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Automated Microscopy Market size is set to grow commendably from 2021 to 2027. This is due to the usage advantages of automated microscopes as compared to conventional techniques, such as cost-effectiveness and ease of use in fields like cellular morphology. Furthermore, the increasing application scope of this laboratory instrument, including for optimization of surgical removal outcomes in resource-constrained settings, will also fuel the industry growth. Automated microscopy refers to a system designed to provide higher throughput, systematic analysis, and automated workflows in various contexts like live cell imaging or high throughput analysis. This system can be pre-set to record several images in the time-lapse mode in the absence of users.
Introduction of novel high-resolution scanning probe microscopes, along with rapid technological advancements, are the key trends bolstering the market share during the forecast period. Shimadzu, for example, released its SPM-Nanoa scanning probe microscope with automated optical adjustments and noise detection optical mechanism in 2021. This product was designed to contribute to the evaluation of cutting-edge nanomaterials.
With regards to product, the automated microscopy market from the fluorescence microscope segment will register a high revenue by 2027. This is a result of the product’s capability to help scientists overcome the lower resolving power of conventional optical microscopes through the usage of fluorophore tags. Growth from the segment can also be credited to its adoption in live-cell observation, as well as structure elucidation of biomolecules in cells and tissues, without the need for time-consuming and toxic staining processes. However, increased dependence on probes and the resultant impact on final images caused by unlabeled structures may hinder the demand for automated fluorescence microscopes over the coming years.
Europe will emerge as a lucrative revenue prospect for the automated microscopy market by 2027, owing to the growing investment and development of clinical laboratories across the region. In May 2021, ICGEB launched new laboratories of the BDU (Biotechnology Development Unit), supported by the Friuli-Venezia Giulia with economic and technological repercussions for Trieste, Italy. Moreover, the increasing number of nanoscience and nanotechnology universities in Russia will further contribute to the growth of the industry in the region.
Key players holding a major share in the global automated microscopy market include Asylum Research, Agilent Technologies, Bruker, Carl Zeiss, Fei Company (Thermo Fisher Scientific), Hitachi High-Technologies, Nikon, Olympus, and BioTek (Agilent Technologies). These firms are focusing on business expansions, among other strategies, to sustain their share across the global market. For instance, in January 2020, BioTek announced the launch of Cytation 7 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader, with an imaging system bringing together an inverted microscope, an upright automated microscope and multi-mode microplate detection. This product was designed for use in applications such as colony counting and slide scanning.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across every sector of the economy, including education. According to UNESCO, nearly 800 million learners worldwide have been affected by the temporary closure of schools, colleges, and universities, which also created challenges to the deployment of automated microscopy system across academic institutions worldwide.
However, the establishment of new diagnostic laboratories to enhance the testing capacity of COVID-19 may aid in the recovery of the market. In September 2021, the WHO and EU launched a molecular diagnostic laboratory in Wau, South Sudan, to boost the testing of high-threat infectious diseases like COVID-19. In addition, the growing use of the electron microscopy technique to examine the infectious cycle of coronavirus will further present opportunities for industry expansion during the forecast timeline.
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