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Laboratory automation is defined as the use of technology to streamline or substitute manual manipulation of equipment and processes. Laboratory automation offers technologies and engineering backing for state-of-the-art work flows in research, quality assurance, and diagnostics labs. Lab automation techniques are broadly finding applications in a majority of lab procedures - from simple capping and decapping of sample bottles to high throughput screening of test samples.

The global lab automation market was valued at $3.1 billion in 2012 and is poised to reach $4.2 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 6.4%. The growth of the lab automation market is driven by miniaturization of the process, leading to reduction in overall costs, higher reproducibility and accuracy, increasing investments in biotechnology, large lab personnel demand and supply gap, and reduction in sample contamination risk. It is expected that the market will offer opportunities for lab automation solutions manufacturers with the introduction and adoption of upcoming technologies such as digital dispensing, semantic technology and merger of Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) technology with lab automation systems. However, factors such as indefinite data interchange standards, economic slowdown, and lack of technology planning are hindering the growth of the market. To deal with the varying demand, vendors of lab automation equipment offer a range of products and services. However, configuring components that permits maximum flexibility is a challenge.

North America accounted for the largest market share of the lab automation market, followed by Europe, in 2012. However, Asian, Pacific and Latin American countries represent emerging markets, owing to a rise in research outsourcing by pharmaceutical giants, rise in biotechnology sector investment, and growing industry demand for standardization and accreditation. The major players in the lab automation market are Tecan Group, Ltd. (Switzerland), PerkinElmer, Inc. (U.S.), Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (U.S.), Danaher (U.S.), Agilent Technologies (U.S.), and Hamilton Robotics (U.S.).

Scope of the Report

This research report categorizes and analyzes the global lab automation market on the basis of equipment and software, applications, type of automation, and end users. These markets are further divided into segments and sub-segments, to provide exhaustive value market analysis for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, and forecast to 2017. Each market is comprehensively analyzed at a granular level by geography (North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of the World) to provide in-depth information on the global scenario.

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Global Lab Automation Market, by Equipment and Software:

Automated Liquid Handling

  • Pipetting systems
  • Dispensers
  • Microplate washers
  • Automated workstations (multi-purpose)
  • Others (Decappers/Recappers etc.)

Microplate Readers

  • Filter-based
  • Monochromator- based
  • Hybrid


  • Absorbance detection
  • Fluorescence Intensity detection
  • Luminescence detection
  • Others (Time-resolved fluorescence (TRF), Fluorescence polarization (FP) and Light scattering)

Stand alone Robots

  • Robotic arms
  • Track robot systems

Software and Informatics

  • Workstation/unit automation software
  • Lab Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • Electronic Lab notebook (ELN)
  • Scientific Data Management System (SDMS)
  • Automated storage and retrieval systems
  • Others (barcode readers, weighing platforms, sealers, etc.)

Global Lab Automation Market, by Applications:

Clinical Diagnostics

  • Pre-analytics/sample preparation
  • Sample distribution, splitting and archiving
  • Others (assay analysis, enzyme immuno assay (EIA) preparation, sample distribution, etc.)

Drug Discovery

  • High Throughput Screening
  • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) sample preparation
  • ADME screening
  • Compound weighing and dissolution

Genomics solutions

  • Genotyping
  • PCR applications
  • DNA/RNA quantification and Normalization

Proteomics solutions

  • Protein purification and crystallography
  • MALDI plate spotting
  • Others (Bio-banking, cell biology solutions etc.)

Global Lab Automation market, by Type of Automation:

Modular automation

  • Pre-analytical automation systems
  • Post-analytical automation systems
  • Unit automation solutions
  • Total Lab Automation (TLA)

Global Lab Automation Market, by End users:

  • Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals
  • Hospitals/Private labs
  • Academics
  • Research institutes

Lab Automation market, by geography:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Rest of the World (RoW), that includes LATAM, Africa, Russia, Middle East, and Pacific

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 21

2 Executive Summary 28

3 Market Overview 31

4 Global Lab Automation Market, By Equipment & Software 53

5 Global Lab Automation Market, By Application 95

6 Global Lab Automation Market, By Type Of Automation 122

7 Global Lab Automation Market, By End-Users 131

8 Geographic Analysis 140

9 Competitive Landscape 178

10 Company Profiles 207
10.1 Abbott Diagnostics 207
10.2 Agilent Technologies 211
10.3 Aurora Biomed Inc. 217
10.4 Biomérieux Sa 222
10.5 Biotek Instruments, Inc 227
10.6 Beckman Coulter Inc. (A Subsidiary Of Danaher)) 233
10.7 Eppendorf Ag 239
10.8 Hamilton Robotics, Inc. 243
10.9 Labware, Inc. 248
10.10 Perkinelmer, Inc. 250
10.11 Qiagen N.V. 256
10.12 Roche Holding Ag 265

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