According to a market research report published by Markets and Markets, the sample preparation market is expected to reach $5,672.0 million by 2018. Published in May 2014, the report, “Sample Preparation Market by Product (Instruments (Workstations, Liquid Handling Systems), Consumables (Tubes), Kits (Isolation, Purification), By Application (Genomics, Proteomics), by End Users (Molecular Diagnostics) – Global Forecast to 2018”, says that this global market was valued at $4,254.8 million in 2013 and is poised to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2013 to reach $5,672 million in 2018.
Factors that are likely to increase the demand for sample preparing instruments and kits over the years are technological advancements in these workstations, global alliances amongst leading research institutes to boost drug discovery, increasing life science and R&D spending, growing demand for modern extraction techniques, and technological advancements in analytical instruments. The report also indicates the major factors that hinder the growth of this market as high cost of systems and difficulty in developing ‘one-size-fits-all’ sample prep kits.
The report segments the market on the basis of products, applications, end users and geography. The product segment comprises instruments, consumables, accessories and sample preparation kits, each of which is further classified as
Instruments: Sample preparation workstations; liquid handling systems such as liquid handling workstations, pippetting systems, reagent dispensers, microplate washers and others; and extraction systems and others
Consumables: Filters, columns, tubes and plates
Accessories: caps, tips, disposable bags/box, rod covers, adapters, tip and tube holder and plate carrier
Sample Prep kits: purification kits, extraction kits and isolation kits
Based on applications, the market is divided into genomics, proteomics, epigenomics, and others. End users include molecular diagnostics, pharmaceuticals & biotechnology, applied testing, and academic research institutes.
Geographically, North America is the largest market, followed by Europe and Asia. The Asian market is slated to grow at the highest rate over the next five years.
Preparation of samples typically involves one or a combination of the following techniques: protein precipitation, liquid-liquid extraction, immunoaffinity purification, dilution, and solid-phase extraction (SPE). A vast line of lab equipment and accessories are available for quick and easy sample preparation such as ovens and furnaces, centrifuges, pipettes, syringes, mixers and stirrers. According to this report, the top manufacturers in the global sample preparation market include Agilent Technologies, Inc. (U.S.), Danaher Corporation (U.S.), Illumina, Inc. (U.S.), QIAGEN N.V. (The Netherlands), PerkinElmer, Inc. (U.S.), Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (U.S.), Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (U.S.), Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (U.S.), Norgen Biotek Corporation (Canada), Hamilton Company (U.S.), Tecan Group Ltd. (Switzerland), Merck Millipore (U.S.), and Roche Applied Science (U.S.).