Return on Innovation, Part 6: Clinical Trial Sites

A Critical Service in the Pharmaceutical Value Chain

In their ongoing quest to develop and monetize drugs more quickly and efficiently, pharmaceutical companies are partnering with outsourcers across their value chains. As a result, the outsourced pharmaceutical services sector provides a wide range of opportunities for strategic acquirers and private equity investors.

In this report, professionals from the Harris Williams Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Group share key data and trends related to the clinical trial sites subsector, a critical link in the pharmaceutical value chain. (See Return on Innovation, Part 1: Commercialization Services; Part 2: Contract Research Organizations; Part 3: Pharmaceutical Safety and Risk Management; Return on Innovation, Part 4: Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations (CDMOs); Return on Innovation, Part 5: Real-World Evidence.)

Efficient Intricacy

The pharmaceutical development process is becoming more complex, often costing more than $2 billion and taking 10+ years—making the role of clinical trial sites increasingly essential.

These businesses manage progressively intricate clinical trials and create efficiencies along the way, enabling pharmaceutical companies to save money and bring products to market faster.

Driven by an expanding U.S. pre-clinical pipeline and accelerated investments in biotech and pharma, the clinical site market is positioned for strong and sustained growth. In fact, the U.S. market was estimated at $14 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow to $19.5 billion by 2025 at 6.8% CAGR.

In our new report, professionals from the Harris Williams Healthcare & Life Sciences Group share what investors need to know about clinical trial sites, including:

  • A detailed look into the market’s growth drivers
  • Strategic models for scaled operators
  • Critical success factors of top-performing businesses
  • The market’s fragmentation and opportunities for consolidation
  • An overview of the competitive landscape


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