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2000 Global Laboratory Product Usage Study: Detailed & Regional Analysis22 pages, 19 graphs and tables
Published: August 31, 2000
Life science laboratory workers are the target customers for bioresearch product manufacturers and distributors. We conducted a survey involving nearly 13,000 Nature subscribers working in 62 countries and received 2,070 replies from respondents in almost all of these. The majority (78.87%) are actively working or soon planning to work with laboratory products. We estimate that the total population of life scientists is 356,600 worldwide, of whom 281,250 are working in the laboratory 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 are working in the fields of molecular biology, cell biology, and biotechnology, as well as specialties such as cancer research, clinical research, genetic disease, immunology, and neuroscience. As a group, these life scientists most frequently mentioned using amplification (56.34%), cell culture (54.00%), light microscopy (50.12%), cDNA (43.29%), gene expression (43.17%), cloning (42.00%), Western blots (42.06%), and sequencing (37.07%).
Researchers work in laboratory groups which have a mean of approximately 12 total researchers supported by the laboratory budgets. As a group, they are estimated to handle instrumentation budgets of $20.5 thousand per researcher, with an additional estimated $17.6 thousand per researcher to spend on chemicals and biologicals annually.
Among the entire population of life science laboratory workers, the most commonly used chemicals and biologicals include: buffers (80.11%), biochemicals (73.16%), electro-phoresis reagents (63.82%), molecular biology reagents (61.42%), DNA markers & standards (57.01%), organic chemicals (55.27%), restriction enzymes (53.14%), DNA/RNA purification materials (52.34%), and amplification-related products (51.40%).
The most commonly used instruments and apparatus among respondents working in the laboratory include: laboratory balances (79.89%), high speed centrifuges (75.89%), incubators (68.57%), optical microscopes (67.09%), pH/specific ion meters (65.71%), UV-Vis spectrophotometers (56.57%), blotting devices (53.37%), thermal cyclers (51.09%), horizontal electrophoresis chambers (47.77%), cell culture apparatus (46.97%), and ultra centrifuges (46.97%).
Rates of growth for all product categories were also measured. Among all life science laboratory workers, the three fastest growing chemical/biological products are microarray technology (+18.02%) immunoassay kits (+10.81%), and antisense compounds (+10.15%). The three fastest growing instrument categories are confocal microscopes (+13.71%), fluorescence analyzers (+10.29%), and fluorescence microscopes (+9.71%).