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Contract Research Organization Market Trends

ID: MRFR//2389-CR | 90 Pages | Author: Kinjoll Dey| February 2021

Global Contract Research Organization Market Overview:


Contract Research Organization Market Size was valued at USD 64.13 Billion in 2023. The Global Contract Research Organization industry is projected to grow from USD 72.31 Billion in 2024 to USD 192.80 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.04% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). In general, contract research organizations help offer research-based services to businesses such as medical, government organizations biotechnical, pharmaceutical, and others. These industries require services related to data management, clinical operation, regulation, quality assurance, and submission.


The CRO market is showing exponential growth during the forecast period due to several important factors such as the availability of funds for research, government support for research & development, rising well-developed healthcare sector and healthcare expenditures, and rising patient population across the world.


Contract Research Organization Market11


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Contract Research Organization Market Trends



  • Rising investment by biopharmaceutical and medical device companies to boost the market growth


The majority of the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries continue to invest a considerable amount of money in the creation of new drugs and technologies. To bring high-quality, novel products to market, the pharmaceutical industry, in particular, is actively spending on research and development. Sponsors typically contract with independent services companies to create therapeutic products and other products, which enables them to adopt a more flexible cost structure and avoid maintaining redundant development capabilities around the globe.


The global market is being fueled by rising investments made in clinical and non-clinical research activities by many important enterprises, as well as by outsourcing to numerous contract research organizations services that help give cost-effective development options. The pattern indicates that the major pharmaceutical corporations are increasing their R&D productivity and working together on new R&D. The pharma R&D industry is evolving as businesses try to expand the number of remote workers and concentrate on creating trial outcomes that are more patient-centric and responsive. In addition to significantly contributing to the market boom in the forecast term, these new growth trends are anticipated to accelerate the development of new technologies and pharmaceuticals.


Contract Research Organization Market Segment Insights:


Contract Research Organization (CRO) Type Insights


The global CRO market segmentation, based on type, includes Drug Discovery, Clinical Development. The Drug Discovery segment held the majority share 2021 of the global Contract Research Organization (CRO) market revenue. This segment includes services related to drug discovery, such as target identification and validation, hit-to-lead, and lead optimization. Drug discovery is a complex and time-consuming process, and contract research organizations offer expertise and resources that can help drug developers accelerate the process. The growing demand for outsourced drug discovery services is expected to drive market growth.


Contract Research Organization (CRO) Clinical Trial Insights


Based on Clinical Trials, the global market segmentation includes Preclinical Trials, Phase I, Phase II, Phase III, Phase IV, and Others. The preclinical trials segment dominated the market in 2021 during the forecast period, 2024-2032 This is due to the growing demand for preclinical trial services from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Preclinical trials are conducted to assess the safety and efficacy of new drugs and therapies before they are tested on humans. These all factors for Contract Research Organization (CRO) positively impact market growth.


Contract Research Organization (CRO) End User Insights


Based on End-User, the global market segmentation includes Academic institutes, pharmaceutical companies, and medical service companies. The pharmaceutical companies segment dominated the market in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2024-2032. The growth of this segment includes the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, the growing geriatric population, and the increasing uptake of new treatments, which helps increase sales these factors for Contract Research Organization (CRO) positively impact the market growth.


In October 2022:Retail giant Walmart (US) is launching a new healthcare research organization to drive higher-quality, more equitable healthcare. The Walmart Healthcare Research Institute will initially focus on driving greater equity in clinical trials for drugs that treat chronic conditions.


Figure 2: Global Contract Research Organization Market, by End-User, 2023 & 2032 (USD Billion)


Global Contract Research Organization Market, by End-User


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Contract Research Organization Regional Insights


By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. North America is expected to dominate the CRO market during the forecast period. The growing pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in this region are the major factors driving the growth of the CRO market in North America. The US is the largest market for CROs, followed by Canada. The large pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the presence of a large number of clinical research sites, and the availability of advanced infrastructure and technology are the major factors driving the growth of the CRO market in the US. Canada is the second-largest market for CROs in North America. The growing pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the availability of skilled labor, and the presence of a large number of clinical research sites are the major factors driving the growth of the CRO market in Canada.


