Airbus and Boeing. Apple and Microsoft. Coca Cola and Pepsi. At his Seqonomics blog, Art Wuster points to these as examples of duopolies. He then asks: "How close the next-generation sequencing market … to being dominated by the Illumina and Life Technologies duopoly?"
While he notes Illumina has captured the largest share of the next-gen sequencing market to date, Life Tech is not so far behind — and other firms are beginning to come online.
Still, Wuster says, "the dominance of Illumina and Life Technologies looks precarious. … There are a dozen companies scrambling to enter the market, and some of them are working on rather disruptive technology."