Virology Testing Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, And Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Virology Testing Market is segmented By Type (Instruments, Assay Kits and Consumables), By Diagnostic Technique (Molecular Diagnostics Method, Immunoassay based Method, Mass Spectroscopy based Method, and Others), By End User (Hospitals and Clinics, Diagnostic Laboratories, and Others) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 7.5 %

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Market Overview

The Virology Testing market is projected to register a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period, 2022 – 2027.

Amidst COVID-19, the virology testing market is expected to grow owing to the rising cases of COVID-19 among people and the advent of newer COVID-19 viral strains across the globe. The impact of COVID-19 was significant as several companies launched their tests for the virus, and there was a need for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 virus-infected patients and screening of people, which created lucrative opportunities for the virology testing market. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2022, the number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 5% across the globe. The market players took this opportunity to expand their product lines and gain a significant market share by providing diagnostic tests and kits. As per an article titled "At clinical virology lab, 1 million COVID-19 tests and counting" published in February 2022, Stanford Medicine processed its 1 millionth COVID-19 PCR test in February 2022. To contain an unidentified, rapidly developing global health crisis, Stanford Medicine was one of the first academic medical centers in the United States to receive emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its coronavirus PCR test. Moreover, increasing initiatives undertaken by various public and private organizations to maximize product supply and output will further drive the market's growth. For instance, in September 2021, the United States government signed an agreement to spend USD 626 million on Celltrion Healthcare (South Korea) and USD 554.4 million on Abbott Laboratories (United States) to purchase rapid COVID-19 tests for nursing homes and other high-risk populations as part of President Joe Biden's vaccinate or test plan. Such collaborations between industry players and government bodies are anticipated to greatly benefit manufacturers across the globe, thereby accelerating market growth. Such instances are likely to have a positive impact on the market's growth over the pandemic phase.

Furthermore, the increasing prevalence of viral diseases, the emergence of new pathogens, and a surge in the number of product approvals are expected to be the major driving factors over the coming years. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2021, 60% of the global population was suffering from infectious diseases. The rising incidence of viral diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), influenza, Ebola, Zika virus, and other sexually transmitted diseases has led to an increasing demand for virology testing for an effective diagnosis of the infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2021, since the beginning of the epidemic, 79.3 million people have been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and 36.3 million people have died of HIV. Similarly, the report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in January 2022 stated that 13 new cases of the avian influenza virus occurred in China while 5 cases occurred in the United Kingdom.

Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2021 reported that 3,481 cases of Ebola were present in the world. The organization further stated that more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were still being acquired every day prior to the pandemic, and every year, more than 350,000 babies were born with severe outcomes, including 200,000 stillbirths and new-born deaths linked to STIs.

Therefore, the increasing prevalence of such diseases and the emergence of new viral infections are anticipated to drive the demand for virology testing kits and instruments, in turn, bolstering the growth of the virology testing market. On the other hand, stringent regulations regarding product approvals are likely to hamper the market's growth over the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of the report, virology testing involves different diagnostic techniques used in identifying viruses. Viruses can be diagnosed by different procedures such as cell culture methods, specific antibody detection, antigen detection, virus nucleic acid detection, gene sequencing, and hemagglutination assays. The Virology Testing Market is segmented By Type (Instruments, Assay Kits and Consumables), By Diagnostic Technique (Molecular Diagnostics Method, Immunoassay based Method, Mass Spectroscopy based Method, and Others), By End User (Hospitals and Clinics, Diagnostic Laboratories, and Others) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America). The report offers 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
Assay Kits and Consumables
By Diagnostic Technique
Molecular Diagnostics Method
PCR-based methods
NGS-based methods
Immunoassay-based Method
Mass Spectroscopy-based Method
By End User
Hospitals and Clinics
Diagnostic Laboratories
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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Key Market Trends

The PCR-based Method Segment is Expected to Hold a Significant Market Share in the Virology Testing Market Market

