Liposome Manufacturing Market

Liposome Manufacturing and Development Services Market: Distribution by Type of Product Formulation, Scale of Operation, End User, Key Geographical Regions: Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, 2022-2035

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Liposome Manufacturing Market Overview

The liposome manufacturing market is estimated to be worth $0.7 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7% during the forecast period. 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 of drug developers. Liposomes are small artificial vesicles that have the ability to encapsulate, deliver and release low-soluble drugs and small molecules to a specific site in the body. Over time, various research studies have demonstrated the potential of liposomes in disease diagnosis and drug delivery applications, owing to their ability to self-assemble, carry large drug payloads, act as biomarkers for various diseases and transport important functional elements. Given the various benefits, liposomes have gained significant interest in the biopharmaceutical industry, which is anticipated to increase their demand in future. However, the liposome development and liposome manufacturing is associated with several challenges, including complex manufacturing processes, huge capital investments, inadequate clinical grade production and GMP compliant industrial scale-up, lack of facilities with necessary infrastructure, as well as concerns related to storage and stability. Therefore, considering the aforementioned challenges, a number of pharmaceutical companies have demonstrated the preference to outsource their respective liposome development and liposome manufacturing operations to specialized service providers.

The image provides context of Liposome Development and Manufacturing Services Market. Given their potential as a promising carrier for therapeutic molecular delivery and diagnostics, liposomes have garnered significant attention of researchers and industry stakeholders in the past few years This image provides list of Liposome Development and Manufacturing Service Providers. Presently, over 70 players claim to offer a wide range of liposome development and manufacturing services across different scales of operation The image provides details on the current Liposome Development and Manufacturing Service Providers market landscape. Leveraging their expertise, stakeholders offer a variety of services for a myriad of highly potent liposomes; around 60% of the service providers possess capability for stability analysis of liposomes

Q1. What is the Current Market Landscape of the Liposome Manufacturing Market?
The liposome development / liposome manufacturing services market is amongst one of the most dynamic sectors of the biopharmaceutical industry. Presently, more than 70 companies have the required capabilities to offer liposome development and manufacturing services across different geographical locations. These service providers employ a variety of analysis and characterization methods for liposome development.

Q2. How has Outsourcing Evolved in the Liposome Development / Liposome Manufacturing Market?
The manufacturing of highly potent liposome-based therapeutics requires an adequate working environment (to prevent cross contamination within multi-product assets), stringent manufacturing protocols (to comply with the established regulatory standards) and a trained workforce (to satisfactorily handle highly potent materials). In addition, it requires an expensive infrastructure, which is often complex to engineer, install and maintain. As a result, various companies rely on third party service providers to leverage their technologies for manufacturing these therapeutics and achieve greater operational flexibility. The inherent expertise of CMOs is believed to be capable of enabling reduction in the time-to-market a product and offer significant cost-benefits.

Q3. What are the Recent Developments and Expected Trends in the Liposome Development and Manufacturing Market?
In recent years, several events have been organized by various researchers / industry stakeholders in order to consolidate their presence in this field and enhance their existing capabilities to meet the growing demand for these novel drug delivery systems. It is worth mentioning that majority of the events were focused on discussing the analytical method development, manufacturing and process development steps for liposomes.

Q4. What are the Key Challenges faced by Liposome Development and Manufacturing Service Providers?
The primary challenge faced by these service providers is associated with the poor stability of liposomes under shelf and in vivo conditions. This is mainly caused by the possibility of lipid oxidation and hydrolysis, leakage and loss of hydrophilic cargos, along with fission and fusion of particles. Currently, some of these issues can be overcome by experimenting with formulation adjuvants, including antioxidants, or post-preparation processing, such as freeze-thawing and freeze-drying. Further, since the manufacturing of liposomes on large-scale is a multi-step and multi-test process, therefore, innovation in this market is essential in order to overcome the challenges.

