The overall market for PCR technology market is expected to grow rapidly owing to the expansion of its application areas and increased accuracy and precision. Furthermore, specific technology segments of the PCR market, such as dPCR (real-time PCR) and qPCR (digital PCR), are witnessing higher market growth owing to their benefits such as real-time process monitoring, low reagent consumption, automation of workflow, and greater reproducibility and precision. The real-time PCR segment commanded the largest share of the global PCR market in 2014, due to several factors including technological advancements, increasing use of qPCR in research and medical diagnostics, growing use of robotics for lab automation, and expansion of installation base.
The growing geriatric population, coupled with an increasing prevalence e of chronic diseases, and technological advancements in the field of life science are the key factors driving the growth of qPCR and dPCR market. The rising incidence of infectious diseases and genetic disorders and increased public-private investments, funds, and grants for PCR-based research are further assisting the market growth.
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However, the high cost of dPCR instruments and technological limitations associated with qPCR and dPCR are the key factors limiting the growth of this market. In addition, the implementation of the Minimum Information for the Publication of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Experiments (MIQE) guidelines is a key challenge faced by industry players in this market.
The study provides granular information regarding pricing of PCR instruments with breakdown into various cost components. These cost components include machine cost, accessories cost, training cost, services and software cost, and maintenance cost, among others. The report also provides insights on replacement trends and end-user preferences for PCR systems.
The report also contains detailed analysis of end users of PCR instruments and their preferences. The PCR instruments end-user market can be divided into four distinct segments, reference laboratories, research laboratories/academic institutes/hospitals, medium-sized laboratories, and others (clinical research organizations and forensic laboratories). Reference laboratories commanded the largest share of PCR instrument market owing to increased test volume of infectious diseases and various types of cancers.
The research findings cited in the report encapsulates the important selection criteria for PCR machines from an end-user point of view. It analyses each end-user segment and importance given to the particular criteria while selecting a PCR machine. Some of the important criteria for selection of PCR systems include consistent quality of data, sensitivity, services and support, high-throughput ability, multiplexing capacity, ease of use, and price and brand of instrument.