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Lab Automation Market by Equipment & Software (Automated Liquid Handling & Robotics, Microplate Readers, LIMS and Automated Storage), and Applications (Drug Discovery, Clinical Diagnostics, Genomics, Proteomics) – Trends & Global Forecasts to 2017

By: marketsandmarkets.com
Publishing Date: June 2013
Report Code: MD 2023

 

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Laboratory automation is defined as the use of technology to streamline or substitute manual manipulation of equipment and processes. Laboratory automation offers technologies and engineering backing for state-of-the-art work flows in research, quality assurance, and diagnostics labs. Lab automation techniques are broadly finding applications in a majority of lab procedures - from simple capping and decapping of sample bottles to high throughput screening of test samples.

The global of lab automation market was valued at $3.1 billion in 2012 and is poised to reach $4.2 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 6.4%. The growth of the market is driven by miniaturization of the process, leading to reduction in overall costs, higher reproducibility and accuracy, increasing investments in biotechnology, large lab personnel demand and supply gap, and reduction in sample contamination risk. It is expected that the market will offer opportunities for lab automation solutions manufacturers with the introduction and adoption of upcoming technologies such as digital dispensing, semantic technology and merger of Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) technology with the systems. However, factors such as indefinite data interchange standards, economic slowdown, and lack of technology planning are hindering the growth of the market. To deal with the varying demand, vendors of lab automation equipment offer a range of products and services. However, configuring components that permits maximum flexibility is a challenge.

North America accounted for the largest market share of the market, followed by Europe, in 2012. However, Asian, Pacific and Latin American countries represent emerging markets, owing to a rise in research outsourcing by pharmaceutical giants, rise in biotechnology sector investment, and growing industry demand for standardization and accreditation. The major players in the lab automation market are Tecan Group, Ltd. (Switzerland), PerkinElmer, Inc. (U.S.), Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (U.S.), Danaher (U.S.), Agilent Technologies (U.S.), and Hamilton Robotics (U.S.).

Scope of the Report

This research report categorizes and analyzes the global lab automation market on the basis of equipment and software, applications, type of automation, and end users. These markets are further divided into segments and sub-segments, to provide exhaustive value market analysis for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, and forecast to 2017. Each market is comprehensively analyzed at a granular level by geography (North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of the World) to provide in-depth information on the global scenario.

Global Lab Automation Market, by Equipment and Software:

  • Automated Liquid Handling
    • Pipetting systems
    • Dispensers
    • Microplate washers
    • Automated workstations (multi-purpose)
    • Others (Decappers/Recappers etc.)
  • Microplate Readers
    • Multi-mode
      • Filter-based
      • Monochromator- based
      • Hybrid
    • Single-mode
      • Absorbance detection
      • Fluorescence Intensity detection
      • Luminescence detection
      • Others (Time-resolved fluorescence (TRF), Fluorescence polarization (FP) and Light scattering)
  • Stand alone Robots
    • Robotic arms
    • Track robot systems
  • Software and Informatics
    • Workstation/unit automation software
    • Lab Information Management Systems (LIMS)
    • Electronic Lab notebook (ELN)
    • Scientific Data Management System (SDMS)
  • Automated storage and retrieval systems
  • Others (barcode readers, weighing platforms, sealers, etc.)

Global Market, by Applications:

  • Clinical Diagnostics
    • Pre-analytics/sample preparation
    • ELISA
    • Sample distribution, splitting and archiving
    • Others (assay analysis, enzyme immuno assay (EIA) preparation, sample distribution, etc.)
  • Drug Discovery
    • High Throughput Screening
    • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) sample preparation
    • ADME screening
    • Compound weighing and dissolution
  • Genomics solutions
    • Genotyping
    • PCR applications
    • DNA/RNA quantification and Normalization
  • Proteomics solutions
    • Protein purification and crystallography
    • MALDI plate spotting
  • Others (Bio-banking, cell biology solutions etc.)

