Our History

We have served the global diagnostics industry for over 50 years, so you know you’re in safe hands.

Let us tell you our story

  • 1959  Seravac, the oldest company within vision-biotech was founded.
  • 1971   Biozyme Laboratories established as a manufacturer of diagnostic enzymes.
  • 1986  VBT was founded by John Chandler of Cardiff University.  He developed and manufactured our world renowned gold nanoparticles and supplied these into the electrom microscopy industry.  Back then, the company was originally known as Biocell Research Laboratories.
  • 1990  VBT was established as a leader in the electron microscopy research field and established distributors in 15 different countries.  We then expanded into the in-vitro diagnostics industry with our unique formula gold.
  • 2000  We went through a management buy-out, led by our Managing Director Julian Baines.
    Stakeholders include 6 Heads of Department tasked with growing divisions of Sales & Marketing, Gold Reagents, Research & Development and Manufacturing Operations.
  • 2005  Our Madison USA office was founded, which allowed us to introduce our extensive range of products to the US.
  • 2006  Alchemy in Dundee, Scotland was acquired.  The site now manufactures numerous different lateral flow test strips every year.
  • 2007  We acquired both Biozyme and Seravac, allowing us to expand our offering to include a variety of enzymes.
  • 2008  We were acquired by Alere (formerly known as Inverness Medical).
  • 2010  SCIPAC, a UK based company with expertise in manufacturing human proteins and monoclonal antibodies, was acquired.
  • 2012  Vision Biotech was added to our portfolio, enabling us to further our lateral flow test manufacturing capabilities.
  • 2013  We completed our brand consolidation, to bring you all of our products under one umbrella vision-biotech.