The Primary Cells Market (Part 1): Sources of Primary Cells for Research

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With barriers to entry low, the number of companies supplying high quality human tissue for research continues to rise.

At the same time, the range of cell types available has also expanded to include more specialized normal cell types as well as cells isolated from non-normal or disease-state tissues.

The difficulties associated with obtaining high quality human tissue for research purposes motivated the establishment of commercial entities to meet this need 25 years ago; the demand for high quality primary cells continues to grow, inspiring established companies and entrepreneurs alike to meet this need.

Primary cell cultures more closely mimic the physiological state of cells in vivo and generate more relevant data representing living systems compared to transformed continuous cell lines. Primary cells are widely used—over half of those who perform cell culture use primary cells to achieve their research objectives.

About half of those who use primary cells purchase at least some portion of the primary cells that they use (see graph below). A near equal percentage never purchase primary cells because it is easy to isolate the cells of interest and the tissues are readily available.

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*Respondents in the industrial segment are three times more likely than academic respondents to purchase primary cells from a commercial source.


*These findings are based on a recent study published by BioInformatics, LLC. This market research study of the academic and pharma/biotech sectors in North America and Europe provides an analysis of the market for primary cells and an assessment of the brand equity for the leading companies who serve this market. This report also describes the emerging market for stem cell-derived differentiated cells, a potential threat—or opportunity—for this market. Learn more about report #13-004: The Market for Primary Cells & Stem Cell-Derived Cells: Current and Future Opportunities.