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Nuclear Imaging Equipment Market Trends, Size, Development and Forecast to 2023


According to the study, the global nuclear imaging equipment market is likely to grow significantly during the forecast period, due to rising prevalence of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, increasing geriatric population and increasing prevalence of neurological disorders. In addition, rising healthcare expenditure and launch of technologically advanced products contribute to the growth of the overall market. High cost of imaging techniques is the key factor restraining the global market growth.

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Insights on market segments

As per the findings of the research, based on products, the SPECT is the largest category, in the global nuclear imaging equipment market. Hybrid SPECT, further forms the larger part of the global market for SPECT. Oncology has been the largest application of the global market, followed by cardiology, neurology and others. Hospitals has been the largest end user of nuclear imaging equipment, followed by diagnostic centers, research institutes and others.

North America stands as the largest nuclear imaging equipment market

Geographically, North America has been the largest market for nuclear imaging equipment, with the U.S. being the largest contributor to the regional market. Increasing prevalence of cancer and cardiovascular diseases and presence of technological advanced products has been driving the growth of the North American market for nuclear imaging equipment. In Europe, Germany has been the largest contributor to the market for nuclear imaging equipment, followed by France and the U.K. The market is expected to witness the fastest growth in Asia-Pacific, during 2017 - 2023, owing to increasing cases of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders and increasing geriatric population.

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Key players in the nuclear imaging equipment market

Some of the key players in the global nuclear imaging equipment market include Siemens AG, GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Digirad Corporation and Neusoft Medical Systems Co., Ltd., Cannon Inc., DDD Diagnostics, CMR Naviscan Corporation, SurgicEye GmbH and Mediso Medical Imaging Systems Ltd.

Laparoscopic Devices Market Size, Development and Demand Forecast to 2023


The global laparoscopic devices market is witnessing considerable growth due to the increasing compliance for minimal invasive surgeries, technological advancements and increasing prevalence of colorectal cancer. Moreover, the increasing number of laparoscopic bariatric procedures and huge investments in laparoscopic bariatric market are supporting the growth of the global market. Among the various product types, the energy devices segment held the largest share in the global market in 2015, and it is also expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period. In addition, the energy devices segment would grow at the fastest rate during 2016 – 2022, owing to the technological advancements and increased research and development activities in the product segment. The laparoscopic devices for gynecological surgery contributed largest revenue to the global market in 2015. The laparoscopic devices market for bariatric surgery is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period, primarily due to the increasing prevalence of obesity and increasing compliance for minimally invasive bariatric surgery. Hospitals are the largest end user of these devices as most of the surgical procedures are performed in hospitals for increased patient safety.

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The growing health care industry in emerging economies and increasing number of free trade agreements are creating ample revenue generation opportunities for the manufacturers of laparoscopic devices. The implementation of robotic navigation technologies and increasing compliance for single-port access surgery are the key trend witnessed in the global market. However, high cost of these devices and procedures and dearth of skilled professionals are the key factors hampering the growth of the global laparoscopic devices market.

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The key players operating in the global laparoscopic devices market are Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., Olympus Corporation, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, Stryker Corporation, Microline Surgical, Inc., Richard Wolf GmbH, Medtronic plc, Smith & Nephew plc, CONMED Corporation and Cook Medical Inc.

Natural Killer (NK) Cell Therapeutics Market - Pipeline Analysis, Share, Development and Demand Forecast to 2023

The global natural killer (NK) cell therapeutics market is expected to witness considerable growth due to increasing awareness regarding immunotherapy, advancement in technologies, high demand for safe and effective medication, reduction of side effects, high prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and increasing incidences of infectious diseases. The regulatory bodies are supporting the growth of the global market by providing funding, designations and grants for speeding up the drug development process. Some drug candidates, such as Mogamulizumab, Lorvotuzumab Mertansine, AFM 13, FPA144, and NKTT-120, got orphan drug designation and fast track designation for NK cell therapeutics.

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The pipeline of NK cell therapeutics market is rich with more than 30 drugs. The pharmaceutical companies are actively involved in the research and development of drug for NK cells. Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. has Mogamulizumab drug in its Phase III clinical trial for NK cells therapeutics. Increasing use of combination therapy of NK cells is also a potential growth driver for the growth of the global market. Use of NK cells with Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell therapy helps to enhance the efficacy of the medication.

