Article | March 10, 2016

What's Next For Single-Use Technology In Bioprocessing

Source: Sartorius Stedim Biotech

This year marks the 21st anniversary of single-use bags in bioprocessing. Since the first products were introduced to the market in 1995, single-use systems (SUS) have gone from being a niche technology to replacing plastic carboys to becoming a mainstay of industrial-level bioprocessing (and, to a lesser extent, industrial-level pharmaceutical processing). Based on our analysis of market research data, we estimate that the current global market for single-use products is well over $600 million.    

The advantages of single-use are well-known — faster, smaller, greener, cheaper, and safer — and increasing numbers of biomanufacturers have sought to reap these benefits, especially as patent expiration and increasingly globalized manufacturing continues to change the dynamics of biomanufacturing.