Automation of laboratory accessories opens up new vistas

Transparency Market Research
By Smita Deshmukh*
Monday, 26 October, 2020

Automation of laboratory accessories opens up new vistas

Laboratory accessories have enabled great strides for the life sciences industry, including new developments in drug discovery.

Healthcare systems have seen new clinical avenues following the adoption of reliable and accurate lab systems. And the past few decades have seen the increasing trend of open multiple-module laboratories by lab designers. This is underpinned by the adoption of a multidisciplinary approach to lab design.

The adoption of high-quality lab instruments has set off new paths in cell culturing applications. A wide spectrum of laboratory accessories has been equipped with digital advancements. These include label printers, pipette tips, pumps, microplates, reagent reservoirs, valve tubing and wash stations. Forceps and spatulas have also attracted the attention of the life sciences industry. These have completed the array of advanced equipment and instruments that lab infrastructure has adopted for disease diagnosis.

Biotech industry spurs adoption of lab accessories

The increasing spread of biotech industries in the developing world has spurred the adoption of high-performance laboratory accessories. Funding has been routed towards the design of efficient laboratory infrastructure. A rise in the number of research institutes has also created new demand in the laboratory accessories market. This trend is boosted by growing efforts by governments in several countries to promote research into disease management at a public health level. This is propelling the need for improving the workflow in the lab environment. A case in point is the currently emerging COVID-19 pandemic, which has spurred research in universities and other institutes.

Management of chronic diseases

The adoption of big data, such as in drug discovery, has fuelled new prospects in the laboratory accessories market. North America has established itself as a prominently lucrative market. A vast appetite for high-end laboratory instrumentation is boosting the market. Increasing incidence of zoonotic diseases is also engendering the adoption of advanced lab workflows.

On the other hand, regions such as the Asia–Pacific and the Middle East are witnessing a surge in public grants and funding. The growing demand for high-end assays is boosting the revenue potential in these regional markets. The granting of funds has thrived on the back of the recurrent focus of the research community on research into the management of chronic diseases. Strides in healthcare infrastructure have substantially boosted the demand for high-precision laboratory accessories in private clinics and among healthcare providers. Awareness has also increased substantially over the past few years. The growing trend of lab automation is boosting the prospects of the laboratory accessories market. In particular, Asia–Pacific is expected to be a hotbed of opportunities in disease outbreaks and epidemics.

Controlling emerging infectious diseases

The potential demand for new lab accessories is also driven by the focus of healthcare systems on controlling emerging infectious diseases. Strides in outbreak science have set off the expansion of lab networks in various parts of the world. In this regard, the ‘lab on wheels’ has unlocked new prospects in the laboratory accessories market. New prototypes are being developed that might prove to be game changing in disease outbreaks.

Manufacturers are making efforts to offer cost-effective laboratory accessories that they claim are high-performance and dependable. A growing number of companies with a prominent presence in life sciences instrumentation are offering accessories that are compatible with the laboratory supplies of buyers. Moreover, some companies are offering free in-lab equipment demonstrations.

Players are attracting buyers with innovative purchase offers. They are also creating product development guides for new lab start-ups. Key manufacturers are keen on unveiling instruments that score high on ergonomics which can merge with advanced lab workflows.

For more information, view Transparency Market Research’s report on the laboratories accessories market:

*Smita Deshmukh works in the Editorial Team of Transparency Market Research, a market intelligence firm based in the USA with offices in the UK, Dubai and India.

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