The pharmaceutical industry has responded to the declining research and development (R&D) productivity over the past decade by decreasing its cost base and outsourcing parts of drug research, with China increasingly being the preferred destination for such outsourced work. For this Focus article, we collected and analyzed data for 66 China-based nonclinical contract research organizations (CROs); approximately 60% of the companies were localized in the Yangtze River Delta cluster and another 20% within the Beijing cluster. Almost 25% of the companies offered services in discovery biology, the single largest service offering in the data set, with another 20% offering preclinical research (toxicology, pharmacology, and animal models) and approximately 15% offering pharmaceutical development. The biologics and pharmaceutical development services represent key future growth areas, with CROs showing an increasing appetite for risk-sharing partnerships.
Xia, C., & Gautam, A. (2015, July 9). Biopharma CRO industry in China: landscape and opportunities. Drug Discovery Today. Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drudis.2015.02.007