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Pneumonia Testing Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Product Type (Instruments and Reagents & Consumables), By Type (Streptococcus-based, Legionella-based, Chlamydophila-based, Viral Pneumonia-based, Mycoplasma Pneumonia-based, and Others), By End-user (Hospitals & Clinics, Diagnostic Centers, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: May 21, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI106787



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The global pneumonia testing market size was valued at USD 639.9 million in 2023. The market is projected to grow from USD 676.1 million in 2024 to USD 1,122.0 million by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period.

Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. The infection causes the lungs' air sacs (alveoli) to inflame and fill up with fluid or pus. Some of the common symptoms of pneumonia are cough, fever, chills, and trouble breathing. The pneumonia testing protocol for this disease consists of a physical examination, medical history review, chest X-ray, blood culture, pulse oximetry, sputum culture, bronchoscopy, and fluid sample. The increase in the prevalence of pneumonia & early diagnosis due to rising concerns related to pneumonia has boosted the market's growth. The COVID-19 pandemic positively impacted the market as patients suffering from COVID-19 are highly susceptible to pneumonia, causing a sharp surge in the number of cases of viral pneumonia. Additionally, there was a decrease in the number of visits to healthcare professionals due to stringent lockdown measures, leading to a decline in community-acquired pneumonia cases.

Significant technological advancements, such as nucleic acid detection and a rise in initiatives by various government and non-government organizations, to boost the awareness and adoption of proper diagnosis for pneumonia are anticipated to favor the market growth. For instance, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) reduces the disease burden and strengthens integrated health systems in low and middle-income countries. It has partnered with five countries, India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya since 2016 to increase access to diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia. Such initiatives are expected to drive the global pneumonia diagnostics market growth during the forecast period.

COVID-19 boosted testing and exerted a mixed impact on the market due to a sharp surge in viral pneumonia cases in 2020. This surged the number of microbiological tests to check the co-infection in patients with COVID-19-induced pneumonia and accurately diagnose the type of pneumonia to decide the treatment flow and improve patient outcomes. In contrast, there was a decline in the number of cases of community-acquired pneumonia due to the stringent lockdown measures undertaken during the pandemic. Additionally, there was an apprehension amongst the general population about visiting healthcare facilities. According to an article published by Science Direct in May 2022, due to COVID-19, there was a 44–53% reduction in community-acquired pneumonia admissions amongst 82 hospitals in Japan. Hence, the COVID-19 pandemic had a dual impact on the global market.

Pneumonia Testing Market Trends

Growing Popularity and Adoption of Rapid and Point of Care Testing to Drive Growth Trajectory

Over the years, in terms of the pneumonia testing market trends, there has been a shifting preference and an increased demand for point-of-care diagnostic products. The rising prevalence of pneumonia leads to an intense need for rapid diagnostic devices. The key benefits, such as convenience, quicker diagnosis, and improved treatment outcomes, associated with the point-of-care testing segment boost its adoption among healthcare professionals and the patient population. According to an article published by NCBI in January 2020, rapid syndromic molecular tests for pneumonia offer better diagnostic accuracy than the current gold standard of culture. The research study compared the commercially available syndromic diagnostic testing platform, such as Filmarray Pneumonia panel and Unyvero, with a conventional diagnostic method and found the former two products more efficient in detecting pneumonia.

Furthermore, key market players are actively developing point-of-care molecular diagnostics for early detection of pneumonia to tackle the rising burden of the disease. For instance, in March 2020, SSI Diagnostica A/S received an approval from the U.S. FDA for ImmuView S pneumoniae and L pneumophila Urinary Antigen Test. It is a rapid, lateral flow test indicated for detecting Streptococcus pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila antigens in urine samples. Such market trends are anticipated to strongly contribute to the market's growth prospects over the forecast period. Moreover, the integration of advanced technologies, such as molecular diagnostics, next-generation sequencing, and artificial intelligence in pneumonia testing, is revolutionizing the way healthcare professionals diagnose and treat the disease, driving market growth.

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Pneumonia Testing Market Growth Factors

Increased Prevalence of Pneumonia & Concerns Associated with Pneumonia Mortality to Drive Market Growth

Significant increase in the prevalence of pneumonia across the globe is a major factor expected to propel the global market growth. Generally, pediatric and old-aged populations have an increased susceptibility to developing pneumonia. For instance, in November 2023, according to UNICEF, there was 1 pneumonia per 71 children and over 1,400 cases per 100,000 children annually. This high burden of cases boosts the frequency of pneumonia testing, thereby spurring market growth. Hence, these factors mentioned above are crucial growth drivers for the global market.

