Updated on 3 January 2013
Bioscience industry trends 2013
The bioscience industry is about to step into 2013 and the year is predicted to unfold with new opportunities and trends that were so far just talk in the laboratories. First and foremost, the fact that blockbusters are on the verge of patent expiration has been a big worry for pharmaceutical companies, who have churned out mammoth profits from these drugs. Frost & Sullivan suggests that the top global pharmaceutical companies are employing new growth strategies to counter mounting industry challenges and are seeking to accelerate drug discovery plans and in 2013 more drug discovery tie-ups with external companies will be noticed.
"In addition to implementing new growth strategies to face larger economic challenges, pharmaceutical companies are doing less R&D internally than decades ago," said Ms Winny Tan, industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "By externalizing much of the development work for drugs and diagnostics, development costs are curbed while organizations are able to leverage outside expertise."
Read what the industry leaders predict for 2013:
In 2012, impressive developments were seen in the field of genomics, and countries such as Taiwan, Singapore and Korea implemented new plans to accelerate genomics research. Industry believes that in 2013 more initiatives would be taken to enhance genomics-related activities in various countries. It will gain wider reach, giving way to the trend of personal genomics where individuals can track their health issue way in advance.
Preventive diagnostics is another area where industry will be seen capitalizing opportunities in 2013 amidst the wave of churning ideas into revolutionary products targeted to bring healthcare services faster, better and smarter.