Cell culture is a complex procedure in which cells are grown under controlled physical conditions outside the natural environment. These cells are used to develop model systems for research, study of cellular structure and functions, stem cell research, drug discovery and genetic engineering. Growing scope of cell culture and its applications has led to increased use of protein coated surfaces, as these provide better adhesion and proper nutrition for growth of the cells during cell culture. 
 
Rising investment by government and market players in stem cell research and development activities is one of the major factors driving the cell culture protein surface coatings market. Becton, Dickinson and Company grants a total of USD 100,000 worth reagents every year to 10 scientists pursuing research activities in stem cells. Similarly, the European Union funded four stem cell research projects in its Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (2007 - 2013). High funding is leading to extensive stem cell research, resulting in increased use of cell culture protein surface coating products. Moreover, diverse applications of stem cells such as development of bone grafts and artificial tissue would fuel the demand for cell culture protein surface coatings during the forecast period. In addition, increasing cell culture applications in toxicology studies and cell-based assays would boost the demand for protein surface coating products. Currently, 2D cell culture is the most preferred technique by researchers worldwide due to lack of compelling data to switch to 3D cell culture.
 
Based on the types of coating, the self-coating segment held the majority share of the total market in 2013 in comparison to pre-coating segment. The pre-coating segment is sub-segmented on the basis of different labware such as slides, micro-well/multi-well plates, flasks, petri dishes and cover slips. In terms of revenue, the micro-well/multi-well plates segment held the largest share of the total pre-coating market in 2013. The cell culture protein surface coatings market is also differentiated on the basis of protein sources, which include plant, animal, human and synthetic. The synthetic protein source segment is expected to grow at a faster rate in the global cell culture protein surface coatings market during the forecast period. Growth of the synthetic protein source segment is attributed to the rising demand for animal-free coating surfaces in North America and Europe and better attachment profile of poly-L-lysine and poly-L-ornithine.
 
Geographically, North America and Europe dominated the cell culture protein surface coatings market in 2013 due to large-scale stem cell research activities and rapid adoption of advanced tools for cell culture. However, Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR due to the presence of untapped opportunities, increasing drug discovery activities, impressive development of healthcare and biotechnology infrastructure and growing trend among the market players to expand business in the region.
 
The global cell culture protein surface coatings market is characterized by the presence of few big key players such as Corning Incorporated, Greiner Bio-One International AG, Merck Millipore, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Corning’s acquisition of Becton Dickinson & Company has helped it to gain a dominant share in the global cell culture protein surface coatings market. Competition among these market players is high, which induces them to develop new and better protein surface coatings for cell culture and associated applications. 
 
 

Global Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings Market Brief Overview

Cell culture is the process wherein cells are grown under controlled conditions outside its natural environment for  studying the cellular structure and functions, for developing model systems for research, for genetic engineering, stem cell research, and drug discovery. Thus, there Is a huge scope of growth for cell culture on account of its growing number of applications. This in turn has fueled the use of surfaces which are coated with protein, as protein coated surfaces provide enhanced nutrition,  enabling better growth of the cells as well as excellent adhesion. Investments are done extensively by both the Market players as well as governments, for stem cell research and drug development activities. This in turn is boosting the demand for cell culture protein surface coatings. Today, stem cells have diverse applications including development of artificial tissue and bone graft which in turn is expected to aid the growth of the cell culture protein surface coatings market during the forecast period.

Global Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings Market: Trends And Opportunities

The global cell culture protein surface coatings market is anticipated to witness a high growth in the years to come on account of the expanding applications of cell culture in toxicology studies as well as cell-based assays. 3D cell culture is being used extensively by researchers today and this will also have a positive bearing on the demand for cell culture protein surface coatings. Among the various types of protein sources,  such as synthetic, plant, human, and animal, it is estimated that the synthetic protein source segment will expand at the fastest pace within the global cell culture protein surface coatings market. The increasing demand for coating surfaces which are free from animal in Europe and North America is expected to boost the demand for synthetic protein source segment. The demand for synthetic protein source is also increasing on account of its better attachment profile of poly-L-lysine and poly-L-ornithine. Moreover, synthetic protein has some advantages over other protein types including minimal risk of contamination and simple composition.

In terms of different types of coatings such as self coating and pre-coating, it is estimated the self coating segment will continue to hold a dominating status within the market on account of its large application in 2D and 3D cell cultures. The pre-coating segment will witness the fastest expansion during the forecast period on account of the rising popularity of micro well and multi-well plates for in vitro applications.

Global Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings Market: Geographical Analysis

On the basis of geography, the global cell culture protein surface coatings market is segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Rest of the World. Of these, Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest expanding regional market for cell culture protein surface coatings on account of the burgeoning biotechnology industry and relatively less stringent regulations for biologics development. Asia Pacific has wide untapped opportunities which will work in its favor. An increasing shift of market players to this region, increasing number of drug discovery activities, and improving biotechnology infrastructure will boost the market in Asia Pacific.

North America has been leading in the market and is expected to continue to do so throughout the forecast period on account of the presence of several big bio-pharmaceutical companies as well as advanced healthcare infrastructure. In Europe and North America the use of advanced tools for cell culture as well as increasing number of large-scale stem cell research activities are the two important factors behind the growth of the cell-culture protein surface coatings market in these regions.

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Competition among the players operating in the global cell culture protein surface coatings market is high. Due to this, there is a significant rise in the development of improved protein surface coatings for cell culture and associated applications, which in turn is boding well for the overall market. Leading players within the global cell culture protein surface coatings market are: Greiner Bio-One International AG, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Corning Incorporated, Merck Millipore, and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation.

Key segments of the Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings market:

Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings Market, by Protein Source:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human
  • Synthetic

Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings Market, by Type of Coating:

  • Self-Coating Market
  • Pre-Coating Market, by Labwares
  • Slides
  • Plates
  • Flasks
  • Culture Dishes
  • Cover Slips

Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings Market, by Geography:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)
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