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Testimonials and Customer Profiles

Thousands of researchers around the world trust UVP for their BioImaging and Research needs in applications such as Western blot, small animal imaging, protein gels, 1D gel imaging, 2D gel imaging, chemiluminescent imaging, colony counting, fluorescence imaging, gel analysis, gel documentation and more.

iBox Explorer

CIATEJ is Mexico's public research center for scientific and technological activities, technical services, and and transfer technology for the agricultural, food, health, plant, medical and pharmaceutical biotechnology and environment sectors, with emphasis on the innovative application of biotechnology. The agency has research units in the cities of Merida, Yucatan, Apodaca Nuevo Leon and soon in Zapopan and Michoacan.

The institution serves on the average 800 annual clients, through the development of projects (more than 140 R & D annually) for both large and small private companies; research work is also funded through research funds from CONACYT. It also offers graduate degrees in science and technology.

iBox Explorer Imaging Microscope

CIATEJ conducted a course on fluorescence in vivo imaging on September 29-30 that included a demonstration on capturing GFP and RFP mice; shown here are some of the attendees from other research institutions in Guadalajara and Mexico and Sean Gallagher and Myrna Espiritu from UVP.

CIATEJ purchased UVP's iBox Explorer last year for its molecular biology lab, headed by Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez. The instrument will be an essential tool in its fluorescent cancer cell line and mouse model development. UVP with AntiCancer, Inc. have visited CIATEJ this year for cooperative efforts in furthering fluorescence in vivo imaging.

UVP ChemStudio PLUS (formerly BioSpectrum)

"We started using the UVP BioSpectrum system to capture chemiluminescent signal on our western blots recently. It does take some time to adjust your protocol when you switch from regular x-ray films to CCD camera recording but it is totally worth it – it is cleaner, faster and with appropriate protocol gives you high quality images. Additional pluses – the same machine can be used for DNA gels and UVP software is an excellent tool for data analysis. One thing I would like to especially highlight is the great UVP support team; they are very helpful and professional. Thank you!"

Tina Bilousova, PhD
Staff research associate II, UCLA School of Nursing
BioSpectrum for Western blots

GelDoc-It TS2 Imager

"We believe purchasing the UVP GelDoc-ItTS2 Imager is a great asset to the institute for several reasons. First it is a very dynamic piece of equipment that provides high resolution images for publications as well as for day to day use for genotyping purposes. From the demonstration given by the sales representative, Greg Kryspin, we were very impressed with how easy it is to use, as well as how much safer it is compared to previous models in the institute with its built in viewing box to limit UV exposure. We had previously used a photo documentation system; however, that machine was not giving publication worthy images. Although we will mostly be using this machine for day to day genotyping it is easily upgraded to for other applications i.e SYBR Green, Gold/Safe filters."

Sheila Bornstein, Bone Biology Group
Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Scarborough, ME
...provides high resolution images for publications as well as for day to day use for genotyping purposes

ColonyDoc-It Imaging System

The Bioprotection Department of New Zealand's Plant & Food Research, with its core capabilities in biological and ecologically–based pest and disease control research and technologies, is tasked with enhancing and maintaining the quality of New Zealand's plant and food supply domestically as well as for export.

The department purchased a UVP ColonyDoc-It™ system to test yeast cells and other fungal colonies from Bio-Strategy, UVP's dealer in New Zealand. The system is capable of automated and manual counting of different types of colonies and is equipped with multiple excitation sources to visualize fluorescent colonies including GFP colonies. It is also capable of doing radial assays, zone of inhibitions and multicolor colonies.

We use our imager for PAGE gels, agarose gels and chemi blots
Frank Perry, Plant & Food Research (seated left), David Rutter, (seated right), and Joseph Youssef, Bio-strategy (standing).

Frank Parry, lab manager, purchased the system because of its highly competitive price positioning and the software option for template creation. The template allows the user to set-up counting parameters that are readily accessible by a simple click of the button. This automates counting and allows for quick processing of samples.

Parry, who has used the system for almost two years, says that the machine has been most helpful and has performed to his expectations. He likes the feature that he can count the colonies much faster and see them on the big computer screen. He is also satisfied with the support provided by Bio-Strategy.

