G:BOX Chemi XRQ – Fluorescence and chemiluminescence

New_G-BOX Chemi XRQ

Affordable system for fluorescent and visible gels and chemiluminescent Western blots

  • The XRQ has 16 million effective pixels with a standard image output of 4 million pixels.
  • The system as standard comes with a seven position filter wheel and epi white light
  • The G:BOX Chemi XRQ is capable of many imaging applications including DNA/Protein gels, chemiluminescence, stain free gels and coloured multiplex fluorescence gels.

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Cost-efficient chemi imaging and gel doc

  • For a laboratory that needs hassle-free chemiluminescent detection, as well as routine gel documentation, using the G:BOX Chemi XRQ’s powerful GeneSys software to switch between applications is simplicity itself. Place your chemi blot in, and the system’s cooled camera captures images with a sensitivity equal to film or slide in your gels to generate quality pictures of your DNA and proteins anytime you want.
  • The G:BOX Chemi XRQ gel doc system features a next generation CCD camera which has higher quantum efficiency (QE) and with lower noise levels, makes this system the perfect choice for extended fluorescence applications and chemiluminescent Western blots.
  • Featuring a standard darkroom and a 4 million pixel image resolution, the G:BOX Chemi XRQ camera is cooled to provide a low signal to noise ratio with virtually noise free images with perfect background.   Whether using the system for standard fluorescence applications such as DNA, or for chemiluminescence imaging, the G:BOX Chemi XRQ gel doc will give you high quality results.
  • The stylish design with modular construction includes motor-driven lenses and filter wheels with the option of including a range of lighting choices for both Epi and transillumination applications.
  • HI-LED lighting options  cover the full spectrum of high intensity blue, green, red and infra-red resulting in faster exposure times and publication quality images.
  • The G:BOX Chemi XRQ is a cost-effective alternative to laser based technology offering a faster workflow for imaging complex multiplex fluorescent gels and blots.
  • The system is controlled by GeneSys application driven image capture software and comes complete with unlimited copies of GeneTools analysis software.

Affordable system for fluorescent and visible gels and chemiluminescent Western blots

  • High quantum efficiency (QE) camera
    High resolution, High QE 73% @ 425nm 4m pixel images with enhanced cooling for longer exposure times – suitable for chemiluminescence.  Picogram detection.
  • Multiplex imaging of up to 5 different channels with UV, blue and RGB HI-LED lighting options
    Easily switch between blot or gel imaging .  Integral LED white lighting for sample positioning, visible light applications and colorimetric markers. Use with UV transilluminator for DNA imaging – use converter screen for visible light applications such as protein gels. Use with Blue LED UltraBright transilluminator for ‘safe-dye’ applications. Built-in light gantries for LED EPI illumination options
  • Stain-free imaging capability
    Capture images of TGX Stain-Free™ FastCast™ acrylamide gels and many more
  • Auto-exposure
    Perfectly exposed chemi images without film
  • Excellent signal to noise ratio
    No annoying backgrounds on your blots
  • Protocol driven image capture
    No camera expertise needed for great results. Pre-defined ‘one click’ protocols for speedy imaging. Unlimited user saveable protocols
  • Motor driven lens with feedback  and filter wheel
    Simple, automated set up. Motor driven 7 position filter wheel with UV filter to extend applications
  • Reproducible and quantifiable data
    Accurate results time after time
  • CFR21 Part 11 compliant
    Fully traceable results suitable for regulatory audits
  • GeneSys application driven image capture software
    Contains extensive database of dyes and imaging protocols. All you need to know is the type of gel you’re using and GeneSys automatically selects the optimal lighting and filters to produce the perfect image
  • GeneTools analysis software (unlimited copies)
    Analyse data at your own computer.

Why buy this product

  • Performance
    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.
  • High specification
    The new 4m pixel system with high quantum efficiency offers greater sensitivity. The addition of cooling enables longer exposures to be used which can be a necessity for some fluorescence applications and definitely for chemiluminescence.
  • Modular
    The new design of G:BOX Chemi XRQ 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.
  • Brand new HI-LED lighting option
    Resulting in superior imaging performance for your fluorescence applications, thus improving workflow in the lab.

