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Thawing systems are utilized for defrosting biological samples in pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic centers, biotechnology, and biobanks. Thawing comes under the primary manufacturing processes in the biopharmaceutical industry. Thawing systems comprise of containers and thaw bags for process development. Thawing systems benefit the research and development process by minimizing the amount of sample required.

Biopharmaceutical Industries Driving Demand for Thawing Systems

Demand for thawing system is largely driven by the biopharmaceutical industry. Biopharmaceutical companies that are involved in the production of drugs require thawing systems for transporting and storing pharmaceutical products & services. Factors such as short process cycles and sterile designs have led end-users to increasingly opt for thawing systems. Various bio-repositories across the globe are making high investments in expanding their storage capacities. In addition, thawed cells current find extensive use in the analysis and treatment of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Growing number of road accidents, trauma cases, and emergencies have further driven the demand for biological samples, which in turn require thawing systems for storage and transport purposes.

global thawing system market

However, small- & medium-sized companies find it difficult to invest in thawing systems on the back of their high cost. In addition, multiple thawing system are less optimal operationally for large batch size of samples. High cost of automation is further inhibiting expansion of the thawing system market. According to Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global thawing system market will register a CAGR of over 10% throughout the forecast period (2017-2026). Revenues from worldwide sales of thawing systems are estimated to reach approximately US$ 350 Mn by 2026-end.

Automated thawing systems to outgrow manual thawing systems by 2026-end

Low cost of manual thawing systems is the primary reason why they are increasingly being preferred by healthcare settings. Manual thawing system is expected to be the dominant product in the market in 2017. However, advanced applications of automated thawing systems have spurred their demand across the biopharmaceutical companies as well as research institutes, owing to their high efficacy and effectiveness. Automated thawing systems are projected to outgrow manual thawing systems in terms of revenues by 2026-end.

Increasing incidences of blood related disorders such as rare blood disorders have driven the demand for blood for treatment and surgical purposes. In addition, growing number of accidents and trauma cases necessitate blood transfusions, along with demand for cryopreserved blood products. These factors have made blood to be the most lucrative sample type segment in the global thawing systems market. Semen will also remain a lucrative sample in the market, with sales projected to exhibit the highest CAGR through 2026.

Blood Banks & Transfusion Centers to Remain Leading End-Users of Thawing Systems

According to the CDC, in the U.S., over 20 Mn and 25 Mn adults were diagnosed with cancer and heart disease respectively in 2013. In addition, according to the WHO, over 350 Mn surgeries were performed worldwide in 2012, and this number is further estimated to rise significantly in the near future. Surgical procedures apropos to cancer and organ transplant require blood transfusion, which in turn results into demand for blood. This has further spurred demand for thawing systems in blood banks & transfusion centers. Blood banks & transfusion centers are expected to remain the most remunerative end-user of thawing systems, followed by hospitals & diagnostic centers. These two end-users are projected to account for nearly equal revenue share of the market by 2026-end.

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in North America significantly invest in drug discovery & development activities. In addition, government in the region provides large capital for development of biobanks, in a bid to improve the supply and storage of blood to healthcare settings. These factors influence the thawing systems market in North America. North America will continue to be the most attractive region for growth of the thawing system market. Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is also expected to remain remunerative for the market growth, and is projected to trail behind North America in terms of sales expansion.

Competition Tracking

Key market participants identified by TMR’s report include BioCision, LLC, Cytotherm Lp, Barkey GmbH & Co. KG, Boekel Industries, Inc., Helmer, Inc., Cardinal Health, Inc., General Electric Company, and Sartorius Aktiengesellschaft.

Growth in Research Activities in Healthcare Sector Drives Demand Opportunities in Thawing System Market

Thawing system refers to a device used for defrosting biological samples such as blood, semen, embryo, and ovum. These systems are made up of two main components, namely thaw bags for process development and containers. Thawing systems are widely used in blood banks, diagnostic centers, pharmaceutical companies, biobanks, and biotechnology institutes. Thus, increased use of this device in abovementioned end-users is projected to fuel the demand opportunities for vendors in the global thawing system market in the forthcoming years.

