GVR Report cover Central Nervous System Therapeutic Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Central Nervous System Therapeutic Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Disease (Neurovascular Diseases, CNS Trauma, Mental Health, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Infectious Diseases), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-516-8
  • Number of Report Pages: 120
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2017 - 2019
  • Forecast Period: 2021 - 2028 
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global central nervous system therapeutic market size was valued at 116.2 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4% from 2021 to 2028. Advancements in diagnostics and therapeutics of central nervous system (CNS) diseases are expected to increase the treatment rate globally. Moreover, the increasing prevalence of central nervous system disorders and the rising demand for effective therapeutics options are expected to boost market growth over the forecast years. According to a report published by the WHO, central nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke affect more than 1 billion people worldwide. The high unmet medical need has led all the major pharmaceutical companies to invest and develop novel therapies for the treatment of CNS diseases.

U.S. CNS therapeutic market size, by disease, 2017 - 2028 (USD Billion)

Rising approval of generic products owing to patent expiration of key products, such as Copaxone and Invega, has led to an increase in treatment rate, especially in low- and middle-income countries. For instance, in 2018, the FDA approved two new generic forms of Copaxone, which is further expected to increase competitive rivalry in the market for central nervous system therapeutic. Regulatory guidelines and critical clinical trials are encouraging the entry of new products into the market for central nervous system therapeutic. These drugs are monitored for their efficacy, dosage, formulation, and aftereffects. For instance, the U.S. FDA has designated CNS Pharmaceuticals’ berubicin as an orphan drug for the treatment of patients with malignant gliomas.

The CNS therapeutics market has experienced extensive R&D efforts in the past decade, which have resulted in the introduction of novel drug-delivery systems. The advancements in the drug-delivery systems are expected to increase the adoption of a novel therapy to treat central nervous system diseases. These novel drug-delivery systems have an edge over conventional methods owing to reduced adverse effects. The demand for a novel drug-delivery system is owing to ease of delivery and availability of different dosage forms. For instance, the introduction of transdermal patches for central nervous system disorders provides an accurate amount of medicine and relief mostly for around 24 hours.

The presence of strong pipeline products is expected to propel the market for central nervous system therapeutics over the forecast period. The key pharmaceutical players are focusing on new therapies to prevent or improve the symptoms of neurological disorders. Companies such as Biogen, AbbVie Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Eli Lilly and Company, and others have their drug candidates in the last phases of the development and are expected to be commercialized in the foreseeable future. The launch of these novel drugs is anticipated to boost the market for central nervous system therapeutic. Most of the drugs in the development aim to interrupt the disease process by impacting the brain changes associated with diseases.

The increasing awareness regarding mental health and neurodegenerative diseases by government and non-government organizations is anticipated to increase the treatment rate globally. Organizations such as WHO and others conduct various awareness programs to increase awareness among people living with central nervous system disorders. Furthermore, the Spanish government has launched a national plan to tackle dementia that includes key targets for improving dementia awareness, patient-centric health and social care, and promotion of research and innovation. The focus on neurodegenerative disease research is higher in Spain.

Disease Insights

The neurodegenerative disease segment dominated the market for central nervous system therapeutic and accounted for the largest revenue share of 39.4% in 2020. The segment is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. The high prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease and the high cost of neurodegenerative diseases is anticipated to increase the segment share from the year 2020 to 2028. Moreover, strong pipeline products for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease are expected to drive the segment. For instance, there are more than 130 drug candidates in the pipeline globally for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mental health was estimated to be the second-largest segment in the central nervous system therapeutic market. High patient base of anxiety disorder and epilepsy are the major growth contributors. Moreover, the presence of strong pipeline drugs for the treatment of psychotic disorders is anticipated to drive the market for central nervous system therapeutic at a lucrative rate over the forecast period.

Global CNS therapeutic market share, by disease, 2020 (%)

CNS cancer is expected to be the fastest-growing segment over the forecast period and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 10.1%. Its high growth rate can be attributed to increasing prevalence and mortality and growing demand for treatment. For instance, around 70,800 people in the United States are diagnosed with brain cancer every year, which represents 1.4% of the total cancer incidence and causes about 2.4% of all cancer deaths in the U.S. GBM is the most common brain cancer and accounts for more than half of all brain cancers. In 2018, around 300,000 people were diagnosed with brain cancer worldwide and caused deaths of nearly 240,000 in the same year. Also, constant R&D efforts by pharmaceutical companies, coupled with increasing investment by government and private entities, are expected to support the adoption of CNS drugs in cancer treatment.

The neurodegenerative diseases and mental health segments collectively held more than 75.0% share of the market. High prevalence and technological collaborations are factors that can be attributed to the largest share of these segments and will continue to show its dominance over the forecast period. For instance, in January 2021, Atalanta Therapeutics has collaborated with Biogen and Genentech for the development of RNAi therapeutics for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market for central nervous system therapeutic and held the largest revenue share of 47.3% in 2020. The presence of strong players in the region and rising initiative undertaken by key players to develop novel therapies for different central nervous system disorders are factors expected to increase the overall market share. Moreover, the constantly rising incidence of mental health and neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy is fueling the demand for central nervous system therapeutics in the North America region. Awareness campaigns about diagnosis and treatment of CNS diseases run by pharmaceutical companies and better reimbursement policies for the CNS diseases treatment increase the treatment rate in the region.

In Asia Pacific, the market for central nervous system therapeutic is expected to grow at the highest rate over the next eight years. Improving healthcare infrastructure in emerging markets such as India and China and a large patient base with high unmet medical needs are some factors expected to drive treatment adoption rate during the forecast period. Moreover, increasing awareness regarding mental health and initiatives of the government and non-profit organizations are increasing market growth. In countries like China and India, many non-profit organizations offer treatment for patients living with central nervous system disorders.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Large pharmaceutical companies are highly investing in the development of novel therapies to treat central nervous system diseases. In February 2020, Biogen announced USD 2.72 billion deal with Sangamo Therapeutics to develop gene regulation therapies to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the prominent players in the central nervous system therapeutic market include:

  • Biogen

  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

  • Eli Lilly and Company

  • Merck & Co.

  • Astra Zeneca

  • Shire PLC

  • Novartis AG

  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

  • Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

  • Pfizer, Inc.

Central Nervous System Therapeutic Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 124.0 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 205.0 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.4% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Disease, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

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

Key companies profiled

Biogen; Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; Eli Lilly and Company; Merck & Co.; Astra Zeneca; Shire PLC; Novartis AG; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.

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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 in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global central nervous system therapeutic market report on the basis of disease and region:

  • Disease Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Neurovascular Diseases

    • CNS Trauma

    • Mental Health

      • Anxiety Disorders

      • Epilepsy

      • Mood Disorders

      • Psychotic Disorders

      • Others

    • Neurodegenerative Diseases

      • Alzheimer's Disease

      • Parkinson’s Disease

      • Multiple Sclerosis

      • Huntington's Disease

      • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

      • Others

    • Infectious Diseases

    • CNS Cancer

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • India

      • China

      • Japan

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Argentina

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • South Africa

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