Azure cSeries Gel Imaging Systems by Azure Biosystems

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Average Rating: 5.0
44 Scientists have reviewed this product

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  • Member since: 2021

  • Organization: University of Crete



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Combo instrument, fast and accurate, user-friendly. Amazing capabilities!
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area: Scan mouse tissues, chemiluminescence, fluorescent slides

"The imager combines fluorescence, while using four solid state lasers as excitation sources (450, 520, 660, and 780 nm), chemiluminescence, and radioisotope imaging. It has so many amazing capabilities. I used it for whole tissue liver imaging and the layout was very simple, convenient and had user-friendly software that we were able to use right away. It is fast and accurate. The application of the four-channel fluorescence mode or white light beam at 10-μm resolution could detect gross anatomy and morphology of liver tissues, mainly based on tissue autofluorescence, I also use the imager for chemiluminescent western blots, immunostained slides, but mostly whole organ imaging. I also find the Azure Spot quantification software very useful."

Review date: 28 Feb 2021 | Azure c400 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: INSERM UMR1089



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    5 out of 5
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Azure C500: Easy-to-use and sentitive.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Analyze presence of protein in tissue samples

"I needed to find a way to look for two different proteins in our samples without cutting our membranes. Azure c500 was available in our building so I tried it, and the ease-of-use of the system completely conquered me. Images are really good and with high sensitivity. I'm trying to convince all my lab to use it also for chemiluminescence!"

Review date: 21 Dec 2020 | Azure c500 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: McMaster University



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    5 out of 5
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Very good imaging system, it is so awesome.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Analyze DNA, protein gel images

"It is so easy to use and provides high resolution images. Also easy to transfer the images and put in the notes. We can even image bacterial cells expressing fluorescent protein."

Review date: 18 Dec 2020 | Azure c400 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: ChristianaCare



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    5 out of 5
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We use it daily and never have any issues!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Gel imaging

"Very nice all-in-one imager. Produces high quality images and the integrated image software is easy and intuitive."

Review date: 17 Dec 2020 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: UNMC



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Small footprint and easy to use!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western blotting

"This system is incredibly easy to use and maintain. In addition, if we needed to upgrade the system, it is just a software update which makes this incredibly easy. No need to purchase a new item. In addition, the sales team were professional and courteous. They brought in a demo for us to test prior to purchase and showed us the functions that were most valuable to us. We have had the system for 2 years and it is still used on a daily basis. We have not experienced any issues."

Review date: 17 Dec 2020 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: INSERM UMR1089



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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Really good equipment.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Analyze presence of protein in tissue samples

"I had to develop a duo fluorescent western blot assay and we had the possibility to use the Azure c500. Really easy to use, I don't know if it could be easier. The quality of the images are really good. The rest of my lab prefer to use TMB and films... I will do my best to change their mind."

Review date: 17 Dec 2020 | Azure c500 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: UC Berkeley



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Fantastic instrument!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western blotting and DNA gels from cell and tissue samples

"The system is super user friendly and was significantly less expensive than a better-known alternative. I love the idea of being able to use ECL, NIR, and UV in one small instrument! The company is local to the Bay Area and the service reps are just the best I've interacted with. There are 2 minor things that could be improved: 1: The red laser lane is too strong, which makes it difficult to work with WB ladders or total protein stains, 2: The tablet does not have enough memory, but I really like not having a separate computer for this piece of equipment. In my view, this is the best all-in-one instrument on the market. I would buy it again."

Review date: 17 Dec 2020 | Azure c500 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Lafayette College



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Great gel imager for the cost.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Looking at DNA gels

"This is a great gel imager for the cost. It is very user friendly and gets the job done. I do wish it was a little larger for some of my bigger gels but I just take 2 images. Had a brief scare with it not booting one day but customer service responded quickly and told me how to reset it and it has been great ever since."

Review date: 17 Dec 2020 | Azure c150 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: IMCB



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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Packed full of functions and solid performance at a fine price.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western blot and DNA gel imaging

"The azure gel imager series replaces the need for dark room/film-based applications, which are usually laborious and costly to maintain. This series is comparable to film sensitivity, very user-friendly and low footprint, compared to its more costly competitors. More importantly, the post-sales service by Azure and its distributor has been excellent and never fails to deliver in terms of service speed and efficiency - something that the major brands are lacking in current times. In terms of cost, reliability and maintenance, it is definitely within a lab's budget, very reasonably priced and low cost to maintain. Though it is a fairly new introduction in the imager arena, it definitely punches above its weight. The only con to this machine is that it can accommodate 1 user per scanning unless multiple users are willing to scan at the same time."

