Industrial Microbiology Market

2021 Analysis and Review: Industrial Microbiology Market Test Type – Sterility Testing, Microbial Limits Testing, and Bio-Burden Testing for 2021-2031

Industrial Microbiology Market Snapshot

Future Market Insights (FMI) in its recently updated report forecasts the sales of industrial microbiology to reach a valuation of US$ 21.56 Bn by 2031. Increasing application in manufacturing of empty capsules will be the key factor driving the growth.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the demand for industrial microbiology nosedived. Nonetheless, sales will improve, enabling growth in the market at 4.95% CAGR between 2021 and 2031.

With fermentation applications gaining popularity in syrup formulations, industrial microbiology market will register rising demand in the pharmaceutical & biotechnology sector.

Key Points Covered in Industrial Microbiology Market Study

  • Market estimates and forecast 2021-2031
  • Key drivers and restraints impacting market growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • COVID-19 Impact on Industrial microbiology tools market and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

Industrial Microbiology Market Historic Sales Compared to 2021-2031 Forecast Outlook

Expansion of pharmaceutical industry and increasing preference for automation are bolstering the adoption of sterility testing within the pharmaceutical industry. As per FMI, increasing adoption of testing procedures within the food & beverage industry is expected to bolster the market growth over the forecast period.

Due to the growing demand for consumer products and the rise in the population worldwide, the adoption of sterility testing for product quality and safety testing is surging. Emphasis on industrial safety and food & hygiene is likely to improve the demand over the coming years.

Also, increasing application of industrial microbiology within agriculture, food & beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry will create opportunities for growth. Despite the threat of rising anti-microbial drug resistance, especially across India and China, the consumption of prescription antibiotics will continue increasing the adoption of industrial microbiology among generic drug makers.

Based on such factors, the demand for industrial microbiology is set to grow at 4.95% CAGR during the assessment period of 2021 and 2031. Focus on process automation of traditional industrial methods, aimed at reducing overall cost of production will aid the expansion of the market.

Lack of Skilled Professional and High Cost Production to Hamper Sales

In industrial microbiology, adoption of advanced technologies is leading to dearth of skilled manpower trained to use the new techniques. Another factor limiting the growth is lack of computation skills along with primary respondents from the industrial microbiology market.

These resources are required in industrial microbiology as everybody is moving to newer techniques. Innovations in industrial microbiology will enable more effective storage and analysis capabilities that comes with computation.

Along with the dearth of skilled labors, the high cost of sterility and bio-burden testing, especially in the developing regions such as Brazil, India, and China, might hamper the market demand.

However, continuous research in the pharmaceutical industry for novel drug development using selective toxicity is a major factor expected to increase the adoption of industrial microbiology for more detailed research on essential microorganisms.

How will Application as Excipients Drive Industrial Microbiology Sales?

Excipients constitute nearly 99% of total mass of any drugs. Industrial microbiology applications as excipients are gradually getting popular, creating immense scope for the expansion of the market. Some of the common industrial microbiology excipients include anionic polysaccharide also known as alginate used as stabilizing and thickening agents in emulsions and pharmaceutical suspensions.

Besides these, anionic linear polysaccharide, belonging to the glycosaminoglycans family is hyaluronic acid, which has become highly sought-after in dermatology applications. Thanks to better access to the internet, consumers are rendered aware about uses of various potent chemicals in skincare and dermatology.

Demand for better performing skin care products will continue creating opportunities for growth in the market.

Country-wise Insights

How is the U.S. Dominating Industrial Microbiology Market?

The U.S will lead the North America’s industrial microbiology market over the forecast period. Expansion of pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry has paved the way for increasing adoption of sterility testing across the country.

Increased research & development activities in the field of pharmaceutical industry along with the drug discovery have propelled the industrial microbiology market growth.

In addition to this, industrial microbiology applications across the U.S. are gaining popularity in pharmaceutical excipients industry. Rapidly growing food & beverage industry have also boosted the growth of industrial microbiology.