Q5. What are the Key Value Drivers in the Liposome Manufacturing Market?
The increasing demand for novel drug delivery systems for effective delivery has led to a rise in the number of liposome-based therapeutics in the overall biopharmaceutical development pipeline. In order to cater to the growing demand for such therapeutics, there is a requirement for safe manufacturing technologies. Although some biopharmaceutical companies have made considerable investments to establish in-house capabilities, the capital-intensive nature and specialized containment requirements make the role of contract manufacturers crucial, specifically for small and mid-sized developers.

Q6. What is the Current Market Scenario and Likely Growth associated with the Liposome Development and Manufacturing Market?
The liposome manufacturing market is anticipated to grow at a steady pace in the coming years. Among various other types of product formulations, the therapeutic formulations of liposomes are anticipated to capture the maximum share. Further, in terms of end-users, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry stakeholders are most likely to outsource their liposome development and manufacturing operations to service providers as these companies primarily employ liposomes at commercial scale for delivering drugs to the target sites. Specifically, in terms of geography, the Liposome Manufacturing market in Latin America is likely to grow at a relatively faster pace in the long term.

Scope of the Report

The “Liposome Manufacturing Market, 2022-2035: Distribution by Type of Product Formulation (Therapeutic and Nutraceutical), Scale of Operation (Discovery / Research, Preclinical, Clinical and Commercial), End User (Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology, Cosmetics,    Food, Agricultural, Academic and Other Industries), Key Geographical Regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa and Latin America): Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, 2022-2035” report features an extensive study of the current market landscape and future potential of the liposome manufacturing services market, over the next decade. The study features an in-depth analysis, highlighting the capabilities of various stakeholders engaged in providing liposome development and manufacturing services.

This image looks at the details of patents related to Liposome Development and Manufacturing domain. Close to 700 patents related to liposomes have been filed by various stakeholders in order to protect the intellectual property generated within this field This infographic looks at the global events taking place related to liposome development and manufacturing. The growing interest is also reflected by the events being organized globally; such platforms provide an opportunity to the industry stakeholders / researchers to share ideas and develop a better understanding of liposomes This image looks at the details of clinical trials related to liposomes. 800+ clinical trials related to liposomes have been registered till date; majority (38%) of these trials were / are being conducted across various clinical sites based in Europe

Amongst other elements, the report includes:

