North America Clinical Trials Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Phase (Phase I, Phase II, Phase III, Phase IV), By Study Design, By Indication, By Service Type, By Sponsor, By Region, And Segment- Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Regional Outlook and Forecasts, 2024-2033

The North America clinical trials market size was estimated at USD 40.85 billion in 2023 and is projected to hit around USD 73.16 billion by 2033, growing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period from 2024 to 2033.

North America Clinical Trials Market Size, 2023 to 2033

Key Takeaways:

  • Based on the region, the U.S. accounted for the largest share of the market about 95.9% in 2023.
  • Based on the phase type, phase III dominated the market with a revenue share of 53.15% in 2023.
  • Based on indication, oncology segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 36.14% in 2023.
  • The cardiovascular segment is expected to grow faster at a CAGR of about 5.1% from 2024 to 2033.
  • Based on service type, the laboratory services segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 34.77% in 2023.
  • Patient recruitment is anticipated to grow at a faster CAGR from 2024 to 2033
  • Based on the sponsor, the pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical companies segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 70.29% in 2023.
  • Medical device companies are expected to register a lucrative growth rate from 2024 to 2033
  • Based on the study design, the interventional studies segment accounted for the largest share of 83.51% in 2023.
  • The observational segment is expected to attain growth with a CAGR of 6.13% from 2024 to 2033.

North America Clinical Trials Market Growth

This is attributed to increasing clinical trial cycles, the need for novel therapies, a surge in chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases such as COVID-19, along with favorable government investments R&D activities.

Availability of well-established CROs and escalating R&D activities are facilitating market growth. Moreover, the healthcare per capita share offered by government of the U.S. plays a significant role in the overall uplift of the industry. North America-based companies such as Parexel International Corporation and Charles River Laboratory engage in technological and data advancement aspects for clinical trials processing and monitoring, thereby attributing to increased demand in the market.

Moreover, well-known pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical and medical device firms are investing in R&D operations of clinical trials due to increasing product-manufacturing practices in the market. For example, Paraxel came up with the Community Alliance Network, a novel concept that helps incorporate clinical research into the healthcare centers, aimed to boost patient services and support more opportunities for diversity in clinical trials in June 2022.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the industry on a larger scale. During the pandemic, the government authorities as well as healthcare settings shifted their focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment aspects of COVID-19. In addition, the prevalence of chronic diseases in the U.S. fuels the clinical trials market in the region.

Cancer is one of the most predominant diseases resulting in a higher necessity for medication and devices, thereby leveraging the clinical trial market. As per the article published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released 161 new approvals for cancer therapeutics across a range of solid tumor malignancies and indications from 2017 to 2022. This is attributed to higher demand for medication and devices, thereby raising demand of the clinical trial market.

North America Clinical Trials Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market Size in 2024 USD 43.30 Billion
Market Size by 2033 USD 73.16 Billion
Growth Rate From 2024 to 2033 CAGR of 6%
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period 2024 to 2033
Segments Covered Phase, study design, indication, service type, sponsor, region 
Market Analysis (Terms Used) Value (US$ Million/Billion) or (Volume/Units)
Report Coverage Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Key Companies Profiled Covance; IQVIA; Syenos Health; Paraxel International; PRA Healthcare Science; Pharmaceutical Product Development; Charles River Laboratories; Icon; WuXi AppTec; Medpace Holdings

Segments Insights:

Phase Insights

Based on the phase type, phase III dominated the market with a revenue share of 53.15% in 2023. Phase III trial is an essential stage for vaccine approval. Despite no or lesser incidences of COVID-19, manufacturers are still focusing on the new generation vaccine-manufacturing practices to prevent serious consequences of the disease in the near future.

As per clinicaltrial.gov, around 550 novel vaccines were in the development stage in 2022. This is further anticipated to increase the number of trials that are most likely to contribute towards the market's substantial growth.

Indication Insights

Based on indication, oncology segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 36.14% in 2023. This is due to a high prevalence of cancer in the U.S. and associated clinical trials for the same. Predominance of cancer is resulting in more demand for medication and devices, thereby leveraging the clinical trial market. As per the article published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal, between 2017 and 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released 161 new approvals for cancer therapeutics across a range of solid tumor malignancies and indications. These are attributed to higher demand for medication and devices, thereby leveraging the clinical trial market.

