Growing adoption of high-content screening techniques in drug discovery and rising incidence of cancer primarily drives the market for live cell imaging. The growth in research funding and rising government funding and investment in regenerative medicine research will also support the market growth in the coming years. 


According to the WHO, there are 70 vaccine candidates under development, and three candidates are already being tested in human trials. At the forefront of the COVID-19 outbreak, many researchers worldwide are engaged in the viral research of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 


According to market research report, "Live Cell Imaging Market by Product (Instruments, Consumables, Software, Services) Application (Cell Biology, Drug Discovery) Technology (Time-lapse Microscopy, FRET) End User (Contract Research Organization, Research Institutes) - Global Forecast to 2025", The global live cell imaging market size is projected to reach USD 2.8 billion by 2025 from USD 1.8 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of 8.8% during the forecast period. 



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The traditional method of toxicity and drug safety studies involves the screening of large libraries through high-throughput screening. This method is expensive, has a low success rate, and is resource- and time-consuming. 


The use of HCS makes the drug development process more time- and cost-efficient. Owing to these factors, the adoption of high-content screening for toxicity studies is expected to increase during the forecast period. This, in turn, is expected to drive market growth as live cell imaging is used in HCS to identify meaningful information from complex systems such as in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo systems.  


The normalization of the global economy will slowly increase the demand for live cell imaging systems in non-COVID-related research activity labs, leading to market growth from the first quarter of 2021. Furthermore, players operating in the market are altering their strategies, for both long-term and short-term growth, by tapping the research market and developing innovative products to combat the pandemic. 


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The cells used in experiments should be in good condition and function normally under a microscope in the presence of synthetic fluorophores or fluorescent proteins. Additionally, maintaining a constant cellular environment is very important during the experiment; the cells should be grown in culture media in a carbon dioxide incubator. 


Running live cell imaging experiments successfully can be a major challenge. The conditions under which cells are maintained under microscopes decide the success or failure of the experiment. Therefore, maintaining living cells on slides is the most crucial part of the experiment.