Rockville (MD), September 4, 2018 — In vitro diagnostic tests, or non-imaging laboratory tests that doctors use to make critical health decisions, represent a $65 billion-dollar and growing healthcare market. Hundreds of companies participate, though key firms such as Roche Diagnostics, Abbott Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers and Danaher dominate. This according to market research firm Kalorama Information, a New York City-based research firm that focuses on biotechnology and in vitro diagnostics, or IVD. Kalorama just released its 1800+ page market study, The Worldwide Market for In Vitro Diagnostics, 11th Edition.
Why is this market growing? Kalorama says threats to human health continue - obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiac disease and infectious diseases, worldwide. These situations have created demand for highly specific, sensitive and sometimes expensive tests. IVD companies spend a lot more than other industries on research, and this fuels new testing products. Is there any limit to growth? Kalorama says that there are limits because testing is regulated by governments worldwide, and test reimbursements in developing countries are often reduced.
“It’s a paradox of sorts. As great technologies come out, as new genomics, microfluidics and IT appear, the appetite of world healthcare systems to pay for tests decreases,” said Bruce Carlson. “What’s the way around it? Even more innovation, and public pressure for test funding, for starters. But even without any action on the industry’s part, demand is fueled by aging world populations and disease trends.”
These specialized tests have come under scrutiny from payers and regulatory authorities. The study balances out regulations and payor information with new product innovations, disease statistics and clinical practice to arrive at market estimates. Kalorama surveys vendors and reviews published facts and medical journals in making assessments. The firm thinks in vitro diagnostics grow at 4% overall – but that average is brought down by mature industries within IVD. There are biomarker segments that will double in 5-7 years, according to the report.
“Cancer and infectious disease lead growth,” said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information. “But we are closely watching the infectious disease categories in the wake of PAMA cuts and European lab consolidation and payment slowdowns.”
Nevertheless, the market for IVD products is in good shape overall, according to the report. The market improved generally since the last edition of Kalorama's worldwide in vitro diagnostics report.
Infectious diseases are a category to watch in IVD, said Carlson. “Chagas, dengue, chikungunya and other emerging infectious diseases, along with the well-known Ebola and Zika virus have brought a reality that tropical infectious diseases know no borders.”
But these aren’t the only areas where testing is set to grow.
“Every time you hear about a significant health issue in the United States or worldwide, it’s likely that testing has a role,” Carlson said. “Substance abuse and opioids? Testing is helping there. Over prescription of antibiotics? Testing is helping there. Reducing hospital stays? There again, testing can aid.”
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