The cardiovascular segment is expected to grow faster at a CAGR of about 5.1% from 2024 to 2033. As per the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, about 750,000 Canadians are likely to have heart conditions, demanding the development of accurate medications and treatment. This will increase the industry growth substantially in the near future. The need for affordable medicine in developing nations is expected to attract government R&D funding, potentially leading to new cost-effective treatments, and propelling clinical trial market growth.

Service Type Insights

Based on service type, the laboratory services segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 34.77% in 2023. Considering the increasing outbreaks of infectious diseases, many U.S.-based companies are seeking to provide accurate laboratory services with better outcomes through acquisition. For instance, Bio-Reference Labs, a U.S. based company, provides a wide variety of clinical laboratory testing services to detect, diagnose, evaluate, and treat diseases.

Patient recruitment is anticipated to grow at a faster CAGR from 2024 to 2033 due to the increasing number of trials performed in the U.S. As per the report from National Library of Medicine, 20,465 clinical studies are actively seeking participants in the United States as of January 2024.

Sponsor Insights

Based on the sponsor, the pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical companies segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 70.29% in 2023. This is due to the local presence of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in the U.S. In addition, stringent and accurate regulatory authorities of the U.S. and Canada are attracting more clinical trial projects across the world, which escalates the industry growth.

Medical device companies are expected to register a lucrative growth rate from 2024 to 2033 owing to increased need of diagnostics and treatment facilities. Moreover, key players of this market voluntarily invest in the R&D services of clinical trials. For instance, in June 2022, Paraxel started an innovative program combining clinical research into a healthcare setting for patients.

Study Design Insights

Based on the study design, the interventional studies segment accounted for the largest share of 83.51% in 2023. This is due to many interventional studies on ophthalmic, metabolic, respiratory, and infectious conditions across the globe. For instance, in June 2022, an international study titled as “Evaluating Community Interest in Virtual Reality Vision Screening Technology” was performed in the U.S.

The observational segment is expected to attain growth with a CAGR of 6.13% from 2024 to 2033. According to the clinicaltrials.gov data, a high number of observational studies are being performed, accelerating the market growth. For instance, in December 2023, the observational study on the “Preventing Obesity in the Worksite: A Multi-Message, Multi-"Step" Approach” was performed in the U.S.

Regional Insights

Based on the region, the U.S. accounted for the largest share of the market about 95.9% in 2023. Factors attributing to regional growth include higher per capita healthcare spending, and the prevalence of infectious as well as chronic diseases. In addition, the U.S. is a hub for several contrast research organizations (CROs) such as IQVIA; ICON plc; Parexel International Corporation; Syneos Health, Inc.; and Charles River Laboratory, contributing to the market. As per the Clinicaltrial.gov report, in December 2023, there were 145,218 studies listed for clinical trials in the U.S., which accounted for approximately 31% of total clinical trials globally. This surge sets a record for the highest number of clinical trials across the U.S.

Canada is the second largest market and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2024 to 2030. This is due to the steady investment of the government in clinical trials, accelerating market growth. Moreover, Canada has a well-established infrastructure for performing trials and is authorized as G7 leader in clinical trial efficiency making it a significant contributor within a country.

Recent Developments

Susan R. Salka, a retired chief executive officer and president of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., is named to the board of directors of Paraxel in February 2024. Ms. Salka’s appointment is effective Feb. 1. Salka's prior experience is expected to improve Paraxel's overall services and innovation.

In October 2022, Thermo Fisher expanded its clinical research operation by investing USD 59 million in the laboratory. This step supported Thermo Fisher's worldwide aimed to serve central laboratory and biomarker services for clinical research initiatives

In July 2022, WuXi AppTec came up with a crucial plan to establish a new R&D and manufacturing plant in Singapore. The company committed USD 1.43 billion to build and operate a site that would accelerate healthcare innovation for its global partners.

In July, Icon : announced its acquisition with PRA Health sciences for revenue of about 12 billion. This will increase consulting, clinical, and commercial services, geographical expansion, and the company’s therapeutic capabilities.

Key North America Clinical Trials Company Insights

Some of the prominent players operating in the North America clinical trials market include IQVIA, PAREXEL International Corporation, and Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. These companies provide services companies in clinical trials, personalize patient engagement, and navigate regulatory hurdles, ultimately aiming to bring lifesaving treatments to improve patient outcomes.

