In this issue:
Disposables going stronger by the day
Unprecedented growth in biologicals and cell therapies is also powering the market for the single-use equipment employed in cell culture, drug discovery and biomanufacturing. According to a recent analysis released by the Boston Consulting Group, sales of biological drugs grew 8% in 2012, while the research market for single-use cell culture vessels ballooned 17%. Bioplan Associates predicts the GMP biomanufacturing market for disposables like plastic bags or fermenters will quadruple to US$2.8bn by 2016.