Figure 3: GLOBAL CONTRACT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2023 (%)


GLOBAL CONTRACT RESEARCH ORGANIZATION MARKET SHARE BY REGION1


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Europe’s Contract Research Organization (CRO) market accounts for the second-largest market share. The market is driven by the growing demand for outsourced clinical research services, the increasing number of clinical trials being conducted in the region, and the availability of skilled personnel and infrastructure. The main challenge facing the market is the high cost of clinical trials.


The Asia Pacific region is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR for the Contract Research Organization (CRO) market. This is due to the growing number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the region, as the increasing number of clinical trials being conducted in the region. In addition, the region has a large population, which is a major factor in the growth of the CRO market.


Contract Research Organization (CRO) Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


The major market players are investing a lot of money in R&D to expand their product lines, which will spur further market growth for Contract Research Organizations (CRO). With significant market development like new product releases, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations, market participants are also undertaking various strategic activities to expand their global presence. To grow and thrive in a market climate that is becoming more competitive and growing, competitors in the Contract Research Organization (CRO) industry must offer affordable products.


Manufacturing locally to cut operating costs is one of the main business tactics manufacturers use in the global Contract Research Organization (CRO) industry to benefit customers and expand the market sector. The CRO market has recently given medicine some of the most important advantages. Major hair care product market players, including IQVIA, Charles River Laboratories, Envigo, PPD Inc, ICON, and others, are attempting to increase market demand by funding R&D initiatives.


ICON, established in 1990, is a company that provides pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies with outsourced clinical research and development services. It provides services such as preclinical and clinical research, adaptive trials, biosimilar development, consultation, medical imaging, bioanalytical and central laboratories, and full-spectrum resourcing.


Also, Envigo was established in 1931, is a contract research business that provides early-stage clinical research services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, as well as the government, universities, and other life science organizations. The company specializes in biological product research, contract breeding, custom antibody production, full-spectrum health monitoring, genetic testing, research models, and surgical services, allowing researchers to achieve and safeguard the global potential of life-enhancing research and products.


Key Companies in the Contract Research Organization market include



  • ICON

  • Laboratory Corporation of America holdings

  • PRA health science

  • IQVIA

  • PPD Inc

  • Med pace

  • Envigo

  • Charles River Laboratories

  • Paracel international company


Contract Research Organization (CRO) Industry Development


October 2023:IQVIA (US), a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences industry, announced a strategic collaboration with argenx (Netherlands) to advance treatment for patients suffering from rare autoimmune diseases by utilising innovative and integrated technology-enabled pharmacovigilance (PV) safety services and solutions.


October 2022:The PPD (US) clinical research business and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (US), the world leader in science service, have announced the establishment of the PPD DCT Network to support global investigators and research sites participating in decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) for pharmaceutical and biotech customers.


July 2022:Labcorp®, a global leader in life sciences, has expanded its automated clinical trial kit production line in Mechelen, Belgium. The new, automated line will be used to produce specimen collection kits for clinical trial investigator sites in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.


July 2021:Labcorp®, a global leader in life sciences, has expanded its automated clinical trial kit production line in Mechelen, Belgium. The new, automated line will be used to produce specimen collection kits for clinical trial investigator sites in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.


September 2021:IQVIA (US) announced a collaboration with HealthCore, Inc. to advance real-world evidence (RWE) studies with increased quality and efficiency. RWE studies incorporate innovative scientific methods with dynamic data from electronic medical records, pharmacy, medical claims, laboratory and genomics records, and patient-reported outcomes.


July 2021:Parexel(US) announced an expansion in China to open a new clinical trial supplies depot to support timely access to supplies and medications to clinical sites and patients


Contract Research Organization Market Segmentation


Contract Research Organization Type Outlook



  • Drug Discovery

  • Clinical Development


Contract Research Organization Clinical Trial Outlook



  • Preclinical trials

  • phase I

  • phase II

  • phase III

  • phase IV

  • others


Contract Research Organization End-User Outlook



  • Academic institutes

  • Pharmaceutical companies

  • Medical service companies


Contract Research Organization Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin Americ



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