Membrane filtration technology is utilized in several phases of pharmaceutical development and production processes ranging from lab-research to production-scale pharmaceutical manufacturing. Applications include lab-scale cell culturing, DNA, protein separation, sample preparation, process and laboratory water purification, drug screening, virus removal, and large-scale drug manufacturing. Strict regulatory standards and high quality prerequisites in pharmaceutical industry have earned membrane filtration processes a significant part in drug manufacturing. Membrane filtration processes help ensure safety along with efficacy of the drugs by removing contaminants throughout the production process.
High growth in pharmaceutical industry coupled with wide ranging applications of membrane filtration technology in pharmaceutical industry is expected to drive the pharmaceutical membrane filtration market. However, stringent regulatory standards are expected to hamper the market growth. New applications from the biopharmaceutical sector are expected to bring demand prospects for pharmaceutical membrane filtration market.
The market can be segmented, based on applications, into five key market segments as protein purification, cell separation, water treatment, sterilization and others. Globally, protein purification is the largest application market. Sterilization application is projected to be the fastest growing application segment for the next few years.
The market can be further segmented on the basis of technology as, microfiltration, reverse osmosis, ultra-filtration and ion exchange. The microfiltration and ultra-filtration technologies were the most widely used technologies globally.
Europe is the largest consumer of pharmaceutical membrane filtration followed by North America. North America is expected to grow fastest in the coming years owing to rising adoption of membrane filtration technique by the pharmaceutical industry. Asia Pacific is also showing increased rate of adoption of pharmaceutical membrane filtration.
Some of the key players in the pharmaceutical membrane filtration market include Merck Millipore, Pall Corporation, Sartorius Stedim Biotech, 3M, Alfa Laval, GE and GEA Group among others.
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