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Laboratory Automation: Technologies and Global Markets

  • May 2013
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  • BCC Research
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  • 121 pages


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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