LabLogic Systems acquires Southern Scientific

8 September 2011

Radiochromatography and nuclear medicine specialist LabLogic Systems has announced the acquisition of West Sussex-based Southern Scientific, which manufactures and supplies radiation measurement, detection and analytical systems for the nuclear industry, hospitals and research.

"The key factor that links us with Southern Scientific is radioactivity," said LabLogic managing director Richard Brown. "We have had a friendly commercial relationship with them for many years; their strengths complement our own and they understand our technology, as well as having a very similar ethos."

"They are very strong in the medical, defence, military, nuclear and industrial markets, which sits well with LabLogic’'s long-established pre-eminence in pharmaceutical research."

"We will be able to assist them with software development, and they will be able to contribute to our instrumentation programme - to our mutual advantage, and to the benefit of all our clients."

Southern Scientific’'s chairman and founder, Ken Frost, said "Becoming part of LabLogic will take the company to a new level. It is an exciting prospect for everyone concerned, and we all look forward to a bright future for the enlarged Group."

Founded in 1983, Southern Scientific designs and supplies a comprehensive range of monitors and systems for medical, industrial, environmental and security applications, with full product support.

The company has 10,000 sq ft of office and workshop premises in Sompting, near Lancing and 28 employees, including an eight-person direct sales force. Four design engineers provide appropriate detector, electronic, software and system integration designs, with full in-house CAD drawing and documentation services.

Southern Scientific’s customers extend from the MoD and security forces via EDF nuclear power stations, Magnox decommissioning sites and engineering companies such as BAe Systems, Rolls Royce and Babcock to the NHS and private healthcare.

LabLogic Systems was founded in 1980 by John Clapham as a supplier of radio TLC and HPLC instruments and associated software and has gone on to develop many products of its own, notably the Debra LIMS for ADME studies and Laura software package for chromatography data capture and analysis.

The company attaches particular importance to responding to customers' needs: on a daily basis through the medium of its technical help desk, which gives immediate and expert assistance; and in the longer term through regular User Meetings, at which customers can influence future product developments.

In 2007 LabLogic acquired IN/US, the USA-based manufacturer of the β-RAM radio HPLC detector for β-emitters. Today the company provides innovative solutions for the measurement and reporting needs of drug metabolism researchers, PET scientists and radio-chemists in 46 countries.

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