Primary Cell Culture Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Primary Cell Culture Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product, By Application (Stem Cell Therapy, Vaccine Production), By Separation and Culture Method, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Oct, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-590-8
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 221

Report Overview

The global primary cell culture market size was valued at USD 2.4 billion in 2017 and is expected to register a CAGR of 10.6 % during the forecast period. The market currently has low barriers to entry. As a result, an increasing number of small players have been providing good quality tissue samples for research purposes. At the same time, their variety and availability has boomed commercially.

Customization options are now available to end users while selecting the cultures. For instance, choosing between diseased or healthy tissue samples. This customization is constantly growing and attracting large biotech and pharmaceutical companies, which is expected to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

Japan primary cell culture market

Primary cells imitate the physiological state of other cells in vivo and generate more admissible data for researchers. Depending on type used, these are utilized in several researches and medical applications, such as drug screening, organogenesis, disease diagnosis, biological product manufacturing, cancer research, and stem cell research.

In addition, there are components available in the market that can differentiate between other cell types. They have captured the imagination of scientists across many disciplines because of their multiple applications in the field of healthcare, molecular biological research, and drug development. This is anticipated to lend the market a tremendous boost in the coming years.

Product Insights

By product, the market is segmented into primary cells, reagents and supplements, and media. Although media held the dominant share in 2017, the reagents and supplements segment is poised to surpass it by the end of the forecast period.

Primary cultures require optimum levels of reagents, supplements, and media to support their proliferation. Apart from that, they have a finite lifespan and require careful handling. As they do not have genetic and chemical modifications, they are in high demand for various research purposes.

Demand for and growth of these cellular components and their media is witnessing a surge in the market. With introduction of highly automated instruments, cutting-edge technologies, highly efficient laboratory equipment, and stringent quality control standards, these segments are expected to witness rapid growth over the coming years.

Application Insights

Primary cultures are widely used in biotechnological research, molecular and biological studies, cancer research, gene therapy, drug toxicity testing, tissue engineering, vaccine production, and biopharmaceutical product manufacturing, among others. Vaccine production and toxicity testing and drug screening generated the highest revenue in the primary cell culture market, followed by tissue culture and tissue engineering.

Gene therapy, regenerative medicine, and cancer research exhibit lucrative growth opportunities and this trend is fuelled by rising geriatric population, increase in prevalence of chronic illnesses, and highly advantageous and upcoming uses of stem cell therapies. Another important factor contributing to the growth of these segments is the fact that a mass primary culture, especially mammalian, is an elementary step for production of biotechnological products, primarily viral vaccines.

Owing to innovations in genetic engineering, there has been a significant increase in use of biopharmaceutical products such as monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins. Their production is greatly dependent on protein expression systems derived from mammalian primary cultures. In cancer research, these cultures are being used to study cancer mechanisms and develop treatment therapies.

Separation and Culture Technique Insights

Once primary cells are extracted from the source tissue/organ, they are washed and cleaned to ensure the culture process is not contaminated. Low speed centrifugation, gravity sedimentation, and nylon mesh sieving are some of the easier techniques used for this purpose.

Mechanical disaggregation, enzymatic disaggregation, and primary explant are three of the most important techniques used for separation and culture. The explant method is primarily used for skin biopsies and small quantities of tissues. Enzymatic disaggregation is the most widely used technique and is extensively adopted in the commercial arena. Mechanical separation is deployed when the tissue is in abundance and yield is not a major concern.

Regional Insights

Currently, North America holds the dominant share in the market. This is due to introduction and development of automated culture techniques and increasing usage of advanced therapies in U.S. and Canada. These cultures are commonly used for assays, drug screenings, research, vaccine development, and culturing of monoclonal antibodies.

Global primary cell culture market

Asia Pacific is anticipated to exhibit the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. This can be attributed to growing healthcare affordability, rising per capita incomes, and improving economic status of countries such as India and China. Japan also presents immense scope for growth thanks to advanced research in stem cell therapies. This trend is expected to benefit the overall APAC market in future.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The utility of primary cultures is being explored further due to widening scope of application. Since the concept of their usage is relatively new, aggressive research by producers, suppliers, and researchers has been an ongoing trend.

The vendor landscape is currently a mix of new and existing commercial players. Companies are involved in introduction of new culture techniques, which are a step up from conventional methods. Leading commercial players in this market include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.; Merck; GE Healthcare; Lonza; Corning; Promocell GmbH; MatTek Ltd.; and Irvine Scientific.

Primary Cell Culture Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 3.3 billion

Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 5.4 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 10.6% from 2018 to 2025

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2018 - 2025

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2018 to 2025

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, separation and culture technique, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Germany; U.K.; China; Japan; Brazil; Mexico; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.; Merck; GE Healthcare; Lonza; Corning; Promocell GmbH; MatTek Ltd.; Irvine Scientific.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global primary cell culture market report based on product, application, separation and culture technique, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Primary Cell

      • Fat

      • Blood

      • Nerve

      • Bone

      • Endothelial

      • Skin

      • Muscle

      • Stem

      • Others

    • Reagents and Supplements

      • Attachment Solutions

      • Buffers and Salts

      • Freezing Media

      • Sera

      • Growth Factors and Cytokines

      • Others

    • Media

      • Fat Media

      • Blood Media

      • Nerve Media

      • Bone Media

      • Endothelial Media

      • Skin Media

      • Muscle Media

      • Stem Media

      • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Tissue Culture & Tissue Engineering

    • Vaccine Production

    • Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine

    • Toxicity Testing and Drug Screening

    • Cancer Research

    • Model System

    • Virology

    • Prenatal Diagnosis

    • Stem Cell Therapy

    • Others

  • Separation and Culture Technique Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Explant Method

    • Enzymatic Disaggregation

      • Trypsin

      • Collagenase

      • Protease

      • Pronase

      • Dispase

      • Hyaluronidase

      • Neuraminidase

      • Elastase

      • DNase

      • Papain

      • Accutase

      • Others

    • Mechanical Separation

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

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