Europe accounts for 18.7% share of global clinical trial activity in 2019

28th August 2020 (Last Updated September 14th, 2020 14:25)

Europe accounts for 18.7% share of global clinical trial activity in 2019
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Europe accounted for an 18.7% of global clinical trials activity in 2019, a decrease of 7.6% compared with a 26.3% average over the last ten-years, according to GlobalData.

In Europe, single country studies held a 69.9% share for all clinical trials in 2019, compared with the ten-year average of 68.7%. Multinational trials accounted for a 30.1% share in 2019 against an average of 31.3% in the last ten years.

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Industry-sponsored trials outnumber non-industry-sponsored trials in Europe

Industry-sponsored trials held a 63.7% share of all the clinical trials in Europe in 2019, a rise over their ten-year average of 60.4%. Non-industry-sponsored trials accounted for a 36.3% share in 2019, down from an average of 39.6% in the last ten years.

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2019 industry-sponsored clinical trials in Europe – Top therapy areas

Oncology was the leading therapy area for industry-sponsored clinical trials in Europe in 2019 with a 26.3% share, remaining flat over its ten-year average of 26.3%.

Central nervous system held a 14.0% share in 2019, staying very close to its ten-year average of 14.2%.

In the third place was infectious disease with a 9.6% share in 2019, down from its ten-year average of 10.8%. Metabolic disorders recorded an 8.3% share in 2019, a drop over its ten-year average of 9.0%.

With a share of 7.4% in 2019, respiratory witnessed a drop over its ten-year average of 7.9%.

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Non-industry-sponsored clinical trials in Europe by top therapy areas

Central nervous system was the leading therapy area for non-industry-sponsored clinical trials in Europe in 2019 with a 26.4% share, up from a ten-year average of 23.9%.

In the second place was oncology with a 20.5% share in 2019, which represented a rise over a ten-year average of 19.1%.

With a share of 10.9% in 2019, cardiovascular saw a drop over its ten-year average of 14.0%. Infectious disease held an 8.1% share in 2019, as against ten-year average of 10.0%.

Metabolic disorders held a 7.5% share, which was down from ten-year average of 8.5%.

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2019 clinical trials in Europe by phase

In terms of phases, Phase II trials led the industry-sponsored clinical trials in Europe in 2019, with a share of 38.9%, marking a rise over a ten-year average of 36.7%.

Phase I trials stood next with a 25.1% share in 2019, which was up against a ten-year average of 20.8%.

In the third place was Phase III trials with a 24.5% share in 2019, down from its ten-year average of 26.5%.

Phase IV trials held an 11.5% share in 2019, with a more than four percentage point drop over its ten-year average of 15.9%.

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For non-industry-sponsored clinical trials in Europe, Phase II trials held a leading share of 54.1% in 2019, marking a moderate jump over its ten-year average of 44.8%.

In the second place was Phase IV trials that held a 25.4% share in 2019, saw a more than eight percentage point drop over a ten-year average of 33.9%.

Phase III trials stood at 14.2% share, comparable to its ten-year average of 14.8%.

Phase I held a 6.3% share in 2019, within the range of its ten-year average of 6.5%.

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Methodology:
The clinical trials data used for the analyses were extracted from the Clinical Trials Database of GlobalData’s Pharma Intelligence Center. Clinical Trials are sourced from numerous government, non-government and company clinical trial registries worldwide alongside clinical research publications, scientific conferences, company websites, SEC filings and more. The information is gathered by a combination of automation and secondary research to ensure accuracy and validity. A small number of Phase 0, Phase I/II, Phase II/III, and Phase III/IV trials were combined with Phase I, Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV trials, respectively.