Genevac Ltd is a subsidiary of SP
SP Industries is a manufacturer of specialty equipment
and glassware serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, educational,
industrial, and OEM markets. Products are sold under well-known,
market leading brand names, including Hotpack
laboratory equipment, Wilmad
LabGlass, and the FTS,
ranges of freeze driers.
Genevac Ltd was founded in 1990 by Michael Cole.
At this time, the small, family owned business specialised in the
manufacture of corrosion proof vacuum pumps and centrifugal evaporation
equipment for the life science research laboratory.
Centrifugal evaporation involves the use of lowered
pressure to reduce the boiling points of solvents thereby accelerating
their evaporation. Samples are placed in a rotor and spun during
the drying process to prevent violent solvent boiling (known as
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Michael Cole invented the revolutionary CVP (Cole
Vacuum Pump) to provide the world's first corrosion proof high vacuum,
low maintenance laboratory pump.
The CVP pump originally formed the backbone of all Genevac vacuum
systems to provide unparalleled levels of performance. The evaporation
systems produced between 1990 and 1995 were very compact bench top
systems for general-purpose use in life science research.
With advances made in technology, this has now
been superseded with the Scroll
Pump. Developed by BOC Edwards, with assistance from Genevac,
and based on the "scroll" principle. The scroll pump takes it’s
name from the design of the pump head, where a series of crescent
shaped scrolls cut into an oscillating rotor are used to repeatedly
compress and decompress the gas or vapour to be pumped.
1995 - The Emerging Combinatorial Chemistry
In conjunction with the emergence of new technologies
to speed up drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical
industry, the company focussed on developing a new class of laboratory
evaporation equipment specifically designed for combinatorial
chemistry and its related applications.
Combinatorial techniques demand high throughput,
high performance laboratory synthesis, solvent evaporation and purification
equipment capable of operating in a production environment. Genevac
became the first manufacturer to build solvent evaporation systems
for combinatorial chemistry. Genevac currently manufacture a range
of standard systems from the compact bench-top EZ-2 and HT-4X systems
to ultra-high throughput Mega 980 and Mega 1200 production scale
The success of the combinatorial chemistry systems
launched in 1995 gave rise to accelerated company growth. The systems
are currently used in most major pharmaceutical research laboratories
worldwide. The company won the Queen's Award for Innovation in 2000
in recognition of the innovations incorporated into the products.
Dr Cole retired, selling Genevac to Apogent Technologies
in May 2000. Apogent was in turn merged with Fisher Scientific Inc.
during 2004. Fisher Scientific then merged with Thermo Electron
Corporation to form Thermo Fisher Scientific in November 2006, with
Genevac being divested as part of the merger process. In April 2007
Riverlake Equity Partners LP (the parent company of SP Industries)
Genevac currently employs around 85 people, most
based at the manufacturing, R&D and marketing headquarters in Ipswich,
England. A US subsidiary is based in Valley Cottage, NY. The US
operation provides sales, service and technical support to our customers
in the US. Sales and service representatives are based local to
most of our customers on the East Coast, Mid West and West Coast.
In Europe we have sales and service staff based at offices in Lyon,
France and Wiesbaden, Germany to provide efficient service to our
key European customers. Elsewhere, Genevac products are sold and
supported via a global network of distributors
located strategically to serve the drug discovery industry
Genevac endeavours to provide the highest quality
products, service and support. This is achieved through a unique
range of innovative, high performance products and a commitment
to customer satisfaction, resulting in the Company achieving the
status of ISO9001 2000 certification during 2004.
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