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Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market

Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type of Examination, Product, Test Type, Application, and End User: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023 - 2032

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Author's: Monika Darandale| Digvijay Gawali | Roshan Deshmukh
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Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market Statistics, 2032

The Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market size was valued at $ 1,801.14 million in 2022 and is estimated to reach $5,824.44 million by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 12.4% from 2023 to 2032. The Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market has experienced a significant growth, primarily attributed to the rise in the prevalence of cancer across the region. For instance, according to the World Health Organization, it was estimated that in 2020, there were 2.2 million new cases of cancer in the South-East Asia Region. The surge in incidence of various types of cancers has propelled the demand for advanced diagnostic techniques, such as histology and cytology, to enable early detection and effective treatment. In addition, according to 2023 report by National Library of Medicine, it was reported that Indian healthcare system is evolving toward better healthcare implementation and coverage.

Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market

Histology and cytology are branches of medical science that involve the study of tissues and cells, respectively, to understand their structure, function, and abnormalities. Histology primarily focuses on the examination of tissues, while cytology deals with the study of individual cells. Histology techniques involve the preservation, sectioning, and staining of tissues for microscopic examination. Common methods include formalin fixation to preserve tissues, paraffin embedding for sectioning, and hematoxylin & eosin staining for visualization.

Immunohistochemistry is another technique that uses antibodies to identify specific proteins within tissues, aiding in the diagnosis of diseases. Cytology techniques, on the other hand, are employed for the examination of individual cells. Fine-needle aspiration, a minimally invasive procedure, is often used to extract cells from a tissue mass for analysis. Pap smears, commonly utilized in cervical cancer screening, involve collecting cells from the cervix and staining them for examination under a microscope.

Key Takeaways

  • By type of examination, the cytology segment was the highest contributor to the market in 2022.
  • By product, the consumable and reagents segment was the highest contributor to the market in 2022. However, the instruments and analysis software system segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
  • By test type, the microscopy methods segment dominated the market in 2022. However, the flow cytometry segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
  • By application, the drug discovery and designing segment dominated the market in 2022. However, the clinical diagnostics segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
  • By end user, the pharma and biotech companies segment dominated the market in 2022. However, the CDMO segment is expected to register highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Market Dynamics

The Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market is expected to register significant growth owing to the surge in incidence of cancer, rise in healthcare expenditure, and availability of education programs in pathology. The Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market has witnessed a significant surge in incidence of cancer, emerging as a major driver for the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market growth. According to the National Library of Medicine, it was estimated that in 2020, Asia-Pacific accounted for 49.3% of the global cancer incidence. The most common cancer in Asia-Pacific region is lung (13.8%), breast (10.8%), and colorectal (10.6%) cancers. The rise in cancer cases is attributed to several factors, including lifestyle changes, environmental pollution, aging populations, and genetic predispositions.

Moreover, urbanization and industrialization have brought about changes in dietary habits, physical activity levels, and exposure to carcinogens, contributing to the growing cancer burden. Histology and cytology play pivotal roles in this process by enabling healthcare professionals to examine cellular and tissue samples with precision, aiding in the identification and characterization of cancerous lesions. In response to this surge in demand for cancer diagnostics, healthcare providers and institutions invest in state-of-the-art histology and cytology technologies. Thus, a rise in incidence of cancer is expected to drive the growth of the market.

Furthermore, the development in healthcare infrastructure is expected to drive the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market growth. Over the past decade, countries in Asia-Pacific have invested heavily in upgrading and modernizing their healthcare systems, focusing on advanced diagnostic techniques and services. The establishment of state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with cutting-edge histology and cytology technologies has been a direct outcome of these infrastructure developments. These improvements have facilitated early and accurate disease diagnosis, contributing to the overall enhancement of patient care.  

