The pharmaceuticalindustry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the evolution of evolving treatment paradigms, the gravity of unmet medical needs, as well as the growing importance of themes such as pharmacogenomics, digital therapeutics, and artificial intelligence. In the last three years alone, there have been over 633,000 patents filed and granted in the pharmaceutical industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Environmental Sustainability in Pharmaceuticals: Anti-malarial compositions.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 756,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the pharmaceutical industry, there are 110 innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Anti-malarial compositions is a key innovation area in environmental sustainability

Anti-malarial medications such as chloroquine are used for the treatment and prevention of malaria infection. Majority of anti-malarial medications focus on the erythrocytic stage of the disease that results in the symptoms of malaria. Anti-malarial medications work by eliminating the parasite – known as Plasmodium parasites – that has infected the red blood cells of the patient. There are multiple anti-malarial medications with various chemical structures, with each one damaging the disease-causing parasite in a different way, but generally via killing the parasite enzymes or activities within infected erythrocytes.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established pharmaceutical companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of anti-malarial compositions.

Key players in anti-malarial compositions – a disruptive innovation in the pharmaceutical industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to anti-malarial compositions

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
GSK 284 Unlock company profile
U.S. Department of Defense 55 Unlock company profile
Sanaria 52 Unlock company profile
Zydus Lifesciences 50 Unlock company profile
Artificial Cell Technologies 46 Unlock company profile
Otsuka Holdings 46 Unlock company profile
VLP Therapeutics 35 Unlock company profile
Johnson & Johnson 34 Unlock company profile
Inovio Pharmaceuticals 24 Unlock company profile
United States Of America 23 Unlock company profile
Leidos Holdings 21 Unlock company profile
Saiba 21 Unlock company profile
United States Army Reserve 17 Unlock company profile
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals 16 Unlock company profile
Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine 16 Unlock company profile
Oxford BioMedica 15 Unlock company profile
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 14 Unlock company profile
Institut Pasteur 13 Unlock company profile
Alpha-O Peptides 13 Unlock company profile
Vir Biotechnology 12 Unlock company profile
Cyvax 12 Unlock company profile
Vac-4-All 10 Unlock company profile
Theravectys 10 Unlock company profile
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung 10 Unlock company profile
Statens Serum Institut 9 Unlock company profile
Sumitomo Chemical 8 Unlock company profile
Fundacio Cellex 8 Unlock company profile
Hospital for Sick Children 7 Unlock company profile
Hawaii Biotech 7 Unlock company profile
Curevac 6 Unlock company profile
CAS-Lamvac Biotech 6 Unlock company profile
Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies 6 Unlock company profile
Centre de Recerca en Salut Internacional de Barcelona 5 Unlock company profile
aRigen Pharmaceuticals 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

GSK is a leading healthcare company that focuses on developing, manufacturing and commercialising pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. It offers drugs for the treatment of diseases such as HIV, respiratory, cancer, immuno-inflammation, anti-viral, central nervous system (CNS), metabolic, cardiovascular and urogenital, anti-bacterial, dermatological and certain rare diseases. GSK and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) together have developed a pre-clinical portfolio of antimalarial properties. Through its extensive global R&D and supply network, GSK offers clinical, regulatory, and manufacturing knowledge and resources when compounds enter the clinical development stage. In 2021, the WHO recommended broader use of GSK’s Mosquirix to reduce illness and deaths from malaria in children living in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high transmission as defined by the WHO.

In terms of application diversity, CAS-Lamvac Biotech is the top company followed by Theravectys and Vir Biotechnology. By means of geographic reach, Theravectys holds the top position. Otsuka Holdings and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals are in the second and third positions, respectively.

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GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.