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The global buffer preparation systems market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 5.9%, till 2035. Buffers are aqueous solutions used to control pH in drug manufacturing process and are a vital component in maintaining the stability of both biologics and small molecules during production and in their final form. Moreover, buffers are used in multiple upstream and downstream bioprocesses for various applications, including maintaining the stable pH of culture, enhancing yield of desired products, maintaining defined purification conditions and stabilizing the final product while maintaining its functional characteristics. However, conventional buffer manufacturing is a complex process that requires large floor space and trained labor. In addition, conventional buffer production is a time consuming, multistep process that contributes to high production costs as well as batch-to-batch variations in the final products. In fact, as per a report by BioPharma, preparation of a 2,000 L buffer is expected to take more than 35 hours.
To overcome the challenges associated with conventional buffer preparation / buffer manufacturing processes, pharmaceutical players are either installing novel buffer preparation systems in their manufacturing facilities or outsourcing buffer manufacturing needs to third party service providers. In recent years, the use of buffer manufacturing / buffer management systems has witnessed rapid adoption trends. This can be attributed to the fact that these systems occupy less floor space and are integrated with advanced technologies for maintaining physiological conditions of buffers during the downstream processes. It is worth mentioning that novel buffer preparation systems can manufacture 2,000 L buffer within 40-50 minutes. In fact, as per a report by Pall Corporation, the use of buffer management systems can result in a 50% reduction in labor costs and a 12% decrease in buffer manufacturing costs. Additionally, outsourcing the complex process of buffer manufacturing is expected to result in an annual savings of USD 90,000 and a 75% reduction in buffer preparation time. Driven by the growing demand for buffers and challenges associated with buffer manufacturing, the buffer preparation systems market is anticipated to witness steady growth in the coming decade.
The Buffer Manufacturing Market: Focus on Buffer Manufacturing Systems and Service Providers - Distribution by Scale of Operation (Preclinical / Clinical and Commercial), Type of System Component (Single-use Buffer Mixing / Preparation Equipment and Reusable Buffer Mixing / Preparation Equipment) and Key Geographical Regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World): Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, 2023-2035 report features an extensive study of the current market landscape, market size and future opportunities for the players engaged in the development of buffer management systems and providing buffer manufacturing services. The report answers many key questions related to this industry.
Buffer manufacturing has been one of the most crucial processes in the biopharmaceutical industry with wide range of applications. However, buffer production is an expensive, lengthy and labor-intensive process that requires significant floor space and specialized equipment. Additionally, buffer storage during the large scale production of biopharmaceuticals can be a challenge as buffer storage requires a large floor space at a time when emerging product classes are driving the need for multi-use, multi-scale manufacturing.
In order to address the aforementioned challenges associated with buffer preparation and buffer storage, several players have developed novel buffer preparation systems / in-line conditioning systems which enable simultaneous preparation of buffer from raw materials and their use in upstream and downstream applications. Integrated with automated technology platforms and sensors, such systems have allowed precise and controlled production of buffers in timebound manner. It is worth highlighting that the use of novel buffer preparation systems / inline buffer conditioning systems has already demonstrated promising results in buffer manufacturing, in terms of process automation, time reduction and buffer quality. For instance, NIIMBL-BioPhorum Buffer Stock Blending Skid claims to manufacture 4,000 L of buffer in two hours, compared to the six to eight hours needed for traditional buffer manufacturing process.
Presently, close to 45 buffer preparation / manufacturing systems are available in the market for buffer production. Such buffer preparation systems can automate buffer production process across different scales of operations. It is worth highlighting that the novel buffer manufacturing systems are integrated with a wide range of features, including conductivity sensors, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, pH sensors and filters. Notably, a large number of buffer manufacturing systems have been developed to operate in an automated mode, reducing the risk of errors prone to human interface. In addition, over 20% of the buffer manufacturing systems offer preparation of both diluted and conditioned buffers, offering flexibility to users. In November 2021, California based Agilitech launched their automated single-use inline dilution system that offers dilution of concentrated buffer solutions and their delivery for downstream processes at the point of use and time of use.
