GVR Report cover Japan Contract Development And Manufacturing Organization Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Japan Contract Development And Manufacturing Organization Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (API, Drug Product), By Workflow (Clinical, Commercial), By Application, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-985-5
  • Number of Pages: 118
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2020
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The Japan contract development and manufacturing organization market size was valued at USD 10.9 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2022 to 2030. Growing demand for biopharmaceuticals, a high burden of diseases, and the rising geriatric population are some of the key growth drivers. There is also increasing investment by various contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) for facility and service expansion. For instance, in November 2020, WuXi AppTec expanded its services offered by Cell & Gene Therapy Platform. The platform is now capable of developing, manufacturing, and introducing cell and gene therapies faster and with greater predictability.

Japan CDMO market size, by product, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected a significant number of lives in Japan. According to WHO, as of September 16, 2022, 20,488,312 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for vaccines for the prevention of the disease in the country. However, even though there was a rise in the demand for COVID -19 vaccines, the rollout of vaccines was slow as compared to other countries. Many CDMOs in Japan tried to improve their capability by expanding their facilities even during the pandemic.

The biopharmaceutical industry's margins are shrinking as a result of rising pricing pressure, regulatory challenges, and patent expiration. Contract services are viewed as a "strategic competitive weapon" by biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical companies because they assist in overcoming these issues. These services save their customers money. They also help save time, which can be efficiently utilized in the operation and management of a manufacturing & research facility.

Contract manufacturing enables low-cost product development, reducing a product's overall manufacturing cost. Furthermore, outsourcing services aid in the removal of trade barriers and the entry of firms into foreign markets. Due to these benefits, several companies have chosen to outsource biopharmaceutical manufacturing rather than invest in production equipment and hire skilled labor.

There is a growing demand for biopharmaceutical drugs in Japan for the diagnosis and treatment of various chronic diseases. According to the International Trade Administration (ITA), Japan is one of the largest pharmaceutical markets in the world, accounting for USD 109.6 million in 2020. And is actively involved in improving access to biopharmaceutical drugs.

For instance, in June 2021, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare approved virotherapy teserpaturev for treatment of patients with malignant glioma. Such approvals are expected to improve access to biopharmaceutical drugs in the country, thereby boosting the demand for manufacturing in the country.

Product Insights

The API segment accounted for 80.9% revenue share of the Japan CDMO market in 2021. Growing demand for new drugs in Japan and the high disease population in the country are supporting the segment's market growth. The increase in the interest of the government in improving the adoption of generics and the continuous expansion of facilities by market players are further supporting the segment’s growth. For instance, in March 2022, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited expanded its facility in Japan to improve its capacity for manufacturing API and intermediates for small-molecule drugs.

Based on drug product, the market is segmented into oral solid, semi-solid, liquid, and others. The oral solid dose segment accounted for the highest share of 48.1% in the market. The liquid dose segment is anticipated to experience the highest CAGR of 8.2% from 2022 to 2030. The market is expanding as a result of a growing demand for biopharmaceuticals such as biologics, biosimilars, and cell and gene therapy.

Workflow Insights

Based on workflow, the commercial segment dominated with the largest revenue share of 88.1% in 2021. The growing demand for generic drugs in the country, and the increase in the approval of biosimilar drugs and regenerative medicines are some of the factors contributing to the segment’s growth. The disease burden contributing to the demand for high consumption of drugs is further supporting the growth.

However, the clinical segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period. This segment includes CDMO services for clinical trials, such as manufacturing dosages for clinical trials and other clinical trial supplies. Japan has a significant number of pharmaceutical companies. These pharmaceutical companies are getting clinical trial dosage manufacturing outscored by CDMO to improve their profit margin.

Application Insights

The oncology segment accounted for 34.9% of the revenue share in 2021 and is projected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period owing to the high cancer burden in the country. Approval of regenerative products and virotherapy for cancer treatment is further supporting the market's growth. For instance, according to a report published by the World Health Organization, the number of new cases in Japan was 10,286,658 in 2020, of which 599,243 cases were found in males and 429,415 cases were found in females. Based on application, the Japanese CDMO market is categorized into hormonal, glaucoma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other segments.

Japan CDMO market share, by application, 2021 (%)

Glaucoma is expected to register the second-fastest CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period. This is due to the rising number of the geriatric population residing in Japan is expected to promote the demand for glaucoma drugs in the country and thus support market growth. The WHO states that glaucoma is the world's second-largest cause of blindness. The growing need for lowering the disease burden of glaucoma is further expected to boost the industry’s growth in Japan during the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Some of the key market players are undertaking various strategic initiatives to gain a competitive advantage. Partnerships, new service launches, and expansion are some of the key strategic initiatives adopted by the market players. For instance, in March 2022, WuXi AppTec launched Tetracycline-Enabled Self-Silencing Adenovirus (TESSA) technology to speed the production of adeno-associated virus for producing drugs for cell and gene therapy. Some prominent players in the Japan contract development and manufacturing organization market include:

  • CordenPharma International

  • WuXi AppTec

  • Cambrex Corporation

  • Recipharm AB

  • Lonza

  • Catalent, Inc.

  • Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

  • Samsung BioLogics

  • FUJIFILM Corporation

  • Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited


  • Bushu Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

  • Nipro Corporation

Japan Contract Development And Manufacturing Organization Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 11.6 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 19.5 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 6.7% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Market representation              

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2030

Country scope


Segments covered

Product, workflow, application

Key companies profiled

CordenPharma International; WuXi AppTec; Cambrex Corporation; Recipharm AB; Lonza; Catalent, Inc.; Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Inc.; Samsung BioLogics; FUJIFILM Corporation; Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited; CMIC HOLDINGS Co., LTD.; Bushu Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Nipro Corporation

Report coverage

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

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Japan Contract Development And Manufacturing Organization Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at the country level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this report, Grand View Research has segmented the Japan CDMO market report based on product, application, and workflow:

Japan Contract Development And Manufacturing Organization Market Segmentation

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

    • API

      • Type

        • Traditional Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (Traditional API)

        • Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (HP-API)

        • Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC)

        • Others

      • Synthesis

        • Synthetic

          • Solid

          • Liquid

        • Biotech

      • Drug

        • Innovative

        • Generic

      • Manufacturing

        • Continuous Manufacturing

        • Batch Manufacturing

    • Drug Product

      • Oral Solid Dose

      • Semi-Solid Dose

      • Liquid Dose

      • Others

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

    • Clinical

    • Commercial

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

    • Oncology

    • Hormonal

    • Glaucoma

    • Cardiovascular Disease

    • Diabetes

    • Others

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