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How to define reagents?


Reagents, also called biochemical reagents or reagents, are mainly pure chemicals used in chemical reactions, analytical tests, research experiments, teaching experiments, and chemical formulations. Experimental reagents mainly include chemical reagents (organic, electrodeless, analytical, etc.) and life science reagents, in addition to other types of reagents, laboratory consumables, etc.

A more comprehensive definition of chemical reagents can be:
Compounds or simple substances of various purity grades used in chemical tests, chemical analysis, chemical research and other tests.


Chemical Reagents Classification

Competitive Landscape of Reagents


The outstanding feature of the experimental reagents is the variety and the small amount.

There are 200,000 kinds of reagents worldwide, about 50,000 kinds of reagents in circulation, and more than 20,000 kinds of reagents frequently used in China. With the development of science and technology, the kinds of reagents are still increasing. Although there are so many varieties, the dosage of some reagents is quite small, and the annual dosage of individual varieties is only a few micrograms or a few milligrams.

Internationally Renowned Reagent Company

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    Thermo Fisher

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Relying heavily on imports, the contradiction between supply and demand is prominent

The above-mentioned companies produce more than 10,000 varieties, and they are all supplied in a systematic way to form a complete product series. However, there are currently less than 7,000 domestically produced varieties in China, of which only about 2,600 can be normally produced all year round. In particular, new reagent products such as high-purity and ultra-pure materials, clinical reagents, and biochemical products rely heavily on imports, and the contradiction between supply and demand is very prominent.


China's Chemical Reagent Industry Scale

From 2014 to 2018, China's chemical reagent industry has developed rapidly, especially high-purity chemical reagents, which are the fastest-growing products with the highest technical content
In 2018, the market size of China's chemical reagent industry increased to 124.317 billion yuan, an increase of 18.3% YOY.

Types and Characteristics of Chinese Laboratory Reagent Suppliers


  • Large Foreign Source Supplier


  • Domestic Agent

    Mainly agent or distribute foreign reagents

  • Domestic Brand

    R&D and sales of self-branded reagents, most of the domestic reagent brands will also act as agents of other brand reagents

  • Dealer

    Mainly small and medium-sized enterprises, without brand authorization, will distribute reagents of multiple brands, focusing on customer relationship

  • Platform Provider

    Based on third-party, scientific research institutions or brand self-built online supply chain platforms




China's Reagent Imports & Exports

Biological Reagent Field

With the completion of human genome sequencing, cutting-edge research is gradually elucidating the key signal pathways in the process of cancer occurrence, growth, and metastasis. Some small molecule inhibitors that can block cancer-causing signals are also beginning to play a role in cancer treatment research.
At the same time, specific antibodies against a single target can also become cancer treatment drugs. With the in-depth research on cancer signaling pathways and drug targets, small molecule inhibitors, antibodies and protein reagents have become key development areas in the field of life sciences.

With the completion of genome-like sequencing, cutting-edge research is gradually clarifying the key signaling pathways in the process of cancer occurrence, growth and metastasis

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