GVR Report cover High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Market Size, Share & Trends Report

High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Synthetic, Biotech), By Manufacturer Type (In-house), By Drug Type, By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-563-2
  • Number of Pages: 191
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2020
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global high potency active pharmaceutical ingredients market size was estimated at USD 25.17 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% from 2023 to 2030. High potency active pharmaceutical ingredients (HPAPI) market is witnessing growth due to the factors such as thegrowing applications of HPAPI, increasing prevalence of cancer, and growth of targeted therapies.Rise in the incidence of cancer has resulted in increase in R&D pertaining to anticancer drugs, which is expected to boost the growth of the HPAPI market over the forecast period.

U.S. High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Market Size, By Product Type, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

The growing number of COVID-19 cases adversely affects the production of drugs as well as the manufacturing of HPAPI. Rising incidence of infection among workers led to the closure of manufacturing plants for safety purposes. Thus, high incidence and government-imposed lockdowns hampered growth of the high potency APIs market during the pandemic. For instance, in March 2020, Jubilant Pharmova Limited closed the API production plant due to the spread of coronavirus infection at production site. This shutdown affected HPAPIs, which were under development.

The HPAPI market is experiencing a surge in demand for products with the rise in the adoption of cancer therapeutics. Cancer is considered one of the prominent health hazards due to the increasing number of people being affected by the disease. According to WHO, cancer accounted for 10 million deaths in 2020which equals nearly one in six deaths, making it the leading cause of death worldwide. The research initiatives and the presence of health awareness campaigns are expected to fuel the global HPAPI market growth.

Moreover, market players are focusing on developing novel drugs to meet the growing demand for the production of active ingredients. For instance, in July 2022,  for its site in Mourenx, the Novasep-PharmaZell Group invested USD 7.3 million as part of a bigger initiative backed by the "France Relance Plan” to increase API and HPAI production capacity. The production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), notably the extremely potent medicines (HPAPIs) used to treat cancer, will continue to be in high demand, which will support the expansion of the Mourenx site.

The HPAPI market requires complex material with large investments for production and establishment of manufacturing unit. Companies are investing to expand their manufacturing units to increase the production capacity to address the increased market demand. For instance, in April 2022, Cambrex announced the completion of a USD 50 million expansion and the opening of new high potency capabilities in the U.S.

For addressing unmet medical needs, companies are collaborating to develop novel High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (HPAPIs). This allows firms to use their resources to aid the development of products and enhance their supply chain. For instance, in January 2022, Lonza, BioGeneration Ventures (BGV), and Forbion announced the extension of their collaboration to include the development & production of small molecules (biologics). Lonza will provide customized services to BGV and Forbion’s large molecule biologic portfolio.

Product Insights

The synthetic segment accounted for the largest revenue share in the HPAPI market in 2022. The growth of this segment is due to the higher effectiveness in treatment offered by synthetic HPAPI for a wide range of diseases at very small dosages. Moreover, with the expiry of patents associated with synthetic molecules, there is an increasing entry of generics into the market. The FDA carried out the generic drug program to ensure the availability of high-quality and cost-effective drugs in the U.S. amid COVID-19. It reduces the total healthcare cost and decreases the financial burden on patients by promoting generic products. In 2020, FDA approved 948 ANDA applications, including 72 first generic drugs.

Biotech segment is expected to show the fastest growth during the forecast period. The growth of the segment is owing to technological advancements in this segment and the high level of efficacy of these ingredients. Biotech HPAPIs are mostly peptides and other forms of enzymes. Moreover, the growth of the biotech segment can also be attributed to high investments in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors. This allows the innovation of new molecules that aid in the treatment of diseases, such as cancer. The cost of production of biotechnological products is high, as it requires highly specialized units and trained personnel, which increases the inclination of pharmaceutical companies toward third-party manufacturers. Outsourcing of HPAPIs has resulted in an increase in the bargaining power of suppliers.

Manufacturer Type Insights

In-house segment held the largest market share in the HPAPI market in 2022. The dominance of the segment is due to the initiatives taken by key players for the development of products suggests that they are highly focused on in-house manufacturing over outsourcing. In August 2021, Cipla, Inc. introduced an “API re-imagination” program for expanding its own manufacturing capabilities using recent government incentives, such as production subsidies.

