Single-use and IIoT Solutions Expected to Reduce Costs and Enhance Production Efficiency

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Experts believe that the contract development and manufacturing organization market will reach $17.38 billion by 2022, with disruptive business models using Industrial Internet of Things (IIot) and single-use technologies proving more profitable and efficient in the long term.

Numerous pharmaceuticals are turning to biologics contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) for both clinical- and commercial-stage manufacturing in order to deal with the growing demand for biologics and biosimilars, the capital-intensive nature of the business, and the complex manufacturing requirements, according to a report published by Frost & Sullivan, a research and consulting firm. To optimally tap this demand, bio-CDMOs are expanding their capacities through strategic acquisitions of small- to mid-sized participants with a specific technology, therapeutic, or service expertise, the report states.

The report, Global Biologics Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) Market, Forecast to 2022, provides revenue forecasts for the global bio-CDMO market as well as a breakdown by type of cell culture (mammalian vs. microbial) and service type (drug substance vs. drug product). Additionally, it presents insights into leading disruptive technology trends, such as lyophilizationand process analytical technologies. According to Frost & Sullivan’s analysis, this market is expected to grow from $9.28 billion in 2017 to $17.38 billion in 2022, at a compound annual growth rate of 13.4%.

"With the growing patent cliffs in branded biologics, biosimilars are set to account for almost 15–20% of the business of bio-CDMOs, thus presenting considerable opportunities in production and co-development,” said Unmesh Lal, program manager, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan,in a Nov. 12, 2018 press release. "CDMOs are responding by providing value-added services, such as regulatory support and engaging in early lifecycle stage projects."

“Disruptive CDMOs like Wuxi Biologics and Samsung Biologics are investing in single-use technologies whereas technology companies like Dassault Systemes and GE are providing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions for key manufacturing processes,” noted Lal. "In addition, CDMOs are adopting disruptive business models such as virtual biotech, out-licensing, and risk sharing, which could prove profitable in the long term."


Shifting market paradigms have also created growth opportunities for CDMOs in:

  • IIoT in manufacturing-the widespread application of IIoT with information technology-based solutions supports the establishment of connected value chains, reduces operational costs, and enhances production efficiency.

  • Designer cell lines-the emergence of designer cell lines, such as Chinese hamster ovary (CHO), is expected to propel the cell-line development market to $10 billion in the short term.

  • Biosimilars co-development-integrated biosimilar-specific business models will find high adoption as most companies transfer focus from biologics to biosimilars.

  • Single-use/disposable manufacturing-recent developments across chimeric antigen receptor-cell therapies have shifted biologics manufacturing toward small-volume, high-value production employing single-use/disposable technologies.

  • Bioanalytical development and services-the rising relevance of bioanalytical services in biologic development is encouraging market participants to implement integrated laboratory management systems.

Source: Frost & Sullivan