  • An executive summary of the insights captured during our research. It offers a high-level view on the current state of liposome manufacturing market and its likely evolution in the mid-long term.
  • A general overview of liposomes, along with information on the formation and classification of liposomes. Further, the chapter also lays emphasis on liposome as a drug delivery system, liposomal drug delivery platforms and therapeutic applications of liposomes in drug delivery. Additionally, it highlights the methods for liposome preparation, post-preparation treatments, liposome analysis and characterization methods, pharmaceutical and industrial applications of liposomes. Further, it also features a discussion on the challenges in this market and need for outsourcing of liposome development and manufacturing operations.
  • A detailed assessment of the overall market landscape of liposome development and manufacturing service providers, based on several relevant parameters, such as year of establishment, company size (in terms of number of employees), region of headquarters, types of method(s) for liposome preparation, type of service(s) offered (formulation development, analytical method development, contract manufacturing, process development, quality control, GMP manufacturing, characterization, fill / finish, clinical and regulatory support, feasibility studies, screening and liposome conjugation), liposome bioconjugation target(s) (protein, small molecule, lipid, peptide, nucleic acid, vaccine antigen, vitamin, oligonucleotide, carbohydrate and mineral), scalability (small, mid and large), liposome analysis and characterization method(s) (stability analysis, encapsulation efficiency determination, size analysis, drug release kinetics, lipid content analysis, lamellarity analysis and permeability analysis), application(s) of liposomes (drug delivery, cancer therapy and gene therapy), scale of operation (discovery / research, preclinical, clinical and commercial) and end user (s) (pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food, academic, cosmetics, agricultural and other industries).
  • Elaborate profiles of the prominent (shortlisted based on a proprietary criterion) players offering liposome development and manufacturing services, across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Each profile features a brief overview of the company, its financial information (if available), information on its service portfolio, recent developments and an informed future outlook.
  • A detailed analysis of completed, ongoing and planned clinical studies related to liposomes, highlighting prevalent trends across different parameters, such as trial registration year, trial status, trial registration year and patients enrolled, trial phase, type of sponsor / collaborator, study design, leading players (in terms of number of trials conducted), disease indication(s), popular therapeutic areas, type of treatment, emerging focus areas and regional distribution of trials (in terms of number of trials conducted and trial status).
  • A detailed review of more than 6,000 peer-reviewed, scientific articles related to research on liposomes, based on several relevant parameters, such as year of publication, application area(s), and emerging focus areas. The chapter also highlights the top journals (in terms of number of publications and impact factor).
  • An insightful analysis of the patents filed / granted for liposomes, since 2017, taking into consideration various relevant parameters, such as type of patent, patent publication year, granted patents and patent applications, geography, CPC symbols, emerging focus areas, type of organization, leading players (in terms of number of patents granted / filed) and patent characteristics. In addition, the chapter includes a detailed patent benchmarking and an insightful valuation analysis, highlighting the leading patents (in terms of number of citations).
  • An in-depth analysis of recent events (webinars / conferences / seminars / workshops / symposiums / summits) that were organized for stakeholders in this market, based on several relevant parameters, such as year of event, event platform, type of event, geography, evolutionary trends in event agenda, most active event organizers, active industry and non-industry players (in terms of number of events that each company participated in), seniority level of event speakers, affiliated department of event speakers, most active speakers (in terms of number of events) and a geographical mapping of upcoming events.
  • An insightful outsourcing: go / no-go framework analysis, highlighting the various factors that need to be taken into consideration by liposome developers while deciding whether to manufacture their respective products in-house or engage the services of a CMO. Further, the analysis highlights all the key parameters that must be considered by players based on company sizes (very small, small, mid-sized, large and very large), while taking the aforementioned decision.

One of the key objectives of the report was to evaluate the current opportunity and the future growth potential associated with the liposome manufacturing market, over the coming years. We have provided informed estimates on the likely evolution of the market in the short to mid-term and long term, for the period 2022-2035. Our year-wise projections of the current and future opportunity have further been segmented based on relevant parameters, such as type of product formulation (therapeutic and nutraceutical), scale of operation (discovery / research, preclinical, clinical and commercial), end user (pharmaceutical and biotechnology, cosmetics, food, agricultural, academic and other industries), key geographical regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa and Latin America). In order to account for future uncertainties and to add robustness to our model, we have provided three market forecast scenarios, namely conservative, base and optimistic scenarios, representing different tracks of the industry’s growth.

This image looks at the details of publications related to Liposome Development and Manufacturing domain. Since 2017, more than 6,000+ articles focused on liposomes have been published in high-impact journals, highlighting the substantial efforts undertaken by researchers This image represents our proprietary framework, which helps in determining the decision-making criteria for liposome-based therapeutic developers in outsourcing liposomes, we expect a number of small firms to outsource their operations This image provides details on Liposome Development and Manufacturing market size. The opportunity within the liposome development and manufacturing services market is likely to be well distributed across various types of product formulations, scale of operations, end user industries, and key geographical regions

All actual figures have been sourced and analyzed from publicly available information forums and primary research discussions. Financial figures mentioned in this report are in USD, unless otherwise specified.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a liposome?
  • Who are the prominent players offering liposome development and manufacturing services?
  • What is the evolving trend of publications focused on liposomes?
  • How many patents, related to liposomes, have been filed / granted in the past few years?
  • Which companies are actively involved in conducting clinical trials for liposomes?
  • What are the key agenda items being discussed in various global events / conferences related to liposomes?
  • Which factors are likely to influence the decision of liposome manufacturing being done in-house or outsourced?
  • How is the current and future market opportunity related to liposome development and manufacturing services, likely to be distributed across key market segments?


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