Predominantly, pneumonia is considered one of the most common causes of hospitalization among all infectious diseases. If the patient is found critical, the patient is hospitalized and further microbiological tests for pneumonia are done. For instance, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) estimates that about 1.0 million adults in the U.S. seek hospital care yearly due to pneumonia.

Furthermore, some poverty-related factors, such as malnutrition, lack of safe drinking water and sanitation, outdoor & indoor air pollution, and inadequate access to healthcare, contribute to pneumonia-associated mortality among children in developing nations. Thus, a steep increase in pneumonia-related mortality has raised concern among developing countries' governments to launch programs to increase awareness regarding pneumonia diagnosis to prevent deaths. Developed nations are more concerned regarding pneumonia diagnosis; thus, the American Thoracic Society (ATS)/Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) released Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) guidelines. Such pneumonia testing guidelines for pneumonia diagnosis are expected to be taken by developing nations to increase awareness of these testing procedures. Hence, the abovementioned factors are prominent drivers for the global market growth to flourish over the projected timeframe.

Development of Advanced Multiplex PCR for Pneumonia Detection is Likely to Drive the Market

One of the distinct factors anticipated to drive the growth is technological advancements in pneumonia testing. The advanced multiplex PCR (mPCR) based platform for diagnosing pneumonia offers higher detection efficiency, thereby reducing cost and time. The DNA or RNA replication of very minute microorganisms also does not require live microorganisms, and are thus not affected by the prior usage of antibiotics. Therefore, manufacturers are now focusing on developing and launching advanced multiplex PCR products. For instance, in 2018, Curetis launched Unyvero System and LRT Cartridge in the U.S. The system uses powerful multiplex PCR technology to detect a wide variety of microorganisms, antibiotic resistance markers, or toxins from sample-to-answer within 4 to 5 hours.

Furthermore, many manufacturers are putting diligent efforts into strategic business activities, such as collaboration, mergers, and acquisitions, to penetrate new regions and gain a strong foothold in the global market. Therefore, incorporating such novel technology will firmly propel market expansion.


Consideration of Chest X-Ray as a Gold Standard for Pneumonia Diagnostics to Hinder Market Growth

One of the most critical factors restraining this market's growth is the widespread utilization of chest X-rays as an essential tool for pneumonia detection. Generally, a combination of clinical history, physical examination, and laboratory test is usually recommended for diagnosing pneumonia. However, chest X-rays are considered the first-line diagnostic test in all patients with suspected pneumonia. This eventually decreases the adoption of microbiological diagnostic tests for pneumonia. Furthermore, advancements in chest X-ray products to efficiently detect pneumonia could threaten the molecular diagnostic market. For instance, in June 2020, GE Healthcare launched Thoracic Care Suite, a new AI suite to detect chest X-ray abnormalities, including pneumonia indicative of COVID-19.

Moreover, a chest radiograph (chest X-ray) helps to differentiate pneumonia from other causes of acute respiratory symptoms, such as pulmonary infarction, pulmonary edema, tuberculosis, and pleural effusion, hindering the pneumonia testing market growth. The factors mentioned above are responsible for hindering the adoption of products, thereby restricting the overall market growth to a certain extent. Furthermore, in some regions or healthcare settings, access to molecular diagnostic tests for pneumonia may be limited, further reinforcing the reliance on chest X-rays as the primary diagnostic tool, hampering the market growth.

Pneumonia Testing Market Segmentation Analysis

By Product Type Analysis

Reagents & Consumables to Experience High Demand owing to Wide Use in Pneumonia Testing

Based on product type, the global market is segmented into instruments and reagents & consumables. The reagents & consumables segment held a dominant market share in 2023. The strong market share can be attributed to the increase in research & development initiatives leading to new product launches, strong usage of these products for various testing procedures, and an increase in demand for microbial testing.

The instruments segment is expected to witness positive growth prospects during the forecast period from 2024 to 2032. This significant growth can be attributed to the advent of technologically advanced instruments with increased adoption across the globe.