BioSpectrum Imaging System

"Here in the Roman lab at the University of Iowa, we utilize our UVP BioSpectrum Imaging System for a variety of applications. Outfitted with a variety of light sources and filters, we are able to image a variety of samples, including agarose gels and western blots as well as coomassie stained SDS-page gels. With easy to create presets, we were able to establish standard protocols for each of these techniques. We also utilize the system to quickly quantify band density through the built in quantification software. The purchase of additional Visi-Blue plate, we were also able to image GFP."

Aaron Monroy
Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry
Department of Pharmacy
University of Iowa

BioSpectrum Imaging System

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is one of the 34 anti-doping agencies in the world accredited by the World Anti-Doping Organization in Canada.

These agencies are funded by the Olympics and participating governments to enforce international standards on the banned list of substances from sports competition.

RUSADA has initially purchased UVP's EC3 500 Imaging System as one of their instruments in testing for particular banned substances through electrophoresis of urine samples, subsequent blotting and chemiluminescent detection.

Manage darkroom lighting conditions, set up capture templates and utilize sophisticated analysis options

Shown in the picture at USADA's laboratory (right to left) are Dr. Yulia Dykhal, Senior Research Scientist of USADA lab, Dr. Andrey Simanov of BiochemMack JSC (BCM Equipment), Myrna Espiritu, UVP International Sales Manager, and Dr. Grygory Krotov, lab scientist.

They recently added another system, the BioSpectrum Imaging System, to provide more automation in control of the camera and in managing darkroom lighting conditions, setting up of capture templates and sophisticated analysis options. Dr. Dykhal has expressed her satisfaction on the highly competent local support provided by the local dealer, BiochemMack JSC (BCM Diagnostics).

BioDoc-It Imaging System

We do cloning research in our lab. We use the BioSpectrum Imaging System for taking pictures of PCR products and plasmid digests. I love the system's viewing window. The window is UV blocking and lets me see the gel and cut bands without having to use a faceshield.

Olivia Schneider, PhD
University of Cincinnati
Department of Molecular Genetics

BioSpectrum Imaging System

"Our lab uses a BioSpectrum Imaging System for DNA and lots of Western blots. We don't have to worry about under or overexposure anymore. Western blots take only 10 minutes. The system saves us time and money as we no longer have to buy costly film. It is very easy to adjust pictures. At first we had questions with the software, but UVP's technical support and Ken Greco, BioImaging Specialist, were very helpful. The VisionWorks software is very easy to use and has a number of interesting functions. A software function we like is the starfield subtraction. We also like the ability to take movies so you can clearly see the differences between the beginning image through to the last image."

The Powell Lab
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Department of Oncology, Baltimore, MD

We use our imager for PAGE gels, agarose gels and chemi blots

UVP iBox Scientia Imaging System

We use our imager for PAGE gels, agarose gels and chemi blots
Dr. Robert Hoffman, CEO of AntiCancer, Inc., Myrna Espiritu, International Sales Manager, UVP LLC and Dr. Camila Indiani de Oliveira of FioCruz.

”Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, known as Fiocruz) is attached to the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the most prominent science and technology health institution in Latin America. Today the institution is responsible for a range of activities which include research development; highly-regarded hospital and ambulatory care services; production of vaccines, drugs, reagents, and diagnostic kits; education and training of human resources; information and communication in the area of health, science and technology; quality control of products and services, and the implementation of social programs. It has over 7,500 employees and health professionals with different levels of involvement.

Recently, one of the Fiocruz regional branches, Centro de Pesquisas Gonçalo Muniz (CPqGM), situated in Salvador, BA, purchased the UVP iBox Scientia system for their in vivo imaging experiments. CPqGM likewise intends to use the system for fluorescent and chemiluminescent gel and blot imaging.

UVP sells its iBox in partnership with AntiCancer, Inc., a pioneer in fluorescent protein imaging in live animals and in the development and commercialization of mouse models for cancer research. AntiCancer, Inc. is headquartered in San Diego, California and maintains offices as well in Japan, China and Korea. UVP and AntiCancer, Inc. provide a free one day hands-on training on the iBox using AntiCancer, Inc. mouse models, with the purchase of the iBox system.

