Cambridge-based Synoptics makes scientific instruments that analyse the images of DNA, bacteria and potentially lethal viruses. Founded by Philip Atkin in 1985 to commercialise his research at Cambridge University, Synoptics has gradually changed strategy, moving from a technology supplier to a designer and manufacturer of complete instrument solutions. Sales to a wide range of customers, from Nestlé to Vauxhall and the FBI, have grown 67% a year from £2.2m in 1999 to £6.1m in 2001.

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Company details
Year2002
Rank79
CompanySynoptics
ActivityScientific equipment maker
LocationCambridge
Average 3 year sales growth66.64%
Latest sales £000s6,051
Staff47
Founded1985
Websitewww.synoptics.co.uk

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