By Type Analysis

Streptococcus-based Pneumonia Segment to Dominate through 2032 led by Rising Cases

Based on type, the global market is segmented into streptococcus-based, legionella-based, chlamydophila-based, viral pneumonia-based, mycoplasma pneumonia-based, and others. The streptococcus-based segment held a dominant pneumonia testing market share in 2023. Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the significant causes of Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP). For instance, according to a published article by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2022, streptococcus pneumoniae accounts for up to 15.0% of pneumonia cases in the U.S. and 27.0% globally.

The viral pneumonia-based segment is anticipated to hold the second leading position during the forecast period. The increasing number of viral pneumonia cases due to COVID-19 and the rising number of hospitalizations have led to strong demand for microbiological testing. The legionella-based segment held a substantial market share in 2023 due to rising cases and robust adoption of point-of-care diagnostic kits, leading the segment to grow at a significant CAGR. Also, the chlamydophila-based and mycoplasma pneumonia-based segments are estimated to grow at a lower CAGR as they are less common causes of pneumonia.

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By End-user Analysis

Hospitals & Clinics Segment to Witness Increased Testing due to Rise in Pneumonia-related Hospitalization 

Based on end-user, the market is segmented into hospitals & clinics, diagnostic centers, and others. The hospitals & clinics segment dominated the market and is projected to witness growth throughout the forecast period. The expansion can be attributed to several hospitalizations due to pneumonia. For instance, according to an article published by BioMed Central Ltd in 2019, the hospitalization rate for bacterial pneumonia was 79.1 per 10,000 people in South Korea. Also, the rate was the highest in the age group of 0–14 years at 325.3, and it was 161.5 among the elderly patients. Furthermore, favorable reimbursement policy, raising awareness, and demand for pneumonia diagnosis are crucial reasons for the growth of the hospitals & clinics segment. 

The diagnostic centers segment accounted for the second-largest market share in 2023. The increase in diagnostic centers carrying out diagnostic procedures, such as microbial testing from sputum, blood, and urine, specifically in developing countries is anticipated to contribute to the expansion of the diagnostic centers segment. The others segment is expected to witness positive growth due to rapid adoption of pneumonia testing across the globe.


Based on region, the global market is studied across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

North America Pneumonia Testing Market Size, 2023 (USD Million)

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The market size in North America stood at USD 254.3 million in 2023, and the region is expected to account for a dominant share of the global market during the forecast period. North America dominates the global market due to a substantial number of pneumonia cases, rapid adoption of point-of-care technologies, and favorable reimbursement policies. Furthermore, the presence of major players in the U.S. and the launches of technologically advanced products are some of the reasons driving the growth of regional markets such as North America.  

The European market held the second-largest market in 2023. The growth can be attributed to the increased number of hospitalizations and vital initiatives by the governments to raise awareness among people about pneumonia testing. For instance, according to the study published by BMC in January 2021, respiratory diseases in European countries are responsible for 15.0% of in-hospital deaths, with pneumonia being the second most important cause. Also, in terms of 7.0% of hospital admissions, pneumonia comprises 2.0% share. Thus, the increasing patient pool will likely favor the European market.

The Asia Pacific market is expected to grow remarkably in the forecast period. For instance, the rising geriatric population in Asia Pacific is effectively contributing to the prevalence of pneumonia since the aged population is more susceptible to pneumonia. Also, elderly individuals have higher hospitalization rates with a significant impact on morbidity and mortality. Latin America would witness growth due to increasing awareness in recent years. The unmet demand for pneumonia testing in Mexico and Brazil could provide lucrative opportunities for leading market’s key players. The Middle East & Africa holds a comparatively lesser share in the market. Still, it is expected to witness growth prospects due to rising awareness and improvement of government policies amongst the people of developing countries in these regions.

List of Key Companies in Pneumonia Testing Market

Leading Players such as Thermo Fisher Scientific and bioMérieux Strengthen Portfolio to Sustain Dominance

In terms of the competitive landscape, the global market has a fragmented nature due to the presence of various national and international players. However, strategies, such as product launches and focus on mergers and acquisitions, have been some critical factors helping key industry players boost market revenue. One of the key companies, bioMérieux SA, holds a top position due to its strong brand presence and technologically advanced product portfolio. For instance, the company’s vital products of BIOFIRE FILMARRAY Pneumonia plus Panel and BIOFIRE Respiratory 2.1 plus Panel have strengthened its position and increased its market revenue.

