Increased Focus on R&D Key to Growth in Microscopy Sector

Aug 31, 2005, 01:00 ET from Frost & Sullivan

    LONDON, August 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent technological breakthroughs are
 likely to impact the microscopy industry positively. This upswing will grow
 further following large-scale digitalisation and growth in related fields
 such as image reconstruction and restoration.
     For instance, Germany's Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH and the Cornell centre for
 technology, enterprise and commercialization (CCTEC) now make pioneering
 biomedical microscopic imaging available deep inside living tissue with
 unprecedented clarity.
     Demand for more sophisticated microscopic instrumentation will rise as
 companies develop advanced engineering, industrial and electronic materials.
 These technical enhancements assist participants to overcome longstanding
 bottlenecks, especially lens aberration, noted for limiting the resolution of
 the best electron microscopes in the past.
     Participants also benefit from the superiority of contemporary and
 emergent technology. It allows a diverse product portfolio and helps
 participants' overcome the intense competition native to this market.
     "Most manufacturers offer consumers options of ready-to-use modular
 systems from which a researcher can choose the needed components," explains
 Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Katherine Austin. "On the other end,
 custom-assembled systems, designed to user-specifications, appeal to many
     Offering custom-assembled systems allow end users the advantage of
 incorporating existing workflows or equipment and hold added attraction over
 modular tools.
     "Many developers are beginning to see the market advantages of
 integration, offering total systems designed for a particular application,"
 says Ms. Austin. "For instance, non-destructive testing of materials and
 live-cell imaging combined with chemical or binding analysis are some of the
 cost-effective combinations preferred by researchers."
     However, tight research budgets due to government cutbacks and the high
 cost of instruments can hinder the R&D process of microscopy equipment. These
 cutbacks are nevertheless offset by the allocation of billions of dollars by
 government agencies globally for nanotechnology research where microscopy
 instrumentation plays a major role.
     Grants by European authorities are also on the rise, stepping up research
 in sectors such as quantum dots in the United Kingdom and X-ray imaging
 without lenses in Berlin.
     Overall, this market is expected to grow consistently, especially
 following the increasing automation and the resulting easy-to-use equipment.
 There are exciting developments in the electron confocal microscopy and laser
 scanning cytometry in combination with progress in the quantum dots arena.
 The global race towards miniaturisation is another major driver in Europe
 with breakthroughs such as Switzerland's miniature lightweight atomic force
 microscope (AFM) and Nanosurf's Mobile S AFM.
     Emerging Technologies in Microscopy is part of the Electronics vertical
 subscription service. This study identifies and analyses not only global
 emergent, but also novel applications of existing microscopy technologies.
 The research service offers in-depth information on R&D and product
 development. It looks at market trends, drivers and restraints in addition to
 technical industry challenges. Case studies, divided into categories by
 company and university, are included to aid participants plan for the long
 term effectively. Executive summaries and analyst interviews are available to
 the press.
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     Keywords in this release: microscopy, image reconstruction, lens
 aberration, electron microscope, Germany, Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, Cornell
 centre for technology, enterprise and commercialization, CCTEC, imaging,
 non-destructive testing, live-cell imaging, binding analysis, United Kingdom,
 Berlin, confocal microscopy, laser scanning cytometry, quantum dots,
 Switzerland, atomic force microscope, AFM, Nanosurf, Mobile S AFM

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