For high performance imaging, the new generation of G:BOX Chemi systems provide the user with an extended range of applications covering fluorescence and chemiluminescence. All these systems now utilise Syngene's groundbreaking GeneSys automatic control software. Driven from a database containing hundreds of capture protocols, full manual control is available should you wish to use it.
The G:BOX Chemi series features cameras with resolutions of 4m, 6m or 9m pixels. All have cooling which reduces the small amount of electronically generated noise to produce outstanding images with minimal background interference. These new generation cameras also have higher quantum efficiencies (QE) than most, helping the system to achieve outstanding levels of sensitivity.
Whether using the system for standard fluorescence applications such as DNA, or for chemiluminescence imaging, the G:BOX Chemi will give you high quality results. In addition, by using the optional LED modules users can work with a unique automated multiplexed function capable of using up to 5 channels. Other LED modules can be used to turn the G:BOX Chemi into a highly sensitive IR capture system. An edge lighting option can also be used for 2D gel capture including the use of DIGE gels.
The stylish design with modular construction includes motor-driven lenses, filter wheels with the option of including a range of lighting choices for both Epi and transillumination applications.
Access your images anywhere, at any time and from any computer, smartphone and tablet using the new 'Status Link' feature which is ideal for any busy laboratory.
The system comes complete with unlimited copies of GeneTools analysis software.
Applications & Benefits
With the new GeneSys control software the user simply has to tell the G:BOX Chemi XRQ the sample type and dye and leave the rest to the automated capture system. Images are produced quickly with the minimum of effort. No other system on the market offers this level of control.
The new series of camera offer high performance imaging. The addition of cooling enables longer exposures to be used which can be a necessity for some fluorescence applications and definitely for chemiluminescence.
The new design of G:BOX Chemi enables the user to use a range of options. This includes the latest LED fluorescence lighting modules for Epi illumination, providing the user with the ability to perform coloured fluorescent, multiplex and colorimetric imaging.
GBOX-CHEMI-XX9 Gel Documentation System, 230V, 50Hz Darkroom with camera, zoom lens, filter wheel, LED gantry rack. Installed UV filter (UV06) and epi LED white light. With GeneSys and GeneTools Software . No transilluminator, edge lighting unit, white light converter or viewing platform supplied.
Camera 9 MP imaging 16bit camera with 73% QE @425nm, cooled -57C Lenses Motor driven zoom 12.5 - 75mm f0.95 lens with autofocus Image Size Max. 32.3 x 25.6cm, Min. 15 x 11.8cm Motor Stage Fully variable motor driven stage
Any printer with appropriate Windows drivers can be attached to the GeneGnome. We recommend a thermal A6 printer such as Sony or Mitsubishi. These USB printers will 'plug and play' with the GeneGnome and require minimal setup. They will print hard copies of blots in under 5 seconds on long life glossy thermal paper to give photographic quality images.
Mitsubishi Digital Thermal Printer
Thermal paper, Matt, 1 roll
Thermal paper, Glossy, 1 roll
IQ / OQ Validation
For validation of GBOX systems. Includes validation kit. Must be ordered at same time as unit to which it refers.
IQOQ - GEL
For validation of GBOX systems. Includes validation kit. Must be ordered at same time as unit to which it refers
PQ - GEL
G:BOX Chemi XX9
Image resolution (pixels m)
Effective resolution (pixels m)
Quantum efficiency @ 425nm
Cooling - regulated (degrees)
Lens (motor driven)
f0.95 with auto focus
Filter wheel (7 position motor driven)
Use with external PC
Extended with motor driven stage
Epi LED white lights
Epi UV 302nm
Epi red LED module
Epi blue LED module
Epi green LED module
Epi red LED module M series for multiplexing
Epi green LED module M series for multiplexing
Epi blue LED module M series for multiplexing
Epi IR LED module
IR multiplexing kit (680-800nm)
Visible light converter 33 x 31cm
White light pad for visible stains (20 x 14cm)
UltraBright LED blue light transilluminator 20 x 16cm
Edge lighting unit 26.5 x 20cm
Max image area (cm)
32.3 x 25.6
Min image area (cm)
15 x 11.8
W x H x D (cm)
57 x 99 x 55
115V - 240V
Hannah Cable, Development Scientist Abcam, Cambridge, UK
We need quality control methods that are both fast and accurate to make sure we deliver the best antibodies. We used an infrared fluorescence detector for imaging our chemiluminescent Western blots but found it took too long to get the data so in 2007 we installed a G:BOX Chemi XT16 to see if CCD imaging would increase our throughput.
