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There are biological samples such as biological reagents, blood and blood derivatives, vaccines DNA, special medicines, and even flammable chemicals that cannot be adequately stored in ordinary refrigerators and freezers due to their extreme temperature condition requirements for these substances to be of use at their optimum condition; therefore, biomedical freezers and refrigerators have been designed to meet this specific need. Precise temperature conditions are required for prolonged storage of these biological samples and a reason why commercially available biomedical freezers and refrigerators are manufactured purposely to serve this temperature requirement, for instance, DNA and RNA samples must be stored at a temperature range within -70 to -80 degrees Centigrade, plasma products, blood and vaccines are effectively stored between -30 to -40 degrees Centigrade.
Biomedical freezers and refrigerators are mainly used in these areas: blood banks, hospitals, pharmacies, diagnostic clinics, research laboratories, university laboratories, etc., with the blood banks leading in the market share as a primary user of these storage utilities. Due to the segmented market that demands for biomedical refrigerators and freezers, these storage facilities have been typed according to its market use, such as blood bank refrigerators, laboratory refrigerators, plasma freezers, ultra low freezers, laboratory freezers, shock freezers, cryogenic refrigeration or storage system. Furthermore, factors that greatly demand for the need of biomedical freezers and refrigerators are due to the rise of need for blood transfusions, development of new vaccines, introduction of cellular therapies, custom-made medicines, rising establishment of research and development activities. In addition to the mentioned factors, in a general overview, the business market for biomedical freezers and refrigerators has taken on an upsurge growth due to the expansion of the healthcare industry which has included the medical-tourism sector, and which has prompted for the the technological and infrastructural establishment of specialized hospitals and clinics. On the other hand, the presence of cheaply-made biomedical freezers and refrigerators offered by market players in other countries at a cheaper price may have contributed a constraint in its steady growth. There is the risk of these cheaply-made biomedical freezers and refrigerators in the sense that their quality in maintaining extreme temperature conditions may not be strictly maintained and thus can tremendously affect the shelf-life of blood samples and other important biological samples. Stringent legislations are now being established to serve as standards in the designing, manufacturing, testing, and marketing of these types of biomedical freezers and refrigerators with emphasis on safety and performance, thus requiring quality certification of these products. For these storage facilities to maintain its demand, if not further grow, in the market, the following factors are noted to be the prime reasons for its success – quality and technological factor, product pricing with its competitors, and effective distribution network.