Automated Liquid Handling Market is Rising Rapidly Due to Adoption of Clinical Trials

Published Date : 10 Apr 2023

The global automated liquid handling market growth is driven by the increasing need for personalized drugs, rising research activities for advancements in life sciences, genomics, and drug development, rising adoption of laboratory automation, rising clinical trials along with the increasing number of research studies in the biopharmaceutical industry, and technological advancement.

The automated liquid handling market was worth USD 1,181.82 million in the year 2022. The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.12%, earning revenues of around USD 2,580.45 million by the end of 2032.

Market Overview:

Automated Liquid Handling systems perform a number of liquid handling tasks in laboratories Typically liquid handling robots are used for pipetting, microplate washing, and sample preparation. Pipetting workstations, pipetting robots, and Liquid Handlers are the common names for automated liquid handling systems. They perform the programmed transfer of liquid volumes between multiple source and destination units, but they may also perform temperature incubation, mixing and magnetic or Hoover separations.

Automated liquid handling equipment comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for use in various fields. These devices employ a motorized pipette or syringe coupled to a robotic arm to discharge a predetermined volume of liquid or sample into a specific container. To meet specific needs, some models include additional laboratory devices and can execute additional operations, such as heater-cooler plates (link).

There are several advantages to using automated liquid handling in a laboratory setting. Firstly, as automated liquid handling employs cutting-edge robotic technology, the chance of human mistakes is considerably reduced. These devices produce exceptionally consistent and exact results, and the possibility of error is substantially lower than with manual liquid handling. Furthermore, this technology eliminates the need for human lab technicians to undertake the repetitive and occasionally tedious duties associated with manual liquid handling. This not only saves valuable lab technicians' time for other activities such as sample analysis, but it is also more cost-effective. Lowering error margins and freeing up lab technicians for other activities will make the process much more efficient and cost-effective. Automated liquid handling also helps in reducing contamination and offers constant results running 24 hours 7 days a week. 

The market is expected to be driven by the development of sophisticated automated liquid-handling workstations for non-contact dispensing. The development and commercialization of automated workstations by prominent market players in the automated liquid handling systems market are further expected to boost the use of these instruments.

Additionally, the market has grown as a result of the adaptability and flexibility of lab automation systems and technological enhancement in automated liquid handling systems. Furthermore, the rapid innovations in automated liquid handling are rising operational efficiency, deployment of reagents, and cost-effectiveness is projected to fuel the global automated liquid handling market during the forecast period.

Automated Liquid Handling Market Report Scope:

Report Coverage Details
Market Size in 2022 USD 1,181.82 Million
Projected Forecast Value in 2032 USD 2,580.45 Million
Growth Rate 8.12% from 2023 to 2032
Largest Market North America
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
By Modality
  • Fixed Tips
  • Disposable Tips
By Procedure
  • PCR Setup
  • High-Throughput Screening
  • Serial Dilution
  • Array Printing
  • Whole Genome Amplification
  • Cell Culture
  • Plate Reformatting
By End User
  • Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Academic & Government Research Institutes
  • Contract Research Organizations
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa


Report Highlights:

  • By Modality, the disposable tips sector segment is expected to expand at a robust growth rate during the forecast period. The growing emphasis on creating disposable tips that are used once and then discarded to reduce the danger of sample cross-contamination increases sales of such tips in applications where sample purity is crucial, such as genomics or clinical diagnostics.
  • By Procedure, in 2022, the serial dilution sector segment is predicted to hold the largest market share. The rising usage of serial dilution in automated liquid handling for antibody screening to assess the antibody's binding affinity at various concentrations is likely to drive market growth.
  • By Type, in 2022, the standalone segment is expected to dominate the global automated liquid handling market and is expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period. A standalone automated liquid handling system comprises of a single device into which the researcher manually inserts plates as needed.
  • By End User, the Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Companies segment is projected to register a considerable CAGR during the forecast period due to the growing use of automation for drug screening and development, pharma and biotech companies are expected to continue their market dominance.

Regional Insights:

North America accounted for the larger market share in 2022 owing to the rising number of clinical trials to develop novel treatments for chronic diseases, the availability of trained professionals in the automatic liquid handling sector, increasing investment in R&D activities, and the presence of various pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. Moreover, the market is also expanding as a result of increased demand for efficient and precise handling methods. Increasing research activity is connected to increased demand for automated fluid handling systems, which are critical in dispensing liquid samples in appropriate quantities.

Market Dynamics:


Rise in the adoption of automated liquid handling systems

The rise in the adoption of automated liquid handling systems is expected to propel the growth of the automated liquid handling market during the forecast period. Automated liquid handling systems provide their users with a number of significant advantages. Automated liquid handling systems are intended to speed up the pipetting and dispensing process while also improving workflow accuracy for various liquid types and volumes. The use of a liquid handler helps in the reduction of manual handling. Automatic liquid handling systems require lesser training than manual dispensing to discharge sub-microliter volumes. They may also be combined with a variety of different processing equipment, such as PCR sets and next-generation sequencing platforms. Automated liquid handling reduces the chance of human mistakes.


Slower adoption rates 

The slower adoption rates in small- and medium-sized organizations are projected to hamper the growth of the market and it is likely to limit the expansion of the global automated liquid handling market during the forecast period.


Rising investments in drug development, clinical trials, and R&D of automated liquid handling

Rising investments in drug development, clinical trials, and R&D of automated liquid handling are projected to boost the growth of the global automated liquid handling market during the forecast period. Artificial Intelligence (AI) aids in rational medication design, decision-making, and determining the appropriate therapy for patients, such as customized medicines, clinical data management, and future drug development. ELISA, time-resolved fluorescence, nucleic acid preparation, next-generation sequencing for genomic research, Solid Phase Extraction (SPE), TLC spotting, PCR setup, and liquid-liquid extraction are among the techniques developed for automated systems. Thus, the increasing use of such techniques in research laboratories and R&D sectors in the pharmaceutical industry is predicted to fuel market expansion in the coming years.


Lack of skilled expertise

The lack of skilled experts in major markets with relevant knowledge and experience acts as a key challenge for the growth of the global automated liquid handling market during the forecast period. 

Recent Developments: 

  • In Feb 2022, Festo unveils the Modular Gantry Robot platform for automated liquid handling in laboratories. This novel system, which is open sourced, customizable, and uses world-class components, enables equipment designers to rapidly realize their unique solutions with fewer mechanical and electrical engineering resources.
  • In February 2022, SPT Labtech, a global pioneer in laboratory automation for the life sciences sector, introduced the apricot DC1, a flexible 4-in-1 automated liquid handling workstation, at the SLAS 2022 International Conference and Exhibition in Boston.
  • In November 2021, Tianlong introduced an automated pipetting workstation intended to be a useful tool for PCR settings. To regulate outcomes, this workstation automates error-prone and time-consuming manual procedures while also providing dependable sample mixing and improved pipetting performance.

Major Key Players:

  • Agilent
  • Anton-Paar
  • Analytik Jena
  • Aurora Biomed
  • Elemental Scientific
  • Distek
  • Ellutia
  • Fritsch International
  • EST Analytical

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