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Prostate Cancer – Identifying and Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation, New Report Launched

Exceptionally Large and Innovative Pipeline

The prostate cancer pipeline is among the largest in the pharmaceutical industry with 484 products in active development across all stages. The range of mechanisms of action employed by these compounds is also highly diverse, especially in comparison to the existing market landscape. More pertinently, the degree and proportion of breakthrough innovations in this pipeline is exceptional; Publisher analysis identified 174 first-in-class programs in the prostate cancer pipeline, acting on 122 first-in-class molecular targets. This accounts for some 36% of all products with a disclosed molecular target and is reflective of the high degree of innovation in this indication. This has far-reaching strategic implications for all market participants, as, despite the high attrition rate in prostate cancer, it is highly likely many of the first-in-class technologies will reach the market over the coming decade and may transform the clinical and commercial landscape.

Alignment of First-in-Class Molecular Target with Disease Causation

One of the key trends in oncology and in prostate cancer in particular over the last decade is the clinical and commercial impact of targeted therapies designed to target proteins in signaling pathways that are strongly associated with disease progression. By aligning the molecular targets for therapeutic intervention with disease causation and/or propagation, these therapies limit the systemic cytotoxic effects whilst inhibiting tumor-promoting signaling pathways. Such strategies thereby typically achieve superior efficacy and safety profiles.

Our proprietary analyses demonstrate significant levels of differentiation as to how well the first-in-class products and their respective molecular targets align to underlying gene and protein level mutations and dysfunction. More advanced analytics further substantiated these findings as strong levels of differentiation in the scientific and clinical rationale for first-in-class molecular targets emerged. Furthermore, clear frontrunners were identified by integrating analyses to assess the accessibility of molecular targets for therapeutic compounds, the size of the target patient population that would benefit from therapeutic intervention, and the expected positioning of the first-in-class products based on the molecular targets and mechanisms of action of currently marketed products.

These insights and a detailed review of the available evidence from scientific studies substantiate the perspective that first-in-class-product technology in its own right is not sufficient to offer a compelling scientific and clinical rationale. However, a range of products offer very significant scientific and clinical promise and could therefore result in a strong commercial proposition with the prospect of clinically and commercially transformative products in the future.

A Deals Landscape with Numerous Investment Opportunities

Analysis has confirmed that 169 of the 174 first-in-class products have not been involved in a licensing or co-development deal. Although many act on targets that are not yet strongly substantiated in terms of their therapeutic potential in prostate cancer in clinical studies, there are many which are supported by promising in vivo and in vitro preclinical evidence, and as such are highly promising prostate cancer therapies. Indeed, breakthrough innovations are highly desirable as an investment option.

However, most deals involving first-in-class products were either preclinical or Phase I development, whereas advance-in-class and addition-to-class product deals were typically made in Phases II and III, therefore showing significant differentiation. These findings have significant strategic implications for both biotech companies seeking to out-license products and firms with an interest in in-licensing first-in-class products with strong clinical and commercial prospects.


The report analyzes innovation in prostate cancer, in the context of the overall pipeline and current market landscape. In addition, it analyzed the deals landscape surrounding first-in-class products in prostate cancer, and pinpoints opportunities for in-licensing. The report covers and includes –

  • A brief introduction to prostate cancer, including symptoms, pathophysiology, and overview of pharmacotherapy and treatment algorithms.
  • The changing molecular target landscape between market and pipeline and particular focal points of innovation in the pipeline.
  • Comprehensive review of the pipeline for first-in-class therapies, analyzed on the basis of stage of development, molecule type and molecular target.
  • Identification and assessment of first-in-class molecular targets with a particular focus on early-stage programs of which clinical utility has yet to be evaluated, as well as literature reviews on novel molecular targets.
  • Assessment of the licensing and co-development deal landscape for prostate cancer therapies and benchmarking of deals involving first-in-class versus non-first-in-class-products.

Reasons to buy

The report will assist business development and enable marketing executives to strategize their product launches, by allowing them to –

  • Understanding of the focal shifts in molecular targets in the prostate cancer pipeline.
  • Understanding of the distribution of pipeline programs by phase of development, molecule type and molecular target.
  • Access a scientific and clinical analysis of first-in-class developmental programs for prostate cancer, benchmarked against non-first-in-class targets.
  • Access a list of the first-in-class therapies potentially open to deal-making opportunities

Spanning over 91 pages, Frontier Pharma: Prostate Cancer – Identifying and Commercializing First-in-Class Innovation” report covering the Executive Summary, The Case for Innovation in Prostate Cancer, Clinical and Commercial Landscape, Assessment of Pipeline Product Innovation, Signaling Network, Disease Causation and Innovation Alignment, First-in-Class Target and Pipeline Program Evaluation, Deals and Strategic Consolidations, Appendix.

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