Given the technical and operational challenges associated with the production of buffers, innovators in the biopharmaceutical industry are increasingly relying on the contract service providers for their buffer manufacturing needs. The buffer preparation service provider landscape consists of close to 45 players, featuring a mix of start-ups and experienced large players, that claim to provide services for buffer preparation across different scales of operations. Notably, majority of the players established post-2000 are headquartered in North America, primarily in the US. It is worth highlighting that more than 45% of the service providers offer at least three services in this domain, such as fill / finish and packaging, formulation development and manufacturing services for buffers.
Stakeholders in the buffer manufacturing industry have forged several deals in order to enhance their product portfolios and augment the reach of their proprietary buffer manufacturing systems. It is worth highlighting that over 40% of these partnerships have been inked since 2021. Majority of such deals are focused on acquisitions, followed by distribution agreements and strategic alliances. In May 2023, GeminiBio signed an agreement with Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America to improve biomanufacturing process by using latter’s inline buffer management system, MOTIV.
The growing demand for biological buffers is one of the key drivers for the buffer manufacturing systems market. In addition, the need for automated buffer preparation systems is expected to drive the buffer manufacturing market size during the forecast period.
Driven by the growing demand for buffers and challenges associated with buffer preparation and buffer storage, the buffer manufacturing systems market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% in the forecast period. It is worth highlighting that more than 65% of the current market share is captured by players based in North America and Europe.
Examples of the key players in this industry (the complete list of players is available in the full report) include Asahi Kasei, Avantor, Canvax, Cytiva, Lonza, Merck, Pall Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Uniogen.
Several recent developments have taken place in the field of buffer preparation. We have outlined some of these recent initiatives below. These developments, even if they took place post the release of our market report, substantiate the overall market trends that have been outlined in our analysis.
The market report presents an in-depth analysis, highlighting the capabilities of various industry stakeholders engaged in this domain, across different segments as defined in the below table:
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The report presents an in-depth analysis, highlighting the capabilities of various stakeholders engaged in this industry, across different regions. Amongst other elements, the report includes:
An executive summary of the insights captured during our research, offering a high-level view on the current state of the buffer preparation systems market and its likely evolution in the mid-to-long term.
One of the key objectives of this research report was to estimate the current opportunity, market size and the future growth potential of the buffer manufacturing market during the forecast period. We have provided an informed estimate on the likely evolution of the market in mid-to-long term for the period, 2023-2035. Our year-wise projections of the current and future opportunity have further been segmented based on relevant parameters, such as scale of operation (preclinical / clinical and commercial), type of system component (single-use buffer mixing / preparation equipment and reusable buffer mixing / preparation equipment) and key geographical regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World). In order to account for future uncertainties associated with some of the key parameters and to add robustness to our model, we have provided three market forecast scenarios, namely conservative, base and optimistic scenarios of the industry’s evolution.
All actual figures have been sourced and analyzed from publicly available information forums and primary research discussions. Financial figures mentioned in this report are in USD, unless otherwise specified.
Answer: A buffer preparation system prepares buffers to be used in various stages of recovery operations. The buffer prep system contains equipment used for large scale and small scale buffer preparation.
Answer: Inline dilution is an added capability to chromatography systems that brings multiple process streams together to dilute or blend a solution at the point of use. Buffer and process solutions are mixed with water to meet the targeted final buffer composition.
Answer: Buffer management / manufacturing is a complex process that requires extensive cost, floor space, trained labor and is prone to human errors. To overcome these challenges, novel buffer preparation systems have been developed that offer several advantages, including automation of buffer manufacturing process, shortened manufacturing timeless, requirement of less floor space and production of high quality buffers.
Answer: Presently, close to 30 companies are engaged in the development and distribution of proprietary buffer preparation systems worldwide. Some of the established players engaged in this industry include Asahi Kasei, Avantor, Cytiva, Genentech, Merck, Pall Corporation, Parker Hannifin, Sartorius and Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Answer: Acquisitions are the most common types of partnerships inked by stakeholders that are engaged in the development and distribution of proprietary buffer preparation systems, followed by strategic alliances and distribution agreements.
Answer: Presently, more than 40 players located across the globe claim to provide services related to buffer manufacturing to pharmaceutical companies, research institutions and other end users.
Answer: The buffer manufacturing systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period.
Answer: Currently, North America is expected to capture the maximum share of the buffer manufacturing systems market. Further, Asia is likely to grow at a considerable pace during the forecast period.