Gel document system is a gel imaging instrument used to record and measure stained agarose gel and acrylamide gels on digital platforms. This equipment has extensive application in molecular biology laboratories and clinical research centers for the imaging and documentation of nucleic acid and proteins stained in agarose gels. Apart from imaging and documentation of nucleic acids and proteins, gel documentation systems provide accurate sample quantification. The gels used in gel documentation systems are usually stained with ethidium bromide or flurophores such as SYBR green to visualize the sample under UV light.
Gel documentation systems comprise ethidium bromide (UV) light transilluminator, a hood to protect external light sources and the user from UV exposure, and a charged-couple device (CCD) or complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) camera to capture images. It also comprises fluorescence, densometric, chemiluminescence, and visible light detectors for quantification of nucleic acid and protein bands. It has considerable application in gel and blot imaging, colony counting, immunoassay, multiplex protein detection, 1-D and 2-D electrophoresis, monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies affinities and post transitional modification characterization.
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Gel documentation systems have transformed rapidly in the last decade in terms of functionality, reliability, ease of use, and affordability. These technological developments in gel documentation systems offer researchers many advantages such as faster and high quality images, faster exposure time, and greater efficiency. Technological developments in gel documentation systems with improved efficiency and reduced time is projected to be a key driving factor during the forecast period. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique is commonly used in medical and biological research institutes to detect the presence or absence of gene to help identify pathogens during infection, and to generate forensic DNA profiles.
Growing awareness and usage of PCR techniques for early diagnosis of infectious diseases and designing optimum treatment methods are projected to contribute to growth of the global gel documentation systems market. Moreover, increasing number of clinical laboratories, academic, medical, and research institutes, diagnostics centers, and growing pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries would drive the demand for gel documentation systems worldwide. On the flip side, the high cost of modern gel documentation systems with modern technologies, and limited resources of skilled professionals in under developed and developing countries in the field of clinical and laboratory research would hamper the growth of the global gel documentation systems market.
The global gel documentation systems market has been broadly classified into four segments based on type, application, end user, and geography. Based on type, gel documentation systems are segmented into film gel documentation system and digital gel documentation system. Digital gel documentation system is projected to account for key market share and is likely to grow at exponential growth rates during the forecast period. By application, the global gel documentation systems market is segmented as fluorescence detector, chemiluminescence detector, and others. End users of gel documentation systems include hospitals, diagnostic centers, academic, medical and research institutes, and pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies. Diagnostics centers are projected to be key shareholders and expand at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
The global gel documentation systems market in terms of geography is segmented into five regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is projected to dominate the global gel documentation systems market by the end of forecast period owing to high clinical R&D budgets by both government as well as commercial pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies, and early adoption of modern technologies. Europe is projected to be the second leading region in the global gel documentation systems market.
The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to expand at the highest growth rate primarily due to growing number of hospitals and diagnostics centers, and increasing investments by global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in this region. Also, growing burden of infectious diseases in South East Asia is generating high demand for early diagnosis and detection of infectious diseases. This is considered to be a key driving factor for the growth of the Asia Pacific gel documentation market during the forecast period.
The key global players operating in the global gel documentation systems market includes Synoptics Ltd., Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., GE Healthcare, Analytik Jena AG, Azure Biosystems, Inc, Labnet International, Inc., Biobase Group, and Maestrogen. Out of these, Synoptics Ltd., Bio-Rad Laboratories, and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. account for key share of the global gel documentation systems market.
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