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Demographic Shifts Create Biotechnology Opportunities

Globally, populations are rapidly growing, ageing and becoming richer. It is estimated that within 25 years, the number of over 65s in Asia will exceed the total populations of the eurozone and US combined.1 This progression, accompanied by declining birth rates in the developed world, is creating a growing demographic imbalance. Simultaneously, incomes are rising in developing economies, so emerging market consumers are increasingly entering the global middle class. When populations become wealthier, healthcare spending infallibly increases and pockets of new healthcare needs (in response to lifestyle changes) often emerge. The consequences of these demographic shifts – both current and...