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. In 2019 Fistreem was acquired and became an integral part of the Synoptics group with innovative products for water distillation, water purification and novel vacuum oven technologies

Since December 2007, Synoptics Ltd has been owned by SDI Group plc.

Synoptics divisions include:

  • Syngene, develops products specifically for gel documentation and fluorescence/chemiluminescence imaging.
  • Synbiosis, develops imaging solutions for microbial applications.
  • Fistreem, develops products for water distillation and vacuum oven technologies
  • Synoptics Health focuses on imaging techniques within the clinical environment.

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.

Vision Statement

Synoptics are accelerating life science research through developing and manufacturing scientific solutions for image capture and analysis of molecular and microbiological systems, and the production of water purification and vacuum oven products.

Synoptics’s vision is to be a profitable, world leading organisation and to provide positive returns for our shareholders. This will be attained through investment in gaining and maintaining an excellent reputation for the manufacture and supply of world leading scientific imaging systems and solutions to customers primarily involved in molecular and microbiological sciences.

We are fully committed to manufacturing and supplying the highest quality products in-house to our valued customer base. We will continue to source innovative new technologies to ensure that our customers have the very latest tools to facilitate their research. Our commitment to customers is focused on achieving a global reputation for excellence through our chosen specialist distribution channels around the world.


The business is focused around the delivery of three strategic priorities which aim to increase growth, reduce risk and improve our long-term financial performance. These priorities are: continue to grow a global business, develop our imaging products of value in molecular and microbiological sciences and simplify the operating model by concentrating worldwide on our strong Syngene, Synbiosis and Fistreem brands.

As a business we envisage continuing our promise to maintain happy, loyal customers and staff by ensuring our company is renowned for excellence in customer service. Our aim is to exceed our customers’ expectations throughout the world from the moment they contact us, through the supply of first class products and to our after sales service. We believe that it will be the excellence of our after sales service, provided by our experienced support team, to assist with technical and application issues that will enhance the integrity of our brand worldwide.

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.

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