NK cells are granular lymphocytes that provide innate immunity and first line of defense against viral infections and cancer. Natural killer cells are made up of 5–15% circulating lymphocytes. It is found in peripheral tissues including liver, peritoneal cavity, and placenta. NK cell are activated by interleukins that is capable of extravasations and infiltration into tissues.

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Some of the key players operating in the global NK cells market are Chipscreen Biosciences, Ltd. Affimed N.V., Altor BioScience Corporation, Innate Pharma S.A., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Sorrento Therapeutics Inc., NantKwest Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, and NKT Therapeutics, Inc.

Hypercholesterolemia Therapeutics Pipeline Analysis, 2017 - Clinical Trials & Results and Other Developments

Hypercholesterolemia is a disorder characterised by abnormally increased levels of cholesterol in the blood. The high levels of cholesterol increase a person's risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, which involve build-up of plaque in the coronary arteries, in turn putting a person across the risk of suffering a heart attack. The main causes of hypercholesterolemia include heredity, diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol, other diseases such as diabetes mellitus, renal diseases and obesity, along with lifestyle changes including little exercise, smoking, alcoholism and stress. Lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and medications can control the disease to some extent. The main class of drugs prescribed to lower the increased cholesterol levels is called statins or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, and the other classes of drugs are in development phase. The hypercholesterolemia therapeutic pipeline is expected to witness growth mainly due to technological advancements in the field, along with increasing awareness regarding different cardiovascular diseases and the availability of their treatment options. Increasing prevalence of diabetes and obesity disorders and changing lifestyle of people are further contributing to the incidence of hypercholesterolemia, globally.

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In April 2017, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s evinacumab received breakthrough therapy designation for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Evinacumab is an investigational monoclonal antibody to angiopoietin-like protein 3 (ANGPTL3), which acts as an inhibitor of lipoprotein lipase and endothelial lipase, and appears to play a central role in lipoprotein metabolism. After reporting positive interim Phase II results, Regeneron is planning a Phase III trial for evinacumab in HoFH patients. In April 2017, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals partnered with The Medicines Company and RNA Biotech, for a Phase III trials that will randomize 3,000 subjects with ASCVD (atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease) and FH (familial hypercholesterolemia) to either inclisiran or placebo, with a primary endpoint of LDL cholesterol.

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The major companies having drugs in pipeline for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia include 3SBio Inc., Abeome Corporation, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., AFFiRiS AG, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Alvogen Korea Co., Ltd., AtheroNova Inc., BioLingus AG, Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cerenis Therapeutics Holding SA, Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp., CymaBay Therapeutics, Inc., Daewon Pharm Co. Ltd., Eli Lilly and Company, Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Hanmi Pharmaceuticals, Co. Ltd., Immune Response BioPharma, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Kadmon Corporation, LLC, Kastle Therapeutics, LLC, Kowa Company, Ltd., Kyorin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Merck & Co., Inc., Omeros Corporation, Pfizer Inc., Planet Biotechnology Inc., Progenra, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., RegenxBio Inc., Serometrix, LLC, Shanghai Fudan-Zhangjiang Bio-Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Thetis Pharmaceuticals LLC, Viking Therapeutics, Inc. and Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria Therapeutic Pipeline Analysis 2017

Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare life-threatening disease characterized by destruction of red blood cells, blood clots, and compromised bone marrow function. Some of the symptoms of the disease include abdominal and back pain, dark urine, easy bruising or bleeding, fatigue or weakness, headache and shortness of breath. The risk factors for PNH include age, obesity and hormone therapy. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine, approximately, one to one and a half persons per million of the population are affected by PNH globally with a predominance in young adults. PNH is also associated with aplastic anemia and up to 30% of newly diagnosed cases of PNH progress from aplastic anemia. Treatment of PNH includes bone marrow transplantation and the only medicine approved by the USFDA for its treatment is eculizumab (Soliris), manufactured by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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The main growth drivers of the pipeline for PNH include increasing awareness and research funding from various non-profit organizations for the discovery and development of drugs for PNH, rising prevalence of aplastic anemia, innovations in genetic engineering and introduction of novel gene therapies, increasing knowledge of pathophysiology of thrombosis and discoveries of novel anticoagulants, price skimming and niche market opportunity.

