With notable exceptions, Apogee designed and has manufactured all of
the apparatus found on this site - regardless of whose brand name was
it over the years. The quality and reliability you have come to
expect has not
changed, only the name. If you have apparatus that looks like
what you see on this site, we made it.
In the late '70s a
by the name of Bethesda Research Labs®
(BRL) had the foresight to realize that researchers in the burgeoning
molecular biology needed a source for chemicals, enzymes and apparatus. Until BRL, researchers not only did research
but also had to make the basic molecular tools necessary for
drove the biotechnology revolution over the following decades. At that time, experimental apparatus was made
in University shops at great expense, with varying degrees of
expertise and tended to leak.
That’s not an attractive feature when you’re
running thousands of volts through a conductive solution.
Lab technicians wanted assurance that
touching the wrong place wouldn’t prove to be a career ending mistake.
We're proud of
the S2TM, a then
revolutionary DNA sequencer that shortly became the world standard with
55% of the market. It's still sold
today and routinely seen on lab benches during PBS programs.
Designed by a talented team at BRL, the exceptional H58TM started
the mini-gel format and has been made by us ever since. We were
fortunate to work with an excellent BRL Management team so we prospered
as the firm grew and morphed
now a multi-billion dollar leader in the molecular biology
industry that produces
quality products allowing researchers to pursue cutting edge
science. The apparatus
division changed hands several times until we acquired it from GE Medical® as a result of their Whatman® acquisition.
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situated minutes away from Johns
Hopkins University and
less than an hour from the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), we've
benefited through proximity to the
array of biotechnology companies in the Baltimore/Washington corridor.