Global Market, by Type of Automation:

  • Modular automation
    • Pre-analytical automation systems
    • Post-analytical automation systems
    • Unit automation solutions
  • Total Lab Automation (TLA)

Global Market, by End users:

  • Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals
  • Hospitals/Private labs
  • Academics
  • Research institutes

Lab Automation market, by geography:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Rest of the World (RoW), that includes LATAM, Africa, Russia, Middle East, and Pacific

Table Of Contents 
 
1 Introduction (Page No. - 21)
  1.1 Key Take Aways
  1.2 Report Description
  1.3 Markets Covered
  1.4 Stakeholders
  1.5 Research Methodology
      1.5.1 Market Size
      1.5.2 Market Share
      1.5.3 Key Data Points From Secondary Sources
      1.5.4 Key Data Points From Primary Sources
      1.5.5 Assumptions

2 Executive Summary (Page No. - 28)

3 Market Overview (Page No. - 31)
  3.1 Introduction
      3.1.1 Lab Automation Standards
  3.2 Evolution
  3.3 Market Segmentation
  3.4 Market Dynamics
      3.4.1 Drivers
            3.4.1.1 Miniaturization Of The Process Leading To Low Reagent Cost And High Productivity
            3.4.1.2 Progressing Drug Discovery And Clinical Diagnostics
            3.4.1.3 Higher Reproducibility And Accuracy
            3.4.1.4 Large Workforce Demand And Supply Gap
            3.4.1.5 Greater Productivity And Reduction In Costs
            3.4.1.6 Better Personnel Safety
            3.4.1.7 Smaller Volumes Of Sample And Reagent Required
      3.4.2 Restraints
            3.4.2.1 Lack Of Planning For Technology Development
            3.4.2.2 Automation Not A Priority For Small-Medium Labs
            3.4.2.3 IndeFInite Data Interchange/Communication Standards
      3.4.3 Opportunities
            3.4.3.1 Aging Population Leading To Increase In Number Of Diagnostic Tests Performed In A Lab 
            3.4.3.2 Wide Scope And Emerging Adoption In Microbiology
            3.4.3.3 Need For Flexible And Integrated Solutions
            3.4.3.4 Automation In Cancer Research For Early Cancer Detection And Reduction In Cost Of Cancer
            3.4.3.5 Biobanking Applications
            3.4.3.6 GROWing Automation Need In Various Segments
      3.4.4 Challenges
            3.4.4.1 Survival For Smaller Players
            3.4.4.2 Cost Challenges
            3.4.4.3 Changing User Mindset From Manual Operation Towards Automation
            3.4.4.4 To Deliver Systems Compatible Across The Labware
  3.5 Upcoming Technologies
      3.5.1 Introduction
            3.5.1.1 Multi-Dimensional Workflow
            3.5.1.2 Digital Dispensing Technology
            3.5.1.3 Wi-FI Communication In The Lab
            3.5.1.4 Semantic Technology
            3.5.1.5 Merging Microfluidics/Lab-On-A-Chip Technology (LOC) With Lab Automation Systems
  3.6 Market Share Analysis, By Key Players

4 Global Lab Automation Market, By Equipment & Software (Page No. - 53)
  4.1 Introduction
  4.2 Automated Liquid Handling
      4.2.1 Pipetting Systems
      4.2.2 Reagent Dispensers
      4.2.3 Microplate Washers
      4.2.4 Automated Workstations (Multi-Purpose Liquid Handling)
      4.2.5 Others
  4.3 Microplate Readers
      4.3.1 Single-Mode Microplate Readers
            4.3.1.1 Absorbance Detection
            4.3.1.2 Fluorescence Intensity (FI) Detection
            4.3.1.3 Luminescence Detection
            4.3.1.4 Others
      4.3.2 Multi-Mode Microplate Readers
            4.3.2.1 Monochromator-Based Readers
            4.3.2.2 FIlter-Based Readers
            4.3.2.3 Hybrid Readers
  4.4 Stand Alone Robots
      4.4.1 Robotic Arms
      4.4.2 Track Robot Systems
  4.5 Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (ASRS)
  4.6 Software & Informatics
      4.6.1 Workstation/Unit Automation Software
      4.6.2 Lab Information Management Systems (LIMS)
      4.6.3 Electronic Laboratory Notebook (Eln)
      4.6.4 ScientiFIc Data Management Systems (SDMS)
      4.6.5 Others
  4.7 Others