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | Azure c400 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Institute for Experimental Medical Research



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    5 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Highly recommended.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Western blot

"One of the best imaging system with high sensitivity, high dynamic range and laser-based detection for NIR based western blot and total protein stain."

Review date: 15 Jul 2020 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System


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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: UNMC



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Absolutely recommend for any lab in need of an imager.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western blot and agarose gel imaging

"The C600 is an easy to use, powerful piece of equipment. The diverse functions (i.e. NIR, RGB, Chemi, etc.) make this imager a very valuable and versatile addition to the lab. While our machine in particular had an extremely uncommon software issue, the sales and service staff of Azure worked with us to ensure that our down time was minimal."

Review date: 06 Jul 2020 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Emergent BioSolutions



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Outstanding customer service and knowledgeable specialists.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Analytical development

"This May, our Azure C400 imager had a focus problem. The images generated by the imager were blurry and the focus could not be adjusted appropriately. We called Azure for service. Emma is our local technical product specialist, she responded to our call immediately. She communicated with our analysts about the technical details and included her senior specialists. She then came onsite quickly and successfully solved the problem. We are confident in using the Azure imager now and we believe Azure has a strong technical team and excellent customer service."

Review date: 06 Jul 2020 | Azure c400 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: University of Nebraska Medical Center



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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Excellent results.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western blot

"Excellent equipment, very user friendly and the quality of images is really great."

Review date: 03 Jul 2020 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2018

  • Organization: UCF



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Great instrument, excellent customer service, excellent software
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Analyze oligonucleotide multiple way junctions

"This instrument is worth every penny of your money, it is a high tech and more sensitive and reliable than biorad imager XR+. I am very satisfied. Also the software is amazing. I recommend this imaging instrument to all researchers."

Review date: 11 Jun 2019 | Azure c200 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, CAS



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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We are especially very satisfied with the post-sales service.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Photosynthesis and Stress signaling lab

"We are the first Azure customer in our institute. Because of the performance, we chose both c200 and c300 imagers. The quality of the images taken by both imagers is clear and it's convenient to put the machines on the bench since they're small. After five years, we are still happy that these two systems are running well. Although we met some small problems, the Azure technical support team was always there to assist in a timely fashion. Their twice a year regular services are also a plus. We feel confidence about Azure's product because of the quality, performance and the service. We are especially very satisfied with the post-sales service."

Review date: 30 May 2019 | Azure c200 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, CAS



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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We are especially very satisfied with the post-sales service.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Photosynthesis and Stress signaling lab

"We are the first Azure customer in our institute. Because of the performance, we chose both c200 and c300 imagers. The quality of the images taken by both imagers is clear and it's convenient to put the machines on the bench since they're small. After five years, we are still happy that these two systems are running well. Although we met some small problems, the Azure technical support team was always there to assist in a timely fashion. Their twice a year regular services are also a plus. We feel confidence about Azure's product because of the quality, performance and the service. We are especially very satisfied with the post-sales service."

Review date: 30 May 2019 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2018

  • Organization: UCF



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Excellent instrument with high tech solutions and many applications.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Gel imaging and quantification of DNA , RNA, and gold nanoparticles

"We are very satisfied with the Azure c200 Gel Imager that we purchased. The quantification software is fantastic. Azure proved to have much better technology and broader applications than on the BioRad XR+ that I used to work on."

Review date: 17 May 2019 | Azure c200 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, Chinese Academy of Science



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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Azure is a professional manufacturer on Western Blot imagers.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Molecular Plant - Bacteria Interactions

"Azure is a professional manufacturer of Western Blot imagers. After the the installation and training of the c300, the Azure product specialist gave us a seminar about Western Blot based on our study field which was really helpful for us. The c300 is a sensitive and quality imaging system. In the past four years, it has helped us a lot with detecting low abundance protein. The twice a year post sales service is invaluable. The customer service is great and whenever we have any questions or problems, the technical support team is always there immediately to help us. "

Review date: 16 May 2019 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: UCL



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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High quality results with a small footprint, every lab should have one of these!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:DNA Nanotechnology

"The Azure C200 Gel Imaging System has revolutionised our lab. The gel imager provides high quality results and access to a several different wavelengths of light, which has significantly expanded our capabilities. Almost as importantly, the gel imager is simple to use, which means that people can get on with their work without having to fight the instrument. In addition, this means that after 5min of instruction anyone can use the instrument to produce high quality results. Combining these factors with the size of the c200 and its price and you have the perfect package. I would highly recommend this instrument. If for whatever reason you have any problems, you are well taken care of and everything is solved quickly and easily."

