Bioanalytical Testing Services Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Bioanalytical Testing Services Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Molecule Type (Small Molecule, and Large Molecule), By Test Type (ADME, PK, PD, Bioavailability, Bioequivalence), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2026

  • Published Date: Mar, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-946-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 120

Report Overview

The global bioanalytical testing services market size was valued at USD 2.67 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.5% over the forecast period. Increasing frequency of outsourcing R&D activities by the major pharmaceutical companies to focus on their core competencies is the vital impact rendering driver. Furthermore, the economic efficiency offered for outsourcing rather than conducting an in-house study is expected to further boost the demand.

U.S. bioanalytical testing services market size

Majority of big sellers are going off patent, which is anticipated to drive investments from drug manufacturers to replenish their respective pipelines. This is one of the major reasons for the growth of the market bioanalytical testing services. Contract Research Organizations (CROs) diversify expertise as compared to pharma companies with respect to performing clinical trials in a wide array of geographies and development of drugs in specific therapeutic areas are few factors responsible for their growing demand from pharmaceutical segment.

Increase in complexity and number of standards a single molecule may have to comply with, is driving substantial growth in the pharmaceutical analytical testing services outsourcing market. In addition, companies are required to stay abreast with regulatory updates and avail expertise and advisory services to be in synchronization with evolving standards. Moreover, international organizations such as the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) give harmonized guidelines that are regularly updated.

Development of biosimilars, combination molecules, and other innovative medicines has resulted in increase in demand for specific types of tests. Moreover, when companies diversify their business to a new location, it is mandatory to follow local standards, which may require them to conduct specific types of tests.

Molecule Type Insights

On the basis of molecule type, the bioanalytical testing services market is bifurcated into small molecule and large molecule. The small molecule segment held a lucrative market share in 2018. Most of the generic and branded drug compounds are belong to the small molecule category. Additionally, with the patent expiration of many blockbuster drugs, generic manufacturers are required to conduct and submit bioanalytical testing results. These factors primarily governed the growth of the segment in the forthcoming years.

On the other hand, large molecule segment is anticipated to exhibit healthy growth over the forecast period. This can be attributed to a rich pipeline of biologics or amino acid based molecules. Moreover, testing these molecules requires technical know-how with advanced analytical instruments. This infrastructure is available with bioanalytical services providers. Hence, outsourcing bioanalytical testing of these molecules is likely to be the prevailing trend over the forecast period.

Large molecules, also known as biologics, are based on proteins that have therapeutic effects. These large molecules are made up of several thousands of amino acids and can be heavy as 150kDa. The bioanalytical testing of large-molecule drugs is required throughout the development process (research to market). The pipeline for biologics is rich and the sale of biologics has increased exponentially over the years.

Test Type Insights

Based on test type, the market is segmented into Absorption Distribution Metabolism Excretion (ADME), Pharmacokinetics (PK), Pharmacodynamics (PD), bioavailability, bioequivalence, and others. Bioavailability (BA) and Bioequivalence (BE) studies held significant market share in 2018, attributed to the great demand for these services in generic drug manufacturing.

Pharmacokinetics (PK) is the branch of pharmacology related to the fate of drug after administration. Dose, dosing interval, Peak Plasma Concentration (Cmax), time to reach peak plasma concentration (tmax), volume of distribution, elimination half-life, and elimination rate constant are vital and commonly measured PK parameters. Companies are using advanced methods for determination of PK parameters.

For instance, Dry Blood Spot (DBS) technology offered by SGS has plenty of advantages over traditional methods. Minimal sample requirement, absence of post collection processing, convenient sample shipment and storage, and low biohazard risks are the benefits of DBS method.

Regional Insights

North America led the global market for bioanalytical testing services in 2018. This can be attributed to the fact that it is one of the top manufacturing hubs of highly reliable, complex, and high-end pharmaceuticals. Consequently, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are rapidly moving toward electronics manufacturing service providers to efficiently handle increasing volume of electronic components in the current pharmaceuticals.

The rapid increase in pharmaceutical manufacturing to meet the rising demand for efficient healthcare is expected to be one of the major factors propelling development of the market in North America. According to a recent study, in 2013, approximately 15.0% of the GDP was spent on healthcare and medical sector. The regional pharmaceutical outsourcing market is anticipated to grow further due to the increasing government support to curb healthcare expenses.

Global bioanalytical testing services market share

Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period owing to rising demand for outsourcing services in comparatively immature markets. Outsourcing services in this region are typically supported by the delivery centers in China, Manila, and India. China is gaining popularity as a delivery location for onshore clients and nearshore clients based out of Japan.

Bioanalytical Testing Services Market Share Insights

Some of the key market players include PPD; ICON plc; Covance Inc.; LabCorp; Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.; inVentiv Health; SGS SA; Toxikon, Inc.; Intertek group; and Pace Analytical Services, LLC. Collaborations, service portfolio expansions, and merger and acquisitions are the key strategic undertakings by these players.

For instance, in February 2015, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) acquired Covance. This transaction is expected to expand the biopharmaceutical reach of LabCorp globally, thereby promoting higher profits and number of projects. In another similar transaction, in September 2016, ICON acquired Clinical Research Management, Inc. (ClinicalRM), a leading provider of full service and functional research solutions to expand its service portfolio.

Bioanalytical Testing Services Market Report Scope 

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 3.2 billion

Revenue forecast in 2026

USD  4.83 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.5% from 2019 to 2026

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2026

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2019 to 2026

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments covered

Molecule type, test type, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; Japan; India; Australia; South Korea; Mexico; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

PPD; ICON plc; Covance Inc.; LabCorp; Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.; inVentiv Health; SGS SA; Toxikon, Inc.; Intertek group

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2026. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global bioanalytical testing services market report on the basis of molecule type, test type, and region:

  • Molecule Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2026)

    • Small Molecule

    • Large Molecule

      • LC-MS Studies

      • Immunoassays

      • Others

  • Test Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2026)

    • ADME

      • In-Vivo

      • In-Vitro

    • PK

    • PD

    • Bioavailability

    • Bioequivalence

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2026)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • MEA

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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