Transfection is a process that involves production of genetically modified cells with utilization of foreign nucleic acid (DNA and RNA). This technology helps the cells in mutation of cancer cells, protein metabolism by affecting the nuclear genes and regulation of gene therapy. Transfection is an integral equipment used in investigation studies for gene function and the modulation of gene expression. Thus, it contributes in the advancement of basic cellular research, drug discovery, and target validation. The transfection reagent and equipment market is driven by rising prevalence of infectious disease, utilization of biopharmaceuticals in the production of proteins, growing obese population, and increasing prevalence of cancer. Various government initiative accentuated the growth of transfection reagent and equipment market. However, high cost of transfection reagents and equipment, risk factors during insertion of the reagents and cytotoxic effect associated with transfection technology are the major factors restraining the transfection reagents and equipment market.
The transfection reagent and equipment market can be segmented on the basis of various methods such as physical methods and biochemical methods. The biochemical method accounts for the largest share in the overall transfection market. The biochemical based method is further segmented as calcium phosphate, DEAE-dextran, lipid mediated transfection (Lipofection), catonic polymers, activated dendrimers and magnetic beads. The physical based method includes electroporation, biolistic technology, microinjection, laserfection and others (gene gun, sonoporation). Electroporation technique is likely to account for the largest share in the equipment based transfection. The transfection reagent market, by application is segmented into biomedical research, protein product, and therapeutic delivery. The biomedical research segment was observed as one of the largest segment of the transfection reagent market.
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Geographically, North America is the largest transfection reagents and equipment market in the world due to rising prevalence of various cancers (such as cervical cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer). Moreover, rising demand for proteomics and genomics technology and upfront initiatives taken by government related to preventive healthcare have supported the growth of transfection reagents and equipment market in this region. Europe was the second largest market due to rising trend of utilization of targeted drug delivery, nanomedicine in diagnostics, clinical trials and drug development studies drive the demand of transfection reagents and equipment market. Asia-Pacific is observed to be an emerging market in transfection reagents and equipment market and is still in the initial stage. One of the important factors driving the growth of transfection reagent and equipment in the Asia-Pacific market is outsourcing of clinical trials to Asian countries by majority of the drug development companies. Moreover, development of in transfection technology, rise in demand of protein therapeutics, developing healthcare infrastructure in emerging markets such as India and China, and increasing demand from applied markets. Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico are the regions that have significant potential for growth due to emerging medical infrastructure, high disposable income and rising prevalence of infectious diseases. Transfection equipment and reagents market is in introductory stage especially in Latin American and African countries.
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Some of the major players in the global transfection reagent and equipment market include
- Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (U.S.)
- Promega Corporation (U.S.)
- Roche Holding AG (Switzerland)
- Qiagen N.V. (Netherlands)
- Polyplus-transfection SA (France)
- Bio-Rad Laboratories (U.S.)
- Lonza Group (Switzerland)
- Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (U.S.)
- Mirus Bio LLC (U.S.)
- Maxcyte Inc.(U.S.)