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SIZE OF WORLDWIDE MARKET: Biological

The worldwide market for protection from accidental or deliberate releases of biological toxins or pathogens is the least documented of the R-B-C risks. However, the potential size of the worldwide market can perhaps be extrapolated from the U.S. market. Consider the following:

Accidental Release of Biological Agents

  • There are 119 Biodefense Research Facilities in 31 states.1,2
  • There are 211 institutions in 41 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico involved in non-biodefense research on biological toxins or pathogens.
  • These 330 facilities are located in 158 cities in the United States with a population of 54,835,129 or approximately one-fourth of the population of the United States.
  • If these facilities exist in the same ratio in the population throughout the European Union, there is a target population of another 100 million just in that region of the world.

There is a recognized trend toward proliferation of these facilities throughout the world, thereby increasing the potential for an accident occurring. In the U.S. from 2001 to 2007 there have been 15 documented, known cases of accidents at these facilities.3 Fortunately, none of these accidents resulted in widespread outbreaks of any disease.

Targets of Biological Terrorism

But the largest market for protection is the major metropolitan areas of the world. These cities are all potential targets of terrorists using biological agents (such as anthrax, smallpox, botulism, and tularemia) as well as radiological dispersal devices (dirty bombs). As shown in the radiological market section, the top 20 cities in the world have a combined population of 276.3 million.4

Other Market Factors

While RBC Shield® patented tiles would not protect from biological agents that would target the agricultural industry or the water supplies, nonetheless, any terrorist incident that targeted these areas would demonstrate the capability to use such biological agents. Once the capability to use any bioterrorism agent is demonstrated, there would be a significant demand created for the protection that the RBC Shield® tiles would provide.


Sources/Footnotes

  1. http://www.sunshine-project.org (Note: The Sunshine Project discontinued its operations in February 2008).
  2. Map (PDF), Listing (PDF) courtesy of The Sunshine Project.
  3. See listing of incidents (PDF).
  4. U.S. Census Bureau and Times Atlas of the World, tenth edition. Click here to see a list of the world's 100 most populous cities.