FioCruz sent Dr. Camila Indiani de Oliveira, a researcher at the Laboratory of Immunoparasitology (LIP), at CPqGM/FIOCRUZ to AntiCancer, Inc. San Diego to train on the iBox. Dr. Oliveira says, “My department handles a myriad of experiments and I was very excited to go to AntiCancer, Inc. to get trained on in vivo mouse imaging. Having done mostly in vitro experiments on animals, I found it a little intimidating that we are now able to non-invasively detect fluorescent signals in a matter of seconds in living mice. After the UVP and AntiCancer, Inc. staff showed me the simple process using Anticancer’s fluorescently labeled tumor mice, I was very impressed as well as excited to go back and teach my students of this exciting technology. I am positive that the iBox will contribute significantly to our research and discovery process.”

BioSpectrum Imaging System

"We've had the BioSpectrum system for over a year now. Initially our system had some problems involving the platform control mechanism and internet handling in the software. UVP fixed both of these problems soon after they were brought to their attention and have been very thoughtful in helping to make sure our system was up and running flawlessly. Their customer service is great and I would highly recommend UVP and this system as it has been transformed into a really well polished bioimaging system and the best one that I've used or seen in my eight years of lab experience. We mostly use the BioSpectrum for analyzing gels of various sorts, i.e. SDS-PAGE gels, western blots (fluorescent and autoluminescent), dot blots (usually for examining at dsRNA v. ssRNA) and agarose gels (usually ethidium bromide stained)."

Matt McConnell
University of Kentucky
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences,  Lexington, KY

We use our imager for PAGE gels, agarose gels and chemi blots


We use our imager for PAGE gels, agarose gels and chemi blots

The DNA Damage Project: The Socrates Fellows program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a UCSD project run by BioBridge which partners graduate students with local high school teachers to bring current science into the high school classroom.  The use of a UV Crosslinker, provided by UVP, allowed one Socrates fellow to develop and implement a meaningful biotechnology experience with high school students exploring the concept of DNA damage.”

La Jolla, California

BioSpectrum Imaging System

We use our imager for PAGE gels, agarose gels and chemi blots

“We have been using our UVP BioSpectrum Imaging System for almost two years and it has exceeded our expectations. In the beginning it was easy to use the basic functions because of the training provided by our sales rep (Lee) and over time we have learned the value of the advanced functions for quantitation of ethidium bromide stained agarose gels. On a daily basis we use our imager for PAGE gels, agarose gels and chemi blots. Overall the camera is great, the software is great and constantly being improved per customer feedback, and the customer service and technical support have been phenomenal. The user friendly software and customer service definitely make UVP stand-out amongst other vendors.”

Andrew Parr
Invitrogen/Life Technologies
Carlsbad, California

BioSpectrum Imaging System

Features of the UVP system, such as the preview door to view DNA gels and the AutoExpose feature, are really nice additions that were not present on other imagers

“When setting up a basic molecular biology research lab to produce DNA fingerprints of select endemic medicinal plants from Jamaica, I purchased a BioSpectrum Imaging System. I will be using the system primarily for DNA gels. The VisionWorks software is a crucial part of the analysis of the RAPDs produced. I used the UVP Imaging systems and software in the past and was very pleased with how user friendly they are. UVP's customer care is beyond compare. After detailed discussions, I was guided to the Imaging System that best suited my current needs and most importantly budget. The supporting technical team was available and very efficient and should be highly commended. The local UVP dealer, Bill Taylor of Jamaica Laboratories provides excellent ongoing support.”

Pamela D. McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Faculty of Health and Applied Science
University of Technology, Jamaica

BioSpectrum Imaging System

Features of the UVP system, such as the preview door to view DNA gels and the AutoExpose feature, are really nice additions that were not present on other imagers

“Being that we are a small lab, we must produce more with less so the UVP BioSpectrum Imaging System  has decreased the processing time in half.  We use it for Western blots, Ethidium Bromide gels, and densitometry analysis.  Film processing is a thing of the past.  We demo’d imagers from Alpha Innotech, but the hardware and applications available with UVP were unmatched.  The sales staff at UVP has provided stellar customer service and technical support prior to and after the purchase of the system.”

