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Global Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings Market: Continued Thrust on Stem Cell Research a Major Growth Driver, finds TMR

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The global cell culture protein surface coatings market has a handful of large players dominating the scene. This makes the market a consolidated one. Some of the major players in the market are Corning Incorporated, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Together they accounted for around 80% of the market in 2013, with Corning Incorporated emerging as the clear market leader, holding a 40% share on account of the acquisition of Becton, Dickinson and Company.

The industry has seen impressive growth over the years due to new discoveries and innovations by players in the field. This also means investments in research and development have been high. This, coupled with the high initial capital required and a comparatively long gestation period, makes it difficult for companies to exit the field easily. Therefore, competitive rivalry is medium in the global market for cell culture protein surface coatings.

With major players trying to expand their geographical footprints, the market is slated to reach a value of US$623.4 mn by the end of 2020.

Regulatory Norms Forbid Use of Animal-derived and Human-derived Protein

In cell culture protein surface coating, cell culture surfaces are overlaid with proteins or extracellular matrix components to improve the adhesion and proliferation of cells in vitro. The following are the different types of proteins, depending upon their sources: human-derived proteins, animal-derived proteins, plant-derived proteins, and synthetic proteins. The animal source cell culture protein coatings dominates the market and is expected to be in the leading position till 2020 as collagen I and IV obtained from the tail of a rat find wide application in surface coating.

The synthetic-based protein market is expected to grow faster than animal-derived proteins on account of the growing clamor for animal-free materials. For the same reason, plant source protein coating products will find takers fast too. In fact, regulatory requirements are already discouraging the use of animal-derived and human-derived products.

The global market for cell culture protein surface coatings market, analyzed on the basis of type into self-coating and pre-coating, reveals that self-coating would command the global cell culture protein surface coatings market till 2020. Growing awareness about the advantages of pre-coated vessels, however, is expected to lead to a rapid shift towards pre-coated vessels.

Geographically, the global market for cell culture protein surface coatings can be divided into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and Rest of the World (RoW). On account of high investment in research and development activities, advanced regions such as Europe and North America are predicted to remain dominant markets. Developing countries, namely Taiwan, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa, are projected to draw increasing investments in research on account of low operating costs, thereby leading to market growth.

Clamor against Use of Animal Source Protein Coating Material Hampers Market

The growing thrust on stem cell research on account of the vast scope of stem cell therapy in thwarting diseases is one of the key drivers in the market. Further, investment in research activities such as toxicity testing and cellular assays, both by governments and private players, is driving the market. Other factors responsible for the growth of the market are rising applications of cell culture to up the demand for surface coated products and the increasing preference for 3D cell cultures over 2D cell cultures. 

“The main restraint on the market is growing ethical concerns over the use of animal source protein coating material,” a TMR analyst states. According to an article published in The Biomedical Scientist, in order to extract proteins from bovines, every year over two million bovine fetuses are subjected to intense suffering caused by the inhuman process of blood collection from the fetus’ heart without anesthesia. Bovine serum is extensively used in stem cell research. This field has been facing resistance from government regulations due to ethical concerns over the source of proteins used in stem cell research.

This review is based on the findings of a TMR report titled “Cell Culture Protein Surface Coatings Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014–2020.”

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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