Also, players, such as Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Abbott, hold a prominent position in the global market due to their robust product portfolio for rapid testing, coupled with a strong geographic reach. Other vital players, such as BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company), Quidel Corporation, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., and Luminex Corporation (DiaSorin S.p.A.), also occupy prominent positions in the global market due to their product launches and strategic collaborations to expand their operations. Furthermore, emerging players, such as Meridian Bioscience, Inc. and OpGen, are slowly gaining a competitive advantage due to the adoption of advanced technologies and expansion of their production capabilities.



  • December 2023: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., launched Applied Biosystems MagMAX Dx Viral/Pathogen NA Isolation Kit and KingFisher Apex Dx, an automated nucleic acid purification instrument for the purification isolation of bacterial and viral pathogens from respiratory biological specimens.

  • July 2022: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. launched the Applied Biosystems TaqPath Respiratory Viral Select Panel to detect five common viruses, including those that cause the common cold, croup, influenza-like illnesses, bronchiolitis, and pneumonia.

  • May 2022: Thermo Fisher Scientific’s partner, B•R•A•H•M•S GmbH, entered into a partnership with DiaSorin S.p.A. with an aim to develop and commercialize the new LIAISON B•R•A•H•M•S MR-proADM immunodiagnostic test. The assay will aid in diagnosing sepsis, septic shock, lower tract respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and kidney disease.

  • September 2021: CerTest Biotec developed and validated its CE-IVD multiplex assay VIASURE C. pneumoniae, M. pneumoniae & L. pneumophila real-time PCR kit for the detection of principal pathogens implicated in atypical pneumoniae.

  • April 2021: Luminex Corporation (DiaSorin S.p.A.) and Lumos Diagnostics partnered to launch LIAISON IQ, an immunoassay Point-of-Care (POC) platform that delivers cost-effective POC solutions in under 15 minutes.

  • February 2021: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. completed the acquisition of Mesa Biotech, Inc. The acquisition would help the company expand its molecular diagnostics segment.

  • July 2020: bioMérieux SA launched the product BIOFIRE MYCOPLASMA. It is an innovative test for mycoplasma detection in biotherapeutic pharmaceutical products (antibodies, hormones, cell, and gene therapies).


An Infographic Representation of Pneumonia Testing Market

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The pneumonia testing market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market. The global market is segmented by product type, type, end-user, and geography. The market analysis focuses on key aspects such as market dynamics, key industry developments - mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships, new product launches, technological advancements in testing of pneumonia, regulatory & reimbursement scenario, prevalence/incidence of pneumonia, major market players, and COVID-19 pandemic impact on the global market. Besides this, the market report includes insights into the market trends and highlights key industry dynamics. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses numerous factors and market statistics that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.

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CAGR of 6.5% from 2024-2032


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By Product Type

  • Instruments

  • Reagents & Consumables

By Type

  • Streptococcus-based

  • Legionella-based

  • Chlamydophila-based

  • Viral Pneumonia-based

  • Mycoplasma Pneumonia-based

  • Others

By End-user

  • Hospitals & Clinics

  • Diagnostic Centers

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (Product Type, Type, End-user, and By Country)

    • U.S.

    • Canada

  • Europe (Product Type, Type, End-user, and By Country/Sub-Region)

    • Germany

    • France

    • U.K.

    • Italy

    • Spain,

    • Russia

    • Nordic

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (Product Type, Type, End-user, and By Country/Sub-Region)

    • China

    • Japan

    • South Korea

    • Southeast Asia

    • India

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Latin America (Product Type, Type, End-user, and By Country/Sub-Region)

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Rest of Latin America

  • Middle East & Africa (Product Type, Type, End-user, and By Country/Sub-Region)

    • Turkey

    • Saudi Arabia

    • UAE

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 639.9 million in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 1,122.0 million by 2032.

In 2023, North America stood at USD 254.3 million.

Growing at a CAGR of 6.5%, the market will exhibit steady growth over the forecast period (2024-2032).

The streptococcus-based segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

The increased prevalence of pneumonia, strong focus on the development of advanced diagnostic technologies, rise in various government and non-government organizations initiatives, and the adoption of rapid and point-of-care testing in the global market are driving the market growth.

bioMerieux SA and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. are some of the major market players in the global market.

North America dominated the market in 2023.

New product launches, rising government initiatives to increase the adoption of diagnostics of pneumonia, and rise in cases of pneumonia across the globe surge the adoption of these products.

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