The global laboratory informatics market size was estimated at USD 2.7 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of over the forecast period. Increase in demand for laboratory automation is expected to fuel the adoption. Data generated by laboratories has increased dramatically over the past few decades owing to rapid technological advancements in molecular genomics and genetic testing practices. In addition, the shift of preference toward personalized medicine, cancer genomics studies, and increasing patient engagement requirement is expected to upsurge the demand for lab automation systems.
Laboratories are critical to both manufacturing and research organizations across life sciences and medical research industries. The primary objective of a laboratory is to ensure generation of high quality and reliable experiment data that conforms to the regulatory guidelines of the industry. Advancements in technology combined with stringent regulatory needs and increasing commercial pressures have led to the rapid generation of vast amounts of data from various aspects comprising research and development, quality assurance, and manufacturing.
Moreover, laboratory information systems are gaining popularity in biobanks, academic research institutes, and Contract Research Organizations (CROs). The benefits of these systems include process optimization, improved regulatory compliance, reduced throughput time, protection of intellectual property rights, paperless information management, reduces labor cost, improved data quality through the elimination of errors, and faster and effective data analytics.
Furthermore, increasing burden from regulatory authorities for implementation lab automation systems is expected to serve this market with lucrative growth opportunities. Increasing adoption of robotics and process automation in healthcare has rendered operations reproducible and repeatable. It is now possible to set up, run, and analyze experimental results in a shorter time. Rising penetration of high throughput systems has enabled efficient evaluation of experimental results, which increases the overall efficiency of laboratory operations.
Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) held the dominant market share as of 2018. These systems include master data management, reporting of sample lifecycle, stability study, system and security administration, schedules, inventory, instruments, storage capacity and logistics, and analytical workflow.
Demand for fully integrated services in life sciences and research industries to minimize data management errors and qualitative analysis of research information is expected to fuel the segment growth in the forthcoming years. Owing to these factors the LIMS segment is expected to maintain its position throughout the forecast period. In addition, the superior Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN) system segment is anticipated to showcase significant growth due to increased adoption of the system by researchers in analytical chemistry labs.
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) services are anticipated to register the fastest CAGE during the forecast period. The adoption of ECM is increasing over the time as it offers integrated and comprehensive solutions to meet the growing challenges in the healthcare industry. ECM offers a centralized approach to capture, create, organize, access, and analyze organization’s entire ecosystem of media, knowledge assets, and electronic documents. The services offered by companies for ECM are consultation, design, implementation, and maintenance of these software solutions.
Cloud-based lab informatics solutions accounted for the largest market share in terms of revenue and is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Cloud-based technology helps store large amounts of data remotely to allow free space on devices and to facilitate data retrieval according to client needs.
The technology comprises three services, namely, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). The cloud-based analytics software is available as SaaS-based services. IBM offers its Watson Analytic services on the SaaS platform. Companies such as Core Informatics and LabVantage Solutions, Inc., among others, are offering cloud-based services for LIMS.
Increase in adoption of cloud-based platforms by CROs due to their benefits such as reduction in labor cost, saving time and space spent for system implementation, and secured access to clinical information. Real-time data tracking, remote access to data, and easy ecosystem are some other benefits of cloud-based systems. These factors are expected to create lucrative growth opportunities for the segment.
On-premise delivery mode involves installation of services and solutions on computers present within the organization. Web-based LIMS solutions are delivered to users through web servers using the internet protocol. Web-based solutions comprise four elements including internet connection, web server, data administrator, and the software coding system. Utilizing the internet and web-based services providing the advantage of accessing the remotest of the areas using only one computer or monitoring device in labs. The increased adoption of cloud computing solutions is expected to slower growth of web-based and on-premise segments over the forecast period.
Services segment registered the largest revenue share of the laboratory informatics market in 2018 and is anticipated to maintain its position during the forecast period. Increase in outsourcing of LIMS solutions is contributing toward its growth. As large pharmaceutical research labs lack resources and skill set required for deployment of analytics, these services are outsourced by them.
