Microdosing to play more important part in drug development


Could be a solution to the problem of declining returns from investments in drug development

Microdosing or Phase 0 clinical testing could become an important part of the drug development process in the years to come and could be a solution to the problem of declining returns from investments in drug development, according to Frost & Sullivan (F&S).

The emergence of niche capability providers in preclinical testing and technology dependence could also lead to partnerships and alliances, fuelling growth opportunities in this sector, F&S said in its study, Strategic Analysis of Opportunities in the CRO Market - Phase 0, part of the Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Growth Partnership Service programme.

Alliances between contract research organisations (CROs) in the US and Europe have not historically been common. F&S said this is due to several factors including the industry\'s strong growth and relatively low technology demands for clinical testing. However, developments in microdosing should see a number of opportunities being investigated.

F&S\'s senior research analyst V. Sriram commented: "CROs face the challenge of competitively aligning their services to meet customer needs in order to overcome the threat of losing their stronghold and loyalty."

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Developing the technological expertise on niche capabilities, achieved in-house or by partnerships will help them retain their client base and allow for the creation of a one-stop shop solution, he added.