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The 3D printing industry has come a long way over the last many years; the technology has the potential of revolutionising the way things occur currently. Many industries have already benefitted from multiple advancements in this field, resulting in improved and more efficient processes worldwide. A quick look at www.3dprintingchannel.com suggests that 3D printing has multi-faceted dimensions; the technology has recently been used in varied industries such as automotive, medical, business, industrial equipments, education, architecture, and consumer products. There is a widespread optimism that it is likely to gain prominence in the coming years and have a far reaching impact on our daily lives.
Within healthcare, 3D printed prosthetics and implants have already been in the market for some years. Layerwise from Belgium and Xilloc from Netherlands are the major companies dealing with 3D printed medical and dental implants. Xilloc was in the news recently for creating the first customized 3D-printed lower jaw for an 83-year old patient with a serious jaw infection. Another company, Oxford Performance Materials, from USA, received FDA approval for a 3D printed implant that replaced 75% of a man’s skull.
Specifically, 3D bioprinting is gradually emerging as an area which is garnering attention from a lot of academicians. Some of these researchers have also recently opened start-up firms with the aim of commercialising the technology over the next decade or so.
SCOPE OF THE REPORT
The ‘3D Bioprinting, 2014 - 2030’ report provides an extensive study of the emerging market of 3D bioprinting, specifically focusing on commercial bioprinters and those under development, their applications and the likely future evolution. It is widely anticipated that the 3D bioprinting market has tremendous potential: it requires hardware (bioprinters), software (CAD), biocompatible materials (bio-ink and bio-paper), each of which has the capability to grow into separate niche industries. The report covers various aspects such as technological progress, product pipeline, industry and academic research programs and regulatory concerns to assess new evolving opportunities.
One of the key objectives of this report is to understand the current and future state of the bioprinters and products derived thereof. This is done by analysing the following:
- Commercial 3D Bioprinters currently available in the market
- Innovations of academic groups across various research institutes across the globe
- Competing technologies with similar applications in the healthcare industry
- Size of target consumer segments
- The widening supply-demand gap, specifically for organ transplants.
The base year for the report is 2014. The report provides short-mid term and long term market forecasts for the period 2014 - 2024 and 2024 - 2030, respectively. We have discussed, in detail, key drivers behind the likely growth of 3D bioprinting market. The research, analysis and insights presented in this report include the sales potential of various 3D bioprinted products based on the current expected market launch timelines, their adoption rates and the estimated end-use price points. The figures mentioned in this report are in USD, unless otherwise specified.
1. As of today, the industry is primarily focused on research and development; apart from the limited number of industry initiatives, academic groups worldwide are involved in exemplary research in the field of 3D bioprinting.
2. A number of start-ups have recently sprung up to develop products based on bioprinting; some of these are spin outs from university research. Examples include TeViDo BioDevices (focused on printing breast tissue), Aspect Biosystems (focused on printing tissue models for toxicity testing) and SkinPrint (focused on developing human skin).
3. The market currently has 14 industry sponsored bioprinters, focused on a variety of commercial applications. The widening supply-demand gap for organ transplants is a huge unmet need; the eventual goal of researchers is to be able to produce bioprinted organs for organ transplants.
4. As the development progresses, the next generation of bioprinters are likely to offer additional features (e.g. multiple arms) and are likely to be relatively more affordable driving wider adoption.
5. We believe that the market will progress gradually over the coming decade; however, the focus is likely to shift from research to commercialisation by the second half of next decade. At this stage, applications such as drug testing and tissue engineering (skin and cartilage) are likely to be popular.
6. By 2030, we predict 3D bioprinting to be a multi-billion dollar industry; early success of bioprinted organ transplants is likely to provide additional boost in subsequent years.
Most of the data presented in this report has been gathered by secondary research. We have also conducted interviews with experts in the area (academia, industry, medical practice and other associations) to solicit their opinions on emerging trends in the market. This is primarily useful for us to draw out our own opinion on how the market will shape up across different regions and drug segments. Where possible, the available data has been checked for accuracy from multiple sources of information.
The secondary sources of information include
1. Annual reports
2. Investor presentations
3. SEC filings
4. Industry databases
5. News releases from company websites
6. Government policy documents
7. Other analysts’ opinion reports
While the focus has been on forecasting the market over the coming ten years, the report also provides our independent view on various technological and non-commercial trends emerging in the industry. This opinion is solely based on our knowledge, research and understanding of the relevant market gathered from various secondary and primary sources of information.
Chapter 2 provides an executive summary of the insights captured in our research. The summary offers a high level view on where the 3D bioprinting market is headed in the mid-long term.
Chapter 3 provides a general introduction to 3D bioprinting. We have discussed, in detail, the origins of 3D printing and recent developments which have shaped the industry so far. The chapter also elaborates on the ‘bioprinting’ process, current and future applications, and the challenges which have to be overcome before wider adoption of the technology.
Chapter 4 provides an overview of the 3D bioprinting market with respect to the available bioprinting technologies and companies active in the field. The analysis also extends to regional evolution and the key drivers which will determine the future growth.
Chapter 5 offers a comprehensive review of the major bioprinters which have been made available by leading companies in the market. We present profiles of eight technologies with information about their origin, printing process, applications, principal features, current status and expected future evolution.
Chapter 6 reviews, in detail, the major bioprinters offered by academic institutions dominant in the field. We present profiles of five leading technologies with information about their origin, printing process, applications, principal features, current status and likely future evolution.
Chapter 7 analyses the current and future state of the worldwide market of 3D bioprinting. The chapter includes our estimates of the value of the market for end-user applications till 2030. Given the current niche nature of the technology, we have done a multi-variate sensitivity analysis to present three different tracks of industry’s evolution.
Chapter 8 provides our analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the 3D bioprinting market, capturing the key elements likely to influence future growth.
Chapter 9 provides case studies on Organovo and regenHU, two companies active in the 3D bioprinting arena. The case studies include detailed analysis of financial performance (where available), marketed / pipeline bioprinting products, recent developments, and future focus areas.
Chapter 10 is a collection of six transcripts based on our discussion with some of the leading players in the industry. The companies / academic institutes interviewed include n3D Biosciences, regenHU, Sciperio / nScrypt, MicroFab Technologies, Digilab and TeVido BioDevices.
Chapter 11 summarises the overall report. In this chapter, we provide a recap of the key takeaways and our independent opinion based on the research and analysis described in previous chapters.
Chapters 12 and 13 are appendices, which provide the list of companies and tabulated data for all the figures presented in the report.
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