Cardiac failure is an insidious disease with the mortality rate as high as that of cancer around the globe. Heart failure affecting at least 26 million people worldwide in 2017 and is increasing in prevalence. The only medical treatment for heart failure is cardiac transplantation, although the shortage of donor poses a serious problem. Cell transplantation therapy with regenerative cardiomyocytes is the only solution to minimize the higher mortality rates, which requires detailed information at the level of individual cardiomyocytes. Spinning disk confocal microscopy has emerged as a new high-tech method in cardiovascular medicine for exploring the stem cells for regenerating damaged organs.
This innovative microscopic technology can be used to create 3D images of the structures within living cells. Higher-efficiency imaging at lower laser powers includes less photobleaching and phototoxicity, yet cost-effective than other confocal microscopes which are the prominent features of the spinning disk confocal microscopes (SDCM). Furthermore, technological advancements in microscopy and increasing spending on the research & development are the key factors fueling the spinning disk confocal microscope market share.
The global spinning disk confocal microscope market size was valued at $245 million as of 2018 and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 3.6% throughout the forecast period 2019-2025.
Application of Spinning Disk Confocal Microscopy in Bio-imaging
Confocal microscopy allows the analysis of specimens without physical sectioning when these specimens are fluorescently labeled, then more color differentiation is possible. Besides, it allows the 3D reconstruction of the live cells and organisms. For instance, researchers of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center have found that hypoxia, the condition of lack of oxygen in the body or region of the body tissues to sustain bodily functions is because of abnormal blood flow. This, in turn, is responsible for half of the seizure-related neuronal degeneration cases in epilepsy. Consequently, the microscopic technique enables the researchers to detect abnormality in the vasodynamics of brain. Instances as such are increasing the demand for the spinning disk confocal microscope market in bio-imaging.
North America Holding Major Share of the Spinning Disk Confocal Microscope Market
North America generated 34.4% of the spinning disk confocal microscope market global revenue in 2018. Growing adoption of the confocal microscope in living cell imaging, increasing application in dentistry, and government funding and policies for medical research are key factors triggering the growth of the spinning disk confocal microscope market in this region. For instance, as part of the 2019 budget, Canadian government has decided to spend approximately $4 billion on basic medical research and this funding is given to The Stem Cell Network, a non-profit organization in Ottawa which is active into clinical applications research. Also, Genome Canada, a non-profit organization in Ottawa which supports genomic research, will get about $77 million from the government for medical research. Thus, these increasing investments in research activities is boosting the North American spinning disk confocal microscope market.
Life Sciences Observing Lucrative Opportunities in the Global Spinning Disk Confocal Microscope Market
The application segment that will be creating the most lucrative opportunities for the spinning disk confocal microscope market is life sciences. This application segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 32.3% through to 2025. To observe the internal workings of cellular processes in the living cells, this procedure is widely used by researchers in life science. Spinning disk confocal microscope use lower light levels and provide accurate cell physiology through real-time image acquisition. Thus, the cell study is aiding the growth of the life sciences segment in the global spinning disk confocal microscope market.
The Major Players in the Spinning Disk Confocal Microscope Market:
Prominent players in the spinning disk confocal microscope market include Bruker Corporation, Confocal.nl, Leica Microsystem, Nikon Corporation, Olympus Corporation, and ZEISS Group.
Bruker Corporation, an American-based scientific instruments manufacturer for molecular and materials research has launched its high-speed Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) system for life science microscopic applications on Jan 29, 2019. AFM features advanced bio-imaging with high speed and high resolution. These properties of the AFM system can provide researchers to perform experiments on individual cells and allow Bruker to follow dynamic processes on cellular and molecular levels in real-time. Secondly, Confocal.nl, Dutch-based microscopes manufacturer has launched new Re-scan Confocal Microscopy (RCM) modules on April 10, 2019. This new module features integrated optimized de-convolution and high scan speed.
Mergers and acquisitions are the other key strategies adopted by the players to stay ahead of their competitors. Bruker Corporation, an American-based scientific instruments manufacturer for molecular and materials research has announced its acquisition with Hain Lifescience GmbH, German-based molecular diagnosis systems developer on Aug 24, 2018. With this acquisition, Bruker has expanded its capabilities in microbial and viral pathogen detection and offering solutions for human genetic diseases. Such mergers and acquisitions aid the market players to expand their geographical boundaries and accentuate their footprint into the global spinning disk confocal microscope market.
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