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Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market: Information by Product (Consumables), Cell Type (Human), Separation Technique, Application, End-Users, and Region — Forecast till 2029

Market Snapshot
Study Period:
Base Year:
Fastest Growing Market:
Asia Pacific
Largest Market:
North America
16.2 %
Key Players
Merck KGaA (Germany)

Terumo BCT (Japan)

GE Healthcare (The U.S.)

Bio- Rad Laboratories Inc. (The U.S.)

Corning Inc. (The U.S.)

Miltenyl Biotech (Germany)

Cell Separation/Cell Isolation refers to the process of separating cells from the heterogeneous suspension of cells or tissues. In biological research, cell isolation is a vital process during cellular biology research for studies, such as cell characterization, cell counting as well as for, cell storage and preservation of a specific type.

The Global Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market was valued at USD 5593.8 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at 16.2% CAGR during the forecast period.


Extensive Usage of Cell Isolation Techniques in R&D Promotes Market Growth

The cell isolation technique is extensively used in biotechnology and bio-pharmaceutical R&D for the isolation of fermentation and cell culture products such as recombinant proteins, biosimilars, and monoclonal antibodies. Further, cell isolation/cell separation techniques are used for obtaining plants, humans, and animal sources in a purified form. These market products are extensively utilized for bimolecular isolation such as in the production of vaccines, medications, antibodies, enzymes, proteins, cells, and other biotechnology products.

The isolated cells are often used as a starter culture for cell culture for production of large cell volumes or for the production of desired metabolites which are commercially important. Isolated cells are also used for various treatments such, as pancreatic islet cells are transplanted to operate on patients with Type 1Diabetes. Thus, owing to widespread applications and importance, the market is expected to significantly boost the market growth during the forecast period.


Extensive Cell Biology-Based Research Efforts to Device Treatment Measures Promote Market Growth

The cell isolation techniques are extensively used in and across research institutes to conduct studies on human cells to understand various diseases and device therapeutic strategies depending on the results. For instance, cancer is one of the most studied diseases across the globe where cellular biological studies are routine. Cell-based therapy also shows enormous potential for the treatment of various such life-threatening diseases. Thus, the growing prevalence of these diseases generates a high demand for treatment measures, which directly fuels cell-based researches.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, Cancer was estimated to be responsible for 9.6 million deaths in 2018, making it the leading cause of death across the globe. Further, the report mentions that about 1 in 6 deaths worldwide are due to cancer. Thus, indirectly, the market products witness greater adsorption owing to extensive research activities.

Moreover, high capital investment by key biotechnology players for the R&D of therapeutic products using human cells/cell lines is another important driver of the market since these players purchase a significant volume of market products to support their projects. The increasing availability of government funding for cell-biology research has also boosted global cell isolation/cell separation market growth. For instance, in January 2016, the Federal Government of Canada reported having released funding of USD 20 million to the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine to establish an advanced stem-cell therapy development facility in Toronto, Canada.

Segmentation Analysis

The Consumables Segment Dominates the Global Market

Based on products, the consumables segment was the largest revenue-generating segment in 2019. This can be attributed to the fact that during the cell separation process using consumables such as buffers, tubes, and others are used extensively. Thus, there is greater adoption of products within the consumables category as compared to instruments which are predominantly long-term one-time purchases. Thus, it can be anticipated that the rising investment in R&D by biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies will boost the market. Thus, the demand for consumables is also expected to remain high during the forecast period.

Additionally, the instruments segment is, however, expected to register a lucrative growth rate during the forecast period. This dominance contributes to constant developments and product advancement in cell separation/isolation instruments. The technological advancements in the instrument segment are aimed to provide efficient cell separation that would facilitate research, diagnostics, and therapeutics application. As end-users seek to achieve high efficiency with new launches, the market is expected to witness a boost.

Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical Companies Segment Holds the Largest Share

Based on end-uses, the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies segment held the largest revenue-generating share in 2019. The large share of this end-user segment can be attributed to the large-scale adoption of advanced instruments and consumables used in cell-based experiments. Further, within pharmaceutical R&D, these isolated cells are often used to examine and monitor cellular functioning, drug response to diseased cells, and in clinical trials.

