Life Sciences focuses on proteomics
With a diverse array of
solutions for genomics and a commanding position in instrumentation
business, Imperial Life sciences is now focusing on being a provider of
solutions in the proteomics space as well.
Imperial Life Sciences provides a
range of instrumentation, reagents, softwares and other consumables. It
also provides complete solutions for laboratories working in genomics,
proteomics, cell culture, drug discovery and bioproduction. Established
in 1992, it is the exclusive representative for several leading global
players in India.
The company registered a revenue of Rs 102.90 crore in the
financial year 2008-09 as against Rs 88.73 crore in 2007-08.
Instrumentation has been the major growth driver for the company with
60-70 percent of the revenues derived from it. According to Neeraj
Gupta, director, sales, Imperial Life Sciences, “The company
registered strong growth in bioanalyzer platforms, in-vivo imaging
platforms and liquid handling systems.”
After leveraging its strength in genomics, the company is now focusing
towards proteomics, with a tie-up with Fortebio for proteomics-based
instrumentation. It is to be noted that last year the company sold
50-60 bioanalyzer systems from Agilent and four systems from Xenogen to
major research institutes.
The company is also the distributor of QPCR’s, thermal
cyclers, Strataclone Cloning Kits, Paq 5000 DNA polymerases &
mutagenensis kits through Stratagene in India.
The consumables and reagents portfolio has also added several new
products including HPLC/LCMS MARS columns for proteomics, Genplates for
long term DNA storage at room temperature from Genvault, extensive
tissue culture and genomics range from Labware, and agaroses,
primary cells, medias and serum from Lonza used in stem cell and cell
It also sold 12 microarray systems and was able to position the concept
of genome-wide workstations. Imperial Life Sciences also set up ILS-USA
cooperation for product support in January, 2008. The company doubled
its sales force (55-60) and technical support (field application
scientists) manpower during the last year. Imperial Life Sciences has
also established a bioservices division with a campus in Manesar,
Haryana, to train scientific professionals and students.
Talking about future plans, Suresh Kumar Gupta said, “We see
a lot of interest emerging in the area of automation, molecular
diagnostics and in-vivo imaging (applications for pharma and CROs) and
a huge interest from customers for the same and are directing our focus
towards these. We are looking at strengthening the technical resources
in our company and so increasing the workforce. We are establishing
service center support for the customers and also give them hands-on
training on our platforms. Consolidating our business is going to be a
focus from now.”