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 biochemistry analyzers.

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 biochemistry analysers is a key innovation area in environmental sustainability

Fully automated biochemistry analysers are compact, simple, fully automatic and reliable instruments that can analyse entire blood, serum, plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, or urine samples for clinical chemistry parameters such as proteins, catalysts, salts, metabolite, and even pharmaceuticals in a short amount of time.

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 40+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of automated biochemistry analysers.

Key players in automated biochemistry analysers – a disruptive innovation in the healthcare industry

‘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’.

Patent volumes related to automated biochemistry analysers

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
F. Hoffmann-La Roche 187 Unlock company profile
Sysmex 152 Unlock company profile
Abbott Laboratories 96 Unlock company profile
Hitachi 89 Unlock company profile
Danaher 77 Unlock company profile
Labrador Diagnostics 72 Unlock company profile
Agilent Technologies 67 Unlock company profile
Caris MPI 42 Unlock company profile
Meso Scale Technologies 37 Unlock company profile
Koninklijke Philips 34 Unlock company profile
Siemens 31 Unlock company profile
Becton Dickinson and Co 30 Unlock company profile
Fujifilm Holdings 22 Unlock company profile
Inpeco Holding 22 Unlock company profile
Meso Scale Diagnostics 18 Unlock company profile
C. H. Boehringer Sohn 16 Unlock company profile
Thermo Fisher Scientific 15 Unlock company profile
Fio 14 Unlock company profile
Shimadzu 12 Unlock company profile
Bio-Rad Laboratories 12 Unlock company profile
DNAnudge 11 Unlock company profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 11 Unlock company profile
Elemental Scientific 10 Unlock company profile
Techno Medica 10 Unlock company profile
BioRad Laboratories 9 Unlock company profile
Laboratory Corp of America Holdings 8 Unlock company profile
Leavitt Medical 8 Unlock company profile
GE Healthcare 8 Unlock company profile
Toshiba 7 Unlock company profile
Johnson & Johnson 7 Unlock company profile
SYMAX 6 Unlock company profile
Yaskawa Electric 6 Unlock company profile
Alere Scarborough 6 Unlock company profile
Ems Pathology Medical Solutions 6 Unlock company profile
Mycenax Biotech 5 Unlock company profile
Essenlix 5 Unlock company profile
Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics 5 Unlock company profile
AT&T 5 Unlock company profile
Eppendorf 5 Unlock company profile
Nippon Chemi-Con 5 Unlock company profile
Boditech Med 5 Unlock company profile
Quidel 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

F. Hoffmann-La Roche and Sysmex are the leading patent filers in the automated biochemistry analysers for environmental sustainability. Some other leading patent filers include Abbott Laboratories and Hitachi.

In terms of application diversity, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Alere Scarborough are leading companies, followed by Abbott Laboratories. With regards to geographic reach, DNAnudge, Fio, and Agilent Technologies are the top companies.

Automated biochemistry analysers can help in optimising time-consuming testing and analytical processes and provide reliable diagnostic information as well as foster product innovation.

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.