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Virtual Clinical Trials Market

Virtual Clinical Trials Market Size, Share & Segmentation by Study Type (Interventional, Observational, Others), By Phase (Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4), By Indication (Oncology, Cardiovascular, Immunology, Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology), by Regions and Global Forecast 2023-2030

Report Id: SNS/HC/2493 | July 2022 | Region: Global | 129 Pages

Report Scope & Overview:

The Virtual Clinical Trials Market Size was valued at USD 7.91 billion in 2022, and is expected to reach USD 12.14 billion by 2030, and grow at a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period 2023-2030.

Patient-facing technologies, like wearable sensors, tablet apps, and smartphones, are used in virtual clinical trials. It is projected that the virtual clinical trials would incorporate more mobile technology, wearable technology, web-based patient diaries, and other digital methods. They are frequently referred to as distant trials, direct-to-patient trials, virtual trials, decentralized trials, and hybrid trials. Several factors, like the COVID-19 pandemic's increased shift toward virtual clinical trials, the development in integration of mobile-based health platforms, and the rising demand for investigational site flexibility, are driving the industry. The absence of laws and the necessity for data integration brought on by the massive influx of data, however, might impede the market's expansion.

Virtual Clinical Trials Market



  • Convenience offered in comparison to the conventional approach

  • The incorporation of a mobile health platform

  • As a catalyst for virtual trials, COVID-19


  • Inadequate data security


  • There is a growing need for online clinical studies.


  • Technical malfunction

  • Data reliability

  • Demonstrate your dependability to regulators.


People from all over the world have been affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has also prompted the closure of operational facilities worldwide. The healthcare industry encountered unprecedented difficulties during the shutdown, including supply chain delays that led to a rise in warehouse stockpiles of produced items. The market for virtual clinical trials did not suffer significantly, though.

The COVID-19 pandemic opened up expansion potential for the businesses operating in the field of virtual clinical trials. This is because more research and development are being done to create medications to treat COVID-19, test vaccines in clinical settings, and take use of virtual clinical trials that minimize contact between researchers and volunteers.

By switching to a hybrid approach, producers of pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, and new therapies were able to continue their ongoing clinical trials. During the COVID-19 pandemic, contract research firms concentrated on working with technology providers to adapt to the new clinical trial environment.

By Study Type


In an interventional study, the target population is subjected to an intervention, such as a prospective drug in development, a medical device like a vibration vest, an exercise routine, or a treatment. To demonstrate their efficacy and safety, new prospective medications must endure three stages of interventional testing.


Observational research doesn't evaluate prospective treatments. Instead, they keep tabs on individuals' health outcomes while they are following their current treatment regimen. For instance, following the FDA's approval of a new drug, the pharmaceutical company is frequently required to do what is known as a Phase 4 study to continue tracking the drug's efficacy and safety.


The extended access based on compassionate use studies are the other ones that have been noticed. Patients needing emergency treatment for acute illnesses or disorders that pose a threat to their lives. So that patients can receive treatment quickly, some medications, biologics, and medical devices may be approved on a compassionate basis.

By Phase

The possibility that the novel therapy will outperform the already present one must be demonstrated by researchers. A phase 1 clinical trial determines if a new medication, medical procedure, or equipment is safe for humans. Researchers gather data on the dosage, dosage frequency, side effects, and complications related to the surgery.

A phase 2 clinical study aids researchers in learning about the treatment's safety and effectiveness with various populations. Diagnostic tests are used to determine whether a new treatment is effective in symptom reduction and pain relief. A researcher may use a radiological examination to estimate the tumor's size or examine blood samples to see whether biomarkers are present. The effectiveness of therapy and the treatment plan are documented in patient health records.

Phase 3 clinical trials assess the effectiveness of treatments that were successful for volunteers in phase 2 clinical trials. Researchers compare the new treatment to the already available conventional treatment in a phase 3 trial. Research is done on the toxicity, safety, and effectiveness of therapies in order to compare them to other options. This stage may go on for many years. Clinical trial interpretations are recorded and submitted to regulatory agencies. If end points satisfy predetermined criteria, regulatory agencies examine and approve drugs, medical equipment, and treatments.

Clinical trials in phase four are started to check on the efficacy of approved goods or practises. The term "post-marketing surveillance research" is often used. To comprehend safety, pharmacovigilance of pharmaceuticals and medical devices is required.

However, regulatory bodies may require sponsors to start the recall process if specific negative effects or difficulties occur. Sponsors may evaluate the effectiveness of a drug or combination therapy during the ongoing phase 4 study to get regulatory approval for additional indications.

By Indication

The biggest revenue share came from the oncology area, which led the market for virtual/decentralized clinical trials. During the projection period, it is also anticipated that the sector will contribute the most to market share. This is explained by the rise in cancer incidence worldwide and the number of oncology clinical trials. During the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer patients are most at risk. To ensure patient safety and trial progress, investigators and sponsors overseeing oncology clinical trials have quickly adopted virtual and remote trials.

The success of particular clinical studies is at risk due to low enrolment rates, which could obstruct the development of new treatments and their beneficial effects on outcomes. Therefore, it is projected that the low rate of recruitment and the requirement for a broad population for oncology clinical research will encourage the implementation of virtual clinical trials.


Some of the major key players are as follows: Clinical Ink, Inc., Dassault Systemes SE, Icon plc, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, IQVIA Holdings, Inc., Medable, Inc., Parexel International Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Medpace Holdings, Inc., Wuxi AppTech.