5 Global Lab Automation Market, By Application (Page No. - 95)
  5.1 Introduction
  5.2 Clinical Diagnostics
      5.2.1 Pre-Analytics/Sample Preparation
      5.2.2 Sample Distribution, Splitting & Archiving
      5.2.3 Elisa
      5.2.4 Others
  5.3 Drug Discovery
      5.3.1 Adme Screening
      5.3.2 High Throughput Screening (HTS)
      5.3.3 Compound Weighing & Dissolution
  5.4 Genomics Solutions
      5.4.1 Genotyping
      5.4.2 Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Sample Preparation
      5.4.3 Dna/Rna QuantiFIcation & Normalization
      5.4.4 Pcr Applications
  5.5 Proteomics Solutions
      5.5.1 Protein PuriFIcation & Crystallography
      5.5.2 Maldi Plate Spotting

6 Global Lab Automation Market, By Type Of Automation (Page No. - 122)
  6.1 Introduction
  6.2 Modular Automation
      6.2.1 Pre-Analytical Automation Systems
      6.2.2 Post-Analytical Automation Systems
      6.2.3 Unit Automation Solutions
  6.3 Total Lab Automation (TLA)

7 Global Lab Automation Market, By End-Users (Page No. - 131)
  7.1 Introduction
  7.2 Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
  7.3 Hospitals & Private Labs
  7.4 Academics
  7.5 Research Institutes

8 Geographic Analysis (Page No. - 140)
  8.1 Introduction
  8.2 North America
  8.3 Europe
  8.4 Asia
  8.5 Rest Of The World (ROW)

9 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 178)
  9.1 Introduction
  9.2 Most Preferred Strategic Approach
      9.2.1 Maximum Developments In 2012
      9.2.2 Tecan Group Ltd: Overall Most Active Company
  9.3 Mergers & Acquisitions
  9.4 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations & Joint Ventures
  9.5 New Product Launch
  9.6 Other Developments

10 Company Profiles (Overview, Financials, Products & Services, Strategy, & Developments)*  (Page No. - 207)
   10.1 ABBOTT Diagnostics
   10.2 Agilent Technologies
   10.3 Aurora Biomed Inc.
   10.4 Biomιrieux Sa
   10.5 Biotek Instruments, Inc
   10.6 Beckman Coulter Inc. (A Subsidiary Of Danaher))
   10.7 Eppendorf Ag
   10.8 Hamilton Robotics, Inc.
   10.9 Labware, Inc.
   10.10 Perkinelmer, Inc.
   10.11 Qiagen N.V.
   10.12 Roche Holding Ag
   10.13 Siemens Healthcare (Subsidiary Of Siemens AG)
   10.14 Tecan Group Ltd
   10.15 Thermo FIsher ScientiFIc, Inc.
   *Details On FInancials, Product & Services, Strategy, & Developments Might Not Be Captured In Case Of Unlisted Companies. 


List Of Tables  (125 Tables)
 
