about the Company

Pharma Asset Research Inc. (PAR) facilitates business development and growth of pharmaceutical companies

Pharma Asset Research is named after three businesses in which the founder had been engaged prior to establishing the company, specifically Pharmaceuticals, Asset Management, and Investment Research. We monitor changes in the global pharmaceutical industry and analyze events and their background in order to identify the underlying fundamental causes for the changes as well as to forecast the future.

The company maintains a unique web-based library on pharmaceutical companies, offering indispensable intelligence necessary for management and investment in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Our Point of View 

Accelerated growth of the global pharmaceutical industry 

A quantum leap in life sciences has accelerated growth in the pharmaceutical industry. At the same time, the rapid elevation of scientific requirements in new drug discovery has put most pharmaceutical companies (with only conventional technologies at hand) in a position where they are faced with too high of a hurdle to surmount. Reorganization and concentration of the pharmaceutical industry through vigorous M&A in the US and Europe seems to be the only workable solution for the challenges seen thus far.

The number of so-called Mega-Pharma companies came to more than 20 prior to 2000; the number today has nearly halved to a dozen or so. The degree of industrial concentration in the pharmaceutical industry is nearly equal to automobiles. As seen in the aircraft industry, the number of global pharmaceutical players could potentially decline to five or so, a possibility that was made clear to industry watchers in early 2014 when US-based Pfizer tried to acquire UK-based AstraZeneca.

A shift from small molecules to large molecules  

Japanese pharmaceutical companies have also grown in order to keep pace with advances in medical science, but their presence in the global industry has diminished rapidly. In 2010, there were eight prescription drugs of Japanese origin among the Global Top 50. The number of Japanese pharmaceutical products in the Global Top 50 halved to four by 2015 and is likely to drop further to only one by 2017, and maybe even to none thereafter.

Japanese companies in the early 2000s were very successful in innovating new drugs to treat chronic, lifestyle related diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, peptic ulcers, and mood disorders. These drugs are “small molecule (chemical) drugs sold to a large (general practitioners’) market.” Together with patent expirations for those chemical drugs, the focus of growth has shifted to various small markets with unmet medical needs. Medicines to meet segmented markets are mostly large molecule, biopharmaceuticals. 

Antibodies and genes are vital elements in exploring the frontier of new drug discovery today. Only a few companies in Japan have a technical edge in this new area and the wherewithal to keep pace with the rapid expansion of this frontier. The shift from small molecules to large molecules has spurred integration and concentration among global mega-pharma companies. These companies are now very large, and at the same time are well organized to meet the challenges of the various segmented markets.