Key North America Clinical Trials Companies:

  • Covance
  • IQVIA
  • Syenos Health
  • Paraxel International
  • PRA Healthcare Science
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • Icon
  • Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.
  • WuXi AppTec
  • Medpace Holdings
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development (Thermo Fisher Scientific)

Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2021 to 2033. For this study, Nova one advisor, Inc. has segmented the North America Clinical Trials market.

By Phase 

  • Phase I
  • Phase II
  • Phase III
  • Phase IV

By Study Design 

  • Interventional Studies
  • Observational Studies
  • Expanded Access Studies

By Indication 

  • Autoimmune/ Inflammation
  • Pain Management
  • Oncology
  • CNS Conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular
  • Others

By Service Type 

  • Protocol Designing
  • Site Identification
  • Patient Recruitment
  • Laboratory Services
  • Bioanalytical Testing Services
  • Clinical Trial Data Management Services
  • Others

By Sponsor 

  • Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Companies
  • Medical Device Companies
  • Others

By Regional 

  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

The North America clinical trials market size was estimated at USD 40.85 billion in 2023 and is projected to hit around USD 73.16 billion by 2033

Some of the prominent players operating in the market include IQVIA, PAREXEL International Corporation, and Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.

Key factors driving the market growth include increasing clinical trial cycles, need for novel therapies, a surge in chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases such as COVID-19, along with favorable government investments R&D activities.

