The European non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) therapeutics market has been monopolised by MabThera for a number of years. Although CHOP chemotherapy is the major treatment for all forms of NHL, it is highly genericised with limited prospects for revenue growth. However, market dynamics are poised to change in the near future due to the anticipated launch of many promising pipeline drugs currently in phase 3 of their development.
New analysis from growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan (pharma.frost.com), European Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Therapeutics Markets, finds that the market earned revenues of $2.2 billion in 2006 and estimates this to reach $7.2 billion in 2013.
"The relapsing nature of NHL is creating the need for new therapeutic options," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ranjith Gopinathan. "Though MabThera is very popular and has gained widespread acceptance, there still exists a high unmet need among NHL patients."
About 1.75 million people worldwide are living with NHL. As the risk of developing the disease increases with age, the rising life expectancy across Europe is leading to a growing demand for treatments.
MabThera is projected to retain its market leadership position over the next 5-6 years. Most drugs in the pipeline are being positioned as add-on combination therapies with MabThera or CHOP. The market is poised to accelerate from 2012 onwards, pushed by several promising drugs, currently in their phase 3 development stage.
"Add-on drugs, in combination with MabThera or chemotherapy, are a prospective market driver," states Gopinathan. "For instance, Favrille expects Favid to be a blockbuster when approved for commercialisation."
Most research-based biotechnology firms are however currently facing considerable losses. Moreover, stringent clinical and regulatory hurdles could curb potential returns from biotechnology products. For such companies, difficulties in securing resources to fund clinical trials will delay the development process and extend the time to market.
Companies such as Favrille and Genitope are facing mounting operating expenses due to high investments in research. Any regulatory setback could jeopardise their business sustainability.
Additionally, most oncologists are satisfied with MabThera and may not feel the need to replace it entirely with new drugs. Hence, combination drugs with MabThera or CHOP would gain easier acceptance among oncologists and patients.
"Big pharma should look for strategic alliances or acquisition of promising pipeline drugs," advises Gopinathan. "Small-sized biotechnology companies should focus on research and finding a suitable marketing partner."
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