Report: North America is key hub for the development of porphyria therapies

By Jane Byrne

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The porphyria therapies market is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 10.97% during the period 2021-2030, claims a new report from Roots Analysis.

Several novel and innovative therapeutic approaches, both small molecule and biologics, are being currently investigated at various phases of development in order to avoid the beginning of disease-induced attacks and other long-term effects of porphyria, noted the analysts.

Porphyria is a genetic disorder resulting in the buildup of toxic porphyrin molecules which are formed during the production of heme (which helps bind oxygen in the blood). Any anomaly caused by genetic or acquired abnormalities in heme biosynthesis, which is produced majorly in bone marrow and liver, can result in toxicity.

The publication​ indicates that the prevalence of porphyria still remains unknown. Several treatment options such as gene therapy, proteasome inhibition and pharmacologic chaperones are currently being investigated among various other targeted treatment options.

Clinical trials, approvals

More than 70% of those treatment candidates are currently under clinical evaluation, said the analysts. More than 30% of the overall trials are phase I studies.  

However, three therapies: Panhematin, Givlaari​, and Scenesse have already been approved for the treatment of different types of porphyria, they reported.

Around 50% of the therapeutics targeting this rare disorder are being developed as biologics, the majority of which are being designed for administration via the intravenous route, finds the Roots Analysis team.

Development hub

North America has emerged as a key hub for the development of porphyria therapies, featuring the presence of 65% developers, according to this report.

"More than 45% of the players evaluating therapies for porphyria are small in scale. The developer landscape is further dominated by players that have been established between 2001-2010, representing around 45% of the total number of stakeholders.”

North America is anticipated to capture over 60% of the global market share in 2030, forecast the team.

In 2030, more than 50% of the market revenues are expected to be generated from sales of therapeutics intended for the treatment of erythropoietic protoporphyria and porphyria cutanea tarda, reads the study. 

Partnership activity in this field has increased at a CAGR of 9.6%, between 2018 and 2020, noted the specialists. “More than 70% of the reported deals were established post-2018, with the maximum activity being reported in 2019 and 2020.”

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