Synbiosis is a long-established, world-leading supplier of systems for automated colony counting,
zone measurement and microbial identification systems.

With over 30 years’ experience, our products are used globally by thousands of microbiologists, who are successfully contributing accurate data to important projects in many of the world’s top clinical, pharmaceutical, water, food and beverage companies, as well as major government and academic research institutes.

Looking to save time and effort when counting microbial colonies from environmental or water samples? Then look no further than the Synbiosis range of colony counters because we’ll have one to suit all your testing needs.

If you want to save time counting any type of microbial colonies from food or drink samples, then we have a range of colony counters, which will be perfect for all your applications.

If you need accurate microbial enumeration or inhibition zone sizing to test the efficacy or sterility of your pharmaceutical samples, then we have a range of colony counters and zone measuring systems that are perfect for all your needs.

If you want to count microbial colonies or measure inhibitions zones from clinical samples, then we have a range of colony counters and zone sizing systems that are ideal for all your clinical testing needs.

If you’re looking to count microbial colonies or measure zones to test for antibiotic susceptibility from veterinary samples, then we have a range of colony counters and zone sizing systems that will be perfect for all your testing needs.

Launch of the much anticipated AutoCOL!

Following customer feedback, we are very proud and excited to announce the launch of the new AutoCOL – a fully automated colony counting system from Synbiosis!

Contact us on now for more details and a demo!

AutoCOL colony counting system
2604, 2023

Introducing Synoptics Service Contracts

At Synoptics, we aim to provide excellent post-purchase support and offer preventive maintenance to ensure that your Syngene, AirClean, Synbiosis, Fistreem, and Gallenkamp systems offer the best results and are a long-lasting investment. With this in m...

204, 2020

COVID-19 message from Syngene

With COVID-19 continuing to escalate in the impact to people and business both locally and globally, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that it is our top priority at Syngene to support our user base while ensuring the health and safety...

204, 2020

COVID-19 updated from Synbiosis

The UK and the rest of the world are currently facing a massive upheaval with the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we wanted to let you know that we are working hard at Synbiosis to ensure that we are able to support you as best we can through this difficult time.

At Produlab Pharma we manufacture veterinary antibiotics and other veterinary pharmaceuticals. In 2016, we installed a Synbiosis ProcScan system and SynStats software mainly to improve the data integrity of our antibiotic sensitivity testing.

We assessed two automated zone analysers but chose the Synbiosis ProcScan because the system is the only one that can measure inhibition zones in a 6 x 6 grid on large antibiotic susceptibility plates and records the raw plate images to provide hard evidence for clients or regulators to look at. We like using the ProcScan because the system not only saves us time but ensures the quality and traceability of our data.

Dave van Reusel, Microbiologist, Produlab Pharma, The Netherlands

Our group tests the potency of clinical and pre-clinical meningococcal vaccines by counting around 60-120 tiny colonies per streak in six streaks on each plate post SBA assay. This is time consuming and difficult to do manually when we have more than 100 agar plates to count, which is why we decided to test the ProtoCOL 3. We were so impressed by how easy it is to use that we decided to buy the system.

The service and support we had from Synbiosis was excellent and everything was delivered on time and installed well. Using the ProtoCOL 3 has totally changed the way we work, we can now count around 300 agar plates per day, as well as generate results on vaccine potency, something which would have taken us a week to do manually. We’re extremely pleased to have the ProtoCOL 3 in our laboratory.

Dr Christina Dold, Research Assistant, Oxford Vaccine Group, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

We are a contract microbiological testing laboratory and regularly test the sensitivity of new antibiotics using inhibition zone measurements in a 5 + 1 assay. We used to measure zones manually but it was taking too long to read each plate and we decided to assess automated inhibition zone measurement equipment.

We tested three systems and in terms of value for money and performance the ProtoCOL 3 inhibition zone measurement system came out in front, so we installed the ProtoCOL 3 and SynStats statistical analysis software in 2013. Using the ProtoCOL 3 and SynStats, we can now analyse over 100 inhibition zones and have the potency results in the time it took us to manually measure just 25 zones on a square plate. The ProtoCOL 3 has really improved our throughput.

Microbiologist, Contract Testing Laboratory, UK

We bought an aCOLade colony counter for our lab in 2011 because we needed a reliable, simple to use, anti-glare manual colony counter. We are now counting colonies on around 50 plates every day of all sorts of different bacterial and fungal colonies with aCOLade and have found aCOLade is sensitive, has a nice viewing magnifying glass and best of all we don’t have any reflection problems when counting white colonies on TVC plates.

When we needed help the Synbiosis team was very good. We know we can call to ask them anything to do with the aCOLade and they will respond very quickly. The aCOLade is brilliant and we’ll definitely re-order an aCOLade from Synbiosis when we need another colony counter.

Val Burton, Laboratory Supervisor, Pukka Pies, Leicester, UK