The increasing usage of microorganisms in the syrup formulations have improved the adoption of sterility as well as bio-burden testing. Increasing drug development and growing demand for pathogen testing in food products have significantly improved opportunities for growth.

Stringent regulatory frameworks associated with the anti-microbial food additives and favourable policies supporting the adoption of sterility testing have accelerated the demand of industrial microbiology, especially within food & beverage industry.

For instance, in a 2020 report of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for pharmaceutical microbiology, the government made it mandatory to go through a sterility and bio-burden test to examine the toxicity level of a drug or additive.

With rapid adoption of sterility testing within food & beverage industry, the U.S market is expected to post substantial gains over the forecast period.

What are the Factors Driving Industrial Microbiology Demand in China?

Expansion of biopharmaceutical industry and increasing adoption of sterility testing within pharmaceutical & food and beverage industry have improved the demand for industrial microbiology.

As per Future Market Insights, China is expected to be the most lucrative market, accounting for major share in the global industrial microbiology market.

With growing population and rising disposable income, the demand for consumer products is expected to surge, which requires more safety and quality testing of the products.

Hence, increased adoption of sterility and bio-burden testing within pharmaceutical industry will improve the demand.

With favourable government regulations and growing public concerns pertaining to the products’ safety are likely to accelerate growth of China’s industrial microbiology market over the coming years.

How will Industrial Microbiology Market Growth Unfold in India?

Increasing research and development activities within pharmaceutical industry across India have improved the market demand for industrial microbiology.

Rising population and increasing demand for consumer products such as food additives and growing drug discovery will increase the adoption of sterility testing within the pharmaceutical and food & beverage industry.

Development and production of products rich with hyaluronic acid within dermatology applications have boosted the revenue growth. Favorable regulatory policies and increasing investment from government in research & development activities will bolster the market growth during the forecast period.

Increasing healthcare spending and expansion of pharmaceutical industry create opportunities for growth.

Leading companies in industrial microbiology market are shifting their production base with research & development activities across India for industrial microbiology applications due to additional benefits such as low labor, production, and land cost.

Category-wise Insights

Which Product Type in Industrial Microbiology is gaining Popularity?

In terms of product type, the market is segmented into equipment & systems, reaction consumables and others. As per FMI’s analysis, reaction consumables is anticipated to acquire largest market share during the forecast period.

The increasing usage of reagents in the research and development activities on drug delivery will improve the segment as well as market growth. Besides this, application in biotechnological industry have improved the adoption of automated equipment and microbial detection systems.

With increasing drug related discovery in pharmaceutical industry, filtration pumps & systems and air monitoring systems are extensively adopted, thereby improving the segment growth.

Which Test Type will be More Preferred in Industrial Microbiology Market?

Sterility test type in industrial microbiology plays an important role in the food & beverage and pharmaceutical industries for quality check of products. With extensive adoption of sterility test in the pharmaceutical and food & beverages industry, the segment is expected to witness high demand over the forecast period.

Bio-burden, environment and water tests are conducted on a large scale in the pharmaceutical industries. Industrial microbiology applications such as bio-burden tests are performed for aerobic or anaerobic organism testing, which is prompting the growth within the segment.

With bio-pharmaceutical industry witnessing an upsurge, adoption of sterility and bio-burden testing have gained prevalence.

Who is the Leading End User of Industrial Microbiology?

Future Market Insights have sub-segmented the end user segment into pharmaceuticals & biotechnology, food & beverages, agriculture & environmental and personal care products.

As per the study, pharmaceutical & biotechnology segment is anticipated to witness highest growth during the forecast period.

Increasing research & development activities within the pharmaceutical industry related to industrial microbiology have augmented over the years and is expected to propel more in the future.

As per the report by Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), increased investment in research & development activities aimed at developing industrial microbiology products have increased the expenditure in healthcare.

