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Laboratory Automation: Technologies and Global Markets

  • May 2013
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  • BCC Research
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  • 121 pages

INTRODUCTION

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

This BCC Research report titled Laboratory Automation: Technologies and Global Markets provides a complete analysis of the market for laboratory automation, its operations, equipment, trends and patent analysis. This analysis includes information on such topics as the size of various market sectors, labor market and technology trends impacting the adoption of laboratory automation and the impact of government policy, as well as a host of other issues that influence the market for laboratory automation. Information concerning major laboratory automation product segments includes in-depth market and competitive analyses.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

Laboratory automation is included within a large number of scientific disciplines. Clinical diagnostics, drug discovery, food and agricultural research, and forensics have been heavily impacted by the rise of automated laboratory systems. With the 2008 creation of the Institute of Laboratory Automation and the 2010 establishment of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening, laboratory automation is quickly defining itself as a specific part of the laboratory industry in the U.S. There is a vital need to reduce laboratory operating costs due to budget pressures throughout the laboratory industry and new applications of laboratory automation technology coming on board, so a great and broad-based demand for laboratory automation products will be evident during the next decade.

SCOPE OF REPORT

A particular focus will be placed on the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, clinical diagnostics and academic science industries, as demand for laboratory automation is strongest in these fields. Academic science is unique, as it entails both users of laboratory automation and creators of new uses for laboratory automation through the dissemination of new techniques and ideas through research. Staffing shortages throughout the clinical diagnostics industry have driven the demand for more automation to reduce staffing demands. New applications developed by both industry and academia, along with the demand for new drugs and clinical diagnostics, are noted drivers of demand in the clinical diagnostics, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Suppliers of laboratory automation will be discussed in terms of market share, product types and geography when possible. A focus will be placed on the integration of various product types into different market segments because similar technologies may be used in various market sectors, causing usage and scale to vary. Also, regulatory policy will be discussed, as decisions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory bodies can drive demand by approving new uses of technology and by creating market opportunities for companies looking to innovate and reduce laboratory operation costs. This regulatory policy can drive the market penetration of certain products and technologies, therefore driving demand.

Specifically excluded from this analysis is the demand for pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and other laboratory testing outside of the scope to which it generates demand for laboratory automation. Products used in the support of laboratory automation, specifically consumables used during laboratory automation, are excluded to the extent of market size and profitability of said products.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

The intended audience for this report includes executives for laboratory equipment manufacturers; business leaders; research and development (R&D) leaders in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical diagnostics, forensics, food, chemical and related industries; technological experts and consultants in laboratory technology; and suppliers and knowledge leaders in the laboratory industry.

INFORMATION SOURCES

Primary data sources for this report included interviews with numerous executives, product managers and laboratory professionals across different market segments. Secondary data sources included published literature in the field of laboratory automation, investment reports, company reports and information from the laboratory industry media.

The market data presented is based on the market at the manufacturers’ level. The base year of this market report is 2012, with historical data from 2010 and 2011, as well as forecasts to 2017. Historical and forecast data are provided for all market segments referred to in this report. Competitor share estimates are provided based on data from the base year of 2012.

This study provides information on a wide variety of laboratory automation technologies, but it will not provide a full list of available laboratory automation products. In addition, there are a number of products used in various industries (e.g., electronics, communications, and food) that are also used for laboratory automation purposes.

ANALYST CREDENTIALS

Todd Graham is a seasoned laboratory professional who has experience in an extensive number of segments. Working in the biotechnology industry for more than six years in numerous laboratory roles and organization types has given him a unique insight into how the various sectors of the laboratory industry work. He has also developed and applied numerous different types of laboratory automation, giving him a direct perspective on the transformational potential of this technology.

