Reagents for Chromatography

Published - Dec 2002| Analyst - Shalini Shahani Dewan| Code - MST034B
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Report Highlights

  • The development of new niche markets, the push by clinical testing and increased demands for routine environmental testing will spur growth in the chromatography market.
  • U.S. expenditures for reagents used in chromatography are about to reach $1.5 billion in 2002 and will have an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 11.8%.
  • The gas chromatography market is growing at the fastest pace.
  • High-performance liquid chromatography growth currently is being fuelled by demand from the pharmaceutical industry, especially drug devevelopment. HPLC is growing at an annual average growth rate of 7.8%.


The feature distinguishing chromatography from most other physical and chemical methods of separation is that two mutually immiscible phases, one stationary and the other mobile, are brought into contact. Separated components emerge in the order of increasing interaction with the stationary phase. The least retarded component elutes first, while the most strongly retained material elutes last. The column is the heart of a chromatograph and provides versatility in the types of analyses that can be obtained with a single instrument. This versatility makes it possible to separate molecules that differ only slightly in their physical and chemical properties.

There are a number of reagents used globally for chemical analysis, but chromatography is the most accepted technique for determining compounds, their separation and potency. Moreover, the biotechnology industry is changing rapidly, stimulating new methods in chromatography and more reagent use. Thus, BCC deems it timely to offer a report that presents a comprehensive analysis of reagents for chromatography, and that defines the current global market and its future direction. In doing so, it notes the activities of the last two years, and reviews the factors influencing demand in manufacturing and sales that promise to take place over the period from 2002 to 2007.

Reagents for Chromatography looks at the types of chromatography in operation, and thus, the range of reagents manufactured and used. It reviews the regulations involved in their use and disposal, industry environment, and important technological developments and issues. It also studies the applications, market factors and potential for growth. This study will be of interest, therefore, to CEOs, presidents, marketers, strategic planners and developers in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech. companies, as well as to reagent manufacturers and distributors.


This study encompasses the following:

  • Major types of chromatography
  • Reagents used in each technology
  • Current and future market share and growth of chromatography types and reagents from 2002 to 2007
  • Technological issues, including the latest trends (e.g., liquid chromatography- mass spectroscopy)
  • Worldwide analysis of reagent manufacturing and use, along with industry leaders
  • GLP, government and FDA regulations.


We present an analysis of these reagents, manufacturer and user expenditures, and relevant market shares in the U.S. and globally. We also present the types of reagents used in different classes of chromatography, their manufacturing cost, industry leaders, and worldwide usage. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of many of the reagents has also been discussed, by their safety of use.

Based on our surveys, we analyze the potential expenditure for each chromotography class and provide forecasts through 2007. Our analysis includes 1999 and 2000 expenditures.


BCC surveyed more than 100 companies to obtain data for this study. Included were manufacturers of reagents for chromatography, distributors and user companies, such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, and environmental companies. We gathered data from these industries and interviewed relevant officials. In addition, we compiled data from current financial, trade, and government information sources.


Shalini Shahani is a young and enterprising scientist and holds a masters degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Among the research topics she has covered are: Studies on Compounds of Potential and Pharmaceutical Interest from Ibuprofen and 2-Naphthyl Acetic acid. Shahani was awarded Gold medal for her work from the prime minister of India and has worked with top companies in India and in USA.

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