The CROs offer these laboratory informatics services in packages that include compliance with promotional spend, social media analytics, manufacturing process, preventive maintenance, predictive analytics for medical devices failure, and benchmarking solutions. Growing awareness pertaining to the associated benefits of these solutions amongst users is expected to fuel its demand in the forthcoming years.
Software segment is expected to showcase lucrative growth due to the availability of technologically advanced software, such as SaaS, which offers effective information management solutions for laboratories. The software offered for laboratory informatics can perform critical functions such as data capture, storage, interpretation, and analysis. Periodic upgrades of this software is necessary to be coordinated with latest analytics methods.
Life sciences industry was the largest end use segment and accounted for a market share of over 28.0% in 2018. The demand for laboratory informatics is increasing in the life sciences industry to develop innovative products, improve product quality, and operational efficiency. To fulfill these requirements, the need for more virtual and electronic laboratories is increasing. Laboratory informatics systems allow effective management of huge amounts of data and break down research and discovery silos.
Increasing technological advances in healthcare owing to rising R&D in the field of medicine is anticipated to fuel the demand for LIMS. Increasing adoption in hospital and research labs due to its growing application scope for patient engagement, workflow management, billing, patient health information tracking, and quality assurance is expected to augment the growth.
CROs segment is expected to exhibit profitable growth during the forecast period due to the increasing trend of outsourcing. Increasing adoption by outsourcing companies to curb healthcare cost is attributing toward the lucrative growth of CROs and BPO segments. LIMS also finds applications in forensic science, metal and mining industry, and other pharma laboratories. Rising need to curb operational costs coupled with the benefits associated with LIMS usage is key factors expected to contribute to the growth of this segment.
North America accounted for the largest market share in terms of revenue in 2018, owing to the policies supporting the deployment of laboratory information systems and availability of infrastructure with high digital literacy. In addition, burgeoning healthcare cost coupled with the escalating pressure to bend the cost curve resulted in increased regional adoption of LIMS. In addition, the presence of well-established pharma companies combined with the growing requirement to contain operational costs incurred in information management and analysis are the key contributing factors to the growth.
Asia Pacific is expected to witness lucrative CAGR in the forthcoming years owing to the increasing number of CROs offering LIMS solutions in this region. Major players outsource LIMS from the companies in this region to reduce the cost of LIMS support systems and to improve operational efficiency.
Developing economies such as India and China are emerging as outsourcing hubs. The Ministry of Health in China has defined an action plan for the deployment of e-health-related solutions to geographically dispersed sections of the country, encompassing broad areas of medical services, insurance plans, and with a large focus on the adoption of electronic record systems to allow data sharing across the national healthcare system. The initiatives like these are expected to help penetrate the lab informatics in China thus boosting the market growth.
Some of the key market participants include LabWare; Core Informatics; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.; PerkinElmer Inc.; LabVantage Solutions, Inc.; Abbott Laboratories; LabLynx, Inc.; Agilent Technologies; Waters; Cerner Corporation; IDBS; and McKesson Corporation.
The market is highly fragmented and is marked by the presence of many small and large players. This leads to high competition among smaller players to sustain their position. Technologically advanced platforms developed by the companies, such as SaaS, advanced products with the greater utility to gain an edge over competitors. Moreover, the companies are providing customized LIMS solutions. Hence, rivalry within the industry is anticipated to be high during the forecast period.
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2014 - 2017
2019 - 2026
Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2019 to 2026
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa
U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Russia, Japan, China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels, and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2026. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global laboratory informatics market report on the basis of product, delivery mode, component, end use, and region:
Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2026)
Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN)
Scientific Data Management Systems (SDMS)
Laboratory Execution Systems (LES)
Electronic Data Capture (EDC) & Clinical Data Management Systems (CDMS)
Chromatography Data Systems (CDS)
Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
Delivery Mode Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2026)
Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2026)
End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2026)
Food and Beverage and Agriculture Industries
Environmental Testing Laboratories
Petrochemical Refineries & Oil and Gas Industry
Other Industries (Forensics and Metal & Mining Laboratories)
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2026)
Middle East & Africa
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