GLOBAL CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY & CAR-T MARKET ANALYSIS & FORECAST TO 2025
Within the cancer therapy market, which today is worth over $160 billion globally, immunotherapeutic drugs have gained worldwide acceptance. This is because they are targeted therapeutics that have high specificity for cancer cells. Today, cancer immunotherapy drugs have captured nearly 50% of the overall oncology drugs market, generating about $75 billion in 2019 alone and are forecast to surpass $143 billion in 2025. This report describes the evolution of such a huge market in 20 chapters supported by over 180 tables and figures in 450 pages (published November 2020).
Strong Immunotherapy Market Growth Through Key Drug Approvals
Immunotherapy is forecast to become the oncology treatment of choice by 2026 with an estimated 60% of previously treated cancer patients likely to adopt immunotherapy in this timeframe. Multiple treatment lines, combination therapy and the opportunity for repeat treatment are likely to accelerate fast growth. Cancer immunotherapy also expands into multiple indications and our analysis indicates that key immunotherapies including anti-PD-1 drugs, dendritic cell vaccines, T-cell therapies and cancer vaccines are all driving the market. The rising incidence and prevalence of numerous cancers globally is a significant accelerator of growth. This is due to more sensitive early detection techniques, higher patient awareness and a growing aging population. Furthermore, the FDA’s pro-science attitude will accelerate development and regulatory market approval for these drugs. To that end, the cancer immunotherapy market is forecast to hit $143 billion by 2025. Overall strong market growth rates are expected due to a significant unmet need and increasing trends of hematological cancers.
Prior to the launching of Yervoy, the five-year survival rate for patients with early stage melanoma was 98%; but the five-year survival rate for late-stage melanoma was just 16%. Yervoy has been reported to have a survival rate of 25% when tested alone. When tested as part of a combination therapy treatment with Bristol’s nivolumab, the two-year survival rates rose to 88% for patients with late-stage cancer. Increase in patient survival rates brought about by cancer immunotherapy treatment is similar to that seen when bone marrow transplantation changed our conception on how blood cancer was treated. Other key therapeutic players in this market include Opdivo (nivolumab), Keytruda (pembrolizumab), Tecentriq (atezolizumab), Ibrance (palbociclib) the newly approved Bavencio (avelumab) and Imfinzi (durvalumab) and of course the first CAR-T therapies Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) and Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel).
Opdivo (nivolumab) from BMS is one of the most exciting agents in the immunotherapy market, and is indicated for melanoma, lung cancer, kidney cancer, blood cancer, head and neck cancer, and bladder cancer. The majority of immune-oncology agents are anti-programmed death-1 (PD-1) monoclonal antibodies, which will certainly guide the market over the coming years. Projects that currently are valuable include combined immunotherapies on our knowledge of CD137 and PD-1/PDL1 mechanisms. A study on a novel effector activating monoclonal antibody known as IMAB362 for the treatment of solid cancers is also exciting. Other projects comparing CAR-T cell effectiveness against T-cells that target CD19 or mesothelin are interesting in a preclinical setting. Of course, Novartis gained the first CAR-T FDA approval for Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel ,CTL019), in August 2017, for children and young adults with B-cell ALL. In October 2017, Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) from Kite Pharma for adult patients large B-cell lymphoma was also given FDA approval. This is a major boost for the global and US immunotherapy, and gene therapy markets.
What is CAR-T Immunotherapy? How Will it Impact the Market?
CAR T (chimeric antigen receptor T) cells are engineered specificity using antibody fragments directed to the tumor cell, and also T-cell CD8/CD3 plasma membrane proteins that elicit specific activity towards the tumor cell, via intracellular signaling pathways. To date publications have revealed a number of effective intracellular molecules in the engineered T cell including CD28, 4-1BB (CD137) and CD3 zeta. These engineered T cells have numerous advantages including:
- Intracellular domain can be modified to increase efficacy and durability of CAR-T
- CAR-T are still subject to the same regulatory and tolerogenic constraints of natural T cells, including checkpoints, Treg, MDSC
- CAR-T can be engineered to express cytokines and chemokines that further enhance function and migration
- Can be modified to express suicide genes that limit CAR-T population if toxicity occurs
To date, the main challenges associated with CAR T therapy include manufacturing, regulations, pricing and toxicity in patients. Currently there are over 100 recruiting CAR-T clinical trials globally, mainly in the US, China and Europe. To date a number of CAR T Cells (autologous/allogeneic) trials are demonstrating clinical benefit to patients, but others have demonstrated toxicity such as cytokine release syndrome. In July 2017, an FDA advisory panel determined that the benefits of CAR T outperform the risks. Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) by Novartis is indicated to treat children and young adults with acute leukemia and performed well in the ELIANA trial. The FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) recommended this agent for approval and became the first CAR-T cell therapy on the US market. In October 2017, Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) from Kite Pharma for adult patients large B-cell lymphoma was also given FDA approval. Breyanzi (lisocabtagene maraleucel) from Juno/Bristol Myers Squibb achieved FDA approval on February 5, 2021 for the treatment of adults with relapsed/refractory large B-cell lymphomas. Breyanzi is now the third CAR-T therapy approved after Yescarta and Kymriah.