Outsourced segment is expected to show the fastest growth over the forecast period. The growth of is attributed to the rapidly increasing adoption of outsourcing in the high potency APIs market. Outsourced manufacturing reduces the risk, resource commitment, and product complexity of the company. Moreover, developing countries are a cost-effective measure for outsourcing, because they have a lower cost of manufacturing which allows companies to gain higher profits which further is expected to boost the demand of the market. In June 2022, Wuxi STA announced the expansion of its HPAPI facility in China, which allows it to cater to CDMO customers that are looking for a complex manufacturing setup.

Drug Type Insights

Innovative drugs accounted for the largest revenue share in the HPAPI market owing to the growing focus on personalized and precision medicines, such as Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADCs), the creation of innovative HPAPIs to treat certain patient diseases, making innovation in this field a market driver for the growth of the market. In May 2021, Zydus Cadila launched the first biosimilar antibody-drug conjugate trastuzumab emtansine under the brand name Ujvira.

Generic medicine segment is expected to grow at the fastest growth rate. The growth of the segment is due to the critical role generics serve in allowing access to life-saving medicines and the U.S. FDA continues to prioritize it as a public health priority for saving healthcare funding. As of November 2021, there are already over 10,000 FDA-approved generic medications on the market, with generics filling nine out of ten prescriptions in the U.S.

Application Insights

Oncology segment dominated the market with the largest market share in 2022 and is expected to be the fastest-growing segment. This can be attributed to the increasing prevalence of cancer worldwide. For instance, according to GLOBOCAN 2020, an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases and almost 10.0 million cancer deaths occurred in 2020. In addition, breast and lung cancers were observed as the most common cancer worldwide. Due to the rise in the incidence of cancer, key market players are expanding their manufacturing capabilities to meet unmet needs. In June 2022, Merck announced the expansion of its U.S. Verona-based HPAPI facility two-fold to meet the increasing demand for cancer treatment components.

Global High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Market Share, By Application 2022 (%)

Furthermore, the hormonal segment is expected to witness lucrative growth in the forecast period. The growth of the segment is attributed to the increasing prevalence of the geriatric population along with increasing awareness of hormonal therapy. Some of the major hormone-dependent problems in women are Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, coronary atherosclerosis, and urinary incontinence. Rising prevalence of hormonal disease is further anticipated to drive growth.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the high potency active pharmaceutical ingredients market with a share in 2022. The dominance of the region is due to the increase in prevalence of cancer, developed infrastructure and the presence of key market players operating in the market. For instance, in 2021, the estimated numbers of new cancer cases were 1.9 million and the number of deaths were around 608,570 in the United States. The region is anticipated to grow as a result of rising regulatory support and the increasing incidences of chronic diseases with an increasing demand for fast acting and high-efficacy drugs.

High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Market Trends by Region, 2023 - 2030

The Asia Pacific is estimated to show the fastest growth over the forecast period. The growth of the region is attributed to the presence of emerging economies in the region. Presence of India and China which are major suppliers of HPAPI across different regions further makes it a source of reliance for manufacturers. Moreover, the region offers API and HPAPI at a lower cost which further boosts the market growth. Furthermore, the advent of generics and improvement in healthcare facilities further facilitate growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The key players operating in the HPAPI market are focusing on partnerships, strategic collaborations, and geographical expansion, in emerging and economically favorable region. For Instance, in June 2022, MilliporeSigma announced the inauguration of its HPAPI facility for oncology drugs worth USD 65 million. Some of the key players in the global high potency active pharmaceutical ingredients market include:


  • CordenPharma

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company


  • Pfizer, Inc.

  • Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH

  • Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.

  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.

  • Albany Molecular Research, Inc.

  • Sanofi

  • Lonza

  • Cipla Inc.

  • Merck & Co., Inc.

  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

  • Novartis AG

  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. 

High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Market Report Scope 

Report Attribute


Market  size value in 2023

USD 26.73 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 40.66 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 6.2% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, manufacturer type, drug type, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy; Spain; Denmark, Sweden, Norway, China; Japan; India; Australia; Thailand, South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Kuwait

Key companies profiled

BASF SE; CordenPharma; Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.; CARBOGEN AMCIS AG; Pfizer, Inc.; Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Albany Molecular Research, Inc.; Sanofi; Merck & Co., Inc.; Novartis AG; F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH; Lonza; Cipla Inc.

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Global High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth and provides an analysis of the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this report, Grand View Research has segmented the global high potency active pharmaceutical ingredients market report based on the product, manufacturer type, drug type, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Synthetic

    • Biotech

  • Manufacturer Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • In-house

    • Outsourced

  • Drug Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Innovative

    • Generic

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Oncology

    • Hormonal

    • Glaucoma

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Denmark

      • Sweden

      • Norway

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • Thailand

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East and Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • Kuwait

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