Drug Delivery Technologies: Shaping the Future of Biologics

Given their high target specificity and limited toxicity compared to small molecule drugs, biotherapeutics have revolutionized treatment paradigms across a myriad of clinical conditions, including metabolic disorders, cancers, neurological disorders and autoimmune disorders. In fact, the extent of growth of such therapies can be gauged from the fact that more than 300 biopharmaceuticals have been approved between 2002 and 2018. Such products are inherently complex, and their full potential continues to remain untapped owing to an array of concerns associated with their development, manufacturing and administration. This is where novel drug delivery technologies come in and save the day!


The recent surge in biologics contract manufacturing has widened the opportunity for companies developing specific drug delivery technologies

A rich insightful summary of the drug delivery technology technology market including 300+ USD billion pipeline, key challenges and trends suggesting 2000 patents

Presently, over 80 novel drug delivery technologies, with the potential to significantly improve drug properties and / or therapy adherence to various target drug classes, are under development

Roots analysis representation includes distribution by properties such as sustained releases, controlled releases etc.

Proteins and peptides represent the dominant class of therapeutics using such drug delivery technologies; although a number of novel delivery strategies are available, the parenteral route continues to be the preferred mode of delivery


Several stakeholders are engaged in the development of advanced technology platforms, capable of improving drug release properties and exploiting different invasive and non-invasive dosing strategies

Grid analysis for delivery of proteins, antibodies and nucleic acids shows which type of drug properties are most successful as per report by Roots Analysis

The US is currently considered to be the base of operations for majority of the companies in this market, featuring a favorable research environment and a healthy mix of novice and well-established players

Northern Europe, Russia, USA are the dominant geographies for emerging technologies for delivery of proteins, antibodies and nucleic acids as per Roots Analysis

In order to achieve a competitive edge, drug delivery technologies developers are increasingly focusing on integration of advanced features in their respective platforms and affiliated offerings


Over the years, more than 2,000 patents have been granted / filed related to novel technologies for biologics, demonstrating continued efforts towards innovation in this domain


The increasing instances of partnerships showcase the rising interest in this domain; companies are actively collaborating to develop biologics with unique delivery mechanisms

Number of deals have increased, licensing partnerships are most popular mode for partnerships in drug delivery technology sector

Short term opportunity in the drug delivery technologies market is likely to be driven by licensing activity and will depend on the capability of novel technologies to meet unmet drug delivery needs


The major share is anticipated to remain within the developed regions, while the long term opportunity is likely to be driven by expansion into diverse therapeutic areas and exploiting different routes of delivery


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