Review date: 13 May 2019 | Azure c200 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: FARVET SAC



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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It provides highly accurate and sensitive images.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western Blot, agarose gel imaging

"The c600 is a great imager. The experience of using this machine has been fantastic. It is easy to use and software is very intuitive. In addition, it provides highly accurate and sensitive images. Additionally, the after-sales service is highly professional, they respond almost immediately to any doubt or problem we have. I would definitely recommend it."

Review date: 07 May 2019 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Lady Davis Institute for Biomedical Research



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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The Azure c300 has exceeded our expectations by far and we have not even used it to it's full potential.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Oncology

"We have had this system for a couple of years now, which was recommended by another colleague here at the Lady Davis Institute and we are extremely happy with our decision. We use the Azure c300 for two applications western blots and agarose gels. We have a very active lab when it comes to western blots and we use the imager on a daily basis and it is very robust and versatile. I have tried several other imaging systems and they are usually too big and take too much space. They also don't have the capability like the Azure c300 with respect to the options. My favorite part of the "Chemi" imaging is the interval photos where you can choose a time point such as 1 minute exposure with you ECL and then the system will take a picture every 1 min 10 times. This allows you to multitask and do other experiments in the lab while the system works for you. The Azure c300 has exceeded our expectations by far and we have not even used it to it's full potential."

Review date: 01 May 2019 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: McGill University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Large spectrum of applications and very reliable.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Cancer Biology, Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Biology

"Great machine. worked very well in our lab. Super convenient and easy to use device. Large spectrum of applications and very reliable."

Review date: 21 Feb 2019 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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We strongly recommend any series of the imaging system.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Drug Discovery

"The Azure c400 has proven to be a wonderful purchase. When our older imager broke down, we were worried about finding a replacement as there were so many different companies and products to review. What first set this company apart was the customer service that Azure biosystems provides. Danny, our product specialist, was extremely easy to communicate with, engaging, and answered all of our questions -- we were confident in his expertise. He was diligent about finding the best imaging system that our department required. When looking at the imager, we were impressed. It is incredibly user friendly, which was a priority for us. Many different labs would be using this, and it doesn't require much training. Since our purchase several months ago, we have been very satisfied with the quality of images, the thorough analysis software, and the continued customer service. We strongly recommend any series of the imaging system, as well as the company."

Review date: 21 Feb 2019 | Azure c400 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Queen's University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Excellent data analysis software.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Health Sciences

"This is absolutely the best imager I have used. Easy to use intuitive software, very sensitive camera with low noise. Excellent data analysis software. Very portable."

Review date: 15 Feb 2019 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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The C300 is easy-to-used and has a high performance, I could not be happier than this.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Protein expression and purification and DNA methylation analysis

"I have used Azure Biosystems C300 in both GEL and CHEM mode to detect my DNA product from acrylamide gel and my target protein in Western blot analysis. With this imaging system, it provided me really clear images. For gel analysis, I have used this one compared to another imaging system (from another company), the C300 gave me a better and higher resolution image which I cannot observe my DNA bands when I was using another. I also used Azure software to analyse my DNA product density to determine methylation level, the software was amazing. It can exclude the non-specific background out and calculate the density only at my target DNA size, this ensures me that my results would be more reliable. For membrane imaging from WB, I also got good images (the resolution was pretty good and the sensitivity was quite high). The software can calculate my protein concentration from each band compared to my protein standard and estimate the protein molecular weight following the presenting bands. Because the C300 is easy-to-used and has a high performance, I could not be happier than this :) Moreover, I'd like to thank Nicole, she tries to show us the useful function that Azure software can do and answer us every question we have."