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 G:BOX Chemi XRQ

  • The XRQ is a superb flexible system suitable for all your fluorescence imaging needs and also for low light level chemiluminescence from blots and plates.
  • The XRQ has 16 million effective pixels with a standard image output of 4 million pixels. The sensor is one of the new generation sensors which has exceptional Quantum Efficiency (QE), meaning that the camera is very sensitive indeed. This makes it perfect for low light applications like Western blot chemiluminescence samples. With the XRQ you are guaranteed superb images of gels, blots and plates. The camera has a 16 bit maximum dynamic range.
  • Naturally the camera is cooled and has very low noise so imaging chemiluminescent samples is easy. Using GeneSys software makes capture of any sample a simple, automatic process. Exposure times of many hours are possible and always result in clean, crisp images.
  • The G:BOX XRQ is a highly versatile system capable of imaging all routine samples, EtBr and safe alternatives, SYBR, coomassie plus chemi blots, colony plates and many fluorescent applications including red, green and blue excitation.
  • The XRQ LED comes with LED gantry rack and epi white LED lighting, optional UV or blue transilluminator and visible light converter. It is simple and cost effective to fit epi UV, blue, green and red lighting either at time of purchase or later. The new HI-LED G:BOX range has an advanced lighting gantry for your red, green, blue, IR fluorescence imaging applications.  There is a seven position motor driven filter wheel. The entire system is fully motor driven with lens feedback, filter wheel, lighting and exposure time, all controlled, regulated and optimised through the powerful GeneSys acquisition software.
  • The XRQ offers high performance at an affordable cost, it is suitable for a lab using many sample types requiring versatility whilst retaining simplicity.


  • GeneSys is an application driven software designed for rapid image capture of biological samples. GeneSys control software GeneSys is unique, intuitive software for the control and image capture of any Syngene system including all G:BOXs. GeneSys is ‘application driven’.  At the heart of GeneSys is an extensive database which contains an impressive list of dye and protocol data.  The user only needs to tell GeneSys which application they are using along with their gel or blot size and the software will automatically configure the system for that application. The resulting captured images are of exceptional quality and can be reproduced time after time.  GeneSys is a truly unique application driven software unequalled by others.
  • The G:BOX can be used in a fully automated mode which means the user needs no experience in image capture. For those who wish to select their own settings a manual mode is available. To automate the G:BOX further the user can save their own protocols on the Home page. Protocols save the sample type, dyes, lighting and filters used and the position of the iris/focus and sample size so the user ‘clicks’ only one button to go from sample positioning to image capture.  This is especially useful when running a number of repeat applications.
  • It has a simple icon based user interface usable on Win10, 8, 7 and XP platforms.
  • For Western blot applications GeneSys automatically determines the optimum settings for perfect images using any chemiluminescent reagent.  Single images or a series of timed images can be captured if required. You can also image molecular weight or colorimetric markers which are automatically overlaid with your chemiluminescent image.
  • Multiplex fluorescence detection G:BOX Chemi systems offer enhanced sensitivity ensuring that the broad dynamic range available with fluorescence is captured providing exceptional linearity for accurate quantification. When it comes to multiplexing, GeneSys provides an impressive protocol which takes care of all lighting, filter and exposure settings for each fluorophore.  GeneSys image capture software can effortlessly detect multiple proteins simultaneously. Detect up to five different fluorophores on the same gel or blot.  Band intensity values can be normalised to another protein or a loading control eliminating the need to strip and re-probe. GeneSys software automatically overlays image data from each fluorescent channel whilst allowing the user to view individual fluorescent channels to detect overlapping bands.Up to 5 different fluorophores can be imaged at a time which can then be displayed as a multichannel image, as a colour overlay or as single images.  No other system can give you such an automated process of multiplexing applications.
  • All G:BOX chemi  systems are stain-free ready (Stain-free imaging Stain-free technology) and with GeneSys software it has never been easier to capture perfect images of your stain-free gels.
  • GeneSys has a number of automatic functions which help the image capture process to produce perfect, high quality images. (Effective resolution, Flatfix technology, Neutral fielding, Auto gamma control)
  • GeneSys allows the user to take the guess work out of imaging, and produce quick and simple publication quality images.
  • All files produced are a unique SGD format, where only raw data is analysed for quantification of samples.
  • Files can also be saved as TIFF, JPEG, BMP formats.
  • User