In this article:
- Benefits of molecular diagnostics
- The molecular market is growing
- Why it is easier than ever to go molecular
Molecular diagnostics has evolved dramatically over the past 15 years. Those who have already embraced molecular are enjoying the benefits of quicker turnaround times, improved sensitivities, increased accuracy, and marked costs savings by way of not sending out samples. Those who are hesitating due to the challenges and expense of opening a molecular lab now run the risk of being at a competitive disadvantage.
These new techniques have greatly improved the detection of many viral and bacterial infections, as well as genetic disorders. Technology drives this industry. Here is why you should take the wheel and step on the gas.
A Growing Field
The global molecular diagnostics market is expected to reach US$5.8 billion by 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. New technologies, innovations and expanded applications for tests have been fueling steady growth in the field. The market for molecular diagnostics is very broad because it is not limited to one field of study. Molecular techniques are utilized in genetics, infectious disease, oncology, hematology and pharmacology.
While blood screening and infectious disease contribute to the majority of the market, DNA sequencing is a big factor in the growth of molecular diagnostics. The emerging technology of personalized medicine relies on DNA sequencing and molecular diagnostics. Personalized genome sequencing helps determine the best approach to patient care, whether it is preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic.
Opening a molecular lab is a big undertaking, but improvements in the field have made the move much easier than it used to be. Tests and equipment are becoming more user-friendly, increasingly automated, and offer increased monitoring systems to ensure quality results. In addition, molecular methods offer a streamlined workflow that can help alleviate staffing issues.
A common theme in healthcare today is efficiency. Companies in the laboratory market are looking to fill this need with increased automation and molecular diagnostics to improve lab productivity. This includes automated and easy-to-handle techniques, combined with optimized sample preparation, analysis, and data evaluation in one.
The molecular lab of today can benefit from speedy techniques that diagnose disease conditions and medical disorders quickly, and offer a reliable tool for swift therapy decisions. Quick, accurate results can lead to cost benefits in terms of better treatment of patients and possibly decreased length of hospital stays.
Now is the time to GoMolecular! To find out more, see What is Molecular Diagnostics?