Industrial microbiology is a subset of applied microbiology that emphases on the use of microorganisms in the production of critical products including antibiotics, food items, enzymes, amino acids, vaccines, and fine chemicals. Industrial microbiology testing is an essential process for contamination detection and is required to maintain high quality standards by many industries across the world.
Due to the severe consequences of product contamination, industries such as pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacturing companies particularly look to minimize the contamination risk. These industries have to adhere to stringent standards in order to regulate the production environments of pharmaceuticals and increasingly of food and beverages as well. Thus, the stringent test requirements by regulatory bodies are anticipated to surge the market size in the ensuing years.
Several government agencies are also expected to support microbiology testing, hence aid in the expansion of the market by publishing guidelines and microbial contamination prevention measures. Additionally, a number of publications published by the various organizations to raise awareness about safety testing products and services are expanding the market's potential for future growth. The food and beverage industry specifically has a strong demand for microbiological bioburden tests due to rising food safety standards. As a result, major firms are diversifying their offering of microbiological testing equipment for food and drink. To assess the microbial bioburden of non-sterile foods and drinks, Merck, for instance, offers a portfolio of ready-to-use (RTU) culture media.
Moreover, rapid technological innovation by leading players is anticipated to accelerate service offerings in the market. For instance, in June 2022, STEMart launched a comprehensive microbiology and sterility testing for sterile, non-pyrogenic products. The company is committed to providing manufacturers with a full-service experience that helps them accomplish regulatory objectives and reduce compliance risk. Similarly, in October 2019, Alcami Corporation, a top supplier of fully integrated, customized end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biologics sectors, announced the introduction of its new rapid sterility offering. This service makes use of state-of-the-art microbiological test technology to provide clients with test results much more quickly.
The market is segmented based on test type, end-user, and region. The test type segment is divided into sterility testing, microbial limits testing, bio-burden testing, water and environmental testing. The end-use segment is bifurcated into Food and Beverages, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Agricultural, Environmental, Cosmetic and Personal Care, and Others.
Industrial Microbiology Testing Services Market Segmentation
Microbial Limits Testing
Water and Environmental Testing
Food and Beverages
Cosmetic and Personal Care
North America (U.S., Canada),
Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway)
Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Thailand, South Korea)
Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina),
Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE, Kuwait)
Some of the major companies operating in the industrial microbiology testing services market include Merck KGaA, Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group plc, Pace Analytical, STERIS, TÜV SÜD, and Torrent Laboratory, among others.
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