By diagnostic technique, the PCR-based molecular diagnostic methods segment is likely to garner a significant market share over the analysis period. These PCR methods are the most widely used for detecting pathogens, including viruses. Moreover, PCR has become an integral part of clinical and diagnostic research and has transformed diagnostic viral testing over the years, in order to overcome the clinical diagnosis error rate. It reduces diagnosis time and has improved the specificity and accuracy of the result, thus driving the segment's growth.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the segment’s growth. As the authorities have not recommended the specified viral culture tests, almost all the diagnostic tests use RT-PCR to test the population who have symptoms of COVID-19. Likewise, most pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies are focusing on research and development activities to identify new molecules or leads for the treatment of COVID-19. For instance, in May 2021, Cipla Limited launched "ViraGen", a polymerase chain reaction (COVID-19 RT-PCR) test for COVID-19 in India in partnership with Ubio Biotechnology Systems Pvt. Ltd. Similarly, in June 2022, a portable PCR molecular assay for monkeypox virus detection was developed by Anitoa, a United States-based start-up company. An extraction-free multiplex reagent is used in the assay to check the gene targets of the orthopoxvirus and monkeypox viruses in samples of skin lesions.

Thus, these aforementioned factors are likely to contribute to the growth of the segment over the analysis period.


North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Market and Expected to do Same in the Forecast Period

Growth in the regional market has been strong over the years owing to the rapid adoption of advanced diagnostic and testing methods, higher spending on healthcare, the presence of favorable government policies, and the presence of advanced clinical laboratories and manufacturing companies. The increasing R&D activities from the public and private organizations in the United States are also a major factor contributing to the growth of the market. For instance, in December 2021, Quidel Corporation a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays, and molecular diagnostic systems, stated that Quidel’s ongoing efforts to evaluate COVID-19 mutations and confirm that its antigen tests continue to detect COVID-19 variants such as Omicron.

Moreover, the surge in various viral infections in the United States is a growth attributing factor to the virology testing market. For instance, as per the Weekly United States Influenza surveillance report in May 2022, the overall cumulative hospitalization rate was 15.5 per 100,000 population, and the overall weekly hospitalization rate was 0.6 per 100,000 population. Likewise, according to Statistics published by in June 2021, approximately 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). This suggests that HIV incidences are high in the country, which is anticipated to boost the demand for diagnosis and testing, ultimately driving the studied market growth. Similarly, the CDC reported in May 2022 that 30,635 people in the United States and dependent territories acquired an HIV diagnosis in 2020.

Such factors are likely to boost the virology testing market across the region during the forecast period.


Competitive Landscape

The virology testing market is fragmented in nature and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, a few of the major players are currently dominating the market. Some of the companies which are currently operating in the market are F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc., Hologic Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Fujirebio Diagnostics Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Cepheid, bioMerieux SA, Qiagen, Diasorin, Siemens Healthineers, Trinity Biotech, Vircell, and others.

Recent Developments

In May 2022, QuantuMDx Group Limited announced the launch of its new respiratory panel test; Q-POC SARS-CoV-2, Flu A/B & RSV Assay. The Q-POC platform and its multiplex capabilities provide customers with rapid, point-of-care testing in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

In January 2022, InTec announced the launch of a novel ultra-sensitive SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test –AQ+ Covid-19 Ag Rapid Test for professional use. The AQ+ Covid-19 Ag Rapid Test is intended for use by healthcare professionals or laypersons to rapidly and conveniently detect Covid-19.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Surge in the Prevalence of Viral Diseases Worldwide

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Product Approvals

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Stringent Regulations Regarding Product Development and Approvals

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force 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 Instruments

      2. 5.1.2 Assay Kits and Consumables

    2. 5.2 By Diagnostic Technique

      1. 5.2.1 Molecular Diagnostics Method

        1. PCR-based methods

        2. NGS-based methods

      2. 5.2.2 Immunoassay-based Method

      3. 5.2.3 Mass Spectroscopy-based Method

      4. 5.2.4 Others

    3. 5.3 By End User

      1. 5.3.1 Hospitals and Clinics

      2. 5.3.2 Diagnostic Laboratories

      3. 5.3.3 Others

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.4.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

      2. 6.1.2 Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc

      3. 6.1.3 Hologic Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Abbot Healthcare

      5. 6.1.5 Fujirebio Diagnostics Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Cepheid

      8. 6.1.8 bioMerieux SA

      9. 6.1.9 Qiagen

      10. 6.1.10 Diasorin

      11. 6.1.11 Siemens Healthineers

      12. 6.1.12 Trinity Biotech

      13. 6.1.13 Vircell

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Virology Testing Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Global Virology Testing Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.5% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc, Hologic Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Abbott Laboratories are the major companies operating in Global Virology Testing Market.

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