Biomanufacturers Looking For Single-Use InnovationsSource: BioPlan Associates, Inc.
By Eric Langer, President and Managing Partner, BioPlan Associates, Inc.
Single-use innovation continues to be a hot topic, according to results from our 9th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers. In fact, disposable products account for three of the top five new product development areas of interest this year among the 302 biomanufacturers we surveyed (the study evaluated 21 different new product areas). Chief among these are disposable bags and connectors, as the most common area where end-users want their suppliers and vendors to focus their research and development efforts, cited by 40% of respondents. Not far behind, 36.1% of the industry this year expressed an interest in disposable probes and sensors. Contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) were specifically interested in this area, with 48% indicating they are demanding improvements in this area. This is partly due to the leading role CMOs take in introduction of single use, disposable devices. Disposable bioreactors occupy the 4th spot, indicated by 31.7% of respondents, while disposable purification products are cited by 28.9%, good for the 6th spot.