2001/2002 U.S. MSPPSA report on Molecular Biology Reagent Systems, Volume Two: Nucleic Acid Amplification, Sequencing, cDNA Synthesis & Cloning, Labeling, & Other Kits

212 pages, 271 graphs and tables

Published: August 24, 2001

Price: $3395

A Fresh Look at a Complex Growing Market.

PhorTech International’s detailed analysis of this market puts total sales for 2000 at over $300 million. This includes sales of both kits and individual reagents for major segments within this market, including nucleic acid labeling, nucleic acid detection, DNA sequencing, synthesis and amplification from various sources, and reflects an estimated 77,000 individuals currently using molecular biology reagents in their work. With a high degree of overlap between applications, suppliers must remain open-minded to keep sales buoyant.

This 212 page study estimates the present size and growth rate for the US molecular biology kit market as a whole, and for major segments within this market. It details the present market share for major kit categories among leading companies and projects which suppliers have the best prospects for growth in the coming year.

By identifying marketing strengths and weaknesses, and suggesting strategies for development or improvement, the report provides the essential facts you need to sustain competitive advantage. It draws direct comparisons with earlier studies from the US, Europe and the Far East to paint a comprehensive global picture. It gives you direct feed-back on the attitudes and expectations of customers, and by profiling researchers most likely to purchase the various kits, it will enable you to target your customers more accurately and efficiently.

From a random cross section of life science researchers from three independent sources, 492 respondents currently using molecular biology reagents in their work completed our anonymous, web-based questionnaire, filling out tabular entries, check-offs, and extensive open-ended probes. Respondents were characterized by their experience using molecular biology techniques, and type of organization. Each was asked to provide detailed audit information itemizing the commercial kits they use, including the brand and type of kit, number of kits used annually, approximate price per kit and their anticipated % change over the next 12 months.

Types of kits included were DNA sequencing (radioactive manual, non-isotopic manual and automated), thermostable enzymes, ribonuclease protection assays, nucleic acid labeling (random primer, nick translation, in vitro transcription, 5’ end labeling and direct enzyme labeling of oligos), cDNA synthesis and cloning, and other types (differential display, genotyping/fingerprinting, in vitro transcription (RNA production), in vitro translation, RACE, site-directed mutagenesis and transfection). Separate thermal enzyme purchases were also audited.

In addition to audit questions, respondents were asked to identify their current applications for thermostable enzymes from a list of 17 options including automated cycle sequencing, PCR products cloning, disease diagnosis, allele distinction, fingerprinting, genetic mapping, GMO detection, in vitro labeling, in-situ PCR, LA PCR, manual cycle sequencing, presence of sequencing, quantitative PCR, quantitative RT-PCR, RT-PCR, site-directed mutagenesis and an ‘other’ option for those performing an unlisted application.

They were also asked which of six cloning applications they currently perform: cDNA cloning, bacterial expression cloning, eukaryotic expression cloning, genomic DNA, PCR product cloning or an ‘other’ category (write-in), and asked to identify the reverse transcriptase they used (AMV-RT, MMLV-RT, MMLV-RT RNAse H-, Tth or ‘other’ write-in category).

Verbatim input from 185 respondents provides suggestions on improvements they would like to see in molecular biology kits. Although the most common theme was lowering the price of kits, other more diverse concerns surfaced, such as adjusting the balance of kit components.

Over 200 commented on additional applications for which they would like a commercial kit to become available. Whilst suggestions were extremely diverse, many will provide unique insight to your R&D groups.

.We consider this research study, Molecular Biology Reagent Systems Volume II, essential reading for every player in this complex and lucrative field. Together with its companion report, Volume I (which includes market analysis for nucleic acid isolation and purification), it constitutes the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available. Most of your major competition have already read and acted upon this market research. Can you afford to be left behind?


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