Review date: 06 Feb 2019 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, CAS



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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High detection sensitivity and user-friendly interface.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Tumor pharmacology

"The c300 has become one of the most frequently used instruments in our laboratory, which has high detection sensitivity and user-friendly interface. It is so powerful and durable that it rarely fails during use. The most important thing is that the company's after-sales service is very good. As soon as a little doubt arises, their staff will arrive immediately and patiently solve the problem. We are very grateful to have met a company with good products and services."

Review date: 28 Jan 2019 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Ascentage Pharma



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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The quality of the C300 is very good and it rarely goes wrong.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Pharmacology

"Azure c300 is an excellent imager with faster exposure and better imaging. Campared with the other imagers, the quality of the C300 is very good and it rarely goes wrong. Moreover, the Azure team provides quality service. They responsibly install the machine and patiently train. They maintain regularly and answer technical questions quickly. Given the above, Azure c300 and its team make us satisfied."

Review date: 28 Jan 2019 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Zhejiang University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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We can get high quality data, the gel images have high resolution.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Neuroscience

"With Azure c300 imager we can get high quality data, the gel images have high resolution and chemi images have high sensitivity. The marker overlay function is very useful when we want to see the molecular weight comparing marker of the bands. It is a very easy to use, powerful and high-performance imager. The continuous service about every six months and the timely and professional technical support of Azure product specialist makes us without fear when using the system. Although our c300 is the first system in our university, we feel no regret to make this right choice."

Review date: 28 Jan 2019 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Nanjing Medical University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Operation of capture software is easy, reduces instrument manager’s training work.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Instrument management

"We purchased a c500 imager from Azure several years before, this system runs still stable now. The excellent resolution and the sensitivity give us many quality sample images. The c500 contains many functions such as gel, ECL western blot, NIR fluorescence, it is a very important aspect for instrument platform. The operation of the capture software is very easy, it can reduce instrument manager’s training work. The service is perfect, the technical support of Azure helps us to training and support several times when we need."

Review date: 28 Jan 2019 | Azure c500 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Shanghai Normal University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Azure c600 is a perfect imager.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Chloroplast Development

"Azure c600 is a perfect imager. Although it is a new brand product, it has high quality and good performance. We love the multi-function of c600, with it everyone in our lab can capture multiplex samples on chemiluminescence, RGB and NIR and so on. The most important thing is the support is excellent, when we have questions, the technical support of Azure will support us timely, patiently and professionally. Especially, their regular after-sales service every 6 months which on using, technology, even on our experiment is one thing I haven’t seen before. Azure’s high-level product and service really make us feel satisfied."

Review date: 28 Jan 2019 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: BUCK INSTITUTE



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Great instrument for imaging of chemiluminescence and fluorescence of IB membranes
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Immunoblot imaging, agarose gel imaging

"The imager works well for both chemo and fluorescence imaging. Only concern might be that the more images are taken, the slower the software works. Maybe it's because of the operating system. Additionally, when more than 10 images are open, the software shuts down and restarts, without losing data. It is also a plus to be able to save every image in a common file extension such as tiff."

Review date: 14 Jan 2019 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System

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  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: UCSF



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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User friendly
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Western, gel imaging

"The system is easy to use and is very user friendly. The issue I find is the cooling time of its CCD camera. It takes almost 30 minutes to acquire the actual temperature and that should be taken care of. The instrument otherwise works great and image quality is very good."

Review date: 10 Jan 2019 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2018

  • Organization: University of Glasgow



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Azure c500 gel imaging system is revolutionary and the expert after care astounding.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western and Northern Blotting

"The Azure C500 gel imaging system has been an invaluable tool in our lab. It has revolutionised the blotting process. Images are spectacular and the analysis software is very user friendly. This machine makes these techniques more reliable and easier to perform. Recently we had problems with it and called for a service. The customer care and works carried out were outstanding. The work was completed in fantastic time to such a high standard. Our machine is like brand new again. I am most impressed by this level of care. Many thanks to Jan Wolfram at Azure Biosystems and Kevin Chalmers at Cambridge Bioscience. I highly recommend the Azure C500 for ease of use and functionality and the team that help look after it."

Review date: 05 Apr 2018 | Azure c500 Gel Imaging System
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2018

  • Organization: Newcastle University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Excellent piece of kit
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Gel imaging/documentation

"The Azure c280 really is an excellent system, and the service from Cambridge Bioscience (the UK distributor) has been exceptional. Okay, this is the 'budget' model which lacks the fluorescence and near IR capability of the more expensive systems, but what it does (colour imaging/chemiluminescence of proteins/DNA/RNA gel imaging, it does really very well. It is quick to start, easy to use and simple to transfer files from with a small footprint on the bench. What more could you ask for?"

