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Transfection Technologies Market – By Product (Kits and Reagents, Equipment), Method (Physical Transfection, Biochemical-based Transfection), Application (Therapeutic Delivery, Biomedical Research), End-use – Global Forecast (2024 – 2032)

  • Report ID: GMI9113
  • Published Date: Apr 2024
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Transfection Technologies Market Size

Transfection Technologies Market size was valued at around USD 1.2 billion in 2023 and is estimated to grow at 8.9% CAGR from 2024 to 2032. Transfection technologies encompass a diverse array of methodologies employed in molecular biology and biotechnology to introduce exogenous nucleic acids, such as DNA, RNA, or oligonucleotides, into living cells.

Transfection Technologies Market

The primary goal of transfection is to manipulate gene expression, study gene function, or develop therapeutic strategies by delivering genetic material into target cells. This process is fundamental to various research fields including genetic engineering, gene therapy, and drug discovery. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases includes cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer serves as a substantial impetus for market growth.

For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2022, there were an estimated 20 million new cancer cases and 9.7 million deaths worldwide. Thus, the advancement and widespread adoption of transfection technologies are essential for enhancing the diagnosis, treatment management, and risk prediction of cancer. 

Furthermore, rise in research and development in the field of cell-based therapies, technological advancement, and expanded applications of transfection technologies, are the contributing factors stimulating the growth of the market.

Transfection Technologies Market Trends

Technological advancements in transfection technologies have catalysed a paradigm shift in molecular biology and biotechnology, revolutionizing ability to manipulate cellular processes and gene expression. These innovations have not only improved the efficiency and specificity of nucleic acid delivery but also expanded the scope of applications, ranging from basic research to clinical therapeutics.

  • Emerging delivery platforms including lipid nanoparticles, polymeric nanoparticles, and viral vectors have been engineered to augment the transport of nucleic acids into desired cells. These novel systems present advancements in stability, regulated release, and diminished cytotoxicity compared to conventional transfection agents.
  • Advances in targeting ligands and surface modification techniques allow for selective delivery of nucleic acids to specific cell types or tissues. This capability is particularly valuable for targeted gene therapy and personalized medicine approaches.
  • Additionally, optimization of transfection protocols including parameters such as transfection reagent concentration, incubation time, and cell confluence has led to increased transfection efficiency and reduced variability across different cell types, thereby escalating the growth of the market.

Transfection Technologies Market Analysis

Transfection Technologies Market, By Product, 2021 – 2032 (USD Billion)

Based on product, the market is divided into kits and reagents and equipment. The kits and reagents segment is estimated to account for USD 1.4 billion by the end of 2032.

  • Kits and reagents in transfection technologies offer researchers ready-to-use solutions that streamline the entire transfection process from preparation to optimization, thus saving valuable time and resources.
  • By providing pre-optimized formulations of transfection reagents, buffers, and other necessary components, these commercial products ensure that each experiment is conducted under standardized conditions.
  • Further, kits and reagents are available for a wide range of applications including DNA, RNA, and protein transfection as well as specialized techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.
Transfection Technologies Market, By Method (2023)

Based on method, the transfection technologies market is bifurcated into physical transfection, biochemical-based transfection, and viral-vector based transfection. Further, the physical transfection is segmented into electroporation, biolistic transfection/ gene, guns, microinjection, and other physical transfections. The biochemical-based transfection is divided into lipofection, calcium phosphate transfection, cationic polymer transfection, DEAE-dextran transfection, magnet-assisted transfection, and dendrimer-mediated transfection. The physical transfection segment accounted for USD 355.4 million in 2023.

  • Physical transfection methods such as electroporation and particle bombardment achieve high transfection efficiency often surpassing that of chemical-based methods. This high efficiency is particularly advantageous for difficult-to-transfect cell types or when high levels of gene expression are required.
  • These methods can be applied to a wide range of cell types including both adherent and suspension cells, primary cells, and even tissues or organs. This versatility allows researchers to perform transfection experiments in various biological systems enabling diverse applications in basic research, drug discovery, and gene therapy.
  • Further, physical transfection methods directly introduce nucleic acids into cells through physical means such as electric pulses (electroporation) or microprojectiles (gene gun). This direct delivery bypasses need for cellular uptake mechanisms  potentially leading to faster onset of gene expression and more efficient gene delivery.

Based on application, the transfection technologies market is segmented into therapeutic delivery, biomedical research, protein production, and cell-based microarrays. The therapeutic delivery is divided into biotherapeutics, electroimmunotherapy, and electrochemotherapy. Further, the biomedical research is bifurcated into gene and protein expression studies, cancer research, and transgenic models. The therapeutic delivery segment is estimated to account for USD 643.7 million revenue by the end of 2032.

  • Transfection methods can be engineered to deliver therapeutic nucleic acids such as siRNA, mRNA, or CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing constructs, specifically to target cells or tissues. This targeted delivery minimizes off-target effects and maximizes the therapeutic efficacy of the treatment.
  • This enables personalized therapeutic approaches by allowing for the precise delivery of therapeutic agents tailored to an individual's genetic profile or disease characteristics. The personalized medicine approach increases treatment effectiveness while reducing adverse effects.
  • Further, certain transfection methods such as lipid nanoparticles or viral vectors, can facilitate non-invasive delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids either systemically or locally. This non-invasive route of administration improves patient comfort and compliance while reducing the risk of complications associated with invasive procedures.
  • Thus, the aforementioned factors are anticipated to boost segmental growth.

