Over the past few years, there has been a significant rise in funding for universities conducting R&D in microscopes. These fundings allow the universities or academic institutions to set up new facilities for high-tech versions of microscopes that permit scientists and researchers to work in new research areas. Some of the recent fundings granted to universities for setting up new facilities for high-tech versions of these microscopes include:
- In January 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted ~USD 1 million funding to the University of Georgia (UGA), U.S., for a new electron microscope. This project will fulfill the broad research-related needs of researchers from various departments in the university.
- In September 2019, the Stetson University received a grant of USD 2,66,000 funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase an inverted fluorescent microscope system to be used by undergraduate students across biology, health sciences, and physics departments. This microscope system will allow imaging of a wide range of living biological samples from subcellular structures to small organisms, opening new avenues of research at the cellular and sub-cellular levels.
- In July 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted USD 377,259 funding to the Western Kentucky University, U.S., for a new high-tech laser scanning confocal microscope that will allow students to study cancer at the molecular level.
- In July 2019, the University of Vermont, U.S., received a grant of USD 4,00,000 funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and USD 1,00,000 via institutional funding to allow the purchase of advanced instruments in science and engineering research, including a state-of-the-art microscope based on Raman Spectroscopy technology.
- In January 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted USD 1.75 million funding to The University of New Mexico, U.S., to purchase a high-tech version of scanning transmission electron microscope.
- In October 2018, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin Research Centre (Germany) developed a new image processing system using X-ray microscopy that will help to understand the bone structure and its anatomy, which will further help in the treatment of bone-related conditions, such as osteoporosis.
The rising number of funding for R&D in microscopes for the universities represents the growing research activities. Thus, to boost these activities, it has also been reported that there has been a rise in academia-industry collaborations in the past few years. These collaborations allow researchers and scientists access to advanced microscopes for their research purposes. In return, the companies achieve broad insights of research that are being carried out in universities and academic institutes to develop microscopes to fulfill the ever-evolving demands for their customers. A few of the recent collaborations are listed below:
- In October 2019, Carl Zeiss (Germany) partnered with Kyoto University (Japan) to open a collaborative laboratory at Kyoto’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS). The partnership will allow Kyoto access to the latest ZEISS microscopy technologies.
- In May 2019, Leica Microsystems (U.S.) and the Cell Biology Unit (CBU) of the Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany) entered into an agreement for the creation of a new Reference Center for Light Microscopy, allowing the company to gain the knowledge and experience of CBU scientists.
- In February 2019, Leica Microsystems (U.S.) and the University of California San Diego (U.S.) partnered to establish the Leica Microsystems Center of Excellence (CoE) at UC San Diego, allowing the company to gain the knowledge and experience of scientists that will help in developing microscopes to meet the future needs.
- In June 2018, Leica Microsystems (U.S.) and the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (U.S.) signed an agreement to establish the Leica microsystems center of excellence (CoE) at UCLA that will support scientists and engineers and drive new scientific discoveries.
- In March 2018, Leica Microsystems (U.S.) partnered with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Saudi Arabia) to establish a Center of Excellence (CoE) for Optical Microscopy on the university's campus, encouraging new scientific discoveries.
Therefore, the encouraging research scenario in academic institutes is further expected to drive the global microscopy market in the coming years. According to Meticulous Research, the global microscopy market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% to reach USD 11.71 billion by 2028.
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