Rick Quintana
VA Medical Center
Dr. Randolph Hastings Lab
San Diego,  California

iBox Small Animal Imaging System

Features of the UVP system, such as the preview door to view DNA gels and the AutoExpose feature, are really nice additions that were not present on other imagers

Dr. Alexander Savitsky is shown with UVP's iBox® Small Animal Imaging System in his lab at the Institute of BioChemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in Moscow, Russia.  Dr. Savitsky is one of the pioneers of red fluorescent protein (RFP) optical imaging.  He also holds the distinction of discovering the widely used fluorescent protein, Ds Red.

Dr. Savitsky uses UVP's iBox for in vivo study of red fluorescent tumor models in mice.  When asked about the features that distinguishes the iBox from competition, he said that the iBox is equipped with a high resolution camera and sensitive lens that are critical for capturing a good image for analysis.  Along with the iBox, Dr. Savitsky uses the motorized BioLite™ Source (now renamed UVP eLITE), a special lighting source that enables fluorescent imaging across a wide range of fluorescent proteins.  Dr. Savitsky considers the overlay function (image compositing) of VisionWorks software to be very straight-forward and very user friendly.  Of special mention is also the strong local and technical support provided by UVP's local dealer in Russia, BCM Equipment.

UVP, LLC is proud to be a part of Dr. Savitsky's ongoing optical in vivo imaging research through the iBox.  UVP also appreciates the highly capable local support of its dealer in Russia, BCM Equipment.

BioSpectrum Imaging System

Features of the UVP system, such as the preview door to view DNA gels and the AutoExpose feature, are really nice additions that were not present on other imagers

“We use the BioSpectrum not only for research but also for our undergraduate lab course, Bioengineering Lab-oratory (BIEN 155).  Our primary applications are EtBr DNA gels, protein gels, and chemi Western blots.  All of our researchers say that this imager is very simple to use.  All imaging templates have been set up automatically so we just choose the template we want, use AutoExposure to capture an image. And it's easy to create new customized imaging templates too.  The AutoExposure feature automatically calculates the perfect exposure without saturating bands, which is especially helpful with chemi blot imaging that needs longer exposures.  The image overlay feature to combine visible markers & chemi bands allows us to calculate molecular weights for the Western blot proteins as well as measure density of band concentrations.

For our team, good qualified technical support is very important, and UVP's sales specialist Lee Hedges stands behind these products.  Whenever we have needed training or have a problem, we know he will be available to help.  This year he even traveled to our lab on Thanksgiving Eve to help us when we really needed fast service. He not only shows us how to solve specific problems but also trains us on functions we're concerned about. Technical support is one of reasons we chose the UVP imaging system and we're very happy with UVP.”

BioEngineering Department
UC Riverside,  Riverside, CA

BioSpectrum Imaging System

Features of the UVP system, such as the preview door to view DNA gels and the AutoExpose feature, are really nice additions that were not present on other imagers

“We chose the BioSpectrum for our department imaging system after demonstrations from several companies. Most other imagers were either too expensive, too complicated to use, or were geared more towards clinical applications. We felt that UVP offered the best value for the price, and that their imager was better suited to basic science applications. Some features of the UVP system, such as the preview door to view DNA gels and the AutoExpose feature, are really nice additions that were not present on other imagers. We were impressed with the UVP imager and continue to be very happy with it.

Our imager is routinely used to take pictures of chemi Western blots, DNA gels, protein gels and soft agar 'swim' plates. The AutoExpose feature is perfect for DNA gels and only having to click one button makes image capture really easy. I use the imager almost every day for chemi-blots and almost never use film any more. We routinely use a light box (for imaging colony plates and soft-agar swim plates) and fitting this into the imager was a major consideration for our lab. Few other competitors were able to fit the light box into their darkrooms.”

K. Watts
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA

BioSpectrum Imaging System

Roger Tsien - 2008 Nobel Prize Winner uses UVP BioSpectrum 600

“We use the BioSpectrum for a variety of purposes.  In addition to visualizing Ethidium Bromide DNA gels, we use it to quantitate chemiluminescent signals from Western blots, as well as quantitating signals from tissues we have injected with fluorescent dyes.  We find the instrument very useful in our search for new or enhanced fluorescent proteins:  We scan petri dishes for bacterial colonies expressing modified fluorescent proteins.  The variety of filters and light sources has made this instrument very useful in our daily research.  In addition, the customer service is superb.  Lee Hedges (UVP BioImaging Specialist) is great at helping us procure new filters, as well as stopping by for routine maintenance.”