Automatic and manual are the two models available in the global thawing system market. In the biopharmaceutical industry, thawing is considered a key manufacturing process. Apart from this, these thawing systems are gaining traction across various research institutes. One of the key reasons attributed to this popularity of thawing systems is their ability to help in performing the research and development process in the small amount of sample.

The thawing system is widely used in blood banks and transfusion centers. In recent few years, there is remarkable growth in number of surgeries related to cancer and organ transplant, which require blood in large amounts. Thus, increased number of surgeries is projected to drive sales opportunities in the global thawing system market in the upcoming years. Apart from this, the market is likely to be driven by the growing number of accident cases in all worldwide locations.

The recent COVID-19 epidemic has resulted into a worldwide healthcare crisis. Owing to this scenario, the healthcare sector across the globe has shifted its focus of service delivery. Numerous hospitals across the globe had to halt or postpone non-emergency surgical procedures as well as in-hospital therapies. These healthcare providers are concentrating toward offering emergency healthcare to patients infected with coronavirus. Thus, decreased number of surgeries all across the globe is impacting adversely on the sales of the global thawing system market.

This report on the global market for thawing system market offers in-depth analysis for the period 2017 to 2026, keeping 2016 as the base year. The report provides insights into key market dynamics that are influencing the global market for thawing system.  The report offers an all-inclusive analysis of the market in terms of revenues estimates (in US$ Mn) across various region.

Report Features

Analyzing multiple aspects of thawing systems and connecting the analytical information together towards creating key presumptive scenarios on the expansion of the global thawing systems market is the main feature of this report. The report has provided analysis on a range of parameters and across several global perimeters. Cost structure, pricing, product life cycle, and distribution network has been analyzed in the report.

The report has also provided a study on the thawing systems patents filed till date. Moreover, macroeconomic factors driving the growth of the global thawing systems market have been decoded. The report has also provided an overview of the global medical device industry. Industry trends and new sales opportunities have been studied and revealed in several key sections of the report.

Competition Landscape

Analysis on the global thawing system market’s competition backdrop has been delivered with updated information on active manufacturers of thawing systems. Players with greater contribution to the global thawing system revenues have been profiled in the report. These companies will play a key role in introducing new advancements for thawing systems, and in boosting the overall expansion of the global market. Presence of companies across different regions in the world has been illustrated in an intensity map provided in the report. Insights on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of these companies has been revealed in the study. Detailed sections have disclosed the product overviews, strategic undertakings, and mergers & acquisitions of market participants. This information can be repurposed to gain competitive edge in the production of thawing systems.

Research Methodology

Transparency Market Research employs proven and reliable research methodology in the development of this report. By conducting direct telephonic interviews, our analysts record the statements and valuations provided by the designated company representatives. The quantitative data procured from each player gets aggregated to create historic baselines upon which market size forecasting in piloted. Qualitative insights provided by each individual company are analyzed and further infused with the market size estimations. The entire report is validated across multiple levels of screening and quality checks. The report serves as a great business document that can enable the manufacturers of thawing systems plan their next steps towards business development.

Market Taxonomy

The global market for thawing systems has been analyzed in the report on the basis of product-type, end-user, sample-type and region. The thawing systems market taxonomy has been illustrated in the table below.


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • APEJ
  • MEA

Product Type

  • Manual
  • Automated

End User

  • Blood Banks & Transfusion Centers
  • Hospitals & Diagnostic Centers
  • Academic and Research Institutes
  • Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Other End Users

Sample Type

  • Blood
  • Embryo & Ovum
  • Semen
  • Others

Additional information on cross-sectional market data and country-wise market analysis & forecast is also provided in the report is distinct sections.

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