Which suppliers are leading in the cell products market?


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In this blog:

  • Who has the highest citation share in the cell products market?
  • What differentiates the leaders in this market?
  • Download data on the top ten suppliers in 2020!

In our fourth blog in the supplier share series we interrogate our experimental models dataset, delving into details on the market leaders and noticeable trends. We have previously covered the multiplex immunoassay market, the biochemicals market, and the protein market.

The experimental models dataset includes many different products, a large fraction of which are cell lines, as well as animal models, lysates and tissue sections. We will be analysing data from the past five years specifically on cell products, which includes cell lines and primary cells, encompassing both wild-type and genetically modified cells. This dataset is our most recent addition to the CiteAb reagent portfolio, and already includes a massive amount of data.

This is a particularly exciting market, growing year on year with new suppliers and innovative products constantly emerging.

Who are the market leaders? 

From our analysis, we found that ATCC (American Type Culture Collection) dominates this market. In 2020 they claimed an impressive 87% of the citation share, and they have maintained this strong hold at the top of the market over the past five years. 

The other cell products suppliers in the top 10 for 2020 each claim comparable citation shares. In second position is ECACC ( European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures) with a 3% market share, followed by DSMZ (German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH) with 2.75%. 

Lonza and Sciencell complete the top five with a citation share of 2.27% and 1.28% respectively. CiteAb data, available to download at the bottom of this blog, outlines the other suppliers featuring in the top 10 in 2020.


What differentiates the market leaders?

We were particularly interested to see that the top three suppliers by market share (ATCC, ECACC and DSMZ) were all not-for-profit organisations. This trend serves to demonstrate that non profit cell banks are vital for scientific research. 

Established nearly 100 years ago, ATCC remains a giant of the sector. They hold more than 3,400 continuous cell lines, collecting and distributing cell lines for research in a wide range of cell based applications.

Unlike ATCC which has 75% of its customers in the US, ECACC caters to the European market. ECACC is a culture collection organised by the UK Health Security agency. Also operating in the European market is DSMZ, a collection run by the Leibnix Institute, which was the first registered collection in Europe in 2018.

Non-profit cell banks, such as these three, are clearly trusted and used by a huge amount of researchers around the world. We will be interested to see if other suppliers can carve a more significant role in the market niche in coming years.

The significance of primary cells

Shifting focus to the suppliers in the top five who are not nonprofit organisations, we found both Lonza and Sciencell’s collections include an impressive array of primary cells (cells isolated directly from human or animal tissue). Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Endothelial cells and fibroblasts were highly cited for Lonza. For Sciencell, Human Astrocytes were the most cited product. 

Check back in on our blog in December for the final supplier share update on our largest dataset: antibodies! As ever, if you have any questions about this dataset, or the full dataset we offer on experimental models please do get in touch.

  • Rhys and the CiteAb team

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