Chapter 1. Methodology and Scope
                   1.1. Market Segmentation & Scope
                       1.1.1. Phase
                       1.1.2. Study Design
                       1.1.3. Indication
                       1.1.4. Regional scope
                       1.1.5. Estimates and forecast timeline
                   1.2. Research Methodology
                   1.3. Information Procurement
                       1.3.1. Purchased database
                       1.3.2. nova one advisors internal database
                       1.3.3. Secondary sources
                       1.3.4. Primary research
                   1.4. Information or Data Analysis
                       1.4.1. Data analysis models
                   1.5. Market Formulation & Validation
                   1.6. Model Details
                       1.6.1. Commodity flow analysis (Model 1)
                           1.6.1.1. Approach 1: Commodity flow approach
                   1.7. List of Secondary Sources
                   1.8. List of Primary Sources
                   1.9. Objectives
                       1.9.1. Objective 1: Understanding the market dynamics
                       1.9.2. Objective 2: Understanding the market estimates and forecasts
                       1.9.3. Objective 3: Understanding the attributes such as strategy framework, competitor categorization
                       1.9.4. Objective 4: Understanding the key product and application scopes to conclude on the market size
Chapter 2. Executive Summary
                   2.1. Market Outlook
                   2.2. Segment Outlook
                   2.3. Competitive Insights
Chapter 3. Clinical Trials Market Variables, Trends & Scope
                   3.1. Market Lineage outlook
                       3.1.1. Parent market outlook
                       3.1.2. Related/ancillary market outlook
                   3.2. Penetration & Growth Prospect Mapping
                   3.3. Product Pipeline Analysis, by Stage
                       3.3.1. Therapeutics in development
                       3.3.2. Vaccines in development
                   3.4. Fast track of clinical trials
                   3.5. Solidarity clinical trials
                   3.6. Virtual clinical trials
                   3.7. COVID-19 impact on clinical trials
                   3.8. Market Dynamics
                       3.8.1. Market Driver Analysis
                       3.8.2. Market Restraint Analysis
                       3.8.3. Industry Challenges
                   3.9. Clinical Trials: Market Analysis Tools
                       3.9.1. Industry Analysis - Porter’s
                           3.9.1.1. Supplier Power
                           3.9.1.2. Buyer Power
                           3.9.1.3. Substitution Threat
                           3.9.1.4. Threat from new entrant
                           3.9.1.5. Competitive rivalry
                       3.9.2. PESTEL Analysis
                           3.9.2.1. Political Landscape
                           3.9.2.2. Environmental Landscape
                           3.9.2.3. Social Landscape
                           3.9.2.4. Technology Landscape
                           3.9.2.5. Legal Landscape
                       3.9.3. Major Deals & Strategic Alliances Analysis
Chapter 4. Clinical Trials Market: Segment Analysis, by Phase, 2021 - 2033
                   4.1. Segment Dashboard
                   4.2. Phase market movement analysis, 2024 - 2033
                   4.3. Global Clinical Trials Market, by Phase, 2018 to 2030
                   4.4. Market Size & Forecasts and Trend Analyses, 2018 to 2030 for the following
                       4.4.1. Phase I
                       4.4.2. Phase II
                       4.4.3. Phase III
                       4.4.4. Phase IV
Chapter 5. Clinical Trials Market: Segment Analysis, By Study Design, 2021 - 2033
                   5.1. Segment Dashboard
                   5.2. Study Design Market Movement Analysis, 2024 - 2033
                   5.3. Global Clinical Trials Market, By Study Design, 2018 to 2030
                   5.4. Market Size & Forecasts and Trend Analyses, 2018 to 2030 for the following
                       5.4.1. Interventional
                       5.4.2. Observational
                       5.4.3. Expanded Access
Chapter 6. Clinical Trials Market: Segment Analysis, By Indication, 2021 - 2033
                   6.1. Segment Dashboard
                   6.2. Indication Market Movement Analysis, 2024 - 2033
                   6.3. Global Clinical Trials Market, By Indication, 2018 to 2030
                   6.4. Market Size & Forecasts and Trend Analyses, 2018 to 2030 for the following
                       6.4.1. Autoimmune/inflammation
                       6.4.2. Pain management
                       6.4.3. Oncology
                       6.4.4. CNS condition
                       6.4.5. Diabetes
                       6.4.6. Obesity
                       6.4.7. Cardiovascular
                       6.4.8. Others
Chapter 7. Clinical Trials Market: Segment Analysis, Indication by Study Design, 2021 - 2033
                   7.1. Market Size & Forecasts and Trend Analyses, 2018 to 2030 for the following
                       7.1.1. Autoimmune/inflammation
                           7.1.1.1. Interventional
                           7.1.1.2. Observational
                           7.1.1.3. Expanded Access
                       7.1.2. Pain management
                           7.1.2.1. Interventional
                           7.1.2.2. Observational
                           7.1.2.3. Expanded Access
                       7.1.3. Oncology
                           7.1.3.1. Interventional
                           7.1.3.2. Observational
                           7.1.3.3. Expanded Access
                       7.1.4. CNS condition
                           7.1.4.1. Interventional
                           7.1.4.2. Observational
                           7.1.4.3. Expanded Access
                       7.1.5. Diabetes
                           7.1.5.1. Interventional
                           7.1.5.2. Observational
                           7.1.5.3. Expanded Access
                       7.1.6. Obesity
                           7.1.6.1. Interventional
                           7.1.6.2. Observational
                           7.1.6.3. Expanded Access
                       7.1.7. Cardiovascular
                           7.1.7.1. Interventional
                           7.1.7.2. Observational
                           7.1.7.3. Expanded Access
                       7.1.8. Others
                           7.1.8.1. Interventional
                           7.1.8.2. Observational
                           7.1.8.3. Expanded Access
Chapter 8. Clinical Trials Market: Segment Analysis, by Sponsor, 2021 - 2033
                   8.1. Segment Dashboard
                   8.2. Sponsor Market Movement Analysis, 2024 - 2033
                   8.3. Market Size, & Forecasts, 2018 to 2030:
                       8.3.1. Pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical companies
                       8.3.2. Medical device companies
                       8.3.3. Others
Chapter 9. Clinical Trials Market: Regional Market Analysis, by region, 2021 - 2033
                   9.1. Market Size, & Forecasts, 2018 to 2030:
                   9.2. North America
                       9.2.1. Market estimates and forecast, by country, 2021 - 2033
                       9.2.2. Market estimates and forecast, by phase, 2021 - 2033
                       9.2.3. Market estimates and forecast, by study design, 2021 - 2033
                       9.2.4. Market estimates and forecast, By Indication, 2021 - 2033
                       9.2.5. U.S.
                           9.2.5.1. Market estimates and forecast, by phase, 2021 - 2033
                           9.2.5.2. Market estimates and forecast, by study design, 2021 - 2033
                           9.2.5.3. Market estimates and forecast, by indication, 2021 - 2033
                           9.2.5.4. Market estimates and forecast, by sponsor, 2021 - 2033
                       9.2.6. Canada
                           9.2.6.1. Market estimates and forecast, by phase, 2021 - 2033
                           9.2.6.2. Market estimates and forecast, by study design, 2021 - 2033
                           9.2.6.3. Market estimates and forecast, by indication, 2021 - 2033
                           9.2.6.4. Market estimates and forecast, by sponsor, 2021 - 2033

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