Based on end-use, the transfection technologies market is classified into pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, contract research organizations, academic and research institutes, and other end-users. The pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies segment accounted for USD 523.4 million in 2023.

  • Transfection technologies enable pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to screen large libraries of potential drug candidates more efficiently. High-throughput transfection assays can be used to identify compounds that modulate gene expression, protein function, or cellular pathways relevant to disease mechanisms.
  • It facilitates the validation of drug targets by allowing researchers to manipulate gene expression or function in cell-based assays. This enables companies to confirm the relevance of specific molecular targets in disease pathogenesis and prioritize them for further drug development efforts.
  • Moreover, transfection technologies are essential for the delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids in gene therapy applications. Companies can use transfection methods to engineer viral vectors or lipid nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of gene editing tools, RNA interference (RNAi) agents, or gene replacement therapies to treat genetic disorders or cancer.
North America Transfection Technologies Market, 2021 – 2032 (USD Million)

North America transfection technologies market accounted for USD 478.3 million revenue in 2023 and is predicted to witness substantial market growth over the analysis timeline.

  • North America's advanced scientific infrastructure is driving innovation in transfection technology research, while the region also experiences a significant increase in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer. For instance, The National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2022 by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reveals that the prevalence of diabetes has increased, reaching an estimated 37.3 million cases. This accounts for 11.3% of the U.S. population. Among these cases, 28.7 million people have received a diabetes diagnosis, while approximately 8.6 million individuals have diabetes but remain undiagnosed.
  • The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer in Germany are driving substantial growth in the transfection technology market. For instance, according to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in 2020 estimated 6.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes (approximately 10% of the population), projected to exceed 10 million diabetes cases by the year 2040 in Germany.
  • South Korea benefits from a highly educated and skilled workforce comprising scientists, engineers, and technicians actively involved in researching, developing, and commercializing transfection technologies.
  • Saudi Arabia has been investing in its healthcare infrastructure, including research and development facilities and hospitals. This infrastructure could support the evaluation and application of transfection technologies in healthcare settings. Thus, escalating the growth of the market.

Transfection Technologies Market Share

The transfection technologies industry is competitive in nature, with several large multinationals and small and mid-sized companies competing in the industry. The development and launch of novel advanced products and services based on different technologies is among a key market strategy. Some of the leading industry players have a notable presence in the market.

Transfection Technologies Market Companies

Some of the eminent market participants operating in the transfection technologies industry include:

  • Agilent Technologies, Inc.             
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.            
  • Danaher Corporation          
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd            
  • Lonza           
  • MaxCyte, Inc.          
  • QIAGEN N.V.           
  • Revvity, Inc.           
  • Sartorius AG           
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

Transfection Technologies Industry News:

  • In April 2023, Thermo Fisher Scientific introduced the Invitrogen Neon NxT Electroporation System, enabled researchers to transfect even the most challenging cell types with high efficiency, cell recovery, and reproducibility. The launched benefited the company by expanding its product portfolio and enhancing its competitive position in the transfection technology market.
  • In January 2021, Merck acquired AmpTec, an mRNA contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO). This strategic move strengthened Merck's position in the mRNA technology space, enabling it to offer comprehensive solutions for vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics applicable to various diseases, including Covid-19, while opening up new avenues for growth and innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry.

The transfection technologies market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million from 2021 – 2032 for the following segments:

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Market, By Product

  • Kits and reagents
  • Equipment

Market, By Method

  • Physical Transfection
    • Electroporation       
    • Biolistic transfection/ gene guns   
    • Microinjection
    • Other physical transfection methods       
  • Biochemical-based transfection
    • Lipofection             
    • Calcium phosphate transfection              
    • Cationic polymer transfection                 
    • DEAE-dextran transfection           
    • Magnet-assisted transfection                  
    • Dendrimer-mediated transfection 
  • Viral-vector based transfection
  • Cotransfection        

Market, By Application

  • Therapeutic delivery
    • Biotherapeutics       
    • Electroimmunotherapy      
    • Electrochemotherapy         
  • Biomedical research
    • Gene and protein expression studies                
    • Cancer research                
    • Transgenic models
  • Protein production
  • Cell-based microarrays                

Market, By End-use

  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • CROs and CDMOs
  • Academic and research institutes
  • Other end-users

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy, Gauri Wani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Transfection technologies market size was worth USD 1.2 billion in 2023 and will grow at an 8.9% CAGR between 2024 and 2032, fueled by the escalating demand for biopharmaceuticals and gene therapy along with advancements in molecular biology techniques and genetic engineering.

The kits and reagents segment will achieve USD 1.4 billion by 2032 due to the growing demand for efficient and user-friendly transfection solutions.

North America transfection technologies industry size recorded USD 478.3 million in 2023, owing to the high prevalence of chronic diseases, robust healthcare infrastructure, and significant investments in biotechnology.

Some of the leading transfection technologies industry players include Agilent Technologies, Inc., Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Danaher Corporation, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Lonza, MaxCyte, Inc., QIAGEN N.V., and Revvity, Inc. among others.

Transfection Technologies Market Scope

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