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April 1, 2022

South Korea accounts for 3.5% share of global clinical trial activity in 2021

By Carmen

South Korea has accounted for a 3.5% share of the global clinical trials activity in 2021, registering a decrease when compared with the last ten-year average of a 4.7% share, according to GlobalData.

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Industry sponsored trials outnumber non-industry sponsored trials in South Korea

Industry sponsored trials held a 79.3% share of all the clinical trials in South Korea in 2021, when compared with the ten-year average of 68.7%. Non-industry sponsored trials accounted for a 20.7% share in 2021 as against the average of 31.3% in the last ten years.

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Top therapy areas for industry sponsored clinical trials in South Korea

Oncology was the leading therapy area for industry sponsored clinical trials in South Korea in 2021 with a 38.6% share, as against a five-year average of 35.2% and a ten-year average of 31.9%.

Metabolic Disorders held a 9.5% share in 2021, over a five-year average of 11.5% and a ten-year average of 11.8%.

Gastrointestinal held a 9.2% share in 2021, compared to a five-year average of 8.8% and a ten-year average of 8.0%. Cardiovascular held a 9.0% share in 2021, as against a five-year average of 9.5% and a ten-year average of 11.3%.

Infectious Disease held an 8.6% share, over a five-year average of 7.6% and a ten-year average of 8.5%.

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Top therapy areas for non-industry sponsored clinical trials in South Korea

Oncology was the leading therapy area for non-industry sponsored clinical trials in South Korea in 2021 with a 24.3% share, as against a five-year average of 24.0% and a ten-year average of 26.3%.

Central Nervous System held a 22.7% share in 2021, over a five-year average of 31.4% and a ten-year average of 32.3%.

Cardiovascular held a 15.1% share in 2021, compared to a five-year average of 11.3% and a ten-year average of 13.1%. Infectious Disease held an 11.4% share in 2021, as against a five-year average of 4.2% and a ten-year average of 6.0%.

Musculoskeletal Disorders held a 10.8% share, over a five-year average of 8.9% and a ten-year average of 7.1%.

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Phase II trials lead industry sponsored clinical trials in South Korea in 2021

Phase II trials held a 39.0% share of industry sponsored clinical trials in South Korea in 2021, over a five-year average of 33.9% and a ten-year average of 29.3%.

Phase III trials held a 30.4% share in 2021, as against a five-year average of 34.3% and a ten-year average of 36.5%. Phase I trials held a 20.9% share in 2021, compared to a five-year average of 18.4% and a ten-year average of 18.5%.

Phase IV trials held a 9.7% share in 2021, over a five-year average of 13.5% and a ten-year average of 15.7%.

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Phase II trials lead non-industry sponsored clinical trials in South Korea in 2021

Phase II trials held a 61.1% share of non-industry sponsored clinical trials in South Korea in 2021, over a five-year average of 63.8% and a ten-year average of 60.1%.

Phase IV trials held a 21.6% share in 2021, as against a five-year average of 23.0% and a ten-year average of 24.3%. Phase III trials held a 10.8% share, compared to a five-year average of 6.9% and a ten-year average of 9.1%.

Phase I held a 6.5% share in 2021, over a five-year average of 6.2% and a 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.

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