The healthcare industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by telemedicine, real-time diagnostics, smart hospitals and access to digital therapies, and the growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), augmented reality (AR), robotics and data management practices. In the last three years alone, there have been over 106,000 patents filed and granted in the healthcare industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Environment Sustainability in Healthcare: Automated immunoassay analyzer

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 443,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the healthcare industry, there are 200+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Automated immunoassay analyser is a key innovation area in environmental sustainability 

Utilising an antibody as a reagent, immunoassay analysers are used to locate and measure the quantity of certain chemicals in a sample. These tools are employed in hospitals and clinical labs to carry out several tests, such as those for cancer, allergies, therapeutic pharmaceutical monitoring, and other conditions. Because automated immunoassay analysers use less raw materials and involve less human error (having to repeat the test), they are assumed to have a better impact on the environment compared to traditional testing.  

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 80 companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of automated immunoassay analyser. 

Key players in automated immunoassay analyser – a disruptive innovation in the healthcare industry     

Patent volumes related to automated immunoassay analyser

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Vanda Pharmaceuticals 142 Unlock company profile
Labrador Diagnostics 97 Unlock company profile
F. Hoffmann-La Roche 89 Unlock company profile
Caris MPI 75 Unlock company profile
Omni MedSci 47 Unlock company profile
Johnson & Johnson 47 Unlock company profile
Boston Medical Center 46 Unlock company profile
Biodesix 46 Unlock company profile
Waters 43 Unlock company profile
MeMed Diagnostics 39 Unlock company profile
Nestle 36 Unlock company profile
Gritstone Bio 35 Unlock company profile
Compagnie Merieux Alliance 34 Unlock company profile
OPKO Health 31 Unlock company profile
Idexx Laboratories 27 Unlock company profile
Coloright 26 Unlock company profile
Abbott Laboratories 26 Unlock company profile
Takeda Pharmaceutical 25 Unlock company profile
Cleveland Clinic Foundation 25 Unlock company profile
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 24 Unlock company profile
Royal Caribbean Cruises 22 Unlock company profile
Reliant Immune Diagnostics 21 Unlock company profile
Psomagen 21 Unlock company profile
Samsung Group 20 Unlock company profile
Globeimmune 18 Unlock company profile
Veracyte 16 Unlock company profile
Genocea Biosciences 16 Unlock company profile
Meridian Bioscience 15 Unlock company profile
Neste 15 Unlock company profile
Sysmex 14 Unlock company profile
Agios Pharmaceuticals 14 Unlock company profile
Vertex Pharmaceuticals 13 Unlock company profile
Bio-Rad Laboratories 13 Unlock company profile
Pacific Edge 13 Unlock company profile
Siemens 12 Unlock company profile
Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store 12 Unlock company profile
Immunovia 12 Unlock company profile
True Health Diagnostics 12 Unlock company profile
ChipCare 11 Unlock company profile
Cell ID 11 Unlock company profile
Carmentix 11 Unlock company profile
Integrated Health Leaders 11 Unlock company profile
Vyripharm Enterprises 10 Unlock company profile
Clalit Health Services 10 Unlock company profile
Fujifilm Holdings 9 Unlock company profile
Androvia LifeSciences 9 Unlock company profile
Koninklijke Philips 9 Unlock company profile
Metamark Genetics 9 Unlock company profile
ProteomikaSL 9 Unlock company profile
Exact Sciences 8 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators. 

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Vanda Pharmaceuticals is one of the leading patent filers in the field of automated immunoassay analyser. Some other key patent filers in the field include Labrador Diagnostics and F. Hoffmann-La Roche

In terms of application diversity, Agios Pharmaceuticals leads the pack, followed by Boston Medical Center and Fujifilm, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Idexx Laboratories held the top position, followed by OPKO Health and Vertex Pharmaceutical in second and third spots, respectively. 

In the foreseeable future, several applications for automated immunoassay analysers will spur corporate growth. Its widespread application in environmental sample assessment could support industry growth. By using automated technologies, laboratories may better allocate their qualified personnel to more crucial tasks like analysing and reviewing test findings.  

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Healthcare

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.