Biosimilar Market in Europe Driven by Ongoing Awareness Initiatives

Owing to the changing perception towards biosimilars and favorable guidelines laid down by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the biosimilar market in Europe has witnessed a robust growth over the past several years.



IMARC Group’s latest report, entitled “Biosimilar Market in Europe: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2018-2023”, finds that the biosimilar market in Europe reached a value of US$ 2,013 Million in 2017. Biosimilars refer to biological drugs which are highly similar to already approved branded drugs in terms of safety, efficacy, structure, immunogenicity profile, etc. In Europe, biosimilars are manufactured, developed and approved according to the stringent laws laid down by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). A significant rise in the ageing population has led to the prevalence of various chronic diseases in the region. For instance, according to a report by WHO, cancer has emerged as the second major cause of death and morbidity in Europe with more than 3.7 million new cases and 1.9 million deaths each year. As a result of this, cancer supportive biosimilars, such as Filgrastim and Erythropoietin, are widely being recommended by doctors in the region. Moreover, the biosimilar manufacturers in the region are continuously developing new products which are projected to help in increasing the availability of biological treatments for the patients.

European Biosimilar Market Trends:

The growing awareness among the patients in Europe regarding the efficacy and safety of biosimilars as compared to patented drugs has created a positive outlook for the market growth. Apart from this, as patients have limited access to biologics owing to their relatively high cost, there has been a huge demand for the lower priced biosimilars. This has further helped in lowering the cost of treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, CVDs, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney failure, growth hormone deficiency, infectious diseases, etc. Moreover, the EMA and the European Commission are working towards improving the understanding of biosimilar use across the European Union (EU). In line with this, they have published information material on biosimilar medicines which offers healthcare professionals with comprehensive information about their regulations and usage. As a result of these factors, the market is projected to exceed a value of US$ 9,173 Million by 2023, exhibiting at a CAGR of 29% during 2017-2023.

European Biosimilar Market Summary:

  • Based on molecule, infliximab dominates the market, accounting for the highest sales. Other major molecules include insulin glargine, epoetin alfa, etanercept, filgrastim, somatropin, rituximab and follitropin alfa.
  • On the basis of manufacturing type, the market has been segmented into in-house and contract manufacturing. Currently, in-house manufacturing represents the largest segment, holding the majority of the overall market share.
  • Based on indication, autoimmune diseases are the biggest indication for biosimilars. Other major indications include oncology, autoimmune diseases, blood disorders, growth deficiency and diabetes.
  • Region-wise, Italy enjoys the leading position in the European biosimilar market. Cost containment measures in the country represent the major driver catalyzing the uptake of biosimilars in the country. Other major markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain.
  • The competitive landscape of the biosimilar market in Europe has also been analyzed with some of the key players being Novartis, Pfizer, Teva, Ratiopharm, Celltrion, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Samsung Bioepis, Eli Lilly, Accord Healthcare Ltd., Mylan, Boehringer Ingelheim, Hexal Ag, Apotex, Stada Arzneimittel Ag, and Amgen.


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