MEDraysintell Publishes Its Sixth Edition of the Proton Therapy World Report & Directory

What to Expect from the Proton Therapy Market in 2019-2020?

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, February 21, 2019 --( Following the large number of new orders for proton therapy equipment reported worldwide during the year 2015, MEDraysintell considered that it was facing a market with strong potential. This positive trend continued until mid-2016, when it began to slow down with a persistent decline in 2017, further confirmed in 2018 as well. Last year, the number of new particle therapy treatment rooms ordered worldwide (70% proton therapy, 30% carbon therapy) has dropped by almost 20% versus 2017, or by 62% when compared to 2015. This decline impacts directly the PT market size (in value US$) evolution, with an anticipated market slowdown of some 25% in 2020 compared to 2018. This trend may change if particle therapy vendors are able to build a strong order book in 2019 and 2020. The year 2018 also clearly confirmed the trend in favor of single-room facilities, with 100% of the proton therapy orders worldwide oriented towards single-room facilities (compared to less than 40% in 2016).

However, a retrospective analysis shows that 2015 was an exceptional year with a record level of orders and not the new standard expected by the industry. In general, negative publicity, resistance from health authorities and private insurances to reimburse proton therapy and cost hurdles as a whole have certainly been important factors in the slow adoption of proton therapy facilities in the recent past. This limited support from investors and healthcare payers remains unchanged and linked to both the higher price of this modality compared to external radiotherapy and the lack of definitive clinical demonstration of superiority (which is under progress).

As of February 2019, there were fewer than 240 particle therapy (mostly proton therapy) treatment rooms available to patients worldwide. This low number represents only 0.3 particle therapy treatment rooms per ten million people compared to roughly an equivalent 20 radiotherapy systems in the world. There is still a lot of improvement possible in this field.

In order to sustain the market growth and to increase the use of proton therapy as an efficient cancer treatment, the PT industry should encourage the research, collection, and on-going publication of clinical evidence. In addition a stronger marketing is needed in order to grow the referencing of patients toward proton therapy centers. Some mixed signals from the proton therapy area have already been observed, for instance a growing interest of the medical-scientific community stating that at least 10% of the population requiring external radiotherapy treatment could benefit from proton therapy. However, this level reached only 0.7% in 2018 and almost all operational particle therapy centers are far to be at saturation level, with only 17% of them able to treat on average over 200 patients per treatment room.

These data are now extensively detailed in the new Proton Therapy World Market Report & Directory, Edition 2019, a 350-page document featuring a comprehensive review of the world market dynamics with an analysis of both past evolutions and future trends to the year 2030, and a detailed profile of 29 promoters, manufacturers or developers of proton and carbon therapy equipment with a directory of all PT facilities that are expected to become operational by 2023.

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