Table Of Contents

Laboratory Automation: Technologies and Global Markets
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 2
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY 2
SCOPE OF REPORT 2
INTENDED AUDIENCE 3
INFORMATION SOURCES 3
ANALYST CREDENTIALS 3
RELATED BCC REPORTS 4
BCC ON-LINE SERVICES 4
DISCLAIMER 4
CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY 6
MAJOR MARKETS 6
SUMMARY TABLE A GLOBAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY SEGMENT,
THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 6
GLOBAL REGIONS AND MARKET SHARES 6
SUMMARY TABLE B GLOBAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION,
THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 7
INDUSTRIAL CHANGES 7
ACADEMIC LABORATORIES' FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS 7
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION,
2010-2017 ($ MILLIONS) 7
PROTEOMICS AND SMALL-MOLECULE APPLICATION ON THE RISE 8
BROADENING OF LABORATORY AUTOMATION INTO NEW MARKET
SECTORS 8
CLINICAL LABORATORIES' STAFF CONSTRAINTS 9
SHIFT TOWARD SPENDING UP THE VALUE CHAIN 9
FUTURE STRENGTHS OF TOTAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION 9
FRACTURED LABORATORY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS MARKET
AND THE CONSTRAINTS ON LABORATORY AUTOMATION GROWTH 9
STRONG BREADTH OF MARKET PROVIDERS 10
CHAPTER 3 INTRODUCTION TO THE LABORATORY INDUSTRY 12
OVERVIEW OF LABORATORIES AND TYPICAL TESTS 12
SECTORS 12
ACADEMIA 12
Operations 12
Uses 13
GOVERNMENT 13
Research 13
Operations 13
Uses 14
Public Health 14
Operations 14
Uses 14
Forensics 15
Operations 15
Uses 15
INDUSTRY 15
Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals 15
Operations 16
Uses 16
Clinical Diagnostics 16
Operations 16
Uses 17
Contract Research Organizations 17
Operations 17
Uses 17
Food and Agriculture 18
Operations 18
Uses 18
LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS 18
CHAPTER 4 GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS 22
U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION 23
EUROPEAN MEDICINE AGENCY 23
SWISS AGENCY FOR THERAPEUTIC PRODUCTS 23
JAPAN: PHARMACEUTICALS AND MEDICAL DEVICE AGENCY 24
CHINA: STATE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION 24
INDIA: CENTRAL DRUGS STANDARD CONTROL ORGANIZATION 24
AUSTRALIA: THERAPEUTIC GOOD ADMINISTRATION 24
THERAPEUTIC PRODUCTS DIRECTORATE OF HEALTH CANADA 24
OTHER FACTORS INFLUENCING DEMAND 25
GOVERNMENT SPENDING POLICY 25
APPROVAL OF PRODUCTS USING AUTOMATION 25
CHAPTER 5 LIQUID HANDLING 27
SECTOR LEADERS 27
MARKET LEADERS 28
TABLE 1 LIQUID HANDLING IN LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION,
THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 28
TABLE 2 GLOBAL LIQUID HANDLING LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET ($
MILLIONS) 28
CHAPTER 6 SAMPLE PREPARATION 30
SECTOR OVERVIEW 30
TABLE 3 GLOBAL SAMPLE PREPARATION IN LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET
BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 31
TABLE 4 GLOBAL SAMPLE PREPARATION MARKET, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 32
CASE STUDY 32
INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS AND FRAGRANCES 32
CHAPTER 7 HIGH-THROUGHPUT TECHNOLOGIES 34
SECTOR OVERVIEW 34
TABLE 5 HIGH-THROUGHPUT SCREENING IN LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET
BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 35
TABLE 6 GLOBAL HIGH-THROUGHPUT SCREENING MARKET, THROUGH 2017 ($
MILLIONS) 36
CHAPTER 8 TOTAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION 38
SECTOR OVERVIEW 38
TABLE 7 TOTAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2017
($ MILLIONS) 39
TABLE 8 GLOBAL TOTAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET, THROUGH 2017 ($
MILLIONS) 40
CASE STUDY 40
NORTH SHORE LIJ LABORATORIES 40
CHAPTER 9 OTHER FACTORS 42
LABORATORY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 42
TABLE 9 GLOBAL LABORATORY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN
LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 43
TECHNOLOGY ISSUES IMPACTING LABORATORY AUTOMATION 43
LABORATORY CONSUMABLES SUPPLIERS 44
CHAPTER 10 TECHNOLOGY 47
LABORATORY AUTOMATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT 47
NEXT-GENERATION SEQUENCING AND TOTAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION 47
DIGITAL POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION 47
FLOW CHEMISTRY 48
PATENTS 48
CURRENT STATE OF TECHNOLOGY 48
NEWLY ISSUED PATENTS 49
TABLE 10 PATENTS ISSUED FOR LABORATORY AUTOMATION, 2008-2012 49
TABLE 11 PATENTS BY YEAR, 2008-2012 64
TABLE 12 PATENTS BY REGION, 2008-2012 64
TABLE 13 PATENTS BY ORGANIZATION TYPE, 2008-2012 65
TABLE 14 MAJOR PATENT-HOLDING ORGANIZATIONS 65
TABLE 15 PATENTS BY MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS, 2008-2012 66
NEW PATENT APPLICATIONS 67
TABLE 16 PATENT APPLICATIONS FOR LABORATORY AUTOMATION, 2008-2012 67
TABLE 17 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY YEAR, 2008-2012 84
