GVR Report cover Research Antibodies Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Research Antibodies Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Primary Antibodies), By Type (Monoclonal Antibodies), By Technology, By Source, By Application, By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-124-5
  • Number of Pages: 160
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global research antibodies market size was valued at USD 1.5 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.76% from 2023 to 2030. B cells are responsible for producing antibodies, which are essential components of the human immune system. These molecules are ideal probes for studying cells since they can attach themselves to particular molecules and can be employed to separate or identify important chemicals found in cells. These attributes of antibodies are anticipated to drive their adoption in various research applications in the near future. The outbreak of COVID-19 has created lucrative opportunities in the research antibodies market. Several leading pharmaceutical companies are investing heavily in R&D to create brand-new vaccinations, treatments, and testing tools for this pandemic.

U.S. research antibodies market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

The need for research antibodies has greatly increased as a result of these intense R&D operations for the development of novel vaccination and therapy techniques. Additionally, a number of public and commercial entities are making significant efforts to fund the development of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. For instance, in April 2020, Emergent BioSolutions, a biopharmaceutical company, received USD 14.5 million from the federal government to work on an antibody therapy study for COVID-19. 

In addition, antibodies are currently one of the most crucial tools for research projects exploring the functions of various proteins in cells. The prevalence of neurodegenerative conditions including Huntington's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease is fueling research prospects aimed at better understanding of such diseases. Furthermore, the increase in geriatric population and a dearth of remedies for chronic diseases have also contributed to a sharp increase in demand for research antibodies to create customized medicines, cutting-edge pharmaceuticals, and novel & effective treatments. 

One of the key reasons fueling the growth of the market for research antibodies is the increase in demand for high-quality antibodies for reproducible research. The market is also witnessing growth due to the expanding landscape of proteomics and genomics research as well as increased research and development efforts in the life sciences domain. Furthermore, the market is also influenced by the rise of industry-academia partnerships as well as the expanding stem cell research and neurobiology research fields to provide for the unmet medical needs across the globe.

In addition, an increase in funding for research initiatives from for-profit and nonprofit groups, as well as rising focus on biomarker development and outsourcing interests is driving the market growth. Moreover, the growing demand for protein therapies and personalized medicine are opening new market opportunities and present lucrative growth prospects for the research antibodies market players over the forecast period. For instance, in 2021, Thermo Fisher acquired PPD, extending its value proposition for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients with the addition of PPD's top clinical research services. Such endeavors by biotechnology corporations are anticipated to boost the market growth. 

Product Insights

The primary antibodies segment captured the highest revenue share of 74.46% in 2022, and is also projected to grow at the fastest rate throughout the forecast period. This can be attributed to increasing availability of primary antibodies using rabbit, mouse, goat, and other species as host, and the wide range of utility offered by such antibodies for applications in the R&D space. Also, owing to the usage of primary antibodies for frequently performed laboratory procedures, such as staining and imaging, the segment is predicted to grow at an exponential rate. 

The secondary antibodies segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.55% by 2030 as these are more convenient and cost-effective to develop. Demand for secondary research antibodies is also anticipated to increase due to the availability of ready-to-use conjugated antibodies that can improve product development activities by assisting in the identification, grouping, and purification of targeted antigens. For instance, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. provides fluorescent dye-conjugated secondary antibodies that make it easier to identify proteins in a variety of applications, including immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and fluorescent cell imaging, among others. 

Type Insights

Monoclonal antibodies segment accounted for the dominant share of 60.40% in 2022, due to a sharp increase in the number of cancer research projects that demand high specificity antibodies. As monoclonal antibodies can efficiently adhere to or block antigens on cancer cells, these are employed in the identification and development of new medicines for various cancer types. This factor is expected to expand the growth prospects for the segment in the near future. 

