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The global lab automation market size is estimated to grow from USD 5.5 billion in 2023 to USD 16 billion by 2035, representing a CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period 2023-2035. Owing to the growing demand for complex biopharmaceuticals, the number of laboratories providing analytical and product development solutions has increased significantly across the globe. During each step of a laboratory process, it is essential to ensure that all the variables and parameters are under control. However, there are several challenges associated with conventional and manual handling, such as the high risk of sample contamination, high labor costs, time management, operator-to-operator variations and lack of real-time data availability. According to a research article published by Nature, over 70% of scientists were unable to replicate a previously published experiment. This has created a demand for instruments that can reduce the chances of errors, save time and money and boost reproducibility. As a result, lab automation has emerged as the most suitable alternative since it has the ability to overcome the issues associated with manual handling. By eliminating laborious and repetitive processes in the lab, automated technologies enable researchers to focus more on specialized operations. Also, automated sampling systems offer various additional benefits including real-time data monitoring, reduction in deviations by around 65% and increase in the overall productivity up to 80%. Additionally, lab automation minimizes the risk of human errors while maintaining data accuracy and traceability. We believe that the lab automation market will grow significantly in the coming years, owing to significant advancements and the fact that lab automation and related modules can be customized to meet individual needs.
The Lab Automation Market: Distribution by Stage of Automation (Pre-analytical Stage, Analytical Stage, Post-Analytical Stage and Total Lab Automation), Type of Instrument (Automated Liquid Handling Systems, Automated Microplate Readers, Automated Sampling Systems, Analyzers, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) and Other Instruments), Application (Diagnostics, Genomic Solutions, Microbiology, Drug Discovery, Proteomic Solutions and Other Applications), End-user (Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies, Research and Diagnostic Laboratories and Other End-Users) and Key Geographical Regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa and Latin America): Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, 2023-2035 report features an extensive study of the current market landscape and future potential of the lab automation market, over the next 12 years. It highlights the efforts of various stakeholders engaged in this rapidly emerging segment of the process equipment industry. The report answers many key questions related to this domain.
Lab automation refers to the use of any equipment or device that may execute tasks in the lab with little or no hands-on engagement from professionals. It is one of the rapidly emerging concepts that involves integration of automated technologies into laboratories to enhance operations, including pipetting and data analysis, involved in various day-to-day laboratory practices. Lab automation devices, such as automated liquid handling systems have several advantages, including the ability to simplify sample preparation while maintaining consistent high accuracy and allowing labs to free up manual labor and run more samples along with maintaining reproducibility. Further, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) lower down the variable cost of operations by eliminating the need for manual labor for tasks such as picking, storing, assembly and inventory replenishment. This increases the level of accountability and security preventing inventory shrinkage and allowing to locate missing or misplaced items. It is worth highlighting that large-scale automation employing robotic workstations is generally used in clinical, pharmaceutical and life science labs, where a large number of tests and studies are conducted on a daily basis.
The lab automation market is among the most promising domains in the healthcare industry. Currently, around 350 companies have the required capabilities to manufacture lab automation system. Notably, at present, around 50% of these lab automation system manufacturers are focusing on automated liquid handling systems, as it reduces the chances of human error in the pre-analytical stage of diagnostics, where most of the error occurs.
The use of automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) allows an operator to have better inventory control. In the case of manual inventory control, an operator must check the inventory on a regular basis to obtain pertinent information. Automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) keep the inventory safe, secure and under control by enclosing it in a fully enclosed system. This assist to track missing or misplaced goods which increases level of accountability and security preventing inventory shrinkage.
In recent years, several partnerships have been inked by various stakeholders in order to consolidate their presence in this field and enhance their capabilities and product portfolio to meet the growing demand for lab automation systems. Acquisitions, product development agreements and distribution agreements are the most common types of partnerships inked by stakeholders in the lab automation domain. Further, majority of such partnerships are focused on various automation instruments, including automated data analysis, automated liquid handling systems and total lab automation.
Over 6,200 patents focused on lab automation have been granted / filed in the past six years, indicating the substantial efforts made by researchers engaged in this domain. Primarily, most of the patents have been filed to advance research on various components of lab automation systems, such as samples, labels, devices and tests.
Driven by enhanced productivity and improved timelines, lucrative opportunities are expected to emerge for players developing lab automation systems. The global lab automation market is anticipated to grow at a significant pace, with a CAGR of around 10% during the period 2023-2035. Among the stages of automation, the pre-analytical stage is most likely to adopt lab automation because it has the highest risk of error during laboratory diagnostics. in terms of geography, the lab automation market in Asia-Pacific is likely to grow at a relatively faster pace in the long term.
Automated liquid handling systems are anticipated to capture the largest share of the market. Liquid handling systems have seen increased adoption in not only the pharma and biotech laboratories, but also academic laboratories. With this, automated liquid handling technology is constantly improving and players are integrating the advanced features. Recently, Microlab STAR Liquid Handling System by Hamilton has been awarded as 2022 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In this new automated liquid handling system, Hamilton integrates innovative functions, flexibility, and ease of use in a minimalistic and transparent appearance.
Examples of the key players in this domain (the complete list of players is available in the full report) include (in alphabetic order) Abbott, Anton Paar, BD, Beckman Coulter, ERWEKA, Leuze, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Pall Corporation, PerkinElmer, Roche Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers and SYSTAG.
Several recent developments have taken place in the field of lab automation. 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 of the various firms / organizations that are engaged in this industry, across different segments as defined in the table below:
|Key Report Attributes
2023 – 2035
|Market Size 2023
$ 5.5 Billion
|Stage of Automation
|Type of Instrument
|Key Geographical Regions
|Key Companies Profiled
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One of the key objectives of the report was to evaluate the current opportunity and future growth potential associated with the lab automation market, over the coming years. We have provided informed estimates on the likely evolution of the market in the mid-to-long term for the period 2023-2035. Our year-wise projections of the current and future opportunity have been further segmented based on relevant parameters, such as stage of automation (pre-analytical stage, analytical stage, post-analytical stage and total lab automation), type of instrument (automated liquid handling systems, automated microplate readers, automated sampling systems, analyzers, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) and other instruments), application (diagnostics, genomic solutions, microbiology, drug discovery, proteomic solutions and other applications), end-user (pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research and diagnostic laboratories and other end-users) and key geographical regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa and Latin America). 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, representing different tracks of the industry’s evolution.
The opinions and insights presented in the report were influenced by discussions held with multiple stakeholders in this domain. The report features detailed transcripts of interviews held with the following individuals:
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.