Global Cell Culture Media Market to Grow at a CAGR of 16.0% to reach USD 10.3 billion from 2021 to 2026

The Global Cell Culture Media Market is projected to USD 10.3 billion by 2026 from USD 4.9 billion in 2021, at a CAGR of 16.0 % between 2021 and 2026. The growth of this market is majorly driven by the rising R&D spending in pharmaceutical companies, emerging cell culture technologies for cell-based vaccines, increasing demand for monoclonal antibodies, growth in stem cell research, the launch of new cell culture media by market players, and the growing focus on personalized medicine. On the other hand, expensive cell biology research products and ethical concerns regarding cell biology research are expected to hinder the growth of this market.

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Key Market Players:

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (US), Merck KGaA (Germany), Danaher Corporation (US), Sartorius AG (Germany), Corning Incorporated (US), FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific, Inc. (Japan), Lonza Group AG (Switzerland), Becton, Dickinson and Company (US), Miltenyi Biotec (Germany), HiMedia Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. (India), STEMCELL Technologies Inc. (Canada), Biologos LLC (US), Cell Applications, Inc. (US)

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DRIVER: Emerging cell culture technologies for cell-based vaccines

In the pharmaceutical industry, cell culture has become a prominent part of vaccine production. The cell culture technology has been used to produce vaccines for rotavirus, polio, smallpox, hepatitis, rubella, and chickenpox. Cell-based flu vaccines have also been approved for use in the US and many European countries.

Earlier, vaccines were manufactured by growing and harvesting viruses in chicken eggs, which was a time-consuming process. On the other hand, cell culture-based vaccine production is a far more efficient method. Its advantages over traditional manufacturing methods include a shortened lead-time and the capability to produce vaccines in larger quantities as per demand. Moreover, cell culture-based vaccines can be stored over a longer period. According to a study published by the CDC in the Journal of Infectious Diseases (June 2020), cell-based vaccines provided greater protection against flu-related hospitalizations than standard-dose egg-based vaccines among Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older. For the 2020-2021 flu season, all four flu viruses used in Flucelvax Quadrivalent were cell-derived. Consequently, recent years have seen a surge in cell-based vaccines, resulting in efforts by prominent companies to capitalize on the opportunities provided. Seqirus, for example, has been active in this field.

  • In February 2020, Seqirus (a part of CSL Limited) received US FDA approval for AUDENZ, a cell-based Influenza A (H5N1) Monovalent Vaccine for individuals aged six months and older.
  • In January 2019, Seqirus received approval from the European Commission for its new cell-based seasonal influenza vaccine, FLUCELVAX TETRA.
  • In October 2018, Seqirus secured FDA approval for a next-generation cell-based influenza vaccine manufacturing process. This approval has enabled the inclusion of children as young as 6 months. Also, after the FDA approval for its cell-based manufacturing technology, Seqirus went from producing 3 million doses in 2015 to 20 million doses in 2020.

Since there is a surge in demand for cell culture-based vaccines, new techniques for vaccine development are emerging. This has subsequently boosted the demand for cell culture media.

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RESTRAINT: Ethical concerns regarding cell biology research

Research in cell biology necessitates the use of animals and humans, as animal and human cells are used in gene therapy studies that involve the recombination of genes and stem cell research therapies. These cells are also used for in vivo toxicity and pharmacokinetic testing of drugs, which may harm animals and humans. In addition, stem cell research studies use human embryos for clinical applications that often lead to the destruction of human embryos. In order to monitor these activities, strict regulations have been formulated by ethical authorities in various countries across the globe. Authorities such as the Human Tissue Authority (HTA), Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and Central Ethics Committee for Stem Cell Research (ZES), among others, have implemented stringent regulations for cell biology research. These ethical concerns and restrictions on the use of cells for research are limiting cell biology research to a great extent in various countries across the globe. This, in turn, is expected to restrict the demand for cell culture products, including cell culture media

North America was the largest regional market for Cell Culture Media Market in 2020.

The global cell culture media market has been segmented into North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. In 2020, North America accounted for the largest share of the cell culture media market, followed by Europe. The growing regulatory approvals for cell culture-based vaccines, growth in the biotechnology & pharmaceutical industries, higher investments in cell-based research, and strong government support are the key factors driving the growth of the cell culture media market in North America.

Recent Developments

  • In October 2021, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (US) launched the Gibco Cell Therapy Systems (CTS) NK-Xpander Medium, which supports the large-scale growth and culture of functional natural killer (NK) cells with or without the use of feeder cells.
  • In July 2021, Sartorius AG acquired cell culture specialist Xell AG thus expanding its capabilities for manufacturing dry powder and liquid media.

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