Review date: 22 Mar 2018 | Azure c280
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Transplantation Biology Lab, Dept. of Surgery



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Freedom to capture data for studying proteins and nucleic acids
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Quantitative evaluation of proteins and nucleic acids

"Traditionally, western blot detection methods have used X-ray films to capture chemiluminescence. However, the increasing costs for film, reagents, and maintenance made many researchers to shift from darkrooms to more sensitive and technologically advanced digital imaging systems such as Cooled charge coupled devices (CCD) cameras capturing both chemiluminescence and fluorescence images. The two mentioned detection methods allow the ability to simultaneously detect proteins on the same blot minimizing the need for stripping and reprobing leading to an increase in detection efficiency (Mathews, Plaisance et al. 2009).


Here, I will review Azure Biosystems imaging system for chemiluminescent, fluorescent and infrared imaging, and briefly discuss their advantages and disadvantages.


The Azure Biosystems C600 image analyzer


C600 system is the only imaging system available in the market currently with the following features (i) infrared laser excitation for quantitative imaging in the near IR, (ii) picogram detection of proteins using chemiluminescence, (iii) wide range of dye selection with Cy®5/Cy3/Cy2 excitation, and (iv) option of upgradation from the base units c200, c300, c400 and c500. This increases the options of selecting different chemistry for performing western blots by using the same imaging system. Due to the signal stability and low background, detection in the near-infrared fluorescent (NIR) for western blot detection is achievable using the infrared fluorescent dyes. The NIR western detection also offers multiplexing allowing the option to detect multiple proteins at the same time. Azure Biosystems’ c600 system is equipped with two IR detection channels and allows users to study multiple proteins with overlapping in a blot. The image generated can be spectrally separated as the secondary antibodies are imaged in two different channel.


We have compared the image obtained and the analysis results were comparable to other laser detection system e.g. LiCOR odyssey western blot imaging system.


Chemiluminescence continues to be a favorite and sensitive method of detection. Azure c600 provides quantitative analysis with accurate, fast detection with superior sensitivity, dynamic range, and linearity needed for quantitative blot analysis by chemiluminescent means made possible due to the use of the high resolution, F 0.95 fast lens technology. The superiority of the analyzer is evident from the availability to use any HRP substrate allowing users to maintain the same protocol and capture images with the same sensitivity as film without the risk of oversaturation due to the broader window of detection of several orders of magnitude of protein concentration. The c600 can also be equipped with powerful LEDS for Cy5/Cy3/Cy2 imaging or similar dyes thus allowing the users the option to expand multiplexing. The c600 is also able to image a wide range of dyes (excitation maxima from 302 nm to 785 nm), enabling WesternDots™, Stain-Free™ gels and different types of in-gel fluorescence.


The c600 system also is of immense to molecular biologists with the inclusion of UV, white, and blue lights for imaging Ethidium bromide, Coomassie, and non-mutagenic dyes like Gel red and Gel green.


Features of the machine
• Two Channel Infrared (IR) Direct Detection – Laser diodes at 660nm and 785nm.
• Three Channel RGB Excitation – For Cy5/Cy3/Cy2 applications.
• Fast Chemiluminescent Detection
• Capture of gel and blot images on a single instrument
• 4.3 OD Dynamic Range
• Camera captures images with spatial resolution down to 40 μm (microns) for chemiluminescence applications and 60 μm (microns) for gel and fluorescent applications
• Analysis software- AzureSpot software is very friendly, easy to use and efficient to detect and subtract the immunoblot background.


Azure c600 machine offers great value for the money as it combines the functionalities of laser NIR imager with chemiluminescent camera in one simple affordable machine.


The after sales service provided by Azure Biosciences is of highest professional standard, with arrangement of hands-on training beginning from installation to detailed explanation of functioning of the machine. The technical team took into consideration about minor technical information while explaining the functioning of the Azure spot software. We had faced problem once with regards to the software and it was promptly resolved by the Azure Biosciences team.


The technical team is also helping us to explain the analysis beyond western to analyze multiplexing on glass bead format as is available for the analysis of many cytokines and key molecules from many supplier as well as thick tissues pre-labelled with dye probe e.g. GFP protein.