TABLE 18 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY REGION, 2008-2012 85
TABLE 19 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY ORGANIZATION TYPE, 2008-2012 85
Major Companies 86
TABLE 20 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY ORGANIZATION, 2008-2012 86
TABLE 21 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY COMPANY, 2008-2012 86
PATENT-HOLDING COMPANY PROFILES 87
Abbott Laboratories 87
Affymetrix 87
Agilent Technologies 87
Amgen 87
Bio-Rad 88
GlaxoSmithKline 88
Hitachi 88
Life Technologies 89
National Instruments Corporation 89
Roche 89
Sequenom 89
Thermo Fisher 90
CHAPTER 11 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS 92
INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 92
MAJOR COMPANIES 92
MINOR COMPANIES 92
CONGLOMERATES 92
SPECIALTY PLAYERS 93
CHAPTER 12 COMPANY PROFILES 95
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES 95
BECKMAN COULTER 95
BIOMERIEUX, INC. 96
EPPENDORF 96
GILSON 97
HAMILTON COMPANY 97
HITACHI 98
PERKINELMER 98
QIAGEN 99
SIEMENS 99
TECAN 100
THERMOFISHER 100
CHAPTER 13 COMPANY DIRECTORY 103
4TITUDE LTD 103
AandD WEIGHING 103
ACCEL BIOTECH INC. 103
ADVANTAGE BUSINESS MEDIA 103
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. 103
AKONNI BIOSYSTEMS 104
AMSBIO LLC 104
ANDREW ALLIANCE S.A. 104
APRICOT DESIGNS INC. 104
ASI/APPLIED SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTATION INC. 104
ASSAYMETRICS LIMITED 105
ASTECH PROJECTS LTD. 105
AUSBIO RandD EUROPE GMBH 105
AXXAM SPA 105
BANGS LABORATORIES INC. 105
BD 106
BECKMAN COULTER INC. 106
BERTHOLD TECHNOLOGIES GMBH and CO. KG 106
BIO CHROMATO INC. 106
BIOFOCUS 106
BIOMEDTECH LABORATORIES INC. 107
BIOMERIEUX, INC. 107
BIOMICROLAB INC. 107
BIOSCALE 107
BIOTEK INSTRUMENTS INC. 107
BIOSERO LLC 108
BIOTIX 108
BLACKFIELD AG 108
BLUE SKY BIOSERVICES 108
BMG LABTECH 108
BRANDTECH SCIENTIFIC INC. 109
BROOKS LIFE SCIENCE SYSTEMS 109
BROTHER MOBILE SOLUTIONS INC. 109
CADENCE INC. 109
CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS LTD. 109
CAYMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY 110
CELLPROFILER 110
CELLULAR DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL 110
CETAC AUTOMATION 110
CHEMGLASS LIFE SCIENCES 110
CHEMSPEED TECHNOLOGIES AG 111
CHIEFTEK PRECISION CO. LTD. 111
COMPUTYPE INC. 111
CONDUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES INC. 111
CORE INFORMATICS 111
CSEM SA JAQUET-DROZ 1 112
CYTOO 112
CYBIO AG 112
CYTOSKELETON INC. 112
DATA UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL INC. 112
DIBA INDUSTRIES INC. 113
DIFFINITY GENOMICS 113
DRUG DISCOVERY NEWS 113
DRUG DISCOVERY TODAY/ELSEVIER 113
DUALSYSTEMS BIOTECH AG 113
ELMO MOTION CONTROL INC. 114
EMD MILLIPORE CORPORATION 114
EPPENDORF 114
FALCON ELECTRIC INC. 114
FESTO CORPORATION 114
FLEXLINK SYSTEMS INC. 115
FORTEBIO: A DIVISION OF PALL LIFE SCIENCES 115
FREESLATE INC. 115
FREEZERWORKS 115
GE HEALTHCARE 115
GEMS MEDICAL SCIENCES 116
GENALYTE 116
GENEFLUIDICS INC 116
GENOMETRY, INC 116
GILSON INC. 116
HAMAMATSU CORPORATION 117
HAMILTON COMPANY 117
HARMONIC DRIVE LLC 117
HITACHI 117
HORIZON DISCOVERY LTD 117
HTI BIO-X GMBH 118
HUDSON ROBOTICS INC. 118
IAUTOMATION 118
IDBS 118
IDEX HEALTH and SCIENCE 118
IGUS INC. 119
INHECO INDUSTRIAL HEATING and COOLING GMBH 119
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS 119
INSPHERO AG 119
IONFIELD SYSTEMS 119
J-KEM SCIENTIFIC 120
JULABO USA INC. 120
KNF NEUBERGER INC. 120
KONNIS 120
LABCON NORTH AMERICA 120
LABCYTE INC. 121
LABOMATIC INSTRUMENTS AG 121
LAB SERVICES B.V. 121
LABVANTAGE SOLUTIONS INC. 121
LEAP TECHNOLOGIES 121
LEE COMPANY 122
LGC GENOMICS 122
LITTLE THINGS FACTORY 122
LOGOS BIOSYSTEMS INC. 122
LUCIGEN CORPORATION 122
MAXCYTE INC. 123
MECOUR TEMPERATURE CONTROL 123
METTLER TOLEDO 123
MICROSCAN SYSTEMS INC. 123
MICROTEC SUDWEST 123
MICROSONIC SYSTEMS INC. 124
MILTENYI BIOTEC GMBH 124
MINIFAB (AUST) PTY LTD. 124
MINITUBES 124
MIPTEC 124
NANO DISCOVERY INC. 125
NANOSCREEN LLC 125
NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP 125
NOVA BIOSTORAGE PLUS LLC 125
OCELLO B.V. 125
OMEGA BIO-TEK INC. 126
PARKER 126
PEAK ROBOTICS INC. 126
PERKINELMER 126
PLEXERA LLC 126
PRACTICHEM 127
PRECISE AUTOMATION 127
PROMEGA CORPORATION 127
PSS PRECISION SYSTEM SCIENCE 127
QIAGEN SCIENCES INC. 127
REDD and WHYTE LTD. 128
RETISOFT INC. 128
RITTER GMBH 128
SANDSTONE DIAGNOSTICS INC. 128
SARSTEDT INC. 128
SCALE PEOPLE 129
SCIGENE 129
SCIGILIAN SOFTWARE INC. 129
SCINOMIX INC. 129
SELECTSCIENCE 129
SENSIQ 130
SEYONIC SA 130
SIEMENS 130
SILA CONSORTIUM 130
SILOAM BIOSCIENCES INC. 130
SOLID STATE COOLING SYSTEMS 131
SPEX SAMPLEPREP LLC 131
STACS DNA INC. 131
STARLIMS CORPORATION 131
TECAN 131
TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS LTD. 132
THERMO SCIENTIFIC 132
THINXXS MICROTECHNOLOGY 132
TOMTEC 132
TORREY PINES SCIENTIFIC INC. 132
TRIANJA TECHNOLOGIES 133
TUBEWRITER 133
TWD TRADEWINDS INC. 133
UNICONNECT 133
VALA SCIENCES INC. 133
VALCOR ENGINEERING 134
VICI VALCO INSTRUMENTS 134
WEIDMANN PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY AG 134
WHEATON 134
WITTENSTEIN 134