Polyclonal antibodies are projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.04% over the forecast period as these antibody structures are essential for the research aspects focusing on purification of antigens and examination of histopathological tissue. Furthermore, polyclonal antibodies provide benefits like stability, practical storage methods, strong affinity, and excellent compatibility for ELISA and western blotting technologies, thereby propelling the market growth.

Technology Insights

Western blotting segment accounted for a dominant share of 29.57% in 2022, due to the widespread availability and adoption of the technique. In addition, due to the increased accuracy that the western blotting technique offers, it is typically chosen over alternative technologies for applications involving the detection of important protein entities. These attributes are expected to positively affect the segment growth.

Immunohistochemistry segment is projected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 7.09% by 2030. The segment is anticipated to expand steadily due to its significant applications in detection of enzymes, antigens, tumor suppressor genes, and tumor cell growth for cell-based research. Additionally, rising R&D spending and a high level of scientific awareness regarding the technique have led to increasing growth prospects for immunohistochemistry. Furthermore, benefits provided by the technique, such as high sensitivity & simplicity of use, are some of the factors anticipated to drive the market growth.

Source Insights

In 2022, rabbit source segment held the largest market share of 50.17%. Rabbits are extensively used for antibody production, owing to several advantages such as higher affinity antibodies provided by rabbits as compared to those obtained from other animal hosts. Furthermore, higher specificity provided by these antibodies makes them ideal for detection of small molecules, hormones, toxins and other biologically important substances.

Mouse source segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth at a CAGR of 5.01% by 2030.  Mice have been predominantly used in production of antibodies due their high reproduction rate and smaller size. Furthermore, the main factor influencing their widespread use is the structural similarity between mouse and human antibodies, which can significantly drive their adoption for R&D applications.

Application Insights

Oncology segment accounted for the largest market share of 32.91% in 2022, owing to rise in prevalence of cancer in key geographies. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2021, over 1.9 million new cancer cases were estimated to be recorded in the U.S. Additionally, over 608,570 cancer deaths were also recorded in the same year in the U.S. As a result, more research antibodies will likely be used for designing and evaluation of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for mitigation of cancer.

Stem cells segment is expected to witness growth at a CAGR of 3.63% by 2030 owing to increase in number of stem cell research activities globally. The growth is also attributable to increase in adoption of stem cells for the treatment of a wide range of chronic ailments such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney and lung diseases. Furthermore, antibodies are also used for stem cell research areas that include disease modeling, developmental biology, drug screening, reprogramming techniques development, and cell therapy that can positively affect the market growth.

End-use Insights

The academic & research institutions segment captured the highest revenue share of 61.17% in 2022, and is projected to grow at the fastest growth rate throughout the forecast period. This can be attributed to the increase in scientific initiatives by such centers for development of novel therapies and tests for chronic diseases. For instance, in January 2021, researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB Health) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) discovered two novel antibodies CoV2-06 and CoV2-14 for a potential novel antibody therapy for COVID-19 infection. Such initiatives can positively affect the segment growth in the near future.

Global research antibodies market share and size, 2022

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies end-use segment is expected to grow at a significant CAGR of 3.39% over the forecast period due to the increase in R&D activities in life sciences domain. Furthermore, the increasing importance of antibodies for development of novel biologic products and rising demand for quality control applications for various techniques, such as PCR and electrophoresis, are likely to boost the segment growth.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market in 2022 by capturing the largest revenue share of 39.15%. Growing emphasis on biomedical, stem cells, as well as cancer research, is a major contributor to its large market share. Presence of key players such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. and PerkinElmer, Inc. among others and increasing number of biotechnology & biopharmaceutical firms in the region that focus on life sciences innovation are expected to drive the market growth. 

Research Antibodies Market Trends by Region, 2023 - 2030

The market in the Asia Pacific region is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 5.50% by 2030 due to an increase in collaborative activities among academic institutions. For instance, scientists from Tsinghua University, China Medical University, and the Vaccine Research Center at the NIH are currently conducting a research study on the identification and characterization of HIV-1 strains as well as their robust and widespread resistance to a variety of neutralizing antibodies. The National Natural Science Foundation Award, China's Ministry of Science and Technology, and Gates Foundation Grand Challenges China all supported this project. As a result, such government-funded scientific activities in the region are anticipated to drive the market growth. 