We were delighted to find the G:BOX Chemi XT16 generated accurate results in a fraction of the time and as it costs half the price of an infrared detector it made sense to install another three in 2008. Now we use four G:BOX Chemi XT16 systems to image more than 200 Western blots every week. Obtaining the data is now so much quicker and easier and we are supplying more scientists than ever with high-quality antibodies thanks to our G:BOX Chemi XT16 systems.
Jack Gros, Molecular Research Scientist Agrico Research BV, The Netherlands
We breed new potato varieties for use all over the world. In 2013, we installed a G:BOX image analyser because we need to have digital images of gels of our potato DNA fingerprints. This makes it easier for us to trace the origins of varieties and to have an audit trail for each new one we develop. We chose the G:BOX because it can accommodate our oversized gels and easily image them; with other systems we looked at we had to chop our gel into two pieces to image it and then stick the images together, which is too time consuming.
We also like the fact that Syngene has developed the software and hardware for the G:BOX and we can have direct contact with their experts to discuss what we want to do. The support we had from Syngene's team has been very good and we're very happy with our G:BOX system because it has made this part of the task of trying to identify unknown potato varieties much simpler.
Manager Allergens & Authenticity Department, Analytical Testing Company, UK
We test both raw and processed foods and fish using PCR and PCR-RFLP analysis to determine whether they contain other species of fish or meat than the labels state. Because we are running and staining many gels we prefer to use non-toxic SYBR Safe stain so we need a system that can detect DNA stained with this dye at the nanogram level to ensure our tests are sensitive enough. This is why we installed the G:BOX EF in 2008 because it is capable of doing just that.
The G:BOX EF can detect 20ng of SYBR Safe stained DNA to give us the answers we need to help safeguard the public. I have found the G:BOX EF is very easy to work with because the software guides you through everything you need to do. Even when we had a technical problem, the service we received from Syngene was excellent and we were up and running again in no time, which is very important in a quality testing environment.
Dr. Mark K Larson, Assistant Professor Biology Department, Augustana College, South Dakota, USA
We use our G:BOX Chemi HR16 regularly for teaching students how to visualize DNA and proteins on gels and proteins on Western blots. The system is simple to work with and the students can use it with very little training. Since the software is so intuitive, it is almost impossible for them to get things wrong!
We have also found the real-time, on-line technical support service is excellent. As we're a bit off the beaten track here, we cannot always wait for an engineer or rep to come out and it's very reassuring to know Syngene support staff can help us remotely to rapidly resolve any technical questions which arise.
Dr. Cynthia Lampert Moore, Laboratory Manager Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
We had our GeneGenius upgraded to a G:BOX more than two years ago by Syngene's excellent support team. They were very knowledgeable and were able to talk us through any technical questions we had. The G:BOX is now very heavily used all day, every day for analysing DNA and protein gels and we print over 500 gel images every month. In short, the G:BOX is a gel imaging workhorse that works!
Dr. Che-Hsiung Liu, Research Associate Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
We work with up and down-regulated genes and proteins from fruit fly eyes, which can generate very weak chemiluminescent signal. We stain our DNA with SYBR SafeTM DNA gel stain, protein gels with Coomassie® Blue R and immunoblots with ECL PlusTM, so we have to have an imager that can handle all these applications.
