1998/1999 US MSPPSA report on Cell & Tissue Culture

154 pages, 100 graphs and tables

Published: July 3, 1998

Price: $2795

Cell & Tissue Culture Markets Showing Healthy Growth

Over 60,000 US life science researchers are currently involved with cell & tissue culture, spending approximately $100 million annually on instrumentation and media.

These are two of the conclusions of a new 150 page study, from PhorTech International. To give a better understanding for the type of results in this report, we present four graphs from different sections of the publication. The report begins with an examination of the installed base of instrumentation including microscopes, shaker tables, bottle rotators, and incubators.

Accurate, independent and periodic assessment of market share is basic to understanding one's position in the market and sensibly takes place prior to investing in marketing plans.

In the data, we see the unit market share for the installed base of shaker tables in the respondent database. In addition, the dollar share is calculated along with placements by year. US estimated sales by year are presented in a table along with estimated annual units sold and average prices paid for major manufacturers. These results are based upon an analysis of the responses to over 2,000 surveys mailed out to US life science researchers late last year. The report also examines microscopes used for cell & tissue culture as well as incubators and bottle rotators.

Extensive analysis was made of cell & tissue culture media. In the data, we see the monthly expenditures per respondent for serum-free media. We also examine liters consumed per month for this as well as for serum, serum substitute, and cell culture reagents in general. This enables us to project annual US market sizes for each market segment and see that sales of media outstrip instrumentation considerably. Of course, we analyze the market shares for major suppliers for each of these classes of media and present graphs for both unit shares as well as dollar shares.

In order to better understand respondents' usage of a technique, we ask a series of questions relating to scientific methodologies.

In this section, we asked respondents about the various cell lines they cultured, asking them to specify what percentage of their work they used each class of cells. We then asked them to identify the application for which they were culturing the cells. The frequency of response for the various applications is shown. Following the graph in the report are 22 pages devoted to the specific cell lines used for each of these applications.

A variety of customer satisfaction measurements are made for leading vendors of cell and tissue culture media. Respondents also rated leading suppliers of media specifically in the areas of value for money, consistent quality, fastest delivery, best application support, and widest product range.

In the data, you can see the ratings for best application support. Yyou can see that respondents overwhelmingly selected a single supplier. This supplier was chosen by approximately three out of every five respondents, while the closest runner up was selected by just one out of five respondents, and all remaining suppliers shared the remaining votes.

Knowledge of market rankings such as this yields powerful results, illuminating areas of strength and weakness for each of the major players in the market. Such knowledge can provide insights into winning strategies for building market shares even against entrenched competition.

The report also itemizes hundreds of specific verbatim suggestions for improvements of cell and tissue culture products by current users, as well as comments as to which suppliers they would recommend and which they would refuse to buy from, and why respondents would or would not purchase certain brands. Reading these comments is equivalent to spending weeks of time in the field with end-users and provides essential insight for suppliers to this substantial market.

An entirely new topic, this report brings a fresh perspective to this complex business. We have shared with you a small fraction of the results from this report. A total of 100 graphs and tables are available that distill a wealth of data into a clear and salient tool for understanding this market.

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