Synoptics was founded in 1985 by imaging experts from the University of Cambridge. The business grew quickly with many major companies using Synoptics to help develop imaging solutions across a wide range of applications. With a growing knowledge of CCD camera technology, frame grabbing and image capture techniques the company was able to enhance its skill sets within digital imaging.
In 1992, following a period of steady growth, Synoptics acquired the image analysis business of Ai Cambridge, UK in order to broaden its range of end-use products and develop its worldwide export markets. In 1995 it acquired Myriad Solutions, a manufacturer of graphics and accelerator products.
In 1997, the Syngene division was formed to exploit the Company’s experience in imaging DNA and protein gels. In 1998, the Synbiosis division was formed utilising expertise in the area of microbiology. Synoptics Health was formed in 2012 with the development of ProReveal – an in-situ test to detect residual proteins using fluorescence. Ionscope became a division for Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy under Synoptics in 2019.
Since December 2007, Synoptics Ltd has been owned by Scientific Digital Imaging plc.
Synoptics divisions include:
- Syngene, develops products specifically for gel documentation and fluorescence/chemiluminescence imaging.
- Synbiosis, develops imaging solutions for microbial applications.
- Synoptics Health focuses on imaging techniques within the clinical environment.
- Ionscope is the world-leader in Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (SICM)
This diverse expertise makes the Synoptics Group a complete resource of life science imaging specialists. We are headquartered in Cambridge, a thriving scientific hub in the UK and have a centrally located US subsidiary in Frederick, USA. Globally, our products are supported by an international network of over 100 highly-trained distributors, all of whom employ imaging specialists.
Synoptics Ltd is a company registered in England with company number 1874861. Its registered office address is Beacon House, Nuffield Road, Cambridge CB4 1TF. Synoptics Ltd VAT number is GB665 523522.
Synoptics Ltd is fully compliant to the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations. We are a Member of the B2B Compliance scheme, which will handle our WEEE obligations on our behalf. Our Product Registration Number is WEE/AJ0049TZ. For further information, please contact B2B Compliance on: +44 (0) 1691 676 124.