As per ABPI, pharmaceutical industry invested around US$ 156.7 Bn in 2016 and is expected to invest more in the upcoming years, accelerating the market growth.

Competitive Landscape

With a few top tier-1 players such as Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Merck KGaA, and BioMerieuxx dominating the market, the market is consolidated in nature, opines market study by FMI.

As per the study, the industrial microbiology market is almost monopolistic with leading players expanding their existing wide product portfolio to maintain their lead in the industry.

Strategic mergers and acquisition are sought-after among top healthcare companies.Stringent government regulations thwarts entry of new players, making the top players more dominant in the industry. Leading players are relying on new product launches and other inorganic strategies to generate lucrative revenues.

For instance:

  • In 2018, BioMerieuxx, a world leader in the field of industrial microbiological control, announced the launch of ENDOZYME® II GO, a new endotoxin test in the BioMerieuxx ENDONEXT™ range of recombinant horseshoe crab Factor C assays.
  • Aberdeen-based microbiology, another leading players, in 2019, and biological material storage company NCIMB Ltd announced the collaboration with German distributor Doenitz Prolab to expand their consumer base and offer microbiology products & services.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for Value

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, and South Africa

Key Segments Covered

End User, Product Type, Test type, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
  • Bio-Rad laboratories Inc.
  • Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Asiagel Corporation
  • Eppendorf AG
  • BioMerieuxx SA
  • Novamed
  • Sartorius AG
  • 3M
  • Merck KGaA
  • Danaher Corporation
  • Others

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, Company Share Analysis, Competition Intelligence, DROT Analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, and Strategic Growth Initiatives

Customization & Pricing

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Key Questions Answered in the Report

  • What is the current industrial microbiology market value?

    The industrial microbiology market is expected to surpass a valuation of approx. US$ 13,302.73 Mn in 2021.

  • At what rate did the Industrial microbiology market grow between 2016 and 2020?

    The industrial microbiology market witnessed steady growth at 6.90% CAGR between 2016 and 2020.

  • What are the key trends driving industrial microbiology sales?

    Increasing application of empty capsules in pharmaceutical sector and adoption of wastewater treatment to improve the efficiency & reduce the pollution will foster the sales over the forecast period.

  • Who are the leading players of industrial microbiology?

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc, bioMérieux SA, and Merck KGaA. are the top three players leading the industrial microbiology market.

  • What will be the demand outlook for North America Industrial microbiology market?

    Sales in North America for industrial microbiology will account for over 27% of global market share in 2021.

  • Which country in Europe will lead the industrial microbiology market?

    Germany is expected to spearhead the market growth across Europe, contributing over 31% of global market share in anti-ageing products, services, and devices market.

  • Which are the top countries leading the industrial microbiology market demand?

    The U.S., UK, Germany, China, and France are the top countries driving the industrial microbiology market.

  • What is the market share of leading players in industrial microbiology market?

    Top tier-1 players operating in industrial microbiology market contribute around 40-50% of global market share.

  • What is the current market share of Japan in the global industrial microbiology market?

    Currently, Japan accounts for 28% of global market share in the global industrial microbiology market.

Industrial microbiology Market by Category

By Product Type:

  • Equipment and Systems
    • Filtration Pumps and Systems
    • Microbial Detection Systems
    • Air Monitoring Systems
    • Automated Equipment
    • Incubators and Culture Apparatus
    • Others
  • Reaction Consumables
    • Media
    • Simple Media
    • Complex Media
    • Defined Media
    • Specialty Media
    • Reagents and Strains
  • Others
    • Laboratory Supplies
    • Bags and Bottles
    • Loop and Needles
    • Petri Dishes, Racks, Seals, Plates and Holders
    • Filtration Disc and Membranes
    • Others

By End User:

  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
  • Food and Beverages
  • Agriculture and Environmental
  • Personal Care Products

By Test Type:

  • Sterility Testing
  • Microbial Limits Testing
  • Bio-burden Testing

By Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Japan
  • Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ)
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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