LD (as we like to be known) is based on the edge of the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Fenlands in the United Kingdom and is well connected with some of the country’s major science and biotechnology ‘centres of excellence’ located in Nottingham and Cambridge.

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Bioreba was the first company to produce and commercialise ELISA reagents for plant virus diagnostics in 1980. Since its foundation the company has steadily grown and today offers the research community and diagnostic laboratories a comprehensive range of ELISA testing reagents in both component and kit format recognising the needs of both the small and large investigator. Bioreba also offers a comprehensive range of equipment and disposables for the preparation of plant samples and liquid handling so that the complete package for agro-diagnostic investigation is available from one supplier. Bioreba is located in Reinach, near Basel in Switzerland and using its well-equipped facilities carries out research and development activities alongside its production and manufacturing processes.

To support its ELISA platforms Lynchwood Diagnostics offers a full range of BioTek Microplate Instrumentation; plate readers to measure absorbance, microplate washers for 96-well applications and data reduction software that expands every application, all of which have been successfully manufactured in the US since the mid 1990s.

The ELx 50 96-/384-Well Auto Strip Washer is a self contained and programmable instrument, which allows full control of precise fluidic delivery from the gentle dripping of a simple squeeze bottle to the full force of pressure delivery systems. The ELx50 is a fast and versatile automated strip washer, which comes equipped with a patentedalarm bell Dual-Action™ 16-channel manifold. This breakthrough design allows for independent control of the dispensing and aspiration manifolds for overfill washing and overflow protection in 96-well formats. Additionally, for a 96-well format, the Dual-Action manifold provides incomparable wash performance with two sets of dispensing and aspiration tubes per well. This exclusive method of two-fold aspiration guarantees low residuals.

As a stand-alone microplate reader, the ELx800 is designed for applications within the clinical, biotechnology and research areas. The on-board data reduction surpasses many PC software packages with its extensive curve-fitting, cut-off calculation, data transformation and validation capabilities. Features include extensive curve fitting (linear, cubic, quadratic, 4-P, log-Logit, Cubic-spline, Point to Point), stores 25 standard curves, auto plate layout for blanks, controls, standards and samples, control and assay validation, transformation formulas, cut-off and call criteria and up to 8 microplate test results saved in reader’s memory. The ELx800’s on-board diagnostic include the Reader’s System Test, which checks the entire optical path, and the Universal Test Plate Software, which tests for accuracy, linearity and repeatability when used with the optional universal test plate. The Elx800 can be used with the Gen5 software package which provides complete data reduction and export facilities to Microsoft Excel™.

Interscience has been developing and manufacturing technical instruments and disposables for the food microbiology laboratories since 1979. In 2001 the Intersceience R&D centre and the manufacturing plant was built in Mourjou, France. Today their products are used in more than 80 countries worldwide. Products manufactured by Interscience enable the user to completely perform microbial testing from sample collection to bacterial and fungal analysis.