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Immunology treatment market to expand to $74.2b by 2022

10 December 2015  •  Author: Victoria White

The global immunology treatment market is set to expand from $61.5 billion in 2015 to reach $74.2 billion in 2022, says business intelligence provider GBI Research.


According to the company’s latest report, Global Immunology Market to 2022 – Large pipeline and competitive market to drive long-term market growth, the immunology treatment market’s Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) will equal a relatively stable 2.71%, due to practical and regulatory barriers to entry for biosimilars that are not present for small molecule generics, and a moderately strong late-stage pipeline.

Dominic Trewartha, Managing Analyst for GBI Research, says: “This market is a lucrative area as up to 7% of western populations are thought to be affected by chronic immunological disorders. Consequently, the pharmaceutical pipeline for immunology is considerable, with 1,896 products currently in active development.

“While 85 of these are in Phase III of the process, it must be acknowledged that 73% of these pipeline products are in early developmental stages.”

GBI Research’s study suggests there are a number of prospective products expected to achieve strong annual revenues during the forecast period, although these are not anticipated to achieve revenues comparable to those generated by the current strongest-selling immunology products.

Humira biosimilar APB-501 anticipated to generate annual revenues of $1 billion

Trewartha explains: “To date, the most clinically and commercially effective drugs have been in a class of compounds known as monoclonal Antibodies (mAbs), which includes blockbuster products such as Humira (adalimumab) and Remicade (infliximab).

“APB-501, a biosimilar of Humira, which was the best-selling drug of 2014 worldwide, is anticipated to generate annual revenues of almost $1 billion by 2022, making it an exceptionally strong-performing non-patented drug.”

The analyst adds that while the immunology therapeutics market is a very commercially active area, with a number of exceptionally high-selling products present, revenues for these key drugs are expected to undergo a steady decline towards the end of the period.

Trewartha concludes: “GBI Research believes that revenues for immunology therapeutics will only significantly decline in the long term, beyond the forecast period. This is due to the protective effect of the practical and regulatory challenges in fielding biosimilar products, which reduces the impact of patent expiries on biologics, compared with small molecules.”

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