In addition, governments across several countries have allocated substantial funds to strengthen and expand their healthcare systems, with a specific emphasis on diagnostic capabilities. For instance, the allocation to the Department of Health and Family Welfare (India) has increased from $1,552.096 million in 2006–2007 to $9,732.214 million in 2021–2022. Government-backed initiatives have been instrumental in reducing the economic barriers to accessing quality healthcare services, making histology and cytology procedures more widely available to the population. Thus, the development of healthcare infrastructure is expected to positively impact the growth of the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology industry.  

In addition, the well-established education system, especially in the field of histology, cytology, and pathology, is expected to fulfil the demand for skilled professionals in the field of pathology. As the demand for skilled pathologists and cytotechnologists escalates, universities across Asia-Pacific have responded by expanding their offerings in pathology studies. Some of the universities that provide educational courses on pathology in the region are University of Tokyo (Ranked 39th in the world), Osaka University (Ranked 53rd in the world), Chinese University of Hong Kong (Ranked 62nd in the world), and All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi (Ranked 126th in the world). The rise in the number of professionals specializing in pathology has elevated the standard of healthcare services and has spurred innovation and research within the field.  

Moreover, as more students engage in pathology programs, there is a surge in the requirement for histological and cytological techniques, instruments, and consumables for laboratory work and research projects. Thus, a well-established education system is expected to drive the growth of the market.

However, high cost of histological and cytological analytical instruments restrains the growth of the market. Moreover, technological advancements such as laboratory automation and integration of advance analytical software for histological and cytological analysis are expected to present major opportunities for growth in Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market.

Segments Overview

The Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market is segmented on the basis of type of examination, product, test type,    application, end user, and country. On the basis of type of examination, the market is bifurcated into histology and cytology. On the basis of product, the market is classified into instruments & analysis software system and consumable & reagents. On the basis of test type, the market is divided into microscopy methods, flow cytometry, and molecular genetic methods.

On the basis of application, the market is categorized into drug discovery and designing, clinical diagnostics, and academic research. On the basis of end user, the market is segregated into pharma & biotech companies, CDMO, diagnostic laboratories, and others. Others include hospital and academic research. Country wise, the market is analyzed across Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, and rest of Asia-Pacific.

By Type of Examination

On the basis of type of examination, the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market is bifurcated into histology and cytology. The cytology segment was the largest revenue contributor in 2022, and is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period. This is attributed to high adoption of the cytological analysis for various cancer cells in cancer diagnosis.

Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market
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Cytology segment held a dominant position in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a fastest rate during the forecast period.

By Product

On the basis of application, the market is categorized into instruments & analysis software system and consumable & reagents. The consumable and reagents segment was the largest revenue contributor in 2022 owing to the use of consumables in histological and cytological analysis procedures. Products such as stanning agents and other reagents are widely adopted for getting better visuals of the cells and tissues. However, the instruments and analysis software system segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is attributed to the integration of advanced analytical software and laboratory automation.

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Consumable and Reagents segment held a dominant position in 2022. However and Instruments and Analysis Software System segmentis anticipated to grow at a fastest rate during the forecast period.

By Test Type

On the basis of test type, the market is categorized into microscopy methods, flow cytometry, and molecular genetic methods. The microscopy methods segment was the major revenue contributor in 2022, owing to cost effectiveness of the microscopy methods. However, flow cytometry is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is attributed to the high adoption of the flow cytometer by pharmaceutical companies and research laboratories owing to its high throughput capacity.

By Application

On the basis of application, the market is divided into drug discovery and designing, clinical diagnostics, and academic research. drug discovery and designing segment was the largest revenue contributor in 2022. This is attributed to high adoption of the cytological and histological analytical techniques by the pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies as it is an important evaluation parameter in preclinical trials.

By End User

On the basis of end user, the market is segmented into pharma & biotech companies, CDMO, diagnostic laboratories, and others. Others include hospital and academic research. The pharma and biotech companies’ segment was the largest revenue contributor in 2022, owing to the high adoption of the histological and cytological analysis in drug development procedures.

