Exosome research is growing exponentially as researchers from several disparate disciplines are exploring the role of exosomes in inter-cellular communication, immunological responses, stem cell behavior, cancer cell communication, etc. Indeed, the potential of exosomes and other classes of microvesicles as a means of molecular cargo transport is being intensively studied. Exosomes are also relatively unexplored in molecular details and potential functional impact in vivo.
An area of significant research interest focuses on the potential for exosomes and circulating vesicles to serve as a proxy for disease processes in vivo. By virtue of their presence in various body fluids they lend themselves to being easily harvested and provide a potential window into the in vivo situation. However, the potential clinical application of exosomes in diagnostics and therapeutics is many years away, and at the present time the majority of the interest lies in performing research on these vesicles in order to characterize their molecular cargo and potential function.
Given the nascence of this field, we have sought to study publications in the exosomes and microvesicles space as a means to follow the research efforts and track hotspots in the field. We plan to track this fast-moving field every six months as a means to quickly spot trends as they emerge and pinpoint areas of opportunity to companies seeking to develop tools for exosome research as well as content-focused companies seeking to discover and platformize biomarkers found in exosomes and other vesicles.