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1994 Global Laboratory Product Usage Survey20 pages, 20 graphs and tables.
Published: December 22, 1994
Life science laboratory workers are the target customers for scientific product manufacturers and distributors. We conducted a survey involving Nature subscribers working in 55 countries and received 580 replies from respondents all 55 countries. The majority (88.2%) are actively working or soon planning to work with laboratory products. We estimate that the total population of life scientists is 321,700 worldwide and we assume that Nature subscribers are no different from life scientists in general.
Our respondents were spread throughout academia, in hospitals and medical schools, as well as in industry and government laboratories and private research foundations. Most often, they have backgrounds in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology, and neuroscience as well as numerous technical specialties. As a group, these life scientists most frequently mentioned using electrophoresis (73.1%), light microscopy (64.4%), autoradiography (59.4%), amplification (54.7%), oligonucleotides (53.0%), sequencing (51.3%), and cloning (50.8%).
As a group, they are estimated to handle instrumentation budgets of $24.8 thousand per doctoral-level researcher annually, with an additional estimated $25.2 thousand per doctoral-level researcher to spend on chemicals and biologicals, and $63.9 thousand per doctoral-level researcher to spend on personnel.
Among the entire population of life science laboratory workers, the most commonly used chemicals and biologicals include: buffers (81.9%), electrophoresis gel reagents (73.6%), enzymes & substrates (66.9%), molecular biology reagents (64.9%), radioisotopes (64.5%), DNA markers and standards (60.0%), cell culture media and sera (59.0%), restriction enzymes (58.9%), autoradiography supplies (56.2%), and synthetic oligonucleotides (55.0%).
The most commonly used instruments and apparatus among respondents working in the laboratory include: centrifuges as a group (89.3%), laboratory balances (84.8%), table-top centrifuges (82.8%), microscopes as a group (76.6%), electrophoresis systems as a group (74.6%), high speed centrifuges (71.7%), analytical balances (66.4%), water purification systems (62.5%), pH/specific ion meters (61.4%), and optical microscopes (59.9%).
Rates of growth for all product categories were also measured. Among all global life science laboratory workers, the two fastest growing chemical/biological products are DNA/RNA linkers & primers (+8.4%) and DNA/RNA sequencing kits (+8.0%). The three fastest growing instrument categories are electrophoresis products as a group (+17.1%), microscopes as a group (+15.3%), and chromatographs as a group (+9.1%).
The 1994 Global Laboratory Product Usage dataset, available at a modest cost to all subscribers to this report, contains a wealth of additional information that will be of further interest to clients. In the remainder of the report, we introduce clients to some of the many types of further analyses that are possible.