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Biosimilar Market in Europe: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2019-2024
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|Biosimilar Market in Europe: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2019-2024|
|Published: February 11, 2019||Content info: 140 Pages||
The biosimilar market in Europe reached a value of US$ 2,934.6 Million in 2018. The market is further projected to reach a value of US$ 11,663.1 Million by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 24.9% during 2019-2024. The European biosimilar market represents the most mature in the world and continues to rally momentum. This market is expected to grow robustly in the next five years, as a number blockbuster biologics are scheduled to lose patent protection in Europe.
Biosimilars are biotherapeutic products which are similar to already licensed reference biologics, in terms of quality, safety and efficiency. Biosimilar manufacturers wait till the patent of the reference product expires and then seek approval from the regulatory authorities in order to produce their biosimilar versions. These manufacturers use the state-of-the-art technology for comparing the characteristics, such as purity, chemical identity and bioactivity, of the proposed biosimilar to its reference product. In 2005, a science-based regulatory framework was established in the European Union (EU) for ensuring the production of high-quality biosimilars. Later in 2006, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the first biosimilar medicine, Omnitrope. Since then, a number of biosimilars belonging to various therapeutic classes have been approved in Europe.
Biosimilars Market in Europe: Drivers
Biosimilars are less expensive than their branded counterparts as they do not require extensive research and testing which saves both money and time; thereby lowering the costs. Moreover, they also have short marketing times as launching a biosimilar does not require extensive marketing as the safety and efficacy profile of their branded counterparts have already been established.
Several blockbuster biologics are expected to lose their patent protection over the next 5 to 10 years. This expiration of patents and other intellectual property rights is expected to create huge opportunities for biosimilar manufacturers.
The European population is ageing with around one fifth of the total EU population above 65 years of age. There has resulted in a significant increase in the burden of lifestyle diseases in the region. The prevalence of diseases such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, oncology, etc. has been increasing rapidly in Europe. This is also expected to propel the market growth during the next few years.
As a result of rising healthcare costs, governments across a number of European countries have formulated policies incentivising physicians, pharmacists and patients in favour of biosimilars over branded biologics.