-TOF-MS, size exclusion affinity chromatography, and HRMS.

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Expansion by CROs to Address Industry Needs

CROs address the needs of industries by introducing these services through mergers/acquisitions or expansions, which pharmaceutical companies can leverage. For instance, in November 2016, Sartorius Stedim Biotech released a novel bioanalytical testing laboratory in the U.S., which was designed to meet the growing demand for specialized assay platforms for the company's BioOutsource brand in North America and promote the ongoing expansion of the unique service offering. Globally, the demand for outsourcing pharmaceutical analytical research is rising due to competition for disease-specific drugs within the pharmaceutical industry. Today, most regulated bioanalysis is outsourced and has broadened in scope as large molecule drugs have become a significant part of umpteen organizations' drug development pipelines.

Regulatory Guidance for Developing and Validating Analytical Methods

Bioanalytical testing is a comparatively new sector, fragmented, and largely composed of niche players. Lengthy drug approval procedures and financial issues result in a lower return on investment, which is increasing companies' preference for outsourcing these services. The primary regulatory guidance for developing and validating analytical methods include the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidance Q2 (R1) Validation of Analytical Procedures: Text and Methodology. In July 2015, the FDA released the latest Guidance on Analytical Procedures and Methods Validation for Drugs and Biologics, which serves as a complement to the ICH Q2 (R1). Other useful guidance documents include ICH Q3A – Q3D Impurities and ICH Q6A – Q6B Specifications.

The FDA expects drug developers to follow the guidelines and provide superior analytical details on drugs and process developments, as demonstrated in the CMC data. Analytical service providers with experience and a track record of regulatory compliance can be of great help to drug developers in terms of formulating CMC documents with sufficient data for regulatory submissions.

Increasing Demand for CROs Offering Cost-Effective Biologics and Biosimilars

The bioanalytical testing services market is projected to gain traction during the forecast period as the market is backed by the presence of diverse drug manufacturers that are actively working to develop reliable, accurate, and robust analytical methods in order to safeguard quality and safety. Apart from this, contract manufacturers offering biologics and biosimilars at affordable prices are projected to observe significant demand as developing sophisticated analytical testing to assess and monitor quality requires a broader set of expertise and equipment, generally beyond the capacity of any pharmaceutical company. To that end, the outsourcing level of analytical tests for biologics is projected to surge considerably over the next five years.

Studies conducted by BioPlan Associates indicate that about 70% of bio manufacturers outsource at least some of their bioprocessing activities. The results from the study imply that the most commonly outsourced activity is analytical testing due to the need for highly specialized personnel and equipment required to perform assays. Hence, the adoption of full-time equivalent agreements (FTE) and increasing outsourcing of analytical testing services to contract pharma companies drive market growth.

Segmental Analysis

Extensive Use of Cell-Based Assays by Government Institutes and Biotechnology Companies

Among the segments by test type, the cell-based assays segment held the highest market share in 2019 and is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. Cell-based assays are primarily used for biological research, such as drug product efficacy and mechanism of action. They are ideal for researching living cells by taking different parameters into account, which include the study of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. These assays are extensively used by pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutes, biotechnology companies, government institutions, and contract research organizations.

Increasing research activities in drug development, technological advancements, burgeoning demand for biological drugs, and surging government spending drive the cell-based assay segment. The cell viability assay segment, on the other hand, is growing significantly on account of the increasing demand for measuring cellular metabolism and enzyme activity.

The Versatility of Virology Testing to Drive Its Demand across Several End-Users

The virology testing segment is expected to exhibit the fastest growth during the forecast period. Virology testing caters to the evolving needs of the healthcare sector and comprises cell bank characterization derived from cell lines, including human or rodent origin, detection viruses derived from animal products, and screening of virus vectors/vaccines. Also, few players offer species-specific viral PCR assays, such as standard and qPCR techniques available for RNA and DNA viruses, rapid, sensitive, and specific broad-range PCR assays for adenoviruses, herpesviruses, papillomaviruses, polyomaviruses, and retroviral enzyme activity.

Oncology Segment to Grow with a CAGR of 15.7%

Based on the application, the market is segmented into oncology, infectious diseases, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, and others. As of 2019, the oncology segment held the largest market share, and it is projected to grow with a CAGR of 15.7% during the forecast period. The contract development and manufacturing organizations segment, on the other hand, is projected to grow with the fastest CAGR of 15.4%.

Regional Analysis

North America dominates the bioanalytical testing service market, backed by the presence of top manufacturing centers, high-end pharmaceutical products, and prominent players. Some of the development and launches by these firms are listed below.

The U.S. spearheads the bioanalytical testing service market on account of the increasing patient pool of chronic diseases and the rising adoption of peptides and other large molecule therapeutics. As per the International Diabetes Federation, in 2019, about 48 million adults in North America lived with diabetes, which contributed to the demand for novel (large molecule compounds) peptide therapeutics, such as dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors and glucagon-like peptide 1(GLP-1).

Bioanalytical Testing Services Market Regional Analysis
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Top Key Players of Bioanalytical Testing Services Market

List of key bioanalytical testing services market companies

  • Medpace
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • WuXiAppTec
  • Eurofins Scientific
  • SGS SA
  • Covance Inc. (Laboratory Corporation Of America Holdings)
  • Intertek Group plc
  • Pra Health Sciences
  • Syneos Health
  • LGC Limited

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
CAGR 14.2%
Forecast Period 2023-2031
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
Segments Covered
  1. By Type
    1. Cell-Based Assays
      1. Bacterial Cell-Based Assays
      2. Viral Cell-Based Assays
    2. Virology Testing
      1. In-Vitro Virology Testing
      2. In-Vivo Virology Testing
      3. Species-Specific Viral PCR Assays
    3. Method Development
    4. Optimization
    5. Validation
    6. Serology
    7. Immunogenicity
    8. Neutralizing
    9. Antibodies
    10. Biomarker Testing
    11. Pharmacokinetic Testing
  2. By Application
    1. Oncology
    2. Infectious Diseases
    3. Cardiology
    4. Neurology
    5. Gastroenterology
  3. By End-User
    1. Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Companies
    2. Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations
    3. Contract Research Organizations
Geographies Covered
  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa

Recent Developments

  • In February 2020, Frontage established a new bioanalytical laboratory in Exton, PA, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Frontage Laboratories, Inc. The new facility includes an additional 10,000 square feet of laboratory space, which will enhance the firm's bioanalytical capabilities in biomarkers, biologics, and small-molecule drug development, cell and gene therapy, and high-throughput clinical sample management.
  • In January 2020, Charles River collaborated with Fios Genomics (the U.K.), which helped the firm in the outsourcing and analysis of high-dimensional, multi-variant datasets related to drug development.
  • In May 2019, Thermo Fisher Scientific launched an immune cell type assay, 'Applied BiosystemsPureQuant Assays,' to expand its product portfolio.

Bioanalytical Testing Services Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Cell-Based Assays

    • Bacterial Cell-Based Assays
    • Viral Cell-Based Assays
  • Virology Testing

    • In-Vitro Virology Testing
    • In-Vivo Virology Testing
    • Species-Specific Viral PCR Assays
  • Method Development
  • Optimization
  • Validation
  • Serology
  • Immunogenicity
  • Neutralizing
  • Antibodies
  • Biomarker Testing
  • Pharmacokinetic Testing

By Application

  • Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Gastroenterology

By End-User

  • Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Companies
  • Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations
  • Contract Research Organizations

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Central and South America and the Caribbean
  • The Middle East and Africa
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