GVR Report cover Microcarrier Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Microcarrier Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product Type (Equipment, Consumables), By Application (Vaccine Manufacturing), By End-user, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 To 2030

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Microcarrier is a small bead-like material used to immobilize biocatalysts or to adhere to the growing cells to be cultivated in bioreactors. It acts like a support matrix. The cells grow on the microcarriers which are spherical and called beads. It provides the approach for the expansion of the cell culture system which is beneficial for gene and cell-based therapies and research activities. Microcarrier has wide application in vaccine production using packaging cell lines. The most commonly used cell types are Vero cells. Microarray technology also has advantages in the pharmaceutical and biotech sector, as follows –

  • Easy scale-up process

  • Ability to control the conditions of cell growth for the advanced bioreactors which are computer-controlled

  • Reduced technical labor

  • Providing natural environment for the cell culture

Vaccine production and cell therapy are the major driving factors for enhancing the growth of microcarrier markets. Vaccines produced from microcarriers or cell cultures is the most efficient method as the process has a short lead time and large production quantity. Clinical trials have also proved that this is a safe and effective process. Moreover, the funding from the private as well as public sector companies is increasing for cell-based vaccine production. The commercially available microcarriers in the market are alginate-based, dextran-based, collagen-based, and polystyrene-based. Some examples of such microcarriers are GEM, Cytodex, GE Healthcare, Cultispher, Percell, and SoloHill Engineering. On the other hand, the downstream process cost of the microcarrier culture is high. This can be one of the restraints for the microcarrier markets for small-scale companies with low budgets. Recently, Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) launched a mini bioreactor vessel for the production of vaccines using microcarrier cell culture. The rise in cancer cases which is observed globally is boosting the growth of markets.

The market is segmented based on product type, application, end-user, and region. The market is segmented based on the product type into equipment, consumables, and microcarrier beads. Based on the application segment it is further segmented into gene therapy, vaccine manufacturing, biologics manufacturing, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicines among others. End users like pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, CROs, and Research Institutes hold the major markets as they contribute to the invention, discovery, and improvement of human lives.

Based on region, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. As per the research, North America holds the major market due to the higher prevalence of chronic diseases. Also, North America has a well-developed healthcare infrastructure and growing healthcare sector which contributes to the market growth. This is due to the increasing investments and funding by private and public companies along with research institutes. The European market is also projected to expand due to increasing investment by companies in the region. Recently, Sartorius, Germany has obtained the SoloHill portfolio of Danaher Corporation, thus expanding its microcarrier portfolio. The company has also introduced a mini microcarrier bioreactor vessel. ABL Europe and Sartorius have signed an agreement for implementing the manufacturing facility in Strasbourg.

Microcarrier Market Segmentation



Product Type

Equipment, Consumables (Media, Reagents), Microcarrier Beads


Vaccine Manufacturing, Cell and Gene Therapy, Biologics, Manufacturing, Tissue Engineering, Others


Academic and Research Institutes, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies, Contract Research Organizations


North America (U.S., Canada)

Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, UK)

Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea)

Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina)

Middle East And Africa (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE)


As the pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, research institutes, and CROs govern the microcarrier market, the key market players are Sartorius AG, GE Healthcare, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Corning Incorporated, Merck KGaA, Danaher Corporation, Lonza, Eppendorf AG, Becton, Dickinson and Company, and HiMedia Laboratories among others.

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