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Thailand Pharmaceutical Industry – At a Glance

Thailand Pharmaceutical Industry – At a Glance

Thailand Pharmaceutical Industry – At a Glance

The world economy belongs to the pharmaceutical industry- this industry alone has a market cap of approximately 1.2 trillion US dollars. There is an expectation of a rise of up to 1.5 trillion US dollars in 2023. As far as Thailand is concerned, the pharmaceutical industry in this country is of worth 177 billion baht, i.e., 5.7 billion US dollars)- it makes Thailand the second largest country in the ASEAN region after Indonesia in terms of the market size of the pharmaceutical industry.

If you have ideas to open startups in the pharmaceutical industry, you have ample opportunities to have your own business. You can get assistance from the government of Thailand as well as from different startup accelerators.

Thailand- A Booming Land For Pharmaceutical Companies

Though Asia is always the biggest market for pharma companies, research and development are limited to Europe and the US. But today there is rapid growth in marketing as well as research in the pharma industry. Today the R&D is being shifted from Europe to Asia’s developing nations.

Thailand has one of the most significant contributions to the pharma market, among ASEAN countries. In 2016 the Thai pharma market had a total contribution of 4.6 billion US dollars, which is expected to rise to 6.3 billion USD by 2021 and 8.4 billion USD by 2026. The market of the pharmaceutical industry in these areas is rapidly growing due to the rise in regular wages. Prioritization of the health care sector by governments of these countries is also contributing to the growth of the pharma industry.

Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API)- Huge Opportunities

As per CPhI Pharma Reports: Opportunities & Threats 2020 and Beyond, the ASEAN economies have a reputable capacity for manufacturing generic drugs. But there is a meagre percentage of manufacturers around Southeast Asia which have capabilities to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

As per data available by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA Thailand), out of a total of 142 domestic pharma companies accredited with GMP standards, only 5% have the capabilities of manufacturing APIs. Therefore a significant part of generic drug manufacturing relies upon the import of APIs. If you have an idea and capabilities, you have a bright chance to have a startup in generic drugs in Thailand.

30 baht scheme

This scheme is one of the most popular and game-changing programs launched by the government of Thailand. Earlier, there was a 60:40 market share distributed among hospitals and over-the-counter (OTC). But now it is 70:30, 70 per cent distribution for hospitals and 30 per cent to the OTC (over-the-counter/drug stores) under this scheme.

New 30 baht card scheme

It is reported that more than 70 per cent of the population (approximately 50 million people) are getting benefits under this scheme. The individuals who get benefit from this scheme come under the category that neither falls under the Social Security Fund nor the civil servant welfare fund.

Therefore if you are looking for startups in the pharmaceutical industry of Thailand, you can keep your ideas around these schemes.

Thailand Health Care on the World’s Map

Thailand comes in the sixth spot with a total of 67.99 Health Care index, as per the report published by CEOWORLD in August 2019. It plies that Thailand is providing the world’s sixth-best medical facilities to its people. The second ASEAN near Thailand in Singapore, at the 24the spot with a total point on the health care index of 48.54.

The health care index is considered a statistical analysis of the overall health care facilities of the country. In includes:

  • Health care infrastructure, including the condition of AMD facilities at hospitals. It includes the building as well as all the amenities provided to the patient, medical professionals, etc.
  • Competency of Medical professionals.
  • Cost of treatment
  • Availability quality medicine
  • The readiness of the government.

It shows the confidence among investors in AMD; therefore, IR would be an encouraging moment for you if you have ideas for startups in the pharmaceutical industry of Thailand.

Medical Fair Thailand 2019- As per the frost and civilian demands of health care services and equipment are expected to rise significantly. Pharmaceutical drugs and medical equipment with advanced technologies are expected to be in huge demand.

Assistance Granted by the Thai Government

Thailand has made it’s country a startup nation. The government and other bodies related to and authorized by the government. Some accessible assistance by the government and others, of you, have ideas and going for startups in Thailand

TCG credit Guarantee program-

A currently active program and the last date for applying to take a loan for the startups is 25the February 2021. This program is run by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Thailand.

This program encourages financial institutions to give a more significant amount of credit to startups, SMEs, and entrepreneurs. One point you should be more about at this point is that you, as a startup, cannot get the loan directly under these programs. Still, the incentives of these programs encourage other financial institutions to give your a more considerable amount of credit.

Interestingly, for this year, the ministry of finance allotted an 8 billion baht loan guarantee for startups, SMEs, and innovative startups. The credit guarantee period under this scheme shall be ten years.

Distribution of loans under this scheme:

  • For startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs up to 5 million baht credit loans.
  • For juristic startups, SMEs, and entrepreneurs, it jumps to 10 million baht.
  • For Individuals and innovations, the credit guarantee loan can be up to 10 million baht.
  • This amount can be up to 40 million baht for juristic individuals and innovations.
  • It is one of the best credit guarantee programs which can help Startups with a very handsome amount of investment.

Other programs– Many different programs help startups with credit loans. Apart from the Ministry of Finance, there is an organization called the National Innovation Agency (NIA), which also works tremendously in assisting startups. NIA runs under the Ministry of Science and Technology, providing millions of baht as financial assistance under the credit guarantee program to startups that come with innovative ideas.

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As a Startup Specialist and the founder of Aditya Group, Thailand, Ande Aditya is often hired as a Business Advisor to assist business owners to execute their vision.

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