Newborn Screening Market to Surpass US$ 1.3 Billion by 2026

Posted by Pareesh on March 26th, 2019

Newborn screening tests look for developmental, metabolic, and genetic disorders in infants. It allows steps to be taken before development of symptoms. Although, majority of these illnesses are very rare, they can be treated with early diagnosis. Newborn screening includes over 30 conditions and illnesses. Increasing awareness among parents for disease screening is a major factor driving newborn screening market growth. Furthermore, various government and non-government organizations are actively focused on offering better fetal and maternal care. For instance, in June 2018, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) led a campaign to fight sickle cell disease in Africa and urged governments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, to invest in newborn screening of the disease.

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Novel treatments, biomarkers, and technologies are expected to enable various diseases to be considered as potential candidates to be included in New Born Screening (NBS) programs. For instance, new treatments such as Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT), Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT), and gene therapy and new pharmacological drugs have allowed autoimmune diseases to be considered as potential candidates to be included in NBS programs.

Increasing number of newborn screenings, owing to rising awareness among parents and governments is expected to drive the newborn screening market growth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017, four million infants in the U.S. are routinely screened, using a few drops of blood from their heel, for certain endocrine, genetic, and metabolic disorders. The infants are also tested for hearing loss and Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHDs) prior to discharge from a hospital or birth center.

Furthermore, increasing incidence of hospital acquired diseases create an acute need for newborn screening. For instance, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011, around one in every 25 infants was infected with at least one hospital acquired infections.

Government initiatives to support screening of newborns is also a major factor driving the newborn screening market. For instance, CDC is working to harness the latest advances in science and technology so that more disorders can be identified accurately and treated quickly. In 2005, CDC established the Newborn Screening Translation Research Initiative (NSTRI) with the CDC Foundation. NSTRI works with corporate, academic, and foundation partners to assure the quality of research methods during both pilot studies and routine screening.

Key players operating in the global newborn screening market include, Agilent Technologies, AB SCIEX, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Covidien PLC, GE Life Sciences, Masimo Corporation, Natus Medical Inc., PerkinElmer Inc., and ZenTech S.A.

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