Increase in applications of collagen in the medical and pharmaceutical industry

Chicago, April 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to MarketsandMarketsthe Global collagen market The size was estimated at USD 4.1 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 5.3 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 5.4% in terms of value. Advances in biotechnology have discovered the use and incorporation of collagen in pharmaceutical applications as bioactive compounds or functional biomaterials. The main applications of collagen as drug delivery systems are collagen shields in ophthalmology, sponges for burns/wounds, mini-pellets and tablets for protein delivery, gel formulation in combination with liposomes for prolonged drug delivery, as control material for transdermal delivery and nanoparticles. for gene delivery and basic templates for cell culture systems.

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Collagen is one of the major structural proteins found in the extracellular matrices of many connective tissues in mammals, accounting for approximately 25-35% of whole-body protein content. It is mainly found in fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin (about half of the total body collagen) and abundant in corneas, cartilages, bones, blood vessels and the intestine.

North America Collagen Market is valued at USD 1,143.7 Million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 1,506.5 Million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period . The North American collagen market is expected to witness significant growth owing to an increase in growing health concerns among consumers, adoption of low-fat, nutrient-dense food and beverage products, and rise in consumption of baked goods. This region has the highest prevalence of obesity, which is also driving the demand for dietary supplements and other nutritional products.

Among the various sources of collagen, the bovine segment accounted for the major market share in the overall collagen market. Bovine collagen is very rich in type I and III collagen. This type of collagen is beneficial for nails, skin, tendons, eyes, hair, muscles, bones and blood vessels.

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Based on the form, the dry segment is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. The dry form of collagen is available as a clumped or fine powder. Due to its fast solubility behavior, the powder form is mainly used in various industries. Powdered collagens show excellent mixing properties, which is why they are increasingly used in various food applications. These can be added to most food applications, including coffee, smoothies, dairy products, snacks, soups, sauces, and confectionery products, among others.

Among the various product types, the gelatin segment accounted for the major market share. Gelatin is a colorless, tasteless, translucent and brittle food ingredient derived from collagen obtained from various animal body parts. It is obtained not only from the skin of animals, but also from fish and insects. The manufacture of gelatin includes two methods, which are alkaline and acid process, to make gelatin type A and type B respectively. Gelatin is widely used in food to improve elasticity, consistency and stability.

Among various applications, the nutritional products segment accounted for the major market share in the overall collagen market. Collagen is combined with other ingredients in various healthy products due to its various chemical and nutritional properties. Collagen, due to its high binding properties, is used as a partial glucose substitute in protein bars. Collagen is also consumed in powder form, added to hot drinks, smoothies or baked goods, to provide additional protein.

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