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key players in this market are implementing various strategic initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, research collaborations, and geographical expansion to expand their market presence. For instance, in April 2023, Leinco Technologies launched new research use antibodies named mAbMods chimeric anti-mouse PD1 and PD-L1, that have applications in in vivo functional studies. Some of the key players in the global research antibodies market include:

  • Abcam Plc.

  • Merck KGaA

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

  • Cell Signalling Technology, Inc.

  • Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc.

  • PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Becton, Dickinson and Company

  • Bio-Techne Corporation

  • Proteintech Group, Inc.

  • Jackson ImmunoResearch Inc. 

Recent Development

  • In July 2023, Bio-Techne Corporation announced the completion of acquisition of Lunaphore. The intent of this business decision was to augment the companies’ spatial biology leadership in the fields of translational and clinical research.

  • In June 2023, Cell Signaling Technology (CST) announced its partnership with Lunaphore. This initiative was aimed at enabling the deployment of CST antibodies on the COMET platform by Lunaphore for strengthening fully-automated spatial biology.

  • In April 2023, abcam teamed up with Lunaphore to co-commercialize primary antibodies from abcam. These antibodies were precisely validated for use on the COMET platform by Lunaphore.

  • In April 2023, Bio-Techne entered into a partnership with Lunaphore. The aim of this deal was to develop the first in the world fully automated spatial multi-omics workflow enabling same-slide hyperplex detection of RNA biomarkers and protein.

  • In March 2023, Merck announced plans to manufacture and market the anti-programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) antibody BAVENCIO (avelumab). The company reinforced its Oncology franchise by recapturing worldwide rights for developing this groundbreaking solution.

  • In February 2023, Cell Signaling Technology entered into a partnership with Bio-Techne. This deal was aimed at the inclusion of Bio-Techne’s Simple Western validation to CST antibodies.

  • In December 2022, Merck announced a strategic collaboration with Mersana Therapeutics. The key objective of this transaction was to discover innovative antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) by implementing the proprietary Immunosynthen STING-agonist ADC platform by Mersana.

  • In February 2021, ChromoTek GmbH (part of Proteintech) announced a partnership with Absolute Antibody Ltd. This strategic initiative was aimed at delivering recombinant engineered antibodies to scientists across the world.

Research Antibodies Market Report Scope 

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 1.59 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 2.21 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 4.76% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Report updated

May 2023

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, type, technology, source, application, end-use, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Denmark; Sweden; Norway; China; India; Japan; Australia; Thailand; South Korea; Singapore; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Kuwait

Key companies profiled

Abcam Plc; Merck KGaA; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.; Cell Signalling Technology, Inc.; Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc.; PerkinElmer, Inc.; Becton, Dickinson and Company; Bio-Techne Corporation; Proteintech Group, Inc.; Jackson ImmunoResearch Inc.

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Global Research Antibodies Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth and provides an analysis of the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this report, Grand View Research has segmented the global research antibodies market report on the basis of product, type, technology, source, application, end-use, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Primary Antibodies

    • Secondary Antibodies

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Monoclonal Antibodies

    • Polyclonal Antibodies

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Immunohistochemistry

    • Immunofluorescence

    • Western Blotting

    • Flow Cytometry

    • Immunoprecipitation

    • ELISA

    • Others

  • Source Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Mouse

    • Rabbit

    • Goat

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Infectious Diseases

    • Immunology

    • Oncology

    • Stem Cells

    • Neurobiology

    • Others

  • End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Academic & Research Institutes

    • Contract Research Organizations

    • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Denmark

      • Sweden

      • Norway

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • Thailand

      • South Korea

      • Singapore

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • Kuwait

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