A report on biosurfactants from Technavio shows the market to grow at a CAGR of 6.02% during the forecast period from 2017–2021.
The report cited stringent government regulation as a major driver in the market due to the specific rules that surfactants must follow—an example of which includes the mandate from the European Parliament (Regulation (EC) No 648/2004) that all companies must mention the specifications of the surfactants used in detergents in addition to demanding lab reports of the aerobic biodegradability. REACH, an EU regulation, also mandates that all detergent and personal care products be eco-friendly.
Despite this, the market is expected to take a hit due to the high price of biosurfactants compared to traditional options.
Additionally, marine origin biosurfactants are trending due to their therapeutic properties, specifically for cancer treatments—biosurfactants such as lipopeptides and glycolipids have a low toxicity level, high efficacy level and are biodegradable, making them useful for anti-cancer agents.