Joan R. Kanter
University of San Diego
Roger Tsien Laboratory
Dept of Pharmacology
La Jolla, CA

Note: Roger Tsien won the joint 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Roger's research team at the University of California San Diego use the UVP BioSpectrum with BioLite (now renamed UVP eLITE).  The Nobel Prize was awarded “for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP”.  UVP is proud to have contributed in some small way to his success.

UVP product testimonials - imaging systems

“Our Biology research team at Abraxis BioScience needed a fast & inexpensive imager to handle our chemiluminescent Western blots.  We chose the UVP ChemiDoc-It because it was fast, easy to use, and easy to learn after an in-depth in-house demonstration.  Our survey of imaging systems proved that the UVP imager was the best and most affordable imager for our existing & future needs.  It is very sensitive for Western blots using the Rockland chemi substrate reagents.  Our old reagents did not detect any signal but with the new Rockland kit we were able to detect all the bands of interest, so we are very happy.  We use the densitometry software feature for analyzing bands from SDS-PAGE gel images. In the past we had used the Bio-Rad Fluor S imager but it was not as sensitive for chemiluminescence like our new ChemiDoc-It.  The UVP sales & support team are great too.”

Yanshan Dai, PhD,  Senior Scientist
Abraxis BioScience LLC
Marina del Rey, California


“I just purchased a GelDoc-It Imaging System from UVP for Ethidium Bromide DNA gels.  Chuck Ursa came into our lab to install it and run training for our lab members.  Myself and the rest of our laboratory wanted to let you know that Chuck did a great job training us on the instrument.  He was clear and very thorough.  As the lab manager here I've dealt with many vendors and I was very happy with UVP's service.”

Maya Balamane
Center for AIDS Research
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

UVP product testimonials - imaging systems

Happy BioSpectrum user!  The BioSpectrum Imaging System is being used successfully at HFI for chemiluminescence and other applications.

Howard Florey Institute
Melbourne, Australia


Using a BioSpectrum Imaging System for gels and chemi westerns,  Andrias states: “The reason I used UVP for my Imaging system is very simple. 1) you had what I needed 2) after talking to you I felt confident that UVP had the support staff to help me get started, and for my future use of the imaging system.”

Andrias H.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Fort Collins, CO

UVP product testimonials - imaging systems

“We chose the BioSpectrum chemi imaging system from UVP BioImaging for several reasons over the Bio-Rad ChemiDoc XRS.  The UVP imager software was much easier to use for everyone in our lab, there were more features, and the densitometry analysis software was very user-friendly.  We liked the pull-out UV tray and the UV preview window on the BioSpectrum darkroom that was not on the Bio-Rad system.  And the preset imaging templates made multiple-application image capture effortless and reproducible for everyone.  We're very happy with the sales support and training too.  Highly recommended!”

Jonathan H. Lin, M.D., Ph.D.,
University of California San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA

UVP product testimonials - imaging systems

“I would like to take a moment to thank you for your assistance in the demonstration, purchase, and set up of our new BioSpectrum with the BioLite (now renamed UVP eLITE) fluorescence light source.  We were looking for an imaging system that would be used for many applications including Ethidium Bromide DNA gels, protein gels, 2D gels, chemilumenescent and chemifluorescent gels, and in-vivo tract tracing.  After extensive research into several imagers that could fulfill our needs, we were given on site demonstrations from Kodak, Bio-Rad, and two from UVP.  After the demonstrations we felt the BioSpectrum 500 had the flexibility to fulfill our imaging needs.  The most influential feature that helped us make our decision was the UVP customer support.  The support staff listens to researchers using the equipment and is constantly striving to make the imager and software better and easier to use.  The UVP customer support and the multiple imaging abilities of the BioSpectrum 500 with the BioLite (now renamed UVP eLITE) are what made it the right system for our needs.  Thank you again for all of your support and assistance.”

Stephen G. Rice M.S.,
Barrow Neurological Research Center, Arizona