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Vector Laboratories Ltd (Cambridgeshire, UK)

Vector Laboratories Ltd was established as a private limited company in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in 1986 to provide a direct supply chain for the UK from Vector Laboratories Inc (California, USA).

The company functions as a sales, distribution and technical support operation, servicing customers in the UK & Ireland.  Vector Laboratories Ltd also exports to countries where there are no established Vector Laboratories Inc distributors.

Vector Laboratories Inc (California, USA)

Vector Building

Vector Laboratories Inc is recognized worldwide as a major manufacturer of reagents for biomedical research. Our products have been cited in over 1.6 million scientific papers* – a testament to the widespread use of our reagents and their quality.

Vector Laboratories Inc was founded and incorporated in 1976, producing the first commercially available lectins and it remains the world’s leading supplier of these products.   The company developed the first range of Biotin-Avidin system detection reagents, revolutionising immunohistochemistry and other applications.  These have been further developed and patented eventually leading to the manufacture of the “gold standard” range of VECTASTAIN® ABC kits and other immunological reagents.

Further additions to our product range include the ImmPRESS™ polymer detection systems, Vector® Mouse on Mouse (M.O.M.™) Immunodetection Kits, proprietary enzyme substrates offering a colour palette for multiple labelling along with industry leading reagents for immunofluorescence, VECTASHIELD® and DyLight® conjugated reagents. Other pioneering products include neuronal tracers, ultra-pure immunological products and novel reagents for labelling, detection & isolation of nucleic acids, fusion proteins and carbohydrates

Vector Laboratories Inc is committed to the development and manufacture of labelling and detection systems and their associated products.  Reagents are manufactured at our 65,000 ftresearch and development facilities in Burlingame, California. We are an independent, privately held US corporation with subsidiaries in the UK and Canada. The company is dedicated to providing reagents of the highest quality and performance, cost effectively for the scientific community.

Vector Laboratories operates primarily through distributors outside the USA, Canada and the UK.

*   Google scholar search – ‘Vector Laboratories’ 1,620,000  results 02/16

40-YEAR HISTORY OF QUALITY AND INNOVATION

1941

Albert Coons demonstrated that flourescently labeled antibodies can be used to localize bacteria inside macrophages (immunohistochemistry).

1966

Straits Avrameas and Paul Nakane independently developed methods to covalently couple the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) to antibodies

1980

Vector Labs first to commercialize avidin-biotin enzyme complex (VECTASTAIN.ABC kits)

1981

S.M. Hsu published that the high affinity of avidin for biotin could be used to increase the stability of the enzyme antibody complex

1986

Vector Labs launches PHOTOPROBE.Biotin

1991

SR. Shi developed the antigen retrieval process for formaldehyde fixed tissues

1993

Vector Labs introduced first antifade mounting media for fluorescence (VECTASHIELD. Mounting Media)

1999

Vector Labs introduced a next-generation PAP pen conforming with environmental regulations (ImmEdgeTM Pen)

2004

Vector Labs expanded antifade mounting media with hardening formulation (VECTASHIELD.HardSetTM Mounting Media)

2005

Vector Labs developed detection reagents enabling greater access to antigens within tissues and improving multiple antigen labeling (ImmPRESSTM enzyme polymer)

2007

Vector Labs introduced proprietary substrates enabling multiplexing IHC (ImmPACTTM HRP substrates)

2011

Vector Labs introduced BLOXALL.Endogenous HRP and AP Blocking Solution

2014

Vector Labs introduced additional proprietary AP substrate (ImmPACTTM Vector. Red substrate)

2016

Strategic investment by Maravai LifeSciences


Trademarks of Vector: ABC-AmP, Animal-Free Blocker, AT-Yellow, BLOXALL, DuoLuX, Elite, EndTag, FastTag, Fusion Aid, GC-Red, HYBEX, ImmEdge, ImmPACT, ImmPRESS, ImmPrint, M.O.M., NEUROBIOTIN, NicKit p.s.o., PHOTOPROBE, PolyBlock, ProFusion, ProtOn, Quant*Tag, Resolve-It, UltraSNAP, VECTABOND, VectaCell, VectaFluor, VectaMount, VECTASHIELD, VECTASHIELD HardSet, VECTASTAIN, Vector, Vector Black, Vector Blue, Vector NovaRED, Vector Red, VECTREX, WestVision. Others: ABTS-Boehringer Mannheim; Texas Red-Molecular Probes, TSA-NEN Life Sciences Products; APS-5 Lumigen Inc. DuoLuX is a special formula of APS-5 produced for Vector Labs by Lumigen Inc. Southfield, MI.


Trademarks of Vector: ABC-AmP, Animal-Free Blocker, AT-Yellow, BLOXALL, DuoLuX, Elite, EndTag, FastTag, Fusion Aid, GC-Red, HYBEX, ImmEdge, ImmPACT, ImmPRESS, ImmPrint, M.O.M., NEUROBIOTIN, NicKit p.s.o., PHOTOPROBE, PolyBlock, ProFusion, ProtOn, Quant*Tag, Resolve-It, UltraSNAP, VECTABOND, VectaCell, VectaFluor, VectaMount, VECTASHIELD, VECTASHIELD HardSet, VECTASTAIN, Vector, Vector Black, Vector Blue, Vector NovaRED, Vector Red, VECTREX, WestVision. Others: ABTS-Boehringer Mannheim; Texas Red-Molecular Probes, TSA-NEN Life Sciences Products; APS-5 Lumigen Inc. DuoLuX is a special formula of APS-5 produced for Vector Labs by Lumigen Inc. Southfield, MI.