Nanostructured Materials for the Biomedical, Pharmaceutical, and Cosmetic Markets

Published - Nov 2007| Analyst - Andrew McWilliams| Code - NAN017D
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Report Highlights

  • The global market for nanoparticles used in biomedical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications increased from $170.7 million in 2006 to an estimated $204.6 million in 2007. It should reach $684.4 million by 2012, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.3%.
  • Biomedical applications have the largest share of the market and are expected to account for 75.9% of the market in 2012.
  • Cosmetic applications are expected to lose market share over the next 5 years and account for just 22.8% of the market in 2012.


Nanotechnology has continued to develop rapidly in the 6 years since these three reports were published. In light of these developments, BCC Research decided to take a fresh look at the industry and reevaluate the existing and potential markets for nanoparticulate materials. The present report is an update of the 2001 report on biomedical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic applications of nanoparticles.

There are a number of other published reports and studies covering various aspects of the market for nanoparticles and nanostructured materials. However, the literature lacks a comprehensive, up-to-date, and realistic technical market assessment that focuses on nanoparticles in biomedical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic applications.

Since biomedical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic applications are a major target market for many suppliers of nanoparticles and related technologies, BCC believes that this represents a significant gap in the recent literature. The primary objective of this report is to provide technological background, detailed industry information, and market data and forecasts through 2012, segmented by application and material type.


This report contains:

  • Descriptions of various types of nanoparticles including nanoparticulate ceramics, metals, alloys, and semiconductors in the form of dry powders, liquid dispersions, coatings and bulk materials
  • The current market status for nanoparticles, trends and forecasts for growth over the next 5 years
  • Discussion of organic nanoparticles such as lipids and dendrimers that are expected to play a significant role in future applications
  • Analysis of nanomaterials-related patents issued during the past 2 years
  • Profiles of major and minor companies working with nanoparticles.



The data in this report were obtained from both primary and secondary sources. Executives, engineers, managers, researchers, and salespeople from companies and research institutions involved in the development, production, and/or usage of nanostructured particles were interviewed in the course of this study. Other data were obtained from an exhaustive review of patent literature and government databases, as well as scientific, trade, and business journals, and company literature. BCC newsletters, reports, and conferences provided additional information.


This report is an update of an earlier report prepared in 2001 by Mindy N. Rittner, Ph.D. Ms. Rittner, who holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Northwestern University, was formerly the Director of Nanotechnology Research at BCC. She was the founder and editor of BCC's monthly newsletter, Nanoparticle News, and the program chairwoman of BCC's former nanopowder conference.

The analyst responsible for updating the report is Andrew McWilliams, a partner in the Boston-based international technology and marketing consulting firm, 43rd Parallel, LLC. Mr. McWilliams is the author of several other BCC reports on nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, including Advanced Ceramics and Nano Ceramic Powders; Nanotechnology: A Realistic Market Assessment; Nanomaterials Markets by Type; and Nanotechnology in Life Sciences Applications.

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Published - Dec-2001| Analyst - Mindy Rittner| Code - NAN017C

Report Highlights

  • The world market for nanoparticulate materials in energy, catalytic and structural applications reached $62.5 million in 2000. Growing at an average annual rate (AAGR) of 7%, this market is expected to reach nearly $87.8 million in 2005.
  • Propelling the market are global efforts to clean up the environment, primarly via new materials for automotive catalysts.
  • Two new structural ceramic products produced with nanoparticles have made recent headway the marketplace.
  • Also, the promising photocatalyst market is beginning to generate revenues that are due, in large part, to development projects and new product introductions by companies in Japan and Europe.
  • Other applications include nanoparticles used as, or to produce, ceramic membranes, fuel cells, propellants and explosives, scratch-resistant coatings and thermal spray coatings.

Published - Aug-2001| Analyst - Mindy Rittner| Code - NAN017B

Report Highlights

  • The world market for nanoparticulate materials in biomedical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications reached $97.0 million in 2000. This figure represents the value of inorganic nanoparticles used as, or to produce antimicrobial agents, biological labels, separations media, carriers for drug delivery, sunscreens, etc.
  • Two applications that have been undergoing development and commercialization for a decade account for more than 90% of this market.
  • Growing at an average annual rate (AAGR) of 8.3%, this market is expected to reach nearly $145 million in 2005.
  • The sun-protection market has the greatest near-term revenue potential, while drug-carrier applications will be slowest to penetrate the market.
  • Key to many bioapplications is the comparable size scale of nanocrystals and biological materials, such as antibodies and proteins.

Published - May-2001| Analyst - Mindy Rittner| Code - NAN017A

Report Highlights

  • The world market for nanoparticulate materials in electronic, magnetic and optoelectronic applications reached $333 million in 2000.
  • Growing at an average annual rate (AAGR) of 14.9%, this market is expected to reach $667 million in 2005.
  • Growth will be spurred by the already-substantial CMP market, as well as the emergence of several on-the-verge applications.
  • Although simple oxides such as silica and alumina will account for the majority of the market, complex oxides are expected to increase their market share.
  • Demand for metallic nanoparticles will be strongly affected by sluggishness in the magnetic recording industry.


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