Pharmaceutical Filtration Market Size & Share, by Filtration Method (Surface-, Depth-, Cake-, Cross-Flow Filtration); Product Type (Magnetic Filters, Bag Filters, Self-Cleaning Filters); Membrane Type (Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration); Application (Antibiotics, Diagnostics, Phytopharmaceuticals) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

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  • Published Date: Feb 13, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

Pharmaceutical Filtration Market size is anticipated to surpass USD 38 Billion by the end of 2033, growing at a CAGR of 16% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of pharmaceutical filtration was over USD 10 Billion.The growth of the market is primarily attributed to the growing number of new drugs, and positive trends in spending for drug research and development (R&D) worldwide. According to the statistics presented by the Congressional Budget Office, in the year 2019, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry invested USD 83 billion in R&D.

Pharmaceutical filtration is a process of removing solid particulate matter from a fluid in the form of liquid or gas. A porous medium is used for this process. As the biopharmaceutical market is highly regulated and new means are annexed consistently to reduce wastage, the process of filtration is used widely in pharmaceutical industries. Global market size is guaranteed to flourish as the filtration process is considered to be omnipresent with the increased spending for R&D in the pharmaceutical industry along with the introduction of new drugs at a faster pace. Pharmaceutical wastages are expected to create significant revenue generation for the key players operating in the global pharmaceutical filtration market during the forecast period. It is estimated that more than 100,000 ton of pharmaceutical products are consumed globally each year, with Europe accounting for 24% of that total consumption. Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and other chemical ingredients are released into the environment during the manufacturing, usage, and disposal of these pharmaceutical products, causing pharmaceutical pollution worldwide.

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Pharmaceutical Filtration Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing Investment in Biopharmaceutical Research and Development - A very small patient group of people can receive approved medications. Biopharmaceutical companies work hard to produce high-quality pharmaceuticals that patients get for a long time. According to the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, it is estimated that USD 179 billion was spent globally on the biopharmaceutical industry R & D in 2018. The aggregate contribution from the combined, direct, indirect, and induced effects of the biopharmaceutical industry was USD 1,838 billion to the world’s GDP.
  • Upsurge in the Use of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) – Globally, China produces approximately 75 to 85% of antibiotic APIs whilst Indian companies are leading in the production of finished products.
  • Rise in the Utilization of Single-Use Technologies & Systems in the Biopharmaceutical Industry – It was found that single-use bioreactors grew by approximately 59% points over the past 13 years.
  • Surge in the Profitability of Large Pharmaceutical Companies - it was observed that, from 2000 to 2018, the cumulative revenue of 35 large pharmaceutical companies was approximately USD 11.5 trillion, with gross profit of more than USD 8.5 trillion, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of ~USD 3.5 trillion, and net income of ~USD 2 trillion.
  • Upsurge in Nanofiltration Membrane Market - in the year 2020, the U.S. nanofiltration market was estimated to be ~USD19 Million.


  • Upsurge of Fiber Breakage in Membrane Filters - Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities frequently fail to filter out all of the chemicals employed in the process, which causes the chemicals to leak into nearby freshwater systems before finally reaching the sea, lakes, streams, and rivers. In China, the polymeric membrane was already widely used to purify drinking water, with just a maximum treatment capacity of 3.8 million tonnes.
  • Negative Impact of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) on Human Health and the Ecosystem
  • High Cost Involved in the Installation and Upgradation of the Filtration System

Pharmaceutical Filtration Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 10 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

~ USD 38 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Pharmaceutical Filtration Segmentation

Membrane Type (Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration);

The global pharmaceutical filtration market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by membrane type into microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, and ion exchange. Amongst these segments, the microfiltration segment is anticipated to garner the largest revenue by the end of 2033, backed by the increasing demand for sterile water along with the surge of cold sterilization of pharmaceutical industries. It was observed that in the year 2021, the estimated revenue generation of microfiltration membranes accounted for approximately USD 3 billion, holding the largest share of the membrane market.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

        By Filtration Method

  • Surface Filtration
  • Depth Filtration
  • Cake Filtration
  • Cross-Flow Filtration
  • Ultrafiltration

        By Product Type

  • Magnetic Filters
  • Bag Filters
  • Self-Cleaning Filters
  • Others

        By Membrane Type

  • Microfiltration
  • Ultrafiltration
  • Nanofiltration
  • Others


         By Application

  • Antibodies
  • Diagnostics
  • Phytopharmaceuticals
  • Others

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Pharmaceutical Filtration Industry - Regional Synopsis

The North America pharmaceutical filtration market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033, backed by increasing demand for pharmaceuticals owing to the rising burden of various types of diseases and other health conditions in the region. It was found that the use of pharmaceuticals in the United States has risen ~9.5% over the last five years to approximately 194 Bn days of therapy including retail and non-retail settings in the year 2021.

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Companies Dominating the Pharmaceutical Filtration Landscape

    • 3M
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Amazon Filters Ltd.
    • Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    • Sartorius
    • Eaton Corporation plc
    • Graver Technologies LLC
    • Meissner Filtration Products, Inc.
    • Cole-Parmer Instrument Company, LLC.
    • Donaldson Company, Inc.
    • Danaher Corporation


In the News

  • Amazon Filters Ltd. announced the launch of a new range of filter housings, single-stack 72C, and 76C series, to support critical processes in the production of biopharmaceuticals. The series conforms to the newest iteration standard of the industry-leading ASME BPE, fulfilling its criteria required for hygienic design, fabrication, and material construction.

  • Sartorius’s subgroup Sartorius Stedim Biotech, acquired U.S.-based filtration and purification expert WaterSep BioSeparations LLC. The acquisition brought in fresh crossflow filtration units for easy-to-use bioprocessing devices and is a complementary fit to the company’s separation portfolio.

Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

  • Report ID: 491
  • Published Date: Feb 13, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing investment on biopharmaceutical research and development, rise in the use of single- use technologies & systems in biopharmaceutical industry are some of the major factors driving the growth of the pharmaceutical filtration market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~16% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

Negative impact of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) on human health and ecosystem, high cost involved in the installation of filtration equipment are estimated to hamper the market growth.

The market in North America is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are 3M, Amazon Filters Ltd., Parker-Hannifin Corporation, Donaldson Company, Inc., Danaher Corporation, Sartorius AG, Graver Technologies LLC and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by filtration method, product type, membrane type, application and by region.

The microfiltration segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.
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