~$900 billion worldwide market driven by aging demographics, increasing insurance coverage and innovation
We believe that the ~$900 billion global pharmaceutical industry, which includes all branded drugs, biologics, biosimilars and generics, is a highly attractive market for investment. Driven by innovation and growing demand for safe and effective therapies, the pharmaceutical industry has robust, non-cyclical long-term growth characteristics. Spending on pharmaceuticals on a global basis is expected to increase 7.4% p.a. through 2026, with certain subsegments, such as specialty pharmaceuticals, growing even faster.
In developed markets the growth of the pharmaceuticals industry is driven by several tailwinds. New legislation and regulation in the United States (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is expected to significantly expand insurance coverage to include over 23 million additional lives. Demographic changes also provide tailwinds, specifically, the increasing number of elderly in the US and Europe. In addition, as health care systems increasingly focus on cost containment, pharmaceuticals will remain one of the most cost effective forms of healthcare. This dynamic, coupled with advances facilitating personalized medicine will strengthen further in the coming years. Lastly, innovation will continue to be a source of new product introductions into the market.