04 June 2019 | Analysis
Moreover, the treatment cost of each cycle using biobetters is relatively lower than that of biologics
Increasing usage of therapeutically more effective drugs for the treatment of chronic diseases is expected to drive the growth of biobetters market. Higher efficacy and lower adverse effects are among the important factors that are expected to fuel the growth of the biobetters market over the forecast period. According to the latest research, the global biobetters market is projected to account for a market value of around US$ 99,000.0 Mn by the end of 2029. The report also projects a significant growth potential for the biobetters market throughout the forecast period.
Better Therapeutic Outcome at Lower Costs
Lower cost of treating various chronic diseases with the usage of biobetters is one of the prominent factors contributing to the substantial growth of the biobetters market. Biobetters are more effective and longer-acting medicines as compared to biosimilars, which are their reference biologic products. Although biosimilars are 20 to 30% cheaper as compared to biobetters, superior efficacy and lesser dosage frequency makes biobetters a preferred treatment option.
Moreover, the treatment cost of each cycle using biobetters is relatively lower than that of biologics. For example, Neulasta, a biobetter of Neupogen, costs around US$ 3,400 – 4,000 for each treatment cycle, whereas Neupogen cost around US$ 6,000 at the inception. Although the cost of Neulasta increased considerably, it made only a little difference due to its increased patient compliance and efficacy. However, the market share of Neupogen and its biosimilars remains significantly low, when compared to Neulasta. The superiority of biobetters in terms of pricing, dosage, efficacy, etc. makes them among the most preferred treatment options among patients as well as healthcare professionals.
Various pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies are seeking approval for their respective biobetters for the treatment various diseases. For example, on May 7, 2019, Roche received approval for its Kadcyla drug for the adjuvant treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer in patients who are affected by residual invasive disease after undergoing neoadjuvant taxane-trastuzumab-based treatment. Kadcyla was earlier approved for the treatment of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. In March 2017, Roche received FDA approval for its drug named Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) for the treatment of the relapsing form of multiple sclerosis.
In terms of revenue, the insulin biobetters segment by drug class in the biobetters market is expected to be a prominent segment over the forecast period. By indication, the biobetters market is expected to be dominated by diabetes over the forecast period due to the higher prevalence of the disease. By route of administration, the subcutaneous segment of the biobetters market is expected to generate significant revenue during the forecast period due to superior drug delivery as compared to intravenous. By distribution channel, the biobetters market is expected to be dominated by the retail pharmacies segment due to higher patient footfall.
North America is expected to be a prominent biobetters market through 2029. Biobetters are approved through the biologics approval pathway as new molecules and hence, they have 10 to 12 years of marketing exclusivity in regions such as North America and Europe, which allows pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies to invest in R&D as it provides assurance to the manufacturers. The manufacturers of originator biologics tend to develop biobetters of their own product, which allows them to maintain/increase their market share due to the superior qualities of biobetters even after the patent expiry of originator biologics. For example, Amgen Inc., a manufacturer of Neupogen, launched Aranesp, a drug used for the treatment of anaemia in patients suffering from chronic kidney diseases as well as chemotherapy/radiation-induced myelosuppression in cancer patients.
The report also profiles some of the key companies operating in the biobetters market such as F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Amgen Inc., Sanofi SA, Merck & Co. Inc., Porton Biopharma Limited, SERVIER, Novo Nordisk A/S, Eli Lily and Company, CSL Behring GmbH, Biogen Inc., and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., among others.