Along with biopharmaceutical manufacturing growth in Asia comes opportunity for vendors, such as providers of equipment and
consumables. The BioPlan study shows that more than half of respondents specifically sell to India and China, and 38.7% of
all vendors sell in other Asian markets (2).
The growth of emerging countries also contribute to a tightening of the global scientific labor markets. This year's survey
showed that concerns over hiring are increasing as the global economic downturn stabilizes. Expectations of constraints due
to the "inability to hire new, experienced scientific staff" jumped from 19.1% of respondents in 2010 to 27.6% in 2011. The
survey, which compiled the factors likely to create biopharmaceutical production constraints by 2015, found that facility
constraints (48.6%) topped the list, followed by the "inability to hire new, experienced technical and production staff" (31%)
and the "physical capacity of downstream purification equipment" (28.1%) (see Figure 2). This tightening for experienced bioprocessing
specialists may be due to expansions in growth of operations and further exacerbated by specialists increasingly spread out
over a growing number of biopharmaceutical companies worldwide.
Figure 2: Select factors creating future capacity constraints.
Eric Langer is president of BioPlan Associates, tel. 301.921.5979, firstname.lastname@example.org
, and a periodic contributor to Outsourcing Outlook.
1. BioPlan Associates, 8th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Capacity and Production: A Survey of Biotherapeutic Developers
and Contract Manufacturing Organizations (Rockville, MD), April 2011.
2. BioPlan Associates, Top 1000 Global Biopharmaceutical Facilities Index,
http://www.top1000bio.com/index.asp, accessed June 20, 2011.
3. WHO, "China's State Food and Drug Administration Gets WHO Approval for Vaccine Regulatory System" Press Release, Mar. 1,