Competitive Analysis

Competitive analysis and profiles of the major players in the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market, such as Hologic, Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Abbott Laboratories, Koninklijke Philips N.V among others have been provided in the report. Major players have adopted product launch, acquisition, and collaboration as key developmental strategies to improve the product portfolio and gain a strong foothold in the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market.  

Recent Developments in Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Industry

  • In June 2022, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd announced the launch of the BenchMark Ultra Plus system, its newest advanced tissue staining platform. The system enables quick and accurate test results, so clinicians make timely decisions regarding a patient's care journey. According to F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, the BenchMark ULTRA PLUS system was made available to the Asia-Pacific market in September 2022, followed by a worldwide rollout in 2023.
  • In October 2021, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd announced that it has entered into collaboration with Ibex Medical Analytics. Under the agreement, the companies are expected to jointly develop an embedded image analysis workflow for pathologists to seamlessly access Ibex's AI algorithms, insights, and decision support tools using NAVIFY Digital Pathology, the cloud version of Roche's uPath enterprise software.
  • In February 2022, Becton, Dickinson, and Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of Cytognos, specializing in flow cytometry solutions for blood cancer diagnosis, minimal residual disease (MRD) detection, and immune monitoring research for blood diseases.

Key Benefits for Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market from 2022 to 2032 to identify the prevailing Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market opportunities.
  • The market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the regional analysis of Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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By Type of Examination
  • Histology
  • Cytology
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By Product
  • Instruments and Analysis Software System
  • Consumable and Reagents
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By Test Type
  • Microscopy Methods
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Molecular Genetic Methods
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By Application
  • Drug Discovery and Designing
  • Clinical Diagnostics
  • Academic Research
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By End User
  • Pharma & Biotech companies
  • CDMO
  • Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Others
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By Country
  • Japan
  • China
  • India
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
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Key Market Players

Trivitron Healthcare, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Sysmex Corporation, Danaher, Merck KGaA, Becton, Dickinson,, Abbott, Hologic, Inc

Analyst Review

This section provides various opinions of top-level CXOs in the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market. According to the insights of CXOs, the Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market presents several opportunities and challenges. The Asia-Pacific histology and cytology market has witnessed a significant growth, primarily driven by the growth in aging population and growing pharmaceutical industry in the region. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, coupled with advancements in diagnostic technologies, has driven the demand for histology and cytology tools across the region. Countries such as China, Japan, and India are experiencing a surge in healthcare investments, contributing to the expansion of diagnostic infrastructure. Moreover, the rising awareness about early disease detection and the importance of preventive healthcare measures is fostering a growing demand for histopathology and cytology procedures.

In addition, the growing pharmaceutical industry in the region is expected to significantly contribute to the growth of the market. The growth of the pharmaceutical industry has resulted in increased research and development activities leading to a greater demand for histopathology and cytology analytical instruments. As pharmaceutical companies expand their operations and invest in innovative drug development, there is a growing demand for advanced diagnostic techniques to support preclinical and clinical trials.

Author Name(s) : Monika Darandale| Digvijay Gawali | Roshan Deshmukh
Frequently Asked Questions?

The total market value of Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market is $1801.14 million in 2022.

The forecast period for Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market is 2023-2032.

The market value of Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market in 2032 is $5824.44 million.

The base year is 2022 in Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market

Major key players that operate in the Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market are Hologic, Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Abbott Laboratories, and Becton, Dickinson and Company

The cytology segment is the most influencing segment in the Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market.This is attributed to to high adoption of the cytological analysis for of various cancer cells in cancer diagnosis.

The Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market growth is driven by growing pharmaceutical industry in the Asia-Pacific region, and rise in geriatric populations, and high adoption of histological and cytological analysis in the clinical diagnosis.

Cytology is the branch of biology that focuses on the study of cells, their structure, function, and behavior

Histology is the branch of biology that involves the study of the microscopic structure of tissues and organs. Histology provides insights into the organization and functions of different tissues within organisms

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Asia-Pacific Histology and Cytology Market

Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023 - 2032