Collagen, a part of connective tissue, is extensively used across various industries such as pharmaceutical, food and beverage, nutraceuticals, and cosmeceuticals. The growing awareness about personal health and development of novel, collagen-based products have augmented the growth of the global collagen market. Collagen products are widely used in wound healing applications and for treating skin, bone, and joints.
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Collagen peptides are supposed to reduce joint inflammation, which is one of the primary causes of joint pain. According to a recent study by the University of Rochester, collagen peptides reduce joint inflammation and support cartilage regeneration in mice. Supportive results of the study have opened new opportunities for application of collagen peptides in treatment of joint pain in humans. Rapid growth of geriatric population has further augmented the growth of the global collagen market.
Marine Collagen Identified as Safest Collagen Source
The major sources of collagen are chicken, porcine, bovine, marine, and others including ovine, equine, and silkworms. Bovine collagen is one of the key industrial sources of collagen. However, the usage of bovine collagen has declined in the recent past due to higher risks of transmission of diseases such as mad cow disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE).
In 2014, porcine collagen accounted for a majority share in the market. However, allergic reactions and negative cultural impact have hampered the demand for porcine collagen. Due to low molecular weight and greater absorption, marine collagen has been termed as the safest collagen source. In the coming years, marine collagen is expected to witness the highest demand in the market.
Tissue Engineering Emerges as Leading Application Segment in Global Collagen Market
Collagen is extensively used across drug delivery systems and tissue engineering. Collagen sponges, collagen shields, transdermal patches, sustained drug delivery products, and others are the key applications of collagen in drug delivery systems. On the other hand, collagen is used for skin replacement, bone substitutes, and others in tissue engineering. Due to its high biocompatibility, collagen type I is considered as a gold standard in the field of tissue engineering. In the near future, tissue engineering is anticipated to drive the demand from the market. Collagen-based drug delivery is fast gaining popularity with the growing usage of collagen-based products in wound healing and wound dressing. Introduction of nanoparticles-based drug delivery systems is expected to further support the growth of the global collagen market.
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Asia Pacific to Lead Growth of Global Collagen Market
Developed economies in Europe and North America have fuelled the demand for collagen-based products due to implementation of favourable government regulations, extensive research and development activities, and presence of well-established manufacturing facilities. In 2014, Europe and North America together held a majority of the market. However, in the coming years, Asia Pacific is anticipated to drive the demand from the market with rapid growth of the pharmaceutical sector and the growing awareness about personal health. Latin America is also expected to propel the growth of the global collagen market in the next couple of years.