One of the biggest factors propelling the demand for organ-on-chip is the increasing number of investments being made in research by the governments of several countries all around the world. For instance, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) gave a research grant worth $2 million to Emulate Inc. in July 2017, in order to allow the company to leverage its human Brain-Chip system and create a fully automated research platform for conducting experiments on the International Space Station.
The other major factor responsible for the rising demand for organ-on-chip is the increasing need for alternatives to the conventionally used animal models in research activities. In many countries, doctors and medical researchers are raising concerns over the scientific validity and translatability of the animal alternatives of human diseases and this is massively boosting the demand for alternative drug and diseases research techniques. The increasing initiatives being taken by the pharmaceutical companies for promoting the adoption of organ-on-chip models are expected to further push the demand for organ-on-chip based research methods in future.
Driven by the above-mentioned factors, the global organ-on-chip market is predicted to advance at a 40.1% CAGR during 2018–2025 (forecast period). The valuation of the market is expected to rise from $11.0 million in 2017 to $163.1 million by 2025. Organs-on-chips are essentially tiny models of body parts, which can simulate the functioning of the real thing. These products are used in various applications, such as physiological model development, toxicology research, and drug discovery. Amongst these, the drug discovery applications are expected to record the fastest growth in the usage of organ-on-chip products during the forecast period.
Hence, it can be concluded that owing to the surging investments in advanced technologies and research methods in the healthcare industry and the shifting focus toward alternative testing models in drug discovery and disease research processes, the demand for organ-on-chips will increase considerably in the coming years.