COVID-19 Testing Market Update 2021: Molecular & Antigen Markets, Procedures, Mutations, Home Tests, and Other Trends

COVID-19 Testing Market Update 2021: Molecular & Antigen Markets, Procedures, Mutations, Home Tests, and Other Trends

As the unfortunate milestone of one full year of the global COVID-19 pandemic worldwide is reached, the diagnostic industry has been changed, perhaps permanently. Hundreds of test products are on the market to detect the virus, both for its presence and immune response. And billions of dollars have been added to the in vitro diagnostic market. Companies have doubled and tripled revenues, bought new companies, increased manufacturing, shifted focus to infectious diseases and launched new products.

“A 38 Billion Dollar Market for COVID-19 Test Products: Molecular, Antigen, and Antibody Tests”

New features have been added to tests, such us variant and mutation detection, combination with flu and RSV, more specific [neutralizing] antibody detection, or ultra-large volume capacities. A new category of testing has been crated than in a year is rivaling all others in volume. And with it, market changes a shift of top categories in IVD towards infectious disease testing and other COVID-19 related tests.

This report, COVID-19 Testing Update 2021, provides the most current analyst assessment of the market for COVID-19 testing. As part of its report data, the report includes:

Overview of disease progress, trends, developments

Mutations: What to Expect

The Arrival and Potential of Home Testing

Markets for COVID-19 Antigen Tests, 2020 and 2021

Markets for COVID-19 Molecular Test, 2020 and 2021

Markets for COVID-19 Antibody Tests, 2020 and 2021

Markets by Geography (US, Europe, Asia, ROW)

Antigen Products on the Market

PCR and Other Molecular Products on the Market

Vaccine Impact on Market

FDA Emergency Authorized Tests: Molecular, Antigen and Antibody

Leading Vendors

New companies have entered the diagnostics market sensing opportunities and to contribute to the emergency need. And some companies have grown and make expansions and acquisitions. Kalorama looks at these companies and also the major IVD players and how COVID-19 has affected their performance.

Key Trends Examined in the Report

This is an important time to look at this market as several trends that could change the direction of diagnostic take hold:

Biden Administration Plans – Already billions of dollars in spending are, and laboratory associations are asking for more. What impact will this have no test markets.

Home Testing – Once a rarely thought of possibility in major IVD markets [outside of glucose, ovulation and a few infectious tests of low volume], COVID-19 has brought the idea of testing at home to reality, and manufacturers are developing systems and considering plans that may extend beyond this disease alone. Government financing is fueling this trend as well.

Mutations – changes to SARS-COV-2 may change the diagnostic response. We examine that in a special section on variants and mutations. COVID-19 like any virus has some variants and mutations. These can affect testing results in various way. Currently there is no widespread emergency necessitating changes in major tests. But of note is that the U.S. is setting up protocols. On Monday, February 22, 2021 the FDA issued new guidance for SARS-CoV-2 test developers. The agency made it clear they are to consider the impact of mutations on their tests using sequencing to determine any impact.

Vaccines – As millions are vaccinated, where does that leave testing companies. IVD companies have weighed in, and we review their predictions and assess the impact vaccines have had on testing markets for other conditions such as cervical cancer and influenza.

Endemic Status – There are increasing predictions of a possible endemic status of COVID-19. That is to say, a disease with recurring outbreaks in humans. After all the endemic betacoronavirus that causes mild respiratory illness generally sees immunity last only a year.

Supply Shortages -The global pandemic demonstrated that molecular testing methods have particular supply needs that can be challenged in large-scale use. Supply shortages have plagued the U.S. response to COVID-19 testing, and the federal government is open to new ideas for solutions. The former head of COVID-19 testing response described the U.S. supply chain at the start of the pandemic as a “wreck.” What are the implications for future testing?

Larger Test Volumes – As with society generally, some of the changes that have swept over lab medicine in the last year are likely to be lasting, regardless of how quickly the pandemic gets under control. This report looks at the trends in COVID-19 as they stand currently, with market estimates for 2020 and forecast for 2021 with a variety of formats.

Companies Adjust to COVID-19

Just in the last two months, COVID-19 has affected considerable change at diagnostic companies. One comapny has acquisitions, fortified with cash from increased sales of test kits. Others launched home testing kits. One cash-negative company was made cash-postive, while another doubled its test capacity and yet another tripled sales of instruments. Companies not in infectious disease testing are quickly pivoting to it. The first test for asymptomatic patients was approved, and new innovative features such as saliva sampling or ultra-high throughput even CRISPR are being added to tests.


  • Executive Summary
    • Overview
      • Over a Billion Tests Run for COVID-19
        • Table COVID-19 Test Procedures (Antigen, Molecular and Antibody) 2020 and Forecasted 2021
    • Mutations
    • Opinions of Thought Leaders
      • Industry Put to Test and Comes Out Stronger
      • Endemic Status of COVID-19
      • Drive Through Testing- Here to Stay?
      • Supply Shortages
    • Recent Vendor Developments in COVID-19 Testing
  • Variants and Mutations, Vaccines, Home Testing and Other Developments
    • Variants and Mutations
    • Home Testing
      • Mass Testing Proposals
    • Vaccines
    • COVID-19 Accelerating POC Usage
      • mPOC
    • Other Trends
      • WHO Global Fund
      • Protein Biosensors
      • U.S. Urgent Care and COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Testing Market
    • Table Major Vendors by Category, unranked
    • COVID-19 Testing Market
      • Table Test Markets by Type, 2020 and 2021 and % Change (Molecular, Antigen, Antibody, Total)
    • Regional Breakout of Market
      • Molecular Testing, Market by Region
      • Antigen Testing by Region
      • Total Market by Region
        • Table Regional Breakout of COVID-19 Testing Market (North America, Europe, APAC, LATAM, ROW) $M
    • Procedure Volumes
      • Table Procedures by Type (millions)
      • Table Procedures – by Region (North America, Europe, APAC, LATAM, ROW, Total) millions of prod.
  • Tests on the Market in the United States
    • Tests on the Market
      • Table Molecular COVID-19 Tests with EUAs
      • Table COVID-19 Antigen Tests with EUA
      • Table Antibody COVID-19 Tests with EUAs

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