Updated on 26 November 2013
"Instrument suppliers have yet to successfully bring MS technologies to lower-budget laboratories in the way that qPCR, flow cytometry and other genomics and proteomics vendors have," reflected Ms Bird. "Once budget conditions improve for small- to mid-size laboratories, suppliers will shift attention to developing stripped-down, lower throughput, personal MS instruments with a smaller footprint and corresponding price tags that will appeal to a larger consumer base."
For now, strong growth in the Asia-Pacific and rest-of-world regions will help offset lower growth in other regions. The overall market is also expected to see a rise in mergers and acquisitions and partnership activity between MS and diagnostic companies in order to develop advanced products and gain early market share and brand awareness in the clinical community.