A wind of change is blowing through the sample preparation market…


  • How microfluidic technologies are solving the major issues of IVD sample preparation?
  • Positive market dynamics rely on improving microfluidic technologies.
  • These new technologies have the potential to bring major cost reductions.

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LYON, France – November 25, 2015: 2015 is a year of change for the sample preparation market, announce Yole Développement (Yole) analysts in the latest report Sample Preparation Automation through Emerging Microfluidic Technologies Report 2015. End-users’ need is to decrease the number of human manipulation errors within the biological sample preparation process and increase the production flow by reducing the number of steps. Under this context, facing with technical challenges due to numerous samples’ handling, integrators are now exploring innovative solutions based on microfluidic technologies, which are becoming step by step more and more mature. Some segments of the microfluidic technologies for sample preparation market will double within one year: Yole’s team announces a global market reaching US$353 million in 2020…
Yole, the “More than Moore” market research and strategy consulting company releases its new technology & market analysis, entitled
Sample Preparation Automation through Emerging Microfluidic Technologies Report 2015. This analysis provides an overview of the applications in which sample preparation is critical and challenging today, and in which microfluidic technologies have an important role to play. It details microfluidic technologies issues, challenges and roadmap and includes 2015-2020 forecasts for microfluidics for sample preparation in single cell, NGS and molecular diagnostics markets.

In the 21st century, IVD are playing a role of unprecedented importance. They are used everywhere in the fields of medicine and biology, whether detecting bacteria in food or water, diagnosing a disease or sequencing DNA. However, before the analysis step, biological samples must be prepared in order to get the most reliable results possible. Sample preparation steps will depend on the type of assay, type of sample, and detection method. Today these are the major issues in laboratory analysis. “Without automation, these processes are time-consuming and risk human manipulation errors that have a serious impact on analysis quality,” explains Dr Benjamin Roussel, Activity Leader, Medical Technologies at Yole. And he comments: “Microfluidic technologies are now ready to address these issues. New solutions are starting to improve sample preparation and bring automation while reducing associated costs.”

After years of lagging behind microfluidic technologies for detection, microfluidics for sample preparation have taken a big step forward in 2015. Numerous products integrating automated sample preparation steps or even fully dedicated to sample preparation have arrived on the market. In the meantime, the market dynamics have never been more positive. Numerous specialized startups have been acquired by large players, while investor confidence is at an all-time high, leading to numerous and impressive fundraising efforts for innovative companies in the field. The market has reached an inflection point thanks to the arrival of solutions relying on mature microfluidic technologies on the market, which will replace existing manual manipulations. An increasing number of players are involved in the field of sample preparation and this positive dynamic will continue in 2016, with many planned product releases, leading to huge year-to-year growth rates. “Some segments of the microfluidics for sample preparation market will double from one year to the next,” says Sébastien Clerc, Technology and Market Analyst, Medical Technologies at Yole. And he adds: “Their contribution will lead this market to reach US$353 million by 2020 from US$98 million in 2014.”

Yole’s report, Sample preparation automation through emerging microfluidic technologies report 2015, is analyzing the state of the market and identifying the drivers and current and future trends. It highlights how and why it will evolve over the next few years. A detailed description of this report is available on, MedTech reports section.