By Study Type

  • Interventional

  • Observational

  • Others

By Phase

  • Phase 1

  • Phase 2

  • Phase 3

  • Phase 4

By Indication

  • Oncology

  • Cardiovascular

  • Immunology

  • Gastrointestinal

  • Respiratory

  • Endocrinology

  • Ophthalmology

Virtual Clinical Trials Market


Due to increased investments from both public and private actors, as well as the support of key market leaders for improved virtual trial solutions, North America currently holds a disproportionate share of the global market for virtual clinical trials. Due to an increase in R&D activities in the region, a rise in the adoption rate of technology in the clinical region, and government assistance, it accounted for a sizable portion of the virtual clinical trials market globally in terms of revenue. In order to communicate with customers, market participants are also implementing digital technology.

Due to the quick rise in the number of tests to adopt new pharmaceuticals for various ailments as well as the digitization of laboratories, Asia-Pacific, followed by Europe, has experienced lucrative growth and holds a significant position in the market.


  • North America

    • USA

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • UK

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • The Netherlands

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • Japan

    • south Korea

    • China

    • India

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • The Middle East & Africa

    • Israel

    • UAE

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America


Virtual Clinical Trials Market Report Scope:
Report Attributes Details
Market Size in 2022 US$ 7.91 Billion
Market Size by 2030 US$ 12.14 Billion
CAGR CAGR of 5.5% From 2023 to 2030
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2020-2021
Report Scope & Coverage Market Size, Segments Analysis, Competitive  Landscape, Regional Analysis, DROC & SWOT Analysis, Forecast Outlook
Key Segments • By Study Type (Interventional, Observational, Others)
• By Phase (Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4)
• By Indication (Oncology, Cardiovascular, Immunology, Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology)
Regional Analysis/Coverage North America (USA, Canada, Mexico), Europe
(Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands,
Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Japan, South Korea,
China, India, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific), The
Middle East & Africa (Israel, UAE, South Africa,
Rest of Middle East & Africa), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
Company Profiles Clinical Ink, Inc., Dassault Systemes SE, Icon plc, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, IQVIA Holdings, Inc., Medable, Inc., Parexel International Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Medpace Holdings, Inc., Wuxi AppTech.
Key Drivers • The incorporation of a mobile health platform
• As a catalyst for virtual trials, COVID-19
RESTRAINTS • Inadequate data security

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Ans. Virtual Clinical Trials Market Size was valued at USD 7.5 billion in 2021, and expected to reach USD 11.0 billion by 2028, and grow at a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period 2022-2028. 

Ans. The biggest revenue share came from the oncology area, which led the market for virtual/decentralized clinical trials.

Ans. Key drivers of the Virtual Clinical Trials Market is the incorporation of a mobile health platform, and as a catalyst for virtual trials, COVID-19.

Ans. Clinical Ink, Inc., Dassault Systemes SE, Icon plc, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, IQVIA Holdings, Inc are the key plyer of Virtual Clinical Trials Market. 

Ans.  Top-down, bottom-up, Quantitative, Qualitative Research, Descriptive, Analytical, Applied, Fundamental Research.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

1.1 Market Definition

1.2 Scope

1.3 Research Assumptions


2. Research Methodology


3. Market Dynamics

3.1 Drivers

3.2 Restraints

3.3 Opportunities

3.4 Challenges


4. Impact Analysis

4.1 COVID-19 Impact Analysis

4.2 Impact of Ukraine- Russia war

4.3 Impact of ongoing Recession

4.3.1 Introduction

4.3.2 Impact on major economies US Canada Germany France United Kingdom China Japan South Korea Rest of the World


5. Value Chain Analysis


6. Porter’s 5 forces model


7.  PEST Analysis


8. Virtual Clinical Trials Market Segmentation, By Study Type

8.1 Interventional

8.2 Observational

8.3 Others


9. Virtual Clinical Trials Market Segmentation, By Phase

9.1 Phase 1

9.2 Phase 2

9.3 Phase 3

9.4 Phase 4


10. Virtual Clinical Trials Market Segmentation, By Indication

10.1 Oncology

10.2 Cardiovascular

10.3 Immunology

10.4 Gastrointestinal

10.5 Respiratory

10.6 Endocrinology

10.7 Ophthalmology


11. Regional Analysis

11.1 Introduction

11.2 North America

11.2.1 USA

11.2.2 Canada

11.2.3 Mexico

11.3 Europe

11.3.1 Germany

11.3.2 UK

11.3.3 France

11.3.4 Italy

11.3.5 Spain

11.3.6 The Netherlands

11.3.7 Rest of Europe

11.4 Asia-Pacific

11.4.1 Japan

11.4.2 South Korea

11.4.3 China

11.4.4 India

11.4.5 Australia

11.4.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific

11.5 The Middle East & Africa

11.5.1 Israel

11.5.2 UAE

11.5.3 South Africa

11.5.4 Rest

11.6 Latin America

11.6.1 Brazil

11.6.2 Argentina

11.6.3 Rest of Latin America


12.Company Profiles

12.1 Clinical Ink, Inc.

              12.1.1 Financial

12.1.2 Products/ Services Offered

12.1.3 SWOT Analysis

12.1.4 The SNS view

12.2 Dassault Systemes SE

12.3 Icon plc

12.4 Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

12.5 IQVIA Holdings, Inc.

12.6 Medable, Inc.

12.7 Parexel International Corporation

12.8 Oracle Corporation

12.9 Medpace Holdings, Inc.

12.10 Wuxi AppTech.


13.Competitive Landscape

13.1 Competitive Benchmark

13.2 Market Share analysis

13.3 Recent Developments



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