For example, patch-clamp electrophysiology is an innovative technique where isolated cells are used to study the movement of energized particles such as metal ions across the cell membrane. Further, the use of cell isolation techniques to research on devising treatment measures against diseases such as cancer in biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies drive the segmental growth.

Regional Overview


America Dominates the Global Market

The American market dominated the market globally in 2019 in terms of revenue. The market dominance can be attributed to the growing focus on drug discovery, established and well-developed research infrastructure, and the presence of global biotechnology companies such as Pfizer, Mylan, Amgen, and others in the American region. Further, the regional market has significant market players such as Thermo Fischer, Corning Inc, Becton, Dickinson and Company Limited, STEMCELL Technologies Inc., and others. This provides a great market advantage to the region and further contributes to high revenue generation.

America also has the presence of esteemed research institutes such as MIT, Harvard among others where extensive cell biology-based researches are conducted to gather insight and develop therapeutic approaches to severe life-threatening diseases. Also, growing research activities is constantly supported by great funding opportunities. For instance, the National Institute of Health (NIH), is funding various cell therapy developmental projects during the past few years. This stimulates the demand for equipment, media, reagents, and accessories used in cell isolation research to further boost the market growth.

Asia-Pacific Expected To Record Highest CAGR

The Asia-Pacific market is anticipated to register the highest growth rate during the forecast period. The market is expected to boom owing to the growing presence of clinical research organizations and biopharmaceutical companies such as Biocon, IPCA, Lupin, and others in this region extensively use cell separation techniques in downstream processing and R&D. Further, less stringent regulations for drug development and the availability of cheap skilled personnel in this region are attracting various biopharmaceutical companies. This generates a greater adoption of market products leading to the growth of the sector in this region. Also, extensive research activities that involve cell-based studies, as well as the growing number of Stem Cell research activities in the region, boost the market product adoption in these regional nations.

Key Players

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (The U.S.)
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company Limited (The U.S.)
  • Beckman Coulter Inc. (Danaher Corporations) (The U.S.)
  • Merck KGaA (Germany)
  • Terumo BCT (Japan)
  • GE Healthcare (The U.S.)
  • Bio- Rad Laboratories Inc. (The U.S.)
  • Corning Inc. (The U.S.)
  • Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (Switzerland)
  • Miltenyl Biotech (Germany)
  • STEMCELL Technologies Inc. (Canada)
  • Invent Biotechnologies (The U.S.)

Recent Developments:

  • In May 2019, Thermo Fisher Scientific had acquired Brammer Bio, a market leader in viral vector contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) based out of the U.S., aiming to expand its capabilities to support the high and growing demand in the gene and cell therapy market.

Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market: Segmentation

By Product

  • Consumables
  • Instruments

By Cell Type

  • Animal Cells
  • Human Cells

By Separation Technique

  • Centrifugation-Based Cell Isolation
  • Surface Marker-Based Cell Isolation
  • Filtration-Based Cell Isolation
  • Others

By Application

  • Biomolecule Isolation
  • Cancer Research
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Tissue Regeneration
  • In Vitro Diagnostics
  • Others

By End-User

  • Research laboratories and institutes
  • Biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies
  • Cell banks
  • Hospitals and diagnostic laboratories

By Region

  • Americas
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • The Middle East and Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The increasing availability of government funding for cell-biology research, technological advancements in the instrument segment are the key factors expected to drive Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market during the forecast period.
In 2019 Global Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market was valued at USD 5593.8 million.
Merck KGaA, Terumo BCT, GE Healthcare, Bio- Rad Laboratories Inc., Corning Inc., Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Miltenyl Biotech, STEMCELL Technologies Inc., Invent Biotechnologies are the top players in Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share in Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market.
Consumables Segment is expected to be the leading segment in Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market during the forecast period.
The Global Cell Isolation/Cell Separation Market was valued at USD 5593.8 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at 16.2% CAGR during the forecast period.
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