Source: Mathews, S. T., E. P. Plaisance and T. Kim (2009). Methods Mol Biol 536: 499-513.
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Review date: 29 May 2017 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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  • Organization: Primordial Genetics



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Great value, small footprint and really easy to use
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Photographing agarose gels and coomassie gels

"This system is really easy to use, simple interface and takes great images of agarose and coomassie stained gels. Would definitely recommend this piece of equipment. It is great that it is upgradable with new features without purchasing an entire new system"

Review date: 22 Feb 2016 | Azure c200 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: PhosphoSolutions



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Great results and easy to use. Very happy with our new imager
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Analyze Antibodies

"Our company recently bought a c300 and could not be happier with its performance and reliability. It is extremely easy to use, produces very clear and consistent results and takes up much less bench space than our previous imager. Additionally, the technical support we've received has been amazing in answering/troubleshooting any questions or minor issues we ran into."

Review date: 24 Nov 2015 | Azure c300 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Genentech



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Best purchase we've made in years
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western blot analyses

"The c400 is incredibly user friendly. Using custom time intervals and sensitivities with this machine will save you tons of time in the dark room if you still develop film. The versatility makes this a product a simple purchase for those just starting to put a lab together and want to do two-channel IR direct detection, chemiluminescence, DNA/protein blot images, or even 3-channel visible fluorescent detection if you feel the need to upgrade in the future. The company has also been easy to contact with questions and demonstrations. We highly recommend this product and company."

Review date: 24 Nov 2015 | Azure c400 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: CohBar, Inc



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Essential addition to our work-flow. State of the art instrument, great flexibility, and excellent customer support!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western blotting and Ab Arrays

"Our Azure c400 has proven to be extremely user friendly and an essential addition to our work-flow. Azure has developed an intuitive interface for the platform which is easy to navigate without limiting flexibility and features prior to image acquisition. And the auto exposure function provides good estimate of exposure time for the majority of our applications. The combination of a state of the art instrument, excellent post-sales support, and a responsive development team (integration of user recommended functions into the software) have made us loyal supporters of Azure."

Review date: 24 Nov 2015 | Azure c400 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2014

  • Organization: MD Anderson Cancer Center



  • Ease of use
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Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western Blot, Gel Imaging, NIR Dot Blots

"This is an exceptional multi-modal imaging system. It is very sensitive, provides highly uniform images, and, importantly for a general use facility, it is VERY easy to use. I would recommend this system to a friend or colleague."

Review date: 14 Oct 2015 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: University of Michigan



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:EtBr-agarose gel detection and fluorescent/chemiluminescent immuno-blots detection

"Before purchasing the Azure c600, we evaluated its performance against the Odyssey CLx from LI-COR. The LI-COR and the Azure systems had similar limits of IR-based detection, but the Azure c600 was more versatile (chemi, visible and infrared capabilities), and therefore had more to offer. The c600 has an easy to use graphical interface and offers both default and customizable acquisition modes. The fast acquisition time and the ability to simultaneously detect information from multiple chemistries are definitely what sets this instrument apart from scanning-based imagers. Additionally, the Azure service team is very responsive, making improvements to the software/hardware as per customer demand."

Review date: 26 Jun 2015 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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  • Organization: USC Keck



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Western Chemiluminescence

"recently bought this imager after having tested Biorad, ProteinSimple, Multiple GE machines and UVP. I was looking for the imager that gave us the best image quality for our western blots, the price was not a question. I can confidently say that this imager gave us the highest image quality and had the most functionality, on top of being one of the more affordable imagers. I am very happy with this machine and would definitely recommend it. "

Review date: 20 Mar 2015 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: The Ohio State University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Academic Research

"It is easy to use and saves a lot of time and effort. Accuracy and sensitivity is realistic. "

Review date: 24 Oct 2014 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System
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  • Organization: Stanford University



  • Ease of use
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Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Biochemistry

"The Azure imaging system is very friendly to use. The sensitivity is better than what we get using film. The customer service is outstanding and very responsive to any questions. I highly recommended this system. "

Review date: 08 Oct 2014 | Azure c600 Gel Imaging System

The Azure Biosystems cSeries offers 6 unique gel imaging systems.

Available Systems:

  • c600 - Ultimate Western Blot Imaging System.

