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Industry Life Sciences
Founded 1990
Headquarters Coventry, England
Products Imaging, Software, Microscopy
Parent PerkinElmer

Improvision is a software developer based in Coventry, England. The company is the developer of Confocal, live cell imaging solutions and image analysis software for 2D, 3D and 4D imaging.

Improvision was founded in 1990 by Ken Salisbury, Andrew Waterfall and John Zeidler. Improvision was acquired by PerkinElmer on 2 April 2007, in a cash transaction.[1][2]

The company is based in Coventry, England, and it develops and sells scientific imaging equipment and software including confocal microscopy systems and image analysis software (Volocity) for the Life Sciences industry.[3]

In 2004, Improvision was runner-up in the Apple Design Awards for Best Mac OS X Scientific Computing Solution for their Volocity 2.6.1 software release. In 2002, it was a winner in the annual Lord Stafford Awards for Innovation.[4]

In April 2000, Improvision received a Queen's Award for Enterprise, the highest honour which can be given to a UK company, in recognition of outstanding achievement in export sales.[5]


  1. ^ "PerkinElmer Acquires Improvision Ltd". PerkinElmer Corporate News. 
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Matt (5 April 2007). "PerkinElmer buys imaging software specialist. PerkinElmer have continued to expand their cellular imaging portfolio with the acquisition of software company Improvision.". Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Imaging cells in four dimensions: Improvision's Volocity lets researchers examine how 3D images change over time.". The Scientist. 18 February 2002. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  4. ^ Pain, Steve (9 October 2002). "Improvision wins prestige award for innovation". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  5. ^ Dunn, Peter. "National Award for University Support that Helped Coventry Company Achieve 700% Increase in Sales". The University Of Warwick. Archived from the original on 26 May 2005. Retrieved 4 July 2008. 

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