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The constant technological advancements are one of the major growth drivers, supporting the growth of the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies market. The technological growth has improved the sensitivity, accuracy, reaction time, and analyzing speed of the electrophoresis equipment, which has led to the increased demand for electrophoresis equipment and supplies worldwide. All this is fuelling the growth of the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies.
Electrophoresis is a technique to separate and purify macromolecules, especially nucleic acids and proteins, which differ in charge, size, or conformation. It is one of the most widely-used techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry. The separation of molecules is done, according to the size and electric charge of a molecule. The technique has been well-known, as the preferred method for both research and routine applications, due to its ability for quantifying and detecting minute traces of wide range of biomolecules in a mixture, including carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, and amino acids. Several physical properties of bio-molecules such as molecular weight, isoelectric point, and biological activity can be determined through electrophoresis.
The global electrophoresis equipment and supplies market can be categorized on the basis of technology, and applications. On the basis of technology, the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies market can be divided into gel electrophoresis (GE), capillary electrophoresis (CE), and electrophoresis accessories. The gel electrophoresis equipment market is further segmented into slab gel electrophoresis, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. The electrophoresis accessories market segment is further segmented into reagents, electrophoresis densitometers, and DC power supply. On the basis of applications, the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies market can be divided into proteins (diagnostics), microbial detection, and hemoglobin.
The gel used in gel electrophoresis equipment is wholly composed of either agarose, or polyacrylamide. Agarose is a polysaccharide, which is extracted from seaweed. It is commonly used at concentrations of 0.5% to 2%. The gel electrophoresis system is the largest product segment of the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies market, while polyacrylamide and agarose gels are the most popularly used form of the gel electrophoresis.
Gel electrophoresis has contributed to the growth of the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies market, by offering a widespread range of geometrics to researchers. It is a method that separates macromolecules by using a gel-like matrix. Capillary electrophoresis is estimated to be the fastest growing market in the coming years. Capillary electrophoresis deploys a liquid separation technique, which uses fused, narrow bore, silica capillaries to fractionate molecules.
Some of the other factors contributing to the growth of the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies are increasing demand for innovative therapies and drugs, and growing research projects related to genes, proteins, and certain biomolecules. Moreover, the developing economies with improving healthcare infrastructure and high disposable income are some of the opportunities, due to which, the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies market is expected to experience high growth in the forecast period.
A major trend in the market is the increased popularity of lab-on-a-chip technology in electrophoresis. This technology combined with electrophoresis is used for screening proteins and other molecules.
Some of the competitors in the global electrophoresis equipment and supplies market include Agilent Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc., General Electric Company, Hoefer Inc., Beckman Coulter Inc., Lonza Group Ltd., SERVA Electrophoresis GmbH, C.B.S Scientific Company Inc., SEBIA, and Helena Laboratories Corporation.