The Indian pharma industry is well positioned to capture much of the $65 billion new business expected to open up globally next year, a new KPMG study reveals//.
"The Indian pharma industry is currently worth $6 billion - in a global industry worth $650 billion - and is growing at 10 percent, compared to the global industry rate of seven percent," said John Morris, global head of KPMG's pharmaceuticals practice, commenting on the new study.
"The generics business remains at the heart of everything India does well and so it should, considering that India accounts for 22 percent of the global generics market."
"Bearing in mind that $65 billion of prescription medicines in Europe and the US are to lose their patents in 2007-08, India is ideally positioned to sweep up much of that new business."
Morris however pointed out that opportunity now exists for India to become so much more than just a generics player and shape up as a developer of new drugs.
Much of the impetus behind India's fresh challenge for a greater share of the global industry is driven by last year's introduction of product patents.
For the previous 25 years, patents were only granted on processes - a decision which saw many MNCs abandon the subcontinent, but which resulted in India becoming a leading player in the market for generic medicines.
The expansion of India's patent system to cover products as well as processes has already started to bring the MNCs back into the fold, the report points out.
There was never much point in Indian manufacturers spending too much on research and development of their own when their new product discoveries could not be patent-protected.
With patent protection in place and foreign investors eagerly eyeing India's wealth of human resources, and its massive domestic market, significant growth opportunities abound for Indian companies.
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