Table 1 Global Market of Lab Automation, By Equipment & Software, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 2 Global Market of Lab Automation, By Equipment & Software, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 3 Global Automated Liquid Handling Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 4 Automated Liquid Handling Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 5 Pipetting Systems Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 6 Reagent Dispensers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 7 Microplate Washers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 8 Automated Workstations Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 9 Other Automated Liquid Handling Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 10 Global Microplate Readers Automation Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 11 Microplate Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 12 Global Single-Mode Microplate Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 13 Single-Mode Microplate Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 14 Absorbance Detection Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 15 Fluorescence Intensity Detection Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 16 Luminescence Detection Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 17 Other Single-Mode Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 18 Global Multi-Mode Microplate Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 19 Multi-Mode Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 20 Monochromator-Based Multi-Mode Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 21 FIlter-Based Multi-Mode Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 22 Hybrid Multi-Mode Readers Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 23 Global Standalone Robots Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 24 Standalone Robots Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 25 Robotic Arms Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 26 Track Robot Systems Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 27 Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 28 Global Software & Informatics Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 29 Software & Informatics Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 30 Workstation/Unit Automation Software Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 31 Lab Automation Management Systems (LIMS) Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 32 Eln Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 33 SDMS Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 34 Other Software & Informatics Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 35 Other Equipment & Software Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 36 Global Market, By Application, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 37 Global Clinical Diagnostics Applications Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 38 Clinical Diagnostics Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 39 Pre-Analytics/Sample Preparation Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 40 Sample Distribution, Splitting & Archiving Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 41 Elisa Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 42 Other Clinical Daignostics Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 43 Global Drug Discovery Applications Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 44 Drug Discovery Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 45 Adme Screening Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 46 High Throughput Screening Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 47 Compound Weighing & Dissolution Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 48 Global Genomics Solutions Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 49 Genomics Solutions Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 50 Genotyping Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 51 NGS Sample Preparation Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 52 Dna/Rna QuantiFIcation & Normalization Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 53 Pcr Applications Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 54 Proteomics Solutions Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 55 Global Market, By Type Of Automation, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 56 Global Modular Lab Automation Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 57 Pre-Analytical Automation Systems Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 58 Post-Analytical Automation Systems Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 59 Unit Automation Solutions Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 60 Total Lab Automation Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 61 Global Market of Lab Automation, By End-User, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 62 Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 63 Hospitals & Private Labs Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 64 Academics Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 65 Research Institutes Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 66 North America: Lab Automation Market, By Equipment & Software, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 67 North America: Automated Liquid Handling Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 68 North America: Microplate Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 69 North America: Multi-Mode Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 70 North America: Single-Mode Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 71 North America: Standalone Robots Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 72 North America: Software & Informatics Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 73 North America: Lab Automation Market, By Application, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 74 North America: Market, By Type Of Automation, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 75 North America: Market, By End-User, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 76 Europe: Lab Automation Market, By Equipment & Software, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Table 77 Europe: Automated Liquid Handling Market, By Types, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 78 Europe: Microplate Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 79 Europe: Multi-Mode Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 80 Europe: Single-Mode Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 81 Europe: Standalone Robots Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 82 Europe: Software & Informatics Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 83 Europe: Lab Automation Market, By Application, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 84 Europe: Market, By Type Of Automation, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 85 Europe: Lab Automation Market, By End-User, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 86 Asia: Lab Automation Market, By Equipment & Software, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 87 Asia: Automated Liquid Handling Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 88 Asia: Microplate Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 89 Asia: Multi-Mode Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 90 Asia: Single-Mode Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 91 Asia: Standalone Robots Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 92 Asia: Software & Informatics Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 93 Asia: Lab Automation Market, By Application, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 94 Asia: Market, By Type Of Automation, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 95 Asia: Market, By End-User, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 96 ROW: Lab Automation Market, By Equipment & Software, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 97 ROW: Automated Liquid Handling Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 98 Asia: Microplate Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 99 ROW: Multi-Mode Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 100 ROW: Single-Mode Readers Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 101 ROW: Standalone Robots Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 102 ROW: Software & Informatics Market, By Type, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 103 ROW: Lab Automation Market, By Application, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 104 ROW: Market, By Type Of Automation, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 105 ROW: Market, By End-User, 2010 – 2017 ($Million) 
Table 106 Mergers & Acquisitions, 2010 –2013
Table 107 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations & Joint Ventures, 2010 – 2013
Table 108 New Product Launch, 2010 – 2013
Table 109 Other Developments, 2011 – 2013
Table 110 ABBOTT Laboratories: Total Revenue And R&D Expenses, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 111 ABBOTT Laboratories: Total Revenue, By Segment, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 112 Agilent Technologies: Total Revenue And R&D Expenses, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 113 Agilent Technologies: Total Revenue, By Segments, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 114 Biomιrieux Sa: Total Revenue By Technology, 2010-2012 ($Million) 
Table 115 Danaher: Total Revenue, By Segment, 2010 – 2012 ($Million)
Table 116 Eppendorf: Total Revenue And R&D Expenses, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 117 Perkinelmer, Inc.: Total Revenue, By Segment, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 118 Qiagen N.V. Total Revenue, By Segment, 2010 – 2012 ($Million)
Table 119 Roche HoldiNGS: Total Revenue And R&D Expenditure, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 120 Roche HoldiNGS: Total Revenue, By Segment, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 121 Siemens Ag: Total Revenue And R&D Expenditure, 2010 – 2012($Million) 
Table 122 Siemens Ag Total Revenue, By Segment, 2010 – 2012($Million)
Table 123 Siemens Ag: Total Revenue, By Geography, 2010 – 2012 ($Million) 
Table 124 Tecan: Total Revenue And R&D Expenses, 2010 – 2012 ($Million)
Table 125 Thermo FIsher ScientiFIc, Inc.: Total Revenue, By Segment, 2010 – 2012 ($Million)
 