Your Western blot method shouldn’t be limited by your imaging system. Fluorescent detection offers excellent quantitation and mutiplex capability. Chemiluminescent detection delivers ultimate sensitivity for low abundance proteins. The c600 offers both. Azure Biosystems doesn't restrict your choice of reagents, either. There are no proprietary stains or dyes. All you get is the freedom to capture data any way you want.

  • c500 - Infrared Western Blot Imaging System.

The c500 combines fluorescent detection for multiplex capability with chemiluminescent detection for the sensitivity of film without the darkroom. IR detection reduces background noise for sensitive detection of low abundance proteins. Place your sample in the system and capture an image with a click of a button. Never make multiple exposures on film to get the best image again. Want to detect 3 proteins at once? The Azure c500 can be upgraded in the field by adding 3-channel visible fluorescent detection for Cy2/Cy3/Cy5 multi-protein capability.

  • c400 - Visible Fluorescent Western Blot Imaging System.

The Azure c400 imaging system offers three-channel RGB excitation for Cy5/Cy3/CY2 fluorescent Western blot applications. Image single protein assays quickly on the same system with sensitive chemiluminescent detection. Forget the hassles of film and darkroom chemicals – just place your sample in the system and capture an image with the click of a button.

  • c300 - Chemiluminescent Western Blot Imaging System.

Digital chemiluminescent detection offers sensitivity equal to film, without all the hassles. Place your sample in the system and capture your Western blot image with the click of a button.

  • c200 - Gel Imaging Workstation.

Use your choice of dyes or stains and the system automatically selects the light source and filters for you. UV for Ethidium bromide-stained DNA gels, blue light for SYBR®Safe or similar dyes, white light for Silver stain or Coumassie Blue.

  • c150 - Gel documentation system.

A basic gel documentation system for cost-conscious laboratories. Use your choice of dyes or stains and the system automatically selects the light source and filters for you. UV for Ethidium bromide-stained DNA gels, blue light for SYBR® Safe or similar dyes, white light for Silver stain or Coumassie Blue.

 

cSeries Features:

  • 8.3 Megapixel camera - Publication quality images are at your fingertips. High resolution over the entire field of view lets you clearly resolve closely spaced bands.
  • Greater bit depth - 16 bit vs. 12 bit collects more signal before reaching saturation. This increases the dynamic range and, as a result, allows greater quantitative accuracy (red).
  • Deep Peltier Cooling - Lower camera temperature (-50 degrees C from ambient) reduces electronic noise. With less background noise, you can take advantage of longer exposure to detect low abundance proteins.
  • Intellicapture Technology - Capture more blot images in the same amount of time. A faster, wide aperture, f 0.95 lens allows shorter exposures. cSeries imagers are automatically focused dependent on sample position. Regardless of the size of your gel, all images are in focus with no adjustment required. Users can start gathering data quickly.
  • Binning - Need more sensitivity? You can trade unneeded resolution for speed and sensitivity. Binning combines multiple pixels into larger superpixels, so images can be acquired faster, or low abundance proteins detected more quickly when resolution isn’t a concern.
  • Automatic Imaging - Select the application, and the system chooses the light sources and filters for you. The motorized, automated filter wheel has 7 filter positions (c200-600) to match fluorophore and dye emissions. Don’t worry about positioning. Images and analysis aren’t dependent on where you place the gel or blot.
  • UV Transilluminator - Dual wavelength (302nm/365nm) transilluminator enables imaging of a wide range of DNA and protein gel dyes. The 15X20 cm transilluminator allows imaging of large gels.
  • Integrated tablet - The compact design saves valuable bench space. Image capture is controlled from the tablet, compatible with existing networks. 2GB for short term data storage.
  • 2-Position Shelf - The auto-detect shelf raises chemiluminescent samples close to camera to increase resolution. Focusing is handled automatically by the image capture software.
  • Integrated Blue LEDs - No need to purchase a separate blue light transilluminator. Image nucleic acids with "Safe" Dyes in the same system as your blots.

Product Models Information


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Azure c150 Gel Imaging System

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Azure c200 Gel Imaging System

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Azure c280

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Azure c300 Gel Imaging System

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Azure c400 Gel Imaging System

c400  |

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Azure c500 Gel Imaging System

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Azure c600 Gel Imaging System

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Product Overview

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Azure cSeries Gel Imaging Systems

Manufacturer Azure Biosystems  |  Available Worldwide

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