Virtual Clinical Trials Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Virtual Clinical Trials Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Study Design (Interventional, Observational, Expanded Access), By Indication (Oncology, Cardiovascular), By Region, And Segment Forecasts 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Nov, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-239-7
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 120

Report Overview

The global virtual clinical trials market size was estimated at USD 7.0 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% from 2020 to 2027. The market is majorly driven by a rise in R&D activities, the increasing healthcare digitization, as well as the adoption of telehealth. Besides, technological advancements, alliances between clinical research organizations, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, as well as supportive government initiatives are anticipated to drive the market.

U.S. virtual clinical trials market size, by study design, 2016 - 2027 (USD Billion)

A virtual trial follows a patient-centered approach, allowing for a more conventional trial experience for the participant together with enhanced data collection, increased diversity of patient, and time savings from the perspective of the trial duration. It takes complete advantage of many digital tools available and is characterized by no physical visits to a trial site. There is no shortage of terms or labels being utilized to define the concept of virtual trials. From virtual to mobile-enabled, to direct-to-patient, to remote, to software-enabled, to site-less, to modern, to 21st-century clinical trials, to flexible, to digitally-enabled, the list goes on.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the clinical trial industry to change the way of conducting ongoing or upcoming trials.  This year has changed people’s lives upside down. The stay-at-home and quarantine orders are being followed everywhere and the clinical trial industry is no exception. As per the Continuum Clinical report published in April 2020, approximately 30% of the surveyed clinical trial places are projected to have seen a huge impact on recruiting patients for new trial studies as well as retaining already-enrolled patients compliant with their study schedules. Also, 81% of the European clinical trial study sites and 56% of the U.S. sites indicated that the patients are less likely to continue participating in studies. Besides, as of March 30, around 30 pharma or biotech companies have reported disruption to a trial as a result of the crisis. 

Virtual trials, also known as decentralized trials, have a significant role to play in the present COVID-19 crisis and are set to become a norm in the way trials and real-world studies are run. A virtual method allows people to take part in the trial from their homes ensuring that research can be continued even when site visits are not possible. In addition, it is a novel approach to collecting safe and effective data from participants of clinical studies.

Virtual visits and remote patient monitoring of in-person site visits give participants a choice and peace of mind of not exposing to unnecessary risks. The virtual studies enable sponsors to include a larger population in the study, thus improving recruitment, engagement, and retention. Also, it enables continuous real-time data collection through digital health technologies. Eventually, virtual connectivity, monitoring as well as management can significantly decrease the effort, time commitment, and burden on the participants, CRCs, and investigators.

Indication Insights

The oncology segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 25.0% in 2019. The segment is also anticipated to contribute to the maximum revenue share of the market during the forecast period. This is attributed to the rising cases of cancer globally and the increasing number of oncology clinical trials. Cancer patients are the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Investigators and sponsors managing oncology clinical trials have quickly incorporated virtual and remote trials to keep patients safe and keep the trials moving forward.

Besides, cancer researchers face considerable challenges in patient recruitment. As of June 2019, approximately 14,000 oncology trials were actively recruiting with a participation rate of 3.0% to 8.0% of possible candidates, with a limited number in minority and geriatric populations. A low rate of enrollment poses risks to the success of specific clinical studies. It may hamper the treatment advances and corresponding benefits to outcomes. Hence, the low recruitment rate and the need for a diverse population for oncology clinical studies are anticipated to boost the adoption of virtual clinical trials.

Study Design Insights

The interventional segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 46.5% in 2019. The rapid increase in the number of experiments to develop novel medications for various diseases, and the digitalization of laboratories are driving the segment growth. The outbreak of coronavirus has raised the demand for testing and trials of new drugs and vaccines to combat the situation around the world, as traditional methods of clinical trials come with a huge risk of infection in people.

Global virtual clinical trials market share, by indication, 2019 (%)

The virtual trials are better suited for chronic diseases as well as less interventional observational studies including cardiovascular diseases, immunology, gastrointestinal, dermatology, respiratory, and endocrinology. The firm that first started this concept conducted an entire interventional Phase2b “site-less” clinical trial with 372 patients across 10 states using their proprietary mobile telemedicine-based platform named “NORA”.

Regional Insights

North America accounted for the largest revenue share of 49.7% of the virtual clinical trials market in 2019. The region is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. This can be attributed to increasing R&D in this region, the increasing adoption of new technologies in clinical research, as well as government support. Furthermore, market players are also using digital technologies to meet client needs. For instance, Parexel performed more than 100 virtual clinical trials including hybrid and virtual approaches. Covance also has around 1,900 LabCorp Patient Service Centers across the U.S. that brings the trial to patients.

In Asia Pacific, the market is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period owing to the increasing availability of a large patient pool enabling easy recruitment of candidates, & enhanced penetration of digital technologies in the region. Furthermore, the outbreak of coronavirus is anticipated to boost the adoption of telemedicine, thereby driving the market in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market for virtual clinical trials is highly competitive in nature. A significant factor affecting the competitive nature of the market is the quick adoption of advanced technology for improved healthcare. Besides, players are also acquiring, collaborating, and partnering with other firms to gain market share. For instance, in May 2020, Covance announced the expansion of its technology ecosystem to accelerate the adoption of virtual clinical trials. The company is doing so through an alliance with Medable, a prominent software provider for digital clinical trials. Some of the prominent players in the virtual clinical trials market include:

  • PRA Health Sciences

  • Medidata

  • Medpace

  • Medable, Inc.

  • LEO Innovation Lab

  • Clinical Ink

Virtual Clinical Trials Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market Size value in 2020

USD 7.4 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 10.5 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.1% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Study design, indication, 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; Japan; China; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; Colombia; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Report coverage

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

Key companies profiled

IQVIA; ICON Plc; Covance; PAREXEL International Corporation; PRA Health Sciences; Medidata; Medpace; Medable, Inc.; LEO Innovation Lab; Clinical Ink

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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 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global virtual clinical trials market report on the basis of study design, indication, and region:

  • Study Design Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Interventional

    • Observational

    • Expanded Access

  • Indication Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Oncology

    • Cardiovascular

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • India

      • Japan

      • China

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

      • Colombia

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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