LIST OF TABLES
SUMMARY TABLE A GLOBAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY SEGMENT,
THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 6
SUMMARY TABLE B GLOBAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION,
THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 7
TABLE 1 LIQUID HANDLING IN LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION,
THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 28
TABLE 2 GLOBAL LIQUID HANDLING LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET ($
MILLIONS) 28
TABLE 3 GLOBAL SAMPLE PREPARATION IN LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY
REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 31
TABLE 4 GLOBAL SAMPLE PREPARATION MARKET, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 32
TABLE 5 HIGH-THROUGHPUT SCREENING IN LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY
REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 35
TABLE 6 GLOBAL HIGH-THROUGHPUT SCREENING MARKET, THROUGH 2017 ($
MILLIONS) 36
TABLE 7 TOTAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($
MILLIONS) 39
TABLE 8 GLOBAL TOTAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET, THROUGH 2017 ($
MILLIONS) 40
TABLE 9 GLOBAL LABORATORY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN
LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 43
TABLE 10 PATENTS ISSUED FOR LABORATORY AUTOMATION, 2008-2012 49
TABLE 11 PATENTS BY YEAR, 2008-2012 64
TABLE 12 PATENTS BY REGION, 2008-2012 64
TABLE 13 PATENTS BY ORGANIZATION TYPE, 2008-2012 65
TABLE 14 MAJOR PATENT-HOLDING ORGANIZATIONS 65
TABLE 15 PATENTS BY MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS, 2008-2012 66
TABLE 16 PATENT APPLICATIONS FOR LABORATORY AUTOMATION, 2008-2012 67
TABLE 17 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY YEAR, 2008-2012 84
TABLE 18 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY REGION, 2008-2012 85
TABLE 19 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY ORGANIZATION TYPE, 2008-2012 85
TABLE 20 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY ORGANIZATION, 2008-2012 86
TABLE 21 PATENT APPLICATIONS BY COMPANY, 2008-2012 86

LIST OF FIGURES
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION MARKET BY REGION,
2010-2017 ($ MILLIONS) 7

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