 
List Of Figures  (11 Figures)
 
Figure 1 Lab Automation Market, By Geography, 2012
Figure 2 Major Events In Lab Automation Market
Figure 3 Lab Automation Market Segmentation
Figure 4 Global Lab Automation Market Dynamics
Figure 5 Global Lab Automation Market Share, By Key Players, 2012
Figure 6 Information Flow Pyramid
Figure 7 Lab Automation Market, By Geography, 2010 – 2017 ($Million)
Figure 8 Key Growth Strategies 2010 – 2013 
Figure 9 Most Preferred Startegy: New Product Launches, By Players, 2010 – 2013
Figure 10 Key Growth Strategies, Breakdown By Year, 2010 – 2012
Figure 11 Most Active Company, 2010 – 2013

The lab automation report (2012-2017) covers the market for modular and total lab automation (TLA). Modular automation is estimated to dominate TLA, and this trend is expected to continue during the forecast period, due to its affordability by a majority of small and medium-sized labs, and less space requirements. Based on equipment and software, the market includes automated liquid handling, microplate readers, robotics and software & informatics. Automated liquid handling forms a major market segment in terms of market share, whereas microplate readers are poised to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The report also covers the market by applications, including drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, genomics, and proteomics. Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries form the leading contributors to this market.

The factors driving inclination towards automation include miniaturization of the process leading to reduction in overall costs, higher reproducibility and accuracy, large workforce demand and supply gap, and better safety. Yet, major concerns in this market are the capital intensive processes, lack of technological planning and management, and space requirements. However, the positive aspects very well offset the market restraints to grow at a stable rate. Lab automation is gaining greater acceptance in drug development and discovery for the fact that the cost of error in such activities is very high. Even low error rates can have a profound impact on project costs. Major opportunity for this market lies in automation of microbiology labs.

The global market of lab automation is geographically segmented into North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of World, with North America contributing the highest share, closely followed by Europe. This is attributed to an increasing demand for automation in genomics and proteomics research procedures, and growing demand for high throughput screening in the drug discovery process. However, a robust growth rate will be observed in the Asian region with China being the major growth driver during the forecast period. Factors behind this growth include a growing economy, increasing healthcare investments, large population pool, improving public health awareness, and rising demand for standardization and accreditation.

The global lab automation market is highly fragmented and competitive. Key players in this market are Tecan Group Ltd. (Switzerland); PerkinElmer, Inc. (U.S.), Danaher (Beckman Coulter & Molecular Devices) (U.S.), Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., (U.S.), Agilent Technologies, Inc. (U.S.), Hamilton Robotics (U.S.), Aurora Biomed Inc. (Canada), BioTek Instruments, Inc. (U.S.), BMG LABTECH GmbH (Germany), Eppendorf (Germany), Hudson Robotics (U.S.), Qiagen (Germany), Roche Diagnostics (Switzerland), and Siemens Healthcare (Germany).

Lab Automation Market, By Geography, 2012

Lab Automation Market

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