Bioreactors Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Report Covers Global Bioreactors in Pharmaceutical Industry and the Market Segmented by Type (Glass, Stainless Steel, and Single-use), Usage (Lab-scale Production, Pilot-scale Production, and Full-scale Production), Scale (5L-20L, 20L-200L, 200L-1,500L, and Above 1,500L), Control (Manual and Automated), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.


Bioreactors Market Size

Bioreactor Market Summary
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Study Period 2019-2027
Market Size (2023) USD 5.07 Billion
Market Size (2028) USD 7.25 Billion
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 7.45 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Bioreactor Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Bioreactors Market Analysis

The Bioreactor Market size is expected to grow from USD 5.07 billion in 2023 to USD 7.25 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 7.45% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Bioreactors have great potential uses in the development of vaccines and other pharmaceutical products that are being used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across the world. The high demand from governmental vaccination programs and private entities to vaccinate large sections of the population requires scientists to work under pressure to shorten the time-to-market of developed vaccines. This has created a huge demand for bioreactors from the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries during the early phase of the pandemic. According to an article published by the Frontiers in August 2022, bioreactors were widely used in cell culture-based viral vaccine production, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the development and application of bioreactors provided more efficient and cost-effective vaccine production to meet the global vaccine demand. Thus, COVID-19 had a positive impact on the bioreactor market initially. However, currently, the market growth slowed down as the pandemic subsided, and it is expected to witness a stable growth during the forecast period of the study.

The growth of bioreactors in pharmaceuticals, technological advancements in bioreactors, and adoption of single-use bioreactors (SUBs) and hybrid bioreactors are the prime factors responsible for the growth of the bioreactor market currently.

Biopharmaceuticals are utilized in a range of applications, from being in the production of biopharmaceuticals to applications in tissue engineering, such as cell expansion and generation of 3D tissue constructs. Bioreactors are, thus, used in providing a controllable environment, in terms of pH, temperature, nutrient supply, and shear stress for any cells or cellular constructs incorporated into them. For instance, according to an article published by the PubMed Central in February 2022, bioreactors allow production to be increased to industrial scales, which can quickly and cheaply produce large amounts of secondary metabolites and recombinant proteins in a short time. Bioreactors have been utilized in many different areas of industry and research and for the progression of in vitro models of 2D cultures and suspensions to 3D constructs, mimicking the natural physiological state in situ. They have also proven to be crucial medicines that are used in autoimmune disorders, cancer, asthma, and organ rejection. Thus, the growth of bioreactors in the pharmaceutical sector is the major factor augmenting the growth of the market.

Furthermore, the technological advancements in bioreactors have improved the flexibility, quality, and scalability of operations with low capital and energy requirements. The innovative methods and the analytical tools are projected to enhance the process robustness, accelerate scale-up to industrial production, and drive the efficient use of resources. The extensive use of hybrid bioreactor technology in effective waste management has also further accelerated the expansion of the market.

Initiatives by major companies are also boosting the market growth. For instance, in May 2021, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences launched its next-generation Biolector XT Microbioreactor in Germany. The BioLector XT Microbioreactor allows cultivation parameter monitoring, high-throughput strain screenings, and feeding strategy optimization.

Thus, owing to the benefits offered by the bioreactor technology and its increasing application in different areas, the studied market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. However, concerns regarding the use of single-use bioreactors and limited storage capacity can hamper the market growth.

Bioreactors Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Bioreactor Market according to our research experts:

The Single-use Bioreactors Segment is Expected to Have A High Growth Rate During the Forecast Period

  • Single-use bioreactors (SUB) from the material type segmentation are expected to have a high growth rate during the forecast period of the study. Recently, single-use bioreactors have been increasingly adopted in modern biopharmaceutical processes. This is primarily due to their unique ability to enhance flexibility, reduce investment, and limit operational costs.
  • Owing to the high adoption rate and the increasing preference for deploying SUBs, the market players are continuously focusing on product launches and innovations. For instance, in February 2021, WuXi Biologics's MFG5 Drug Substance (DS) manufacturing facility in China successfully launched a GMP operation with a capacity of 36,000L, deploying nine 4,000L single-use bioreactors. As a major landmark in the company's global capacity planning, the GMP launch of MFG5 brings WuXi Biologics' current capacity to 90,000L, greatly enhancing the capability to enable global partners.
  • Also, in June 2022, ABEC announced that mAbxience will equip their state-of-the-art cGMP facility in León, Spain with an additional ABEC 4,000L single-use custom single-run (CSR) bioreactor. Therefore, due to the above-mentioned factors, the segment is expected to witness growth.
Healthcare Expenditure As a Share of GDP (in Percentage), By Country, 2021

North America Holds a Significant Market Share Currently, which is Expected to Continue Over the Forecast Period

