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Market Scope Expects Retina Pharmaceutical Industry to Top $3.5 Billion by 2014
Date:5/26/2009

tunity has been constrained by low-cost off-label treatment. Nonetheless, Market Scope expects revenues generated by retinal pharmaceutical sales to climb to $2.8 billion in 2009, while new pipeline products promise significant growth in the coming years.

The more than 50 drug candidates aiming to reshape this market use a variety of new approaches--neuroprotection, kinase inhibition, RNA interference, visual cycle modulation and targeting of the complement cascade--to treat the most devastating retinal diseases such as wet AMD, geographic atrophy, diabetic retinopathy and inherited retinal dystrophies. Although some will fail to meet their goals, others will likely shift the retinal treatment paradigm again. In several years, current market leaders Genentech and Novartis will face competitors such as Regeneron, Sirion Therapeutics, and Neurotech Pharmaceuticals.

Demand for retinal surgery is also growing rapidly, and surgical techniques are quickly evolving to meet patient needs. Technological advances in vitrectomy equipment and photocoagulation lasers, along with new devices such as telescopic IOLs and retinal implants, offer significant growth opportunities. Market Scope forecasts that this market segment will grow at a compounded rate of 9.9 percent through 2014. Alcon and Bausch & Lomb are the current market leaders in this segment.

Advances in diagnostic equipment have laid the groundwork for better diagnosis and monitoring of retinal disease. This is most evident in the new optical coherence technology (OCT) devices that have dramatically improved image resolution and pro
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