The team here at CiteAb has been busy this week analysing our latest data set, and we’ve found a number of surprise success stories among the research antibody market.

We all know that Santa Cruz Biotechnology has historically been the leading company in the antibody supplier market, but our data shows that it has steadily lost market share over the past few years.

Abcam is well known for capturing this, expanding into growth markets such as China and providing an increasing strong range of rabbit monoclonal antibodies (RabMAbs®) – we wrote about this in the spring. However, the data we have analysed today suggests that in addition to Abcam, there are three other surprise success stories.

Proteintech Citation Share 2009 - 2013

So who should we be watching in today’s market? Dr Andrew Chalmers, our founder, says: “Most of the companies we have looked at are not rising. However, Chicago based Proteintech is very exciting.

“We have seen Proteintech’s market share rocket up in the last five years, with significant growth year on year. The company now claims four percent of market share – still some way off Abcam’s 25 per cent but a large increase from just one per cent in 2009.”

Proteintech demonstrates similar strengths to Abcam but on a smaller scale, cracking the growing Asian markets, especially in China. The company is also strong in the UK and Japan, makes all of its own antibodies and uses whole protein immunogens – potential contributors to the success we see today.

GeneTex and Atlas Antibodies Citation Share 2009 - 2013

Andrew adds: “We’re also keeping a close eye on GeneTex and Atlas Antibodies – both have seen sustained large growth in market share in the past four to five years. GeneTex arebased in Taiwan so they have an edge in the growing Asian market, with particular strength in their home country and in Japan. They supply a good range of antibody types, a diversification that has potentially helped spur growth.

“Atlas Antibodies are strong across Europe, especially in Scandinavia and their home country of Sweden. Atlas focus on rabbit polyclonals generated as part of the human protein atlas project – giving the company a huge number of unique products and therefore a large advantage.”

Here at CiteAb we have a database containing over 1.9m antibodies from suppliers all over the world, and we use academic research citations to rank antibodies. Our findings today are based on our analysis of hundreds of thousands of publications which use research antibodies, so it gives an unrivalled view of trends among 70 suppliers in the market.

If you would like to see our data on the top five leading antibody suppliers for free, want to request the full data set of all 70 countries we list, or are interested in exploring any of the other market intelligence data CiteAb has to offer, drop Matt an email on and we’ll happily chat further about your needs.

We’d love to hear your thought on these latest changes in the antibody market – have you purchased antibodies from any of these companies recently? Do share any insights you have on their customer service, antibody quality or other factors that might be playing a part in their growth either by commenting below, tweeting us @CiteAb, or on LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook.

~ The CiteAb team