  • North America currently holds a significant share of the market for bioreactors, and it is expected to continue its stronghold for a few more years. This region is expected to increase its market share in the future, owing to the rise in collaboration among the industry and academic institutions. The United States holds the majority of the market in the North American region because pharmaceuticals and hi-tech product makers have announced multimillion-dollar investments to expand manufacturing capabilities.
  • Additionally, the United States and Canada, two of the largest countries in this region, spend a lot on research and development expenses. For instance, according to the data published by NIH in May 2022, the United States spent around USD 7,847 million in biotechnology research in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 8,142 million in 2022. The high amount being spent is expected to boost market growth since it translates to greater demand for new drugs and pharmaceutical ingredients that are manufactured by bioreactors.
  • Various strategies, such as research and development, mergers and acquisitions, and product launches, are being adopted by domestic companies to strengthen their market position. For instance, in March 2021, Thermo Fisher Scientific launched its HyPerforma DynaDrive 3,000 L and HyPerforma DynaDrive 5,000 L single-use bioreactors due to strong demand for large-scale single-use systems. Product launches, such as these, are expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period.
  • Also, the growing demand for biopharmaceutical products in the region and the focus on increasing localized production are expected to have a positive impact on the market over the forecast period.
Bioreactor Market - Growth Rate by Region

Bioreactors Industry Overview

The bioreactor market is moderately fragmented and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, a few of the major players currently dominate the market. However, with technological advancements and product innovations, mid-size to smaller companies are increasing their market presence by introducing new products at lower prices. Companies, like Sartorius AG, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Pall Corporation (Danaher Corporation), and Eppendorf AG, hold a significant market share in the bioreactor market.

Bioreactors Market Leaders

  1. GE Healthcare

  2. Merck KGaA

  3. Eppendorf AG

  4. Sartorius AG

  5. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


Bioreactors Market News

  • October 2022: Getinge AB announced that their bioreactors will support the Dutch government's initiative to produce animal products such as meat and milk proteins directly from animal and microbial cells.
  • May 2022: Pall Corporation announced that its ICELL is a nano bioreactor that helped the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBIS) to develop viral vectors for CAR-T therapy.

Bioreactors Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Growth of Bioreactors in Pharmaceuticals

      2. 4.2.2 Technological Advancements in Bioreactors

      3. 4.2.3 Adoption of Single-use bioreactors (SUBs) and Hybrid Bioreactors

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Concerns Regarding the Use of Single-use Bioreactors (SUBs)

      2. 4.3.2 Limited Storage Capacity

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Glass

      2. 5.1.2 Stainless Steel

      3. 5.1.3 Single-use

    2. 5.2 By Usage

      1. 5.2.1 Lab-scale Production

      2. 5.2.2 Pilot-scale Production

      3. 5.2.3 Full-scale Production

    3. 5.3 By Scale

      1. 5.3.1 5L-20L

      2. 5.3.2 20L-200L

      3. 5.3.3 200L-1,500L

      4. 5.3.4 Above 1,500L

    4. 5.4 By Control Type

      1. 5.4.1 Manual

      2. 5.4.2 Automated (MFCs)

    5. 5.5 By Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 Middle East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

      5. 5.5.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 GE Healthcare

      2. 6.1.2 Merck KGaA

      3. 6.1.3 Eppendorf AG

      4. 6.1.4 Sartorius AG

      5. 6.1.5 Pall Corporation (Danaher Corporation)

      6. 6.1.6 Getinge AB

      7. 6.1.7 Bioengineering AG

      8. 6.1.8 Infors HT

      9. 6.1.9 Solida Biotech GmBH

      10. 6.1.10 Solaris Biotech

      11. 6.1.11 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

      12. 6.1.12 Esco Lifesciences Group Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

Bioreactors Industry Segmentation

As per the scope of the report, bioreactors are large vessels used in industries that provide optimum conditions for the growth of microorganisms to carry out the biochemical process. They are used to speed up biochemical processes, such as fermentation and antibiotic drug production, where bacteria or yeast are added as inoculum to carry out the reaction. The bioreactor market is segmented by type (glass, stainless steel, and single-use), usage (lab-scale production, pilot-scale production, and full-scale production), scale (5L-20L, 20L-200L, 200L-1,500L, and above 1,500L), control (manual and automated), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments. The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 different countries across major regions globally.

By Type
Stainless Steel
By Usage
Lab-scale Production
Pilot-scale Production
Full-scale Production
By Scale
Above 1,500L
By Control Type
Automated (MFCs)
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Bioreactors Market Research FAQs

The Bioreactor Market size is expected to reach USD 5,065.18 million in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 7.45% to reach USD 7,254.83 million by 2028.

In 2023, the Bioreactor Market size is expected to reach USD 5,065.18 million.

GE Healthcare, Merck KGaA, Eppendorf AG, Sartorius AG and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. are the major companies operating in the Bioreactor Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2027).

In 2023, the North America accounts for the largest market share in the Bioreactor Market.

Bioreactors Industry Report

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