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

The Microcarrier Market is segmented by Material Type, Application (Cell Therapy, Vaccine Manufacturing, and Others), and Geography.

Microcarrier Market Size

Microcarrier Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 5.8 %

Major Players

Microcarrier Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Microcarrier Market Analysis

The microcarrier market is majorly driven by factors such as rising demand for cell-based vaccines and therapeutics, the rapid growth of biologics and biosimilar industry, and increasing R&D and availability of funding for cell therapy research.

Many of the current biologics in the pipeline are targeting the indications, which are small-molecule dominated and have a large patient pool. This represents that in the forecast period the trend of biologics could enter several of the non-traditional biologic disease areas, which could benefit from the increased therapeutic efficacy. Furthermore, this is also providing the room to the biosimilar market to grow.

In terms of medical efficacy, therapeutic spread, and population access biopharmaceuticals have vast potential, and much of this potential is still untapped. This potential can gradually be realized as manufacturing technologies, such as microcarrier based synthesis make progress, which may lead to commercialization of more effective therapies, increased manufacturing efficacy, and reduced therapy costs. Hence, owing to such rapid growth of the biologics and biosimilar industry, the market is positively affected.

Microcarrier Industry Segmentation

A microcarrier is a support matrix, which allows the growth of adherent cells in bioreactors. In the large-scale commercial production of biologics and vaccines, microcarriers are employed to grow virus-generating or protein-producing adherent cell populations. As per the scope of the report, the microcarrier market includes various equipment and consumables, such as bioreactors, reagents, cell counters, and culture vessels in addition to microcarrier beads.

By Material Type
By Application
Cell Therapy
Vaccine Manufacturing
Other Applications
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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Microcarrier Market Trends

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

Cell Therapy is Expected to Show Fastest Growth by Application, Over the Forecast Period

Microcarriers help in cost-effective cell production i.e they contribute to reducing fixed as well as variable costs during the large scale manufacturing. With technological advancements, the current scenario has changed and the significance of microcarriers in cell therapy has increased. For instance, dissolvable microcarriers are currently there in the market that is composed of cross-linked polysaccharide polymers that can be efficiently dissolved during the cell harvest step. As the microcarriers get completely dissolved, there is no need for the separation and simply, the downstream process goes well. Therefore, these microcarriers are considered as beneficial beads for large scale cell production or cell therapy application.

Along with the above-mentioned statements, another factor that is responsible for the growth of cell therapy applications of microcarriers is that companies are currently focusing on the provision of microcarriers that contribute to the large scale and cost-effective production. For example Corning Incorporated provides dissolvable microcarriers. These factors boost the growth in cell therapy applications.

Microcarrier Market: Revenue Share (%), By Application, Global, 2019

North America is Expected to Dominate the Market Over the Forecast Period

North America region is believed to have the largest share in the microcarrier market. This is majorly due to the rising gene and cell therapy research in the region along with the associations that are supporting this research. For instance, the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy is responsible for the funding of the research and also, this society is forcing the biopharmaceutical and biotech companies to improve their R&D.

Along with that, the United States is witnessing high and rapid growth in the biologics and biosimilar Industry which is one of the major factors driving the microcarrier market in this region.

Microcarrier Market - Growth Rate By Region

Microcarrier Industry Overview

The Microcarrier market is mostly inclusive of the global players and few companies that are currently dominating the market include Thermo Fisher Scientific, Sartorius AG, Eppendorf AG, Danaher Corporation (Pall Corporation), and Merck KGaA. The competition in the market is expected to increase as new companies are also coming up in the market.

Microcarrier Market Leaders

  1. Thermo Fisher Scientific

  2. Merck KGaA

  3. Eppendorf AG

  4. Danaher Corporation

  5. Sartorius AG

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Microcarrier Market Concentration

Microcarrier 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 Rising Demand for Cell-based Vaccines and Therapeutics

      2. 4.2.2 Rapid Growth of Biologics and Biosimilar Industry

      3. 4.2.3 Increasing R&D and Availability of Funding for Cell Therapy Research

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Cost of Biologics and Cell-based Therapies

      2. 4.3.2 Possible Drawbacks of Microcarrier Cultures

    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 Material Type

      1. 5.1.1 Alginate-Based

      2. 5.1.2 Collagen-Based

      3. 5.1.3 Dextran-Based

      4. 5.1.4 Polystyrene-Based

      5. 5.1.5 Others

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Cell Therapy

      2. 5.2.2 Vaccine Manufacturing

      3. 5.2.3 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Danaher Corporation

      2. 6.1.2 Eppendorf AG

      3. 6.1.3 VWR International LLC

      4. 6.1.4 Lonza Group Ltd

      5. 6.1.5 Merck KGaA

      6. 6.1.6 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Sartorius AG

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies, and Recent Developments
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Microcarrier Market Research FAQs

The Microcarrier Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Microcarrier Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.8% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Merck KGaA, Eppendorf AG, Danaher Corporation, Sartorius AG are the major companies operating in Microcarrier Market.

Microcarrier Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Microcarrier market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Microcarrier analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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