South Africa Oncology Clinical Trials Market Analysis

South Africa Oncology Clinical Trials Market Analysis

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South Africa's oncology clinical trials market is projected to grow from $82.2 Mn in 2022 to $138.5 Mn by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.73% during the forecast period of 2022-30. The market will be driven by the country’s rising cancer burden and regulatory framework for clinical trials. The market is segmented by phase, by study design & by indication. Some of the major players include Pfizer Inc., Roche Holding AG & Aspen Pharmacare.

ID: IN10ZACT006 CATEGORY: Clinical Trials GEOGRAPHY: South Africa AUTHOR: Vidhi Upadhyay

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South Africa Oncology Clinical Trials Market Executive Summary

South Africa's oncology clinical trials market is projected to grow from $82.2 Mn in 2022 to $138.5 Mn by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.73% during the forecast period of 2022-30. South Africa's economy is the third biggest in Africa and the most industrialized, technologically proficient, and diverse on the continent. South Africa is one of just eight African nations with an upper-middle-income economy. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is the regulatory body in charge of pharmaceuticals, clinical research, medical devices, and radiation safety in South Africa. SAHPRA is responsible for clinical trial monitoring, authorization, and examinations in South Africa. All cancers are becoming more common, with the overall number of cases more than doubling between 2019 and 2030, from roughly 62,000 to 1,21,000 incident cases. Breast, cervical, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and colorectal cancer are the most often diagnosed malignancies in South African women, whereas prostate, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and colorectal, and lung cancer are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men.

The broad and diversified patient population is one of the primary benefits of conducting oncology clinical trials in South Africa. The nation has a high cancer burden, and the frequency of various forms of cancer varies by area, making it a suitable site for research requiring a broad patient group. The nation is home to numerous world-class cancer treatment and research facilities, including the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, and the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. South Africa has achieved significant success in the development of its medical research infrastructure, and it is en route to becoming a key participant in oncology clinical trials. If the government continues to invest in medical research, the number of trials will undoubtedly expand, and South Africa will play an increasingly vital role in the worldwide fight against cancer.

south africa oncology clinical trials market analysis

Market Dynamics

Market Growth Drivers

The broad and diversified patient population is one of the primary benefits of conducting oncology clinical trials in South Africa. The nation has a high cancer burden, and the frequency of various forms of cancer varies by area, making it a suitable site for research requiring a broad patient group. The availability of competent medical facilities and well-trained medical staff is another benefit of conducting oncology clinical trials in South Africa. The nation is home to numerous world-class cancer treatment and research facilities, including the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, and the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. The regulatory framework for clinical trials in South Africa is also appealing to researchers. The government has created clinical research legislation that complies with international norms, making it an appealing venue for foreign pharmaceutical firms wishing to perform clinical trials.

Market Restraints

There are several challenges in conducting oncology clinical trials in South Africa. One of the most significant obstacles is a shortage of medical research funding, which might restrict the number of studies that can be undertaken. Also, there are some reservations regarding the possibility of ethical difficulties with informed consent, especially in rural communities where patients may not have access to the same degree of treatment or knowledge.

Competitive Landscape

Key Players

  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Roche Holding AG
  • Novartis International AG
  • AstraZeneca plc
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Sanofi S.A.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Company
  • Aspen Pharmacare (ZAF)

Notable Insights

December 2022: The Cancer Moonshot in a factsheet released additional steps to lower Africa’s cancer burden as part of the US - Africa leaders conference according to which:

  1. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has committed $48.5 Mn to assist HIV-Associated Malignancy Research Centers, which include several universities and scientists from the United States and throughout the African continent, including South Africa
  2. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has committed up to $60 Mn for the recently launched next phase of the Affordable Cancer Technologies (ACT) Program, which assists multidisciplinary research teams in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa in adapting, engineering, and implementing cost-effective new technologies for global cancer control

June 2022: Roche Pharma South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Aspen, a worldwide speciality and branded multinational pharmaceutical firm.

February 2022: Debiopharm and Aspen partner to launch trelstar®, a prostate cancer drug, in South Africa

1. Executive Summary
1.1 Disease Overview
1.2 Global Scenario
1.3 Country Overview
1.4 Healthcare Scenario in Country
1.5 Clinical Trials Regulation in Country
1.6 Recent Developments in the Country

2. Market Size and Forecasting
2.1 Market Size (With Excel and Methodology)
2.2 Market Segmentation (Check all Segments in Segmentation Section)

3. Market Dynamics
3.1 Market Drivers
3.2 Market Restraints

4. Competitive Landscape
4.1 Major Market Share
4.2 Key Company Profile (Check all Companies in the Summary Section)

4.2.1 Company Overview Product Applications and Services Recent Developments Partnerships Ecosystem Financials (Based on Availability)

5. Reimbursement Scenario
5.1 Reimbursement Regulation

6. Methodology and Scope

Oncology Clinical Trials Market Segmentation

By Phase (Revenue, USD Billion):

  • Phase I
  • Phase II
  • Phase III
  • Phase IV

By Study Design Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion):

  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Muscle regeneration
  • Others

By Indication Outlook  (Revenue, USD Billion):

  • Interventional
  • Observational
  • Expanded Access

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  8. Healthcare Policies & Regulatory Framework
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Last updated on: 18 September 2023

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