In September 2016, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. started a Phase III, randomized, open-label, active-controlled study of ALXN1210 versus eculizumab in complement inhibitor-naïve adult patients with PNH. ALXN1210 is a longer-acting anti-C5 antibody and is being evaluated for the treatment of patients with PNH. This study is expected to be completed in December 2017. In January 2015, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., began a Phase I/II study of subcutaneously administered ALN-CC5 in healthy adult volunteers and patients with PNH. ALN-CC5 is an RNAi therapeutic which targets the C5 component of the complement pathway. The study was expected to complete by December 2016, however, it is still ongoing. In February 2016, Akari Therapeutics plc initiated a Phase II trial evaluating Coversin in PNH in patients with resistance to eculizumab due to complement C5 polymorphisms. Coversin is a second-generation complement inhibitor which prevents release of C5a and formation of C5b–9. The trial is expected to complete in December 2018.

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Some of the companies involved in the development of drug candidates for PNH include Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., Akari Therapeutics plc, CMIC Co, Ltd. Japan, Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Ra Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Graves Disease Therapeutics Pipeline Analysis, 2017 - Clinical Trials & Results and Other Developments

Graves disease therapeutic pipeline analysis is expected to increase owing to the high prevalence of the disease. Growing number of cases for hyperthyroidism is a major factor driving the pipeline analysis for Graves disease . In addition, increasing awareness regarding health issues among people is another major factor contributing towards the pipeline for Graves disease. According to American Thyroid Association, the prevalence of Graves disease has increased with increasing hyperthyroidism patients.

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Graves disease is the result of hyperthyroidism, which basically means overproduction of thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism cause majority of symptoms of Graves disease and it can also be associated with eyes inflammation, swelling of the tissues around the eyes and eyes bulging known as Graves ophthalmopathy. The most common symptoms of Graves disease include eye disease and skin disease. Eye disease includes redness of eyes and irritation of the eyes while skin disease includes pretibial myxedema in which a reddish lump is formed in front of the shins. The other symptoms of Graves disease are weight loss, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, change in menstrual cycles, irregular heartbeat and bulging eyes. Graves disease is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies bind to thyroid cells which results in overproduction of thyroid hormones. This results in hyperthyroidism. Graves disease is diagnosed by clinical observation and confirmed by laboratory testing which includes measuring thyroid hormone (thyroxine, or T4, and triiodothyronine, or T3) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in patient’s blood. Also family history with thyroid or autoimmune diseases is analyzed. Some of the risk factors of Graves disease include age, family history, smoking, pregnancy and autoimmune disorders. Treatment includes anti-thyroid medications, beta blockers and surgery. It is treated using antithyroid drugs including methimazole [Tapazole] and surgery in severe cases.

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Some of the key companies having a pipeline of Graves disease therapeutics include AV7 Limited, Apitope International NV, Neothetics, Inc., Nova Therapeutics LLC, Novartis AG, Omeros Corp. and Rodos BioTarget GmbH.

Hereditary Angioedema Therapeutics Pipeline Analysis 2017 - Clinical Trials & Results, Collaboration and Other Developments

The pipeline of hereditary angioedema is increasing on account of rising instances of angioedema, globally. Currently, an estimated prevalence of hereditary angioedema in the world is 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 150,000. Major factors driving the growth of pipeline for hereditary angioedema include increasing prevalence of attacks of angioedema and rising cases of angioedema in association with other conditions like significant hypotension resulting from abdominal attacks, low market penetration as very less number of companies are making an analog and increasing awareness of health issues. The impairment in quality of life and rising medical cost also act as the driving factor for the hereditary angioedema pipeline.

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Angioedema can be defined as swelling of mucosal or skin tissues, which leads to extravasation of fluid into the interstitium and loss of vascular integrity. There are two basic types of angioedema, histaminergic angioedema and non-histaminergic angioedema. Histaminergic is basically associated with urticaria. Non-histaminergic angioedema is usually not associated with urticaria, and is only mediated by bradykinin. The non-histaminergic angioedema is further divided in four categories namely, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor-associated angioedema, hereditary angioedema (HAE), idiopathic angioedema and acquired angioedema. Hereditary angioedema is symptomatized as episodic swelling disorder and arises from autosomal dominant trait. Clinical features include nonpitting edema of external body surfaces, abdominal pain, swelling of the extremities and swelling of the mouth and throat, which can lead to asphyxiation.

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Some of the companies having a pipeline of hereditary angioedema therapeutics include BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., CSL Limited, Dyax Corp., Cevec Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc., Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., iBio, Inc. Pharming Group N.V., Ra Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Shire Plc.