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2000 US Laboratory Product Usage Study: Detailed & Regional Analysis

22 pages, 19 graphs and tables
Published: December 26, 2000
Price: $295

Life science laboratory workers are the target customers for bioresearch product manufacturers and distributors. We conducted a survey involving nearly 6,886 Nature subscribers working in United States and received 647 replies from respondents in almost all of these. The majority (79.13%) are actively working or soon planning to work with laboratory products. We estimate that the total population of life scientists is 152,680 in US, of whom 120,800 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 (57.2%), light microscopy (51.8%), cell culture (51.2%), cloning (46.1%), gene expression (43.9%), cDNA (43.4%), Western blots (41.0%), and autoradiography (36.7%).

Researchers work in laboratory groups which have a mean of approximately 10 total researchers supported by the laboratory budgets. As a group, they are estimated to handle instrumentation budgets of $36.2 thousand per researcher, with an additional estimated $18.6 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 (80.8%), biochemicals (73.5%), electrophoresis reagents (64.5%), molecular biology reagents (63.7%), DNA markers & standards (59.6%), organic chemicals (59.2%), restriction enzymes (57.1%), DNA/RNA purification materials (53.1%), and amplification-related products (52.2%).

The most commonly used instruments and apparatus among respondents working in the laboratory include: laboratory balances (85.8%), high speed centrifuges (73.0%), incubators (70.0%), pH/specific ion meters (66.3%), optical microscopes (62.9%), UV-Vis spectrophotometers (61.0%), thermal cyclers (53.9%), blotting devices (52.1%), ultra centrifuges (44.9%), horizontal electrophoresis chambers (44.9%), and cell culture apparatus (43.8%).

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 (+18.8%), antisense compounds (+11.4%), and DNA Probes (+10.2%). The three fastest growing instrument categories are confocal microscopes (+13.5%), fluorescence microscopes (+9.7%), and flow cytometers (+8.2%).

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