Advances in Nanotechnology Spur Manufacturers to Focus on Developing Microscopes

Published on September 29, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Research and Markets, the leading source for international market research and market data, has announced the addition of Frost + Sullivan's new report "Technological Advances in Microscopy" to their offering.

This Frost & Sullivan research service titled Technological Advances in Microscopy provides an overview of the technological developments in the field of microscopy, particularly in terms of applications. The research also details the drivers and challenges associated with this industry. This research service elaborates on the current and future trends of the industry and substantiates the findings with examples of technical progress in the field of biological sciences. The application sectors covered in this research are biology, nanotechnology, semiconductors, material science, and forensics.

Technology Overview

Rapid Strides in Technology Boost the Microscopy Industry

Technological developments in the field of microscopy have resulted in the in vivo imaging of live cells and tissues. A growing interest in nanotechnology has led manufacturers to develop sophisticated equipment that integrate advanced software and miniaturization. Digitization of microscopes has brought with it increased resolution, greater precision, and less distorted images. "Technological developments have significantly impacted the microscopy industry which is poised to grow further with an array of discoveries in nanotechnology", notes the analyst of this research. "Lately, nanotechnology has boosted the demand for highly sophisticated instruments that are anticipated to be promising for the growth of the industry." Furthermore, added investments in biomedical research have spurred the growth of newer microscopes equipped with better features, such as enhanced resolution, and incorporation of sophisticated software modalities.

Recently, there has been a considerable demand from end users to develop microscopes with improved features. These help in overcoming challenges associated with the use of conventional microscopes, which have issues such as lens aberration and consequent limitations in resolutions. Companies have increasingly focused on R&D efforts to combat competition. Custom-assembled systems and integration of techniques such as microscopy and spectroscopy have enabled users to perform experiments with live cells and cells in liquid. Additionally, progress in areas such as confocal microscopy and multiphoton microscopy has enabled researchers and companies to concentrate on developing innovative fluorescent molecules that can be tagged to cells or proteins.

Advances in Nanotechnology Spur Manufacturers to Focus on Developing Microscopes

Cash-strapped academic institutions face challenges in conducting research on microscopy equipment, as they are expensive. Research budget allocation and the current economic downturn have led to a decrease in the purchase of microscopes. Additionally, due to high initial investments for fields such as electron microscopy, a few start-up companies enter this market, unless they are spin-offs from universities.

Microscopes have been in use for several decades and have gradually become technologically advanced. There is a continuous demand for microscopes from the life and material sciences arena for discoveries and inventions in that arena. "With the impact that nanotechnology has made in the recent past, manufacturers can focus on developing microscopes that meet the varying requirements of end-users across a range of industries," concludes the analyst. "Also, with the increase in funding for nanotechnology research and consequent need to observe miniaturized cells and tissues, there still exists a pressing demand for microscopes."

Application Sectors

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

  • Biology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Semiconductors
  • Material science
  • Forensics
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