Flow Cytometry: Current Trends and Future OutlookBiocompare
April 28, 2006
50 Pages - SKU: BCOM1280993
Additional InformationConclusions and Recommendations
The data gathered from the 2006 Flow Cytometry Survey indicate that most researchers are using flow cytometry in basic research for fluorescence applications, primarily analyzing CD and cell surface markers in lymphocytic cells. There is a strong percentage that uses a core facility, but the need for timely access to data has prompted a greater number of laboratories to purchase their own instruments. Cost is a significant factor, but advances in CCD technology and its application are reducing the basic equipment cost. Affordability of all aspects of flow cytometry research is a major concern and one that vendors need to address.
Consistent with the flow cytometry market analysis, the majority of surveyed scientists use flow cytometry products from BD Biosciences. Other companies are poised to increase market share in this area (e.g., Beckman Coulter, Dako), so attention should be paid to customer suggestions for new products and next-generation instruments.
BD’s flow cytometry market encompasses everything from the instrument itself to immunocytometry products, products responsible for the 14% revenue increase from 2004 to 2005. Beckman’s cellular systems division saw a 2.1% revenue increase in 2005, contributed primarily by its flow cytometry instrument lines and its high-throughput hematology systems. Consumables, service, and chemistry kits supply additional revenue in this area for Beckman.
While FITC was reported to be the most popular dye analyzed in the present survey, a recent book on flow cytometry5 found that close to 50% of all cell sorting performed is done on cells transfected with green fluorescent protein and similarly modified labels as popular markers of gene expression. Such advances in molecular biology reagents have expanded the use of flow cytometry across a variety of disciplines. Corresponding advances in the ability of equipment to allow the detection of multiple colors/wavelengths have also been observed, impacting the flow cytometry market even more.
Vendors of flow cytometry products are recommended to pay attention to customer feedback. Surveyed scientists want to provide suppliers with information about how they use these instruments in the hope that future modifications will become standard. Reagents should be available in smaller volumes AND have a longer shelf-life. Instruments should be more affordable AND take up less space. Software should interface with commonly used graphics AND statistical software programs. Attention to customer satisfaction in all product areas is important to vendors vying for more market share, and in a time frame of budgetary constraints, this point is more important than ever before.
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