The market is majorly driven by rising prevalence of chronic diseases, increasing investment in research and development (R&D) activities by biopharmaceutical companies, extensive pipeline of biosimilars, growing geriatric population, and inexpensive nature of biosimilars as compared to reference drugs.
On the basis of technology, the biosimilars market is categorized into five categories, such as monoclonal antibody (mAb), recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA), bioassays, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and electrophoresis. Biosimilars manufactured using mAb technology held the largest share, of 56%, in 2018. This technology is also expected to be the fastest growing category in the market, owing to large development of therapeutics with the help of this technology for various diseases such as cancer, immunological, and infectious diseases.
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New product launches and strategic collaborations play an important role in expansion of the biosimilars market. For instance, Amgen Inc. and EnteraBio Ltd. announced a collaboration to develop orally-administered formulation of biologics in 2018. This shows that companies are willing to invest in biologics, which in turn, is expected to be a major driving factor for the growth of the market.
Furthermore, in January 2019, Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd. partnered with 3SBio Group to expand the biosimilar business in China. Through the partnership, Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd. will be able to widen its biosimilars portfolio and 3SBio Group will be benefited from the sales of Avastin.
Some of the key players in the global biosimilars market are AMEGA Biotech, Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd., Coherus BioSciences Inc., Synthon Holding B.V., BIOCAD, Zydus Cadila, Celltrion Inc., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Novartis AG, Pfizer Inc., and Mylan N.V.