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Manufacturers & suppliers


CCD Cameras

Amersham Pharmacia Biotech

Amersham International plc
Amersham Place
Little Chalfont
Bucks HP7 9NA
Tel: +44 (0) 800 515313 (Orders)
Tel: +44 (0) 800 616928 (Technical enquiries)
Fax: +44 (0) 800 616927

Amersham Pharmacia Biotech are leaders in the supply of radioisotopes and autoradiography products. Amersham Pharmacia Biotech also supply Kodak Digital Camera systems suitable for the single laboratory.

Ultraviolet Products (UVP)

Corporate Headquarters: UVP, Inc.
2066 W. 11th Street, Upland, CA 91786 USA; Tel: (800)452-6788 or (909)946-3197; Fax: (909)946-3597; E-Mail:

European Operations: Ultra-Violet Products Limited
Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 4FH, England; Tel: +44(0)1223-420022; Fax: +44(0)1223-420561; E-Mail:

Since 1932, UVP has continually pioneered the design and production of ultraviolet products for scientific, industrial and educational applications. 

UVP began manufacturing ultraviolet lamps for mineral fluorescence and over the years product development has expanded into various types of ultraviolet lamps and equipment.  UVPs focus is also on the development of scientific imaging gel documentation products.


6, The Business Centre, Harvard Way, Kimbolton, Northamptonshire  Tel: +44 1480 861831 Fax :+44 1480 861899

Bio/Gene supplies Phoretix software with their CCD Camera Systems.



Astrocam Ltd
Innovation Centre
Cambridge Science Park
Milton Road
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 420 705
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 423 021

Manufacture low light cameras and control systems for scanning.


Sonnenmattstrasse 11
CH-4132 Muttenz

Desaga GmbH

P.O. Box 10 19 69
Maaßstraße 26-28
D-6900 Heidelberg 1


Photometrics GmbH (Europe)
Sollner Strasse 61
D-81479 Munich
Tel: +49 89 79 95 80
Fax: +49 89 79 97 15

Manufacture low light cameras and control systems for scanning. Please see section on CCD cameras for more details.

Photonic Science Ltd

East Sussex TN32 5LA

Storage phosphor Imaging Systems.

Molecular Dynamics

This company manufactures complete storage phosphor imaging systems. The PhosphorImager® system is reported sensitive to 14C, 3H, 125I, 131I, 32P, 33P, 35S and other radioisotopes. Image plate spatial resolution is reported to cope with closely-spaced bands (as in DNA sequencing els). Exposure times are one-tenth conventional x-ray film. Applications include:The company's Storm product scans storage phosphor screens, fluorescent gels and chemifluorescent blots (image area 35 x 43 cm).
Their FluorImager system is a multi-purpose fluorescent sample reader for one-and two-color analysis of gels, blots, TLC and microplates. Samples are read directly, with no drying or exposure step required. The company issue a number of fluoresence kits and applications guides: Understanding Chemifluorescence Guide; Vistra Fluorescence Reagent Kits for oligonucleotide labelling and Western blotting; 28-page fluorescence imaging applications guide (protein and nucleic acid detection in gels, membranes and microplates). Phoretix software provides a much more powerful and accurate analysis system than the software that is currently supplied with the Molecular Dynamics equipment

Band Shift Assays Carbohydrate Analysis CAT Assays Colony Hybridization DNA Footprinting
DNA Quantitation DNA Sequencing DNA Typing Dot Blots Enzyme Assays
In-vitro Transcription Kinase Assays Library Screening Microsatellite Mapping Northern Blotting
Plaque Lifts Primer Extension RAPD RFLP RNA Quantitation
RNase Protection RT-PCR S1 Mapping Slot Blots Southern Blotting
SSCP Short Tandem Repeat TLC Western Blotting 1D & 2D Protein Gels


Bio-Rad (UK)
Tel: 0800 181134

The BioRad GS-505 phosphor plate imager can be used for radioactive and chemiluminescent gels and gel blots. It has a broad linear dynamic range (1 to 105) set against a limited range of wavelengths. It accepts small format (20 x 25cm screens. The high spacial resolution permits separation of closely-spaced bands. Suitable platforms are: Power Macintosh, Macintosh and Windows 3.1/Windows 95.

The Bio-Rad GS-690 is an 10-bit imaging densitometer (24dpi -800dpi) which permits control over resolution and image size. The Bio-Rad scanner is a slightly modified Agfa standard scanner. Preview scans 24dpi can be made rapidly and regions of interest selected with a mouse. A sealed platten permits wet gels to be measured safely. The unit is therefore ideal for 1D and 2D gels, autoradiograms, slot and dot blots and slides or photographs.

The Bio-Rad Gel Doc 1000 system provides a means of imaging and quantitating fluorescently stained including ethidium bromide, SYBR Green I/II and SYPRO Orange. Many of the components are surprisingly similar to those supplied by UVP.

NOTE: Phoretix software provides a much more powerful and accurate analysis system than the software that is currently supplied with the Bio-Rad equipment. Bio-Rad customers would benefit from having Phoretix software.

Canberra Packard

Canberra Packard Ltd
Brook House
14, Station Road
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 420 705
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 423 021

Supply phoshoimaging systems. Manufacture "Instant Imager"


26 Norton Park View
S8 8GS
Tel: +44 (0) 1142 7489 575

Agents for FUJI Phospho-imagers

MADGE Analysis



Genetix Ltd
Unit 1, 9, Airfield Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 3TG, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 483900 Fax: +44 (0) 1202 480289

Supplier of Madge gel formers and Madge Gels


P O Box 89, Nottingham
Tel: 0115 927 0602
Fax: 0115 927 0602

Suppliers of MADGE equipment and consumables

UV Lamps, Trans - illuminators & Darkrooms