PrimerDesign

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PrimerDesign
Limited
Industry Biotechnology
Founded 2005
Headquarters Southampton, United Kingdom
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Dr Jim Wicks, Dr Rob Powell and Professor Tom Brown
Website PrimerDesign.co.uk

Primerdesign is a UK-based biotechnology company that designs and sells products for quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). The company was established in 2005 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

History[edit]

Primerdesign was founded by Dr Jim Wicks, Dr Rob Powell and Professor Tom Brown within the University of Southampton to share their expertise in real-time PCR and DNA chemistry. The company has grown since then and its products have been widely used in over 100 countries. The company has a portfolio of over 400 qPCR detection kits and over 9000 research targets.[1]

Swine flu detection kit[edit]

During the Swine Flu pandemic in 2009, Primerdesign developed the world's first swine flu detection kit.[2][3] The kit which was designed within a fortnight is considered a breakthrough in the sector. The one step detection kit is designed to give results within two hours.[2] The first shipment of rapid result tests was dispatched to Mexico in April 2009 and is now being used in more than 30 countries across the globe.[2]

Horse meat scandal[edit]

Due to their extensive range of products, the company played a part in the 2013 meat adulteration scandal by being able to provide qPCR kits to quantitatively measure for horse meat in food.[4] Their kits were used throughout Ireland[5] as well as the UK.[6]

Products[edit]

Among their product ranges are lines for:

  • Pathogen Detection kits
  • House-keeping Gene assays
  • Genomic DNA Detection kits
  • Real time PCR reagents
  • geNorm reference gene selection kits
  • Housekeeping gene selection kits
  • Biobank Control cDNA
  • High Resolution Melting analysis kits

Customers[edit]

Primerdesign has a worldwide presence, serving over 9,000 customers. Its core customer segments include academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, independent diagnostic laboratories, hospitals, official government health agencies, and others.

Sponsorship program[edit]

In 2006, Primerdesign initiated a sponsorship program to reward meritorious PhD students and provide further assistance to the PCR component of their study.[7]

See also[edit]

Real-time polymerase chain reaction
High Resolution Melt

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