The CAR-T market is addressing unmet needs in specific relapsed cancers, and trials have indicated that some patients show long term activity and high remission rates, but there is a large proportion of patients with toxicities such as cytokine release syndrome and neurotoxicity. The main players within the CAR-T market are Novartis, Juno Therapeutics, Kite Pharma and Cellectis. The market is moving ahead, backed by years of R&D, from both academia and industry, investors capital and small clinical studies. From 2019, Kelly Scientific forecasts that CAR T therapy will become more streamlined, with faster manufacturing times as advances in technologies take hold and clinical trials provide more robust evidence that this immunotherapy is robust. These factors, plus strategies to reduce adverse reactions and toxicities and larger players like Novartis taking stage will push CAR-T therapy ahead. However, recent deaths in the Juno ROCKET trial are creating questions amongst investors. How will the CAR T space influence the total immunotherapy industry going forward? This comprehensive report scrutinizes the total market and provides cutting-edge insights and analysis.
Key Questions Answered in this Immunotherapy Market Report
- What is the global market for cancer immunotherapeutics by product class such as MAbs, vaccines and non-specific immunotherapies, through 2025?
- What is the global market for cancer immunotherapeutics by geography, through 2025?
- What is the global market for cancer immunotherapeutics by indication, through 2025?
- What is the global market for MAbs by type such as naked MAbs and ADCs, through 2025?
- What are the market values for Herceptin, Avastin, Erbitux, Yervoy, Mabthera, Adectris, and Keytruda?
- What is the global market for cancer vaccines?
- What is the global market for cytokines in cancer immunotherapy?
- The projected market values for Nivolumab, Tecentriq, DCVax-L, Imfinzi?
- What immunotherapies have been approved to date?
- What monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) were approved by the FDA to treat different types of cancers?
- What are naked MAbs and how many of them have been approved by the FDA?
- What are antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and how many of them are available in the market?
- What are the common cytotoxic “warheads” used in ADCs?
- What are the important clinical assets in ADCs?
- How many bispecific MAbs are in late-stage development?
- What are the common side effects of MAbs in cancer immunotherapy?
- What are cancer vaccines and how many of them have been licensed to be marketed?
- How many cytokines have been approved for being used in cancer immunotherapy?
- What are the major checkpoint inhibitors in clinical development?
- What is the current status of anti-PD-1 drugs, dentritic cell therapies, T-cell therapies and cancer vaccines?
- What are the most valuable R&D projects in cancer immunotherapy and what would be their approximate sales revenues in 2025?
- Number of melanoma drugs approved to date?
- Number of lung cancer drugs approved to date?
- Number of brain cancer drugs approved to date?
- What is CAR T Therapy?
- What are the main challenges associated with CAR T therapy?
- What is the status of CAR T therapeutic approval?
- What are the current regulations for immunotherapies in USA, Europe & Japan?
- What are the main manufacturing steps and challenges in CAR T therapy?
The immunotherapy market report is supported by over 180 tables & figures over 450 pages. This report is presented in the following sub-categories are presented:
- By Segment (Monoclonal Antibodies, Cancer Vaccines, Non-Specific Therapies, Checkpoint Inhibitors)
- By Product Segment (Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs), Bispecific Monoclonal Antibodies, Cytokines, Interferons, Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Therapy, PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors, Dendritic Cells, Adopted Cell Therapy (ACT) & IDO Inhibitors)
- By Company (e.g Amgen, Merck, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Genentech, Roche, Bristol Myers Squibb)
A comprehensive account of company product portfolios are provided for 79 Cancer Immunotherapy pharma and biotech companies including:
- Amgen Inc.
- Biogen Idec Inc.x
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
- Cellerant Therapeutics Inc.
- Celldex Therapeutics
- Eli Lilly and Co.
- EMD Serono Inc.
- Genentech Inc.
- Genmab AS
- ImmunoGen Inc.
- Immunomedics Inc.
- Janssen Biotech Inc.
- Juno Therapeutics Inc.
- Merck & Co., Inc.
- Oxford BioTherapeutics Ltd.
- Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- Roche Holdings Inc.
- Seattle Genetics Inc.
- Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.
- Kite Pharma
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