The pharmaceutical industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the evolution of new treatment paradigms, and the gravity of unmet needs, as well as the growing importance of technologies 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 Innovation in Pharmaceuticals: Zinc-based medicinal compositions.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
110 innovations will shape the pharmaceutical industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the pharmaceutical industry using innovation intensity models built on over 756,000 patents, there are 110 innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, cell therapy for ocular disorders, coronavirus vaccine components, and DNA polymerase compositions are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Adeno-associated virus vectors, alcohol dehydrogenase compositions, and antibody serum stabilisers are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are anti-influenza antibody compositions and anti-interleukin-1, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the pharmaceutical industry
Zinc-based medicinal compositions is a key innovation area in the pharmaceutical industry
Zinc plays a key role in the formation of DNA, proteins, growth of cells, building the immune system, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more. Zinc deficiency leads to diseases such as anaemia, hypogonadism, short stature, impaired wound healing, and geophagia.
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 100+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established pharmaceutical companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of zinc-based medicinal compositions.
Key players in zinc-based medicinal compositions – an innovative area 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 zinc-based medicinal compositions
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2021)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Nestle||115||Unlock company profile|
|Warburton Technology||88||Unlock company profile|
|Johnson & Johnson||61||Unlock company profile|
|Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique||49||Unlock company profile|
|Alfasigma||47||Unlock company profile|
|Valbiotis||41||Unlock company profile|
|SBI Holdings||37||Unlock company profile|
|Pfizer||32||Unlock company profile|
|Innolife||30||Unlock company profile|
|MetiMedi Pharmaceuticals||29||Unlock company profile|
|Giuliani||28||Unlock company profile|
|Medlab Clinical||25||Unlock company profile|
|Royal DSM||22||Unlock company profile|
|Laboratoires Thea||22||Unlock company profile|
|Myco Sciences||22||Unlock company profile|
|Original BioMedicals||20||Unlock company profile|
|3M||19||Unlock company profile|
|LG Bionano||18||Unlock company profile|
|Medesis Pharma||17||Unlock company profile|
|Noray Biosciences Group||17||Unlock company profile|
|Mars||17||Unlock company profile|
|ConvaTec Group||16||Unlock company profile|
|Pierre Fabre Foundation||15||Unlock company profile|
|Viatris||15||Unlock company profile|
|C. H. Boehringer Sohn||15||Unlock company profile|
|Invirsa||14||Unlock company profile|
|Fitorex Group||14||Unlock company profile|
|Ajinomoto||14||Unlock company profile|
|Salarius Pharmaceuticals||14||Unlock company profile|
|Bionos Biotech||13||Unlock company profile|
|Biogenesis Animal Health||13||Unlock company profile|
|Seattle Gummy Company||12||Unlock company profile|
|Laboratori Baldacci||12||Unlock company profile|
|Wiab Water Innovation||12||Unlock company profile|
|Kerry Group||12||Unlock company profile|
|Building Block Nutritionals||12||Unlock company profile|
|Insud Pharma||12||Unlock company profile|
|OPKO Health||12||Unlock company profile|
|Terumo||12||Unlock company profile|
|Cambridge Scientific||12||Unlock company profile|
|RVL Pharmaceuticals||12||Unlock company profile|
|Barlaa||12||Unlock company profile|
|GSK||11||Unlock company profile|
|Merz Pharma||11||Unlock company profile|
|Population Council||11||Unlock company profile|
|Dantrace-Danfeed Ivs||11||Unlock company profile|
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|Bio Minerals||10||Unlock company profile|
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|Housey Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories||10||Unlock company profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Warburton Technology is the leading patent holder for zinc-based medicinal compositions. The company is developing several zinc-based formulations and zinc complex drugs with a suitable shelf life and efficacy. It has also filed patents that cover the efficient extraction of zinc from various solvents for use in pharmaceutical preparations.
In terms of application diversity, Noray Biosciences Group is the top company, followed by Johnson & Johnson and Salarius Pharmaceuticals. By means of geographic reach, Valbiotis holds the top position. While Noray Biosciences Group and Viatris are in second and third positions, respectively.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the pharmaceutical industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Pharmaceutical.