After reviewing four imaging systems, we decided to install the G:BOX iChemi XR because it gave us the value of essentially having two systems in one and the GeneTools analysis software is, in my opinion, the best on the market.
Dr. David Mincher, Reader in Experimental Chemotherapy Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland
We originally installed a GeneGenius system in 1999 and Syngene upgraded this for us to a G:BOX a couple of years ago. This G:BOX is very heavily used and last year we needed another one to cope with the demand. Since our first G:BOX has been very reliable and the support we have had from Syngene has been so fantastic, we had no hesitation in installing a G:BOX chemiluminescence imager as our next system.
Both G:BOX systems are very versatile and we use them in research to image standard DNA gels, gelatin zymograms and autoradiograms and even our final year students find them very easy to use. I would recommend the G:BOX systems to anyone wanting a great image analyser for their molecular biology research.
Dr. Clare Gallon, Research Associate Imperial College London, London, UK
Our G:BOX Chem HR16 has been fantastic. The system is in constant use for analysing both gels and Western blots and does at least 10 runs every day. We have been so impressed with our Syngene image analyser and the excellent technical support team's can do attitude that we are looking to purchase another Syngene G:BOX specifically for proteomics.
Mrs Charlotte Jones, Laboratory Manager Institute of Biological Environmental & Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales
We work on ways of producing clover that can grow and retain their nutrients in more difficult conditions to maintain pastures of these important crops. To analyse specific genes from the new varieties we breed, we needed to visualise small amounts of DNA and RNA stained with GelRed, a stain that is safer, yet not as sensitive as Ethidium Bromide so we had to have an image analyser that could detect this dye. We had used a Syngene system before, which was very reliable and this is why we reviewed a G:BOX EF alongside other imagers for this application.
We installed our G:BOX EF image analyser in 2009 and have found the system is easy to set up and use and the camera can easily detect the GelRed band images. When we had questions about more advanced procedures on the G:BOX EF system, we found the technical services people at Syngene very easy to talk to and they quickly helped us do everything we wanted to. In short, the G:BOX EF system has proved to be perfect for us to perform safe, sensitive DNA and RNA analysis.
Paul Lemmens, Lab Coordinator (Chemelot Campus) Maastricht University, The Netherlands
At Maastricht University we run a bachelors science programme to train students in complex molecular biology techniques. In this programme, students extract proteins from mosses, tropical leaves and insects, run the proteins on gels and then transfer them onto Western blots. On this course we need an imaging system that allows students to easily switch applications, to train them to analyse different gel and blot types.
After assessing two other imaging systems in 2012, we chose a G:BOX Chemi imager for the programme because the GeneSys software which comes with the G:BOX Chemi is much easier to use with minimal training. We have found the quality of the apparatus is very good and the service we have had from Syngene has been perfect in helping us to install and set up the G:BOX Chemi system so that our enthusiastic students can use it without any difficulty.
Dr. Kevin Feldheim, Laboratory Manager Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution, The Field Museum of Natural History, Ch
We've had a G:BOX Chemi for over two years and we use it for analysis of DNA fragments to examine relationships between taxa. We compared the G:BOX Chemi with three others from leading manufacturers and chose this system because it makes gel documentation very straightforward and offers the best performance.
We have been very pleased with the G:BOX Chemi and by Syngene's responsive technical support, so when we needed another gel doc system we knew purchasing a second G:BOX was the right decision.
Professor Darek Gorecki, Director of Research School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
We know Syngene systems are reliable as we have had a Syngene gel doc for years which has survived being used to its absolute limits. When we needed a second image analyser for imaging Westerns of protein associated with muscular dystrophy, we looked at others but finally stayed loyal to Syngene and installed a G:BOX iChemi XT.
This was a great decision because the G:BOX iChemi XT is not as expensive as many that can image fluorescent Westerns, yet the system can detect low levels of proteins using ECL imaging, as well as overlay fluorescent Westerns. This has allowed us to compare different labels directly on the same blot, and more importantly, to have total confidence that the qualitative data on up and down-regulated proteins produced by the G:BOX iChemi XT is accurate.
Dr. Krystyna Cwiklinski, Research Associate School of Veterinary Science, The University of Liverpool, UK
We have been using our G:BOX EF since 2009 to routinely detect PCR products derived from parasitic red worms that infect horses. We chose the G:BOX EF because we can use it to visualise DNA stained with SYBR® Safe using blue light, which means it is much safer for us than using toxic stains and UV light.
We easily set up our G:BOX EF straight from the box and so far we have found the system easy to navigate around. Even our students can use the G:BOX EF with minimal supervision. The G:BOX EF can detect small amounts of sometimes low intensity PCR product very well so is ideal for our research.
Dr. Jared Cartwright, Laboratory Head Technology Facility, University of York, York, UK
We are a core protein production facility, so we clone and express a wide range of proteins. We chose to install a G:BOX chemiluminescence imaging system in 2008 because of the three we assessed it is the most flexible, has the most user-friendly software and produces a data set that is much simpler to manage for chemiluminescent Westerns than autoradiography.
Since then, we've seen more and more researchers in the university switching away from using X-ray film for their chemiluminescent blots and over to the G:BOX chemiluminescence imager, which I think shows how easy this system is to use.
Dr. Lisa Caproni, Research Scientist Touchlight Genetics, Leatherhead, UK
We are a start-up biotech developing new technology in the fast developing DNA therapeutics field. As a small business we need to work quickly and efficiently and rely on equipment that is simple to operate and delivers what we want with high precision. In this respect, G:BOX EF meets all our needs.
Even though we have only had the G:BOX EF for a very short time, it is now being used to routinely analyse all our DNA and protein gels and its ?point and shoot capability has saved us countless hours. I have worked with several other gel doc systems and I can honestly say the G:BOX EF is one of the best I have used.
Research Fellow UK based University
When we first got our G:BOX chemiluminescence image analyser in 2007, I was apprehensive about using it because other systems I had seen and used were very complicated and difficult to programme so I was expecting this to be the same. Then, I got started and realised how simple it was to set up and image my chemiluminescent blots, I was really pleasantly surprised.
Ever since, I have regularly used the G:BOX system and have been able to detect poorly expressed proteins. Also using the system's superb resolving power has allowed me to separate close bands. Now I wouldn't use anything else but a G:BOX system for analysing my Westerns.
Post-doctoral researcher UK University
Our department is involved in many projects which involve seeing how cells react to different protein or chemical inputs by looking at protein expression. To do this, we run a large number of 1D and 2D protein gels so we need an easy to use imaging system. We installed the G:BOX in 2008 and so far the system can do everything we need from excellent visualisation right through to accurate quantification of even complex 2D gels.
The G:BOX is great to work with as you don't need a manual and an hour to get up and running. You can just click to get the G:BOX ready and we like that because the system is heavily used by scientists all analysing different types of gels and blots, which means they can leave it set up for almost anything. Yet you can come along and within minutes you can see what you want and if you do have technical questions, staff at Syngene always respond very quickly, so overall we're really happy with our G:BOX.
Raymond Staals, Researcher Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
We assessed two CCD-based imagers and decided to purchase the G:BOX Chemi because the system is the most user-friendly as the GeneSys software guides you through everything and you don't have to be an imaging expert to take a blot picture. The service from Syngene is also very good. With other systems we have installed, the reps haven't been back but with the G:BOX Chemi we had a return visit to check everything was OK and had help with software when we needed it because Syngene's team is knowledgeable and approachable.
We currently use the G:BOX Chemi regularly to image agarose and acrylamide DNA or RNA gels and sometimes use the G:BOX to image plate-assays of bacteria expressing fluorescent luciferase. The system is very popular as many other researchers and students come to use the G:BOX Chemi to image DNA gels now instead of using our old gel doc because the quality of the images is just so much better.