Pediatric Clinical Trials Market Size, Growth, Trends | Report 2022-2030

As per new report study, the global pediatric clinical trials market was estimated at USD 14.6 billion in 2021 and it is expected to surpass around USD 23.7 billion by 2030, poised to grow at a CAGR of 5.53% from 2022 to 2030.

Pediatric Clinical Trials Market Size 2021 to 2030

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The market is growing on account of the rise in the number of pediatric clinical studies globally. As per the BMC journal, between January 2008 and December 2010, 7,029 pediatric clinical trials were registered. Whereas, between January 2017 and December 2019, the number of registered pediatric clinical trials was 11,738, which certainly reflects a significant surge in the total number of trials across the industry. The treatment options for COVID-19 pediatric patients were limited at the start of the pandemic, owing to which, in May 2020, FDA granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Veklury (remdesivir), which could be used for the treatment of COVID-19 in adults and children.

Similarly, Convalescent plasma was also granted an EUA from the FDA for the treatment of children and adults with COVID-19. Such actions by the regulatory agencies are likely to promote the demand for pediatric clinical trials. Furthermore, increasing efforts by several government bodies to support the clinical research pertaining to pediatric diseases has further supported the market growth. For instance, in March 2022, the National Cancer Institute launched the Molecular Characterization Initiative for pediatric tumors. The Initiative is offered through NCI’s Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, which was formed to promote data sharing and collection of new data among researchers who study pediatric oncology.

In addition, the increasing prevalence of pediatric cancer is another significant factor supporting the market as well as the oncology segment’s growth. For instance, as stated by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)in February 2022, in the U.S., an estimated 10,470 children are younger than 15 years of age and about 5,480 teens aged 15 to 19 years will be diagnosed with cancer by the end of 2022. The WHO states that diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia, and sepsis are the leading causes of death among children between the age of 1 month and 9 years The high burden of these diseases is contributing to the demand for new treatment opinions. Thus, is likely to have a positive impact on the market growth. Apart from the high burden of infectious diseases, a significant number of children also suffer from diabetes.

For instance, according to the U.S. CDC, over 26.9 million in the U.S. were diagnosed with diabetes in 2018, which included 210,000 children and adolescents younger than age 20—or 25 years. Commercially, COVID19 vaccines were majorly focused on immunizing adults aged 18 years and above, this created a high risk of disease among children below the age of 18 years. The ClinicalTrial.GOV reports that as on 4th May 2022, over 1000 studies were in the active stage for treating and diagnosing COVID-19 for pediatric patients. The burden of COVID-19 among the kids is likely to promote the demand for COVID-19 vaccine trials for pediatrics from 2021.

Scope of The Report

Report Coverage


Market Size in 2021

USD 14.6 Billion

Revenue Forecast by 2030

USD 23.7 Billion

Growth rate from 2022 to 2030

CAGR of 5.53% 

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 to 2030


Phase, study design, therapeutic areas, region

Companies Covered

ICON plc,Syneos Health,Medpace, Inc.,PPD Inc.,Premier Research,LabCorp Drug Development ,QPS Holdings.,Pfizer Inc.,The Emmes Company, LLC,IQVIA Inc.


Phase Insights

On the basis of phase, the global market has been further sub-segmented into phases I, II, III, and IV pediatric clinical trials. The phase II trials segment dominated the market in 2021 and accounted for the maximum share of more than 32.00% of the global revenue. Phase II trials are conducted on children to investigate the safety and efficacy of the intervention. Phase II studies consist of a high number of pediatric subjects; moreover, studies in this phase are more complex than those in other phases. Generally, medicinal product testing in children is deferred until the trials reach phase III, which examines the efficacy, acceptability, and adverse effects.

Although the purpose of the deferral is to safeguard children from undue injury, it also implies that children’s access to potentially valuable treatments would be delayed. The phase IV segment is expected to register the fastest growth rate of more than 5.00% during the forecast period. Phase IV post-marketing trials are infrequently conducted in children. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) requires pediatric trials of marketed medicines.

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Study Design Insights

On the basis of study design, the global market has been further categorized into treatment studies and observational studies. Treatment studies have accounted for the maximum revenue share of the global market of more than 65.00% in 2021. According to, from 2000 to 2019, a total of 53,060 pediatric trials were registered, with 36,136 (68.1%) including treatment studies. However, the majority of treatment pediatric trials were single site (61.4%), small-scale (58.9%), randomized (66.0%), and had no masking (56.9%), there were fewer drug trials conducted throughout time.

In terms of observational trial categories, drug studies were the most common (36.9%), while behavioral treatment trials increased from 12.6 to 20.4%. The treatment studies for pediatric trials are mostly funded by Institutions (78.8%), industry (19.1%), NIH (National Institute of Health) (1.6%) & U.S. federal agencies (0.5%). In addition, the industry-funded trials were completed more frequently and were more focused on treatment, whether they were single-site or multi-site trials. NIH-funded and other-funded trials, on the other hand, had a larger proportion of behavioral and "other" intervention trials.

Therapeutic Areas Insights

On the basis of therapeutic areas, the global market has been further segmented into infectious diseases, oncology, autoimmune/inflammation, respiratory disorders, mental health disorders, and others. The oncology therapeutic area segment accounted for the second-largest revenue share of more than 17.7% in the global market in 2021. Cancer is one of the major causes of death worldwide. It is estimated that cancer cases among children below the age of 19 years are likely to reach 291,000 by 2040. The Molecular Characterization Initiative is offered through NCI’s Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, which was launched in 2019 to promote data sharing and collection of new data among researchers who study childhood cancers.

The government has launched this to collect data on pediatric cancer for researchers. It’s a kind of indirect support that will boost the segment’s growth. The mental health disorders segment is expected to rise with the fastest growth rate over the forecast period. The high prevalence of CNS-related issues, such as autism hyperactivity, migraine, seizures, and others, in children, is one of the key reasons for the high demand for pediatric clinical trials for mental health disorders. The funding for CNS-related clinical studies from various public organizations is expected to further support the growth of this segment.

Regional Insights

On the basis of geographies, the market has been further divided into North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa. North America dominated the global market in 2021 and accounted for the largest share of 44.0% of the global revenue. This is due to the presence of a significant number of pharmaceutical companies and CROs conducting pediatric trials in the region. Apart from this, public organizations are also undertaking active initiatives to support pediatric research. For instance, the current NIH funding for pediatric research accounts for USD 4 billion. Such initiatives are further contributing to the market growth in this region.

Asia Pacific, on the other hand, is projected to register the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. The Asia Pacific region has become a hotspot for conducting clinical trials on account of the ease of regulatory compliance, low study costs, and rapidly growing pediatric patient population. Moreover, supportive initiatives promoting pediatric research in the region, owing to the high prevalence of pediatric diseases, are driving the regional market. For instance, UNESCO, in March 2022, reported that researchers in China are focusing on making advances in neuroscience to treat children with autism in the country.

Key Players

ICON plc,Syneos Health,Medpace, Inc.,PPD Inc.,Premier Research,LabCorp Drug Development ,QPS Holdings.,Pfizer Inc.,The Emmes Company, LLC,IQVIA Inc.

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Market Segmentation

  • By Phase Outlook
    • Phase I
    • Phase II
    • Phase III
    • Phase IV
  • By Study Design Outlook
    • Treatment Studies
    • Observational Studies
  • By Therapeutic Areas Outlook
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Oncology
    • Autoimmune/Inflammatory Diseases
    • Respiratory Disorders
    • Mental Health Disorders
    • Others
  • By Regional Outlook
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Middle East & Africa

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