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  • Published On : Sep 2023
  • Code : CMI6262
  • Pages : 160
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  • Industry : Medical Devices

The global Automated Cell Counters market size was valued at US$ 3.75 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach US$ 6.01 billion by 2030, grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% from 2023 to 2030. Automated cell counters are instruments used for counting and analyzing cells in applications such as medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical research and food quality control. They use advanced techniques like flow cytometry and digital imaging to enable high precision and consistent cell analysis. The rising incidence of chronic diseases and growth in biopharma R&D are key factors driving the market growth.

The Automated Cell Counters Market is segmented by product, application, end-user, method and region. By product, the market is segmented into instruments, software, consumables and accessories. The instruments segment accounted for the largest share in 2021 owing to launch of advanced automated cell analyzers by leading players. 

Automated Cell Counters Market Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for Automated Cell Counters Market during the forecast period, accounting for over 40% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to high healthcare expenditure and research funding.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the second-largest market for Automated Cell Counters Market, accounting for over 30% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in Europe is attributed to prevalence of chronic diseases and advanced biopharma sector.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for Automated Cell Counters Market, accounting for over 8% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is attributed to improving R&D infrastructure and investments by key players.

Figure 1. Global Automated Cell Counters Market Share (%), By Region, 2023

 | Coherent Market Insights

Automated Cell Counters Market Drivers:

  • Increasing prevalence of chronic diseases: The rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases is a major factor driving the growth of the automated cell counters market. Chronic diseases require constant monitoring of blood cell counts which is driving the adoption of automated cell counters. For instance, according to the WHO, in 2021, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths and cancer caused 10 million deaths worldwide. Automated cell counters improve the efficiency and accuracy of running cell counts in pathology labs, research centers and hospitals. Their high-throughput capabilities allow them to analyze large sample volumes with precision and consistency. This helps in better diagnosis and monitoring of chronic disease patients.
  • Technological advancements in cell counting instruments: Ongoing technological advancements in automated cell counting instruments are boosting their adoption in research and clinical applications. Companies are integrating advanced techniques like digital image processing and flow cytometry methods into automated cell counters. Features like fluorescence capabilities, high resolution imaging and multi-parameter analysis allow these systems to capture morphological details more accurately and enable phenotypic characterization of cells. Integration of AI and deep learning algorithms also enables intelligent analysis and automation of the overall workflow. Such technological enhancements are fueling the uptake of advanced automated cell counters.
  • Growth in pharmaceutical and biotechnology R&D activities: The growing focus on cell-based research and drug discovery in the biopharma industry is propelling the demand for automated cell counters. These systems are an indispensable tool in preclinical lab testing of new drug candidates and vaccines. They allow high-throughput viability, proliferation and cytotoxicity screening assays to be performed for evaluating drug efficacy and toxicity. Many leading pharma companies are adopting automated solutions to accelerate their R&D programs and reduce drug development costs and timelines. The market is also driven by growth in biotech R&D for novel cell & gene therapies and regenerative medicines which require precision cell counting.
  • Increasing government funding for cell-based research: Rising government and private funding for stem cell, cancer and immunology research is positively impacting the automated cell counters market. Grant programs aimed at advancing cell biology and genomics research make use of automated counting tools for applications like phenotypic characterization, cell sorting and single cell analysis. For instance, the NIH provided over $41 billion in medical research funding in 2021 to universities and labs across the US, a significant portion of which went to cell-based research programs. Availability of such grants and investments allows labs to purchase high-end automated cell analysis platforms.

Automated Cell Counters Market Opportunities:

  • Emerging markets offering significant growth prospects: Developing countries across Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East represent a major opportunity for growth and expansion for automated cell counter vendors. These regions are witnessing rapid advancements in their healthcare systems, biosciences infrastructure and clinical research capabilities. There is rising incidence of chronic and infectious diseases creating demand for advanced diagnostic technologies like automated cell counters. Many emerging economies have sizeable pharmaceutical production and burgeoning biotech sectors which utilize cell counting systems. Localization of products and value pricing strategies can allow players to tap into these high potential markets.
  • Adoption of point-of-care devices in decentralized settings: Point-of-care automated cell counters designed for use in patient proximity settings like doctor’s clinics represent a lucrative opportunity. There is an increasing trend of healthcare decentralization and point-of-care testing for improving accessibility and patient convenience. Compact, portable cell counting instruments that can be operated by minimally trained personnel can witness strong adoption in frontline care settings. Companies that develop connected, app-enabled POC cell counters compatible with EHR systems can gain first-mover advantage in this space.
  • Applications in bioproduction workflows: The underpenetrated biomanufacturing sector offers expansion opportunities for automated cell analysis platforms. Cell-based biologics, vaccines and cell & gene therapies production facilities extensively utilize instruments like automated cell counters and viability analyzers at multiple steps in their workflows. Custom solutions compatible with bioreactors and optimizing culture health and productivity can see increased uptake. Strategic partnerships with biopharma CDMOs and biotech companies focused on bioproduction can help drive sales in this space.
  • Growing demand for cell-based food products: The emerging field of cellular agriculture and cultivation of cell-based meat, dairy, eggs etc opens up new use cases for automated cell counting tools. Cell culture and proliferation is a critical part of the production process which requires precise monitoring. Companies that develop GMP-grade automated counter solutions tailored for food biomanufacturing facilities can capture value in this niche market. Partnerships with cell-ag startups and investment in this segment can offer long-term growth opportunities.

Automated Cell Counters Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 3.75 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 7% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 6.01 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product: Instruments, Consumables & Accessories, Reagents & Kits, Software
  • By End User: Hospitals & Diagnostic Laboratories, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies, Research Institutes, Others
  • By Application: Medical Diagnostics, Drug Discovery, Cancer Research, Immunology, Virology, Others
  • By Method: Flow Cytometry, Hemocytometry, Image-based Cell Counting, Spectrophotometry, Others
Companies covered:

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Danaher Corporation, Agilent Technologies, PerkinElmer Inc., Bio-Rad Laboratories, BD, Merck KGaA, Logos Biosystems, Corning Incorporated, Tecan, Sartorius AG

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing prevalence of chronic diseases
  • Technological advancements in cell counting instruments
  • Growth in pharmaceutical and biotechnology R&D activities
  • Increasing government funding for cell-based research
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High costs of advanced cell counting systems
  • Requirement for specialized operators and training
  • Low adoption in underdeveloped regions

Automated Cell Counters Market Trends:

  • Shift towards image-based analysis techniques: Automated cell counters are increasingly adopting advanced imaging-based techniques like fluorescence microscopy, holographic imaging and high content screening. Image cytometers capture multi-channel images of cells and analyze parameters like size, shape, texture besides counting. They provide morphological insights and allow complex population characterization and rare cell detection. Players like Lumenera, Logos Biosystems and Agilent offer sophisticated imaging-powered solutions. Imaging also makes automation and AI-powered analysis easier. This shift towards imaging is a key trend.
  • Demand for combinational instruments: The market is witnessing rising user demand for automated cell counters and analyzers that combine multiple analytical modalities. Combination of capabilities like cell counting, viability testing, flow cytometry and high content imaging allows researchers to extract more data from samples in a single run. Multi-technique instruments improve lab productivity and reduce instrument footprint. Key companies like Danaher, Nexcelom and Sartorius offer bundled automated solutions addressing this trend. It provides a value-added proposition for both vendors and end-users.
  • Miniaturization and integration of microfluidic systems: Miniaturized cell counting systems like microfluidic cell counters and lab-on-a-chip devices are gaining increased adoption in research labs. Microfluidic integration allows tiny sample volumes to be precisely analyzed and manipulated on a single chip. Portability, rapid analysis and lower cost are key advantages driving this trend. Prominent players offering microfluidic automated cell counters include ChemoMetec, Fluidigm and Bruin Biometrics. The shift towards miniaturized all-in-one POC hematology analyzers is accelerating, especially for decentralized testing.
  • Demand for smart connectivity and data functionalities: Modern automated cell counters are integrating smart connectivity technologies like WiFi, Bluetooth and USB interfaces for seamless data transfer, storage and analysis. Software platforms allow advanced visualization, statistical analysis, archiving and reporting tools for better data utility. Players are also offering cloud-based and app-based solutions for remote monitoring and networking of instruments. Overall, the trend towards connected instruments with smart data systems for maximizing cell counting insights aligns with lab automation and digitization.

Automated Cell Counters Market Restraints:

  • High costs of advanced cell counting systems: Sophisticated high-throughput automated cell analyzers equipped with advanced features come at steep price points running into six figures. This poses affordability challenges for many academic labs, small biotech startups and diagnostic centers with budget constraints. While such systems provide a superior value proposition, cost is a prohibitive factor limiting their broader uptake. Companies focusing on introducing scaled-down, cost-effective models to make automated cell counting more accessible can gain an edge.
  • Requirement for specialized operators and training: Advanced automated cell counters, especially image-based systems, require skilled personnel and technical expertise for proper instrument operation and maintenance. The need for specialized training is a hindrance for many laboratories facing resource and budget limitations. Lack of qualified personnel who can leverage the full capabilities of the systems is a restraining factor. Players need to focus on simplifying instruments and workflows to minimize user intervention and specialized skill needs.
  • Low adoption in underdeveloped regions: Automated cell counting systems have low adoption in underdeveloped regions and rural areas with weak healthcare access. Lack of quality lab infrastructure, limited clinical research activity and insufficient funding limits uptake of this technology in such areas. Companies find it unviable to target less profitable low-end segments in underpenetrated regions. However, this restricts the addressable market size for cell counter vendors presently focused on advanced economies and urban centers.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In January 2022, Agilent Technologies launched the NovoCyte Advanteon Flow Cytometer for high-speed cell analysis.
  • In June 2021, DeNovix Inc. launched CellDrop Automated Cell Counters for point-of-care applications.
  • In May 2020, Logos Biosystems launched Xel OWC, an AI-powered automated cell counter with fluorescence imaging capabilities.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In March 2022, Danaher acquired Aldevron, a biotech company involved in development of cell and gene therapies.
  • In June 2021, Sartorius acquired CellGenix, a developer of cell culture components, for enhancing its cell analysis portfolio.
  • In 2020, Agilent partnered with Visiopharm to integrate tissue image analysis tools with pathology scanner series.

Figure 2. Global Automated Cell Counters Market Share (%), By Product, 2023

 | Coherent Market Insights

Top companies in Automated Cell Counters Market

  • Danaher Corporation
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Corning Incorporated
  • Merck KGaA
  • Logos Biosystems
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • PerkinElmer Inc.
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Tecan Group

*Definition: Automated cell counters refer to instruments integrated with advanced technologies such as high-resolution microscopy, flow cytometry and image analysis to enable precision counting and examination of cells. They eliminate the need for manual hemocytometry and cell counting under the microscope.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Automated Cell Counters Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7% from 2023 to 2030.

North America is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Danaher Corporation, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Corning Incorporated, Merck KGaA, Logos Biosystems, Bio-Rad Laboratories, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, PerkinElmer Inc., Agilent Technologies and Tecan Group.

High costs, requirement of trained personnel, and standardization issues.

Rising incidence of chronic diseases, growth of biopharma R&D, technological advancements, and increasing healthcare access are major growth drivers. 
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