Saliva-based Detection Kits to Dominate COVID-19 Saliva-based Screening Market with 83% Share: Persistence Market Research

Published On : Aug 26, 2021

As per Persistence Market Research’s latest industry analysis, the global COVID-19 saliva-based screening market was valued at over US$ 1.7 Bn in 2020, and is expected to exhibit a declining CAGR of -3% over the forecast period of 2021 to 2031.

COVID-19 saliva-based screening is attaining traction in the existing situation, as it is patient-friendly, easy to use, and has a shorter test-to-result timeline. COVID-19 saliva-based screening plays a dynamic role in screening asymptomatic persons, thus sustaining market growth. This is mainly owing to numerous advantages offered by saliva-based tests, growing product approvals by FDA, and a shift toward point-of-care testing.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, several key players have entered the screening market. Advertising and expansion strategies are also playing an important role in generating market revenue. Furthermore, manufacturers are investing extensively in research & development activities to develop novel techniques that can allow rapid testing and accurate results.

Product launches, approvals, and acquisitions & mergers are rampant in this market space:

  • Abbott launched ID NOW, a molecular POCT for detecting novel coronavirus (COVID-19), authorized by the U.S. FDA-issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). It is small, lightweight (6.6 pounds) and portable (size of a small toaster), and uses molecular technology that delivers positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 min.
  • In April 2021, Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. announced the launch of an FDA emergency use authorization-approved, in-licensed rapid POCT for COVID-19/Flu A&B test, for use in decentralized and traditional testing settings.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific acquired Mesa Biotech, a developer of hand-held test devices for COVID-19 detection. Mesa received approximately US$ 450 Mn in cash and became eligible for an additional US$ 100 Mn based on the completion of certain pre-discussed milestones. This acquisition enabled Thermo Fisher Scientific to accelerate the availability of reliable and accurate advanced molecular diagnostics at POCT.

Key Takeaways from Market Study

  • Based on product, saliva-based detection kits are leading with over 83% market share.
  • By technology, RT-qPCR technology holds around 49% market value share, globally, primarily due to increasing focus on rapid testing and growing research activities.
  • COVID-19 diagnostics is estimated to dominate the market by application. This segment accounted for approximately 63% share of the market, primarily due to rising prevalence of Covid-19 and increasing demand for COVID-19 diagnostics
  • Diagnostic laboratories dominate the market among the end users with a market share of 27%.
  • By region, Europe is set to dominate the global market with a value share of around 36%.
  • North America is slated to be the second-largest leading market with a value share of 34% through 2031.

“Increasing adoption of COVID-19 saliva-based screening, rising ageing population susceptible to COVID-19, and continuous guidance from governments to support the response effect of the pandemic are estimated to boost market growth over the coming years," says an analyst of Persistence Market Research.

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Market Competition

New product approvals, launches, collaborations, agreements, and partnerships have emerged as the main growth strategy implemented by leading players. Acquisitions allow a company to expand its product portfolio. The company that is acquired possesses well-established diagnostic products and solutions, which become a good revenue source for the acquirer. This also enables the company to enter new emerging markets as well as existing markets.

  • In April 2021, Vatic Health received the CE mark for a saliva antigen test as an on-the-spot test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The test has also completed the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) registration in the U.K.

What Does the Report Cover?

Persistence Market Research offers a unique perspective and actionable insights on the COVID-19 saliva-based screening market in its latest study, presenting a historical demand assessment and projections for 2020 – 2031.

The research study is based on the product (saliva collection kits, saliva nucleic acid purification kit and saliva-based detection kits), technology (direct sample to PCR, RT-qPCR and lateral flow assay), application (COVID-19 research and COVID-19 diagnostics), end user (diagnostic laboratories, hospitals & clinics, academic and research institutes, biopharma companies, long term care facilities, home care settings and others), across seven key regions of the world.

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