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Maastricht University Medical Center Science Program Uses Scientific Digital Imaging plc's Syngene G:BOX Chemi

8/7/2013 9:23:17 AM

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Frederick, MD: Scientific Digital Imaging’s [AIM:SDI] Syngene Division, a world- leading manufacturer of image analysis solutions, is delighted to announce that one of its G:BOX Chemi imaging systems is being used at Maastricht University in The Netherlands as part of their science bachelors program to train students how to rapidly master a range of molecular biology imaging techniques.

Students at the Chemelot Campus of Maastricht University are using a G:BOX Chemi system to accurately image proteins extracted from mosses, tropical leaves and insects run on Coomassie blue stained gels or blotted onto chemi- luminescent Western blots. This approach is allowing the students to quickly and easily analyze a range of proteins seen in the natural environment.

Paul Lemmens, Lab Coordinator (Chemelot Campus), Maastricht Science Program said: “Our Science Bachelors Program allows our students to undertake plenty of practical laboratory work. Being able to understand and perform molecular biology techniques is crucial for many scientists today, and we wanted an imaging system that would allow our students to easily switch applications, to train them to analyze a range of different gel and blot types.”

Lemmens continued: “We assessed two imaging systems but felt that the Syngene system’s software was much easier for the students to use with minimal training. From using the G:BOX Chemi we have found the quality of the apparatus is very good and our enthusiastic students can now use the system without any difficulty.”

Laura Sullivan, SDI’s Syngene Divisional Manager commented: “At Syngene we realize that not everyone using image analysis is an expert at understanding how cameras work to image gels and blots. This is why we developed our GeneSys software to make it easy for a novice to set the conditions up to get perfect images of their research with our G:BOX systems. We’re delighted that Maastricht University has seen the benefits of using this software and their use of the system shows how well suited a G:BOX Chemi image analyzer is for any university molecular biology programme to use in training the next generation of high calibre life scientists.”

For Further Information Contact:

Paul Lemmens, Lab Coordinator (Chemelot Campus), Maastricht Science Programme, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Tel: +31 (0)46 702 25 82 Email:

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Dr Sue Pearson, Director, International Science Writer, PO Box 170, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 3GD, UK.

Tel/Fax +44 (0) 1462- 635327 Email:

Web: Twitter: @isciencewriter

About the Chemelot campus at Maastricht University

The Chemelot Campus is an initiative of Maastricht University/the Maastricht UMC+, DSM and the Province of Limburg. It is considered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs as one of six open innovation campuses of national importance. Open innovation means that students, researchers and entrepreneurs work together in a community, forming the optimal climate for knowledge exchange and research.

To attract scientific talent to the region and retain it, Maastricht University launched the Maastricht Science Programme in 2011. This is a natural sciences bachelor’s program based on the concept of liberal sciences. Most of the students come from abroad, and the courses and skills training take place partly at the Chemelot Campus.

About Syngene

Syngene is a world-leading supplier of integrated imaging solutions for analysis and documentation of gel-based information. Syngene’s systems are used by more than 10,000 research organizations and over 50,000 individual scientists world-wide and include many of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies and major research institutes.

Syngene, founded in 1997, is a division of the Synoptics’ Group of the AIM quoted Scientific Digital Imaging (SDI) Company based in Cambridge, UK. The Group’s other divisions, Syncroscopy and Synbiosis, specialize in digital imaging solutions for microscopy and microbial applications respectively. Synoptics currently employs 40 people in its UK and subsidiary operation in Frederick, USA.

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