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Market Insights Reports

The annual market for counterfeit drugs is estimated to be USD 200 billion and this value is believed to be expanding rapidly. As per a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO), 20% of counterfeit pharmaceuticals include an incorrect amount of the active ingredient, while 30% of the counterfeit drugs contain no active ingredient at all. Such illegal practices are likely to endanger the lives of the patients, as well as tarnish the developer company's reputation. In order to ov

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In the past few years, messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) has emerged as one of the key therapeutic modalities in the modern healthcare industry. Post the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, mRNA therapeutics and mRNA vaccines have garnered significant attention as they have evolved as a revolutionary novel drug class for the treatment of COVID-19, as well as several other diseases, such as oncological disorders, infectious diseases and genetic disorders. Presently, more than 195 mRNA therapeutics /

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Around 90% of the drug candidates in the current development pipeline and close to 40% of marketed pharmacological products, have concerns related to solubility and / or permeability. Therefore, players engaged in the pharmaceutical industry are actively trying to identify ways to improve / augment physiochemical properties and drug-like behavior of pharmacological products. Amidst other alternatives, liposomes (which improve permeability across biological membranes), have garnered the attention

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The research and development behind a new drug is reported to require, on an average, an investment of nearly USD 1 billion. At present, over 90% of the drug candidates fail across different stages of clinical trials, leading to significant financial losses for developers. In recent years, with the introduction of industry 4.0 technologies, such as augmented reality, big data, internet of things (IoT) and virtual reality, the digital twins technology has emerged as a promising approach to mitiga

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Novel cell cytometry devices have recently emerged as crucial analytical and visualization tools that have revolutionized the global cell cytometry industry. These technologically driven tools are used for multiple purposes in the research industry, such as identification and analysis of cells in a biological sample, cell characterization, cell sorting, cell cycle analyses, cell proliferation assays, immunophenotyping and hematological studies. Q1. What are the limitations of conventional cel

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The advent of biologics marked the beginning of a new era in the pharmaceutical industry. Over time, the growing promise of biopharmaceuticals has captured the interest of various industry and academic stakeholders. Currently, more than 200 biologics are commercially available and over 10,000 candidates are under clinical evaluation. With the increasing demand and diversity of biologics, an increase in the demand for production capacity and aseptic fill / finish operations has been observed. Ase

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In  recent years, therapies utilizing extracellular vesicles have garnered significant attention among the industry stakeholders for the treatment of diverse target indication, primarily owing to the various benefits offered by them, including target specificity, enhanced tissue regeneration, and reduced inflammation and chronic pain. Over time, various research studies have demonstrated the potential of exosomes (membrane bound extracellular vesicles) in disease diagnosis, drug delivery an

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Bioavailability is known to form an integral part of the drug pharmacokinetics. As a result, over the last couple of years, the concept of bioavailability has garnered significant attention in the pharmaceutical industry. Further, a study conducted on terminated drug development projects revealed that majority of the candidates fail in early phases. The study further highlighted that the aforementioned drug failures can primarily be attributed to the problems associated with pharmacokinetic prof

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Neurological disorders are considered the second leading cause of death and the primary cause of long-term disability, worldwide. Across the globe, over 6.5 million neurological disorder related deaths are reported annually. Further, according to a report published by the United Nations (UN), close to 1 billion people, globally, suffer from various types of neurological disorders. The growing number of patients suffering from neurodegenerative disorders has imposed a huge burden, in terms of fin

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Driven by numerous developmental breakthroughs and results of studies demonstrating the vast potential of cellular therapies in the treatment of rare disorders, this therapeutic modality has garnered considerable attention of players engaged in the healthcare industry, in the past few years. In this context, it is worth noting that, since 2019, over 1,035 clinical studies focused on such cell therapy candidates have been initiated. Moreover, several commercialized cell therapies have emerged as

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Clinical trials form an integral part of the overall drug development process, enabling the necessary evaluation of the safety and efficacy of a drug candidate. As these trials are prone to delays, and can even fail altogether, they impose an immense financial pressure on sponsors. Studies suggest that around 40% of the total investment made for the development of a drug candidate is dedicated to clinical trials. However, the conduct of such trials is often fraught with challenges, including sci

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Messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) is a type of single-stranded ribonucleic acid (RNA), which helps in transferring genetic information in order to produce proteins. The mRNA encoding instructions for protein synthesis are transferred from a strand of DNA to the ribosomes, where these instructions are translated and processed into functional proteins.   Q1. How is the research and development (R&D) activity evolving in the mRNA-based drugs industry? mRNA therapeutics and mRNA vaccine

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The cancer is the one of the leading cause of deaths, globally. In fact, as per the World Health Organization (WHO), 10 million cancer related deaths were reported in 2020. Further, it is estimated that, by the end of 2040, 27.5 million new cases will be added to the global cancer burden, exerting tremendous physical, emotional and financial strain on affected individuals, their families, communities as well as the national health systems. Even though a number of treatment options are available

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been identified as one of the greatest threats to public health. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.8 million cases of AMR infections are identified in the United States on an annual basis, leading to death of more than 35,000 people. Further, World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that, by 2050, the increasing burden of such infections is expected to increase the healthcare expenditure by USD 1.2 trillion, annually.

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More than 10,000 unique species of microorganisms make up the human microbiome; in fact, the total number of microbial cells in the human body is known to vastly outnumber the indigenous cellular population. Of late, many studies have demonstrated the importance of microbiome and its profound influence on multiple biological functions. Moreover, it has been shown that the diversity of the microbial community residing in a host body varies based on both intrinsic (gender, genetics, and immunity)

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The term rare kidney diseases represents around 150 different indications. It is worth highlighting that the prevalence rate of rare kidney disorders (RKD) is estimated to be 60-80 per 100,000 cases / individuals in the US and Europe. Despite their relatively low prevalence, these set of indications are believed to be one of the leading causes of renal diseases, along with diabetes and other rare genetic kidney disorders. The low disease incidence rate of such disorders, coupled to the lack of a

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Aided by the ongoing advancements in clinical pharmacology and oncology research, as well as the rising demand for targeted therapies, high potency active pharmaceutical ingredients (HPAPIs) and cytotoxic drugs have emerged as one of the key areas of interest for researchers and drug developers worldwide. As is well known, HPAPIs are pharmacologically active compounds which are capable of eliciting a biological response even at extremely low concentrations. Specifically, HPAPIs are categorized o

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Infectious diseases are known to be one of the top 10 leading causes of deaths, worldwide.  In-fact, more than 40 million people are affected by various types of infectious diseases annually. An article published in The Lancet journal reported that COVID-19 alone caused death of over 18 million people in 2020. Further, it has been reported that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is anticipated to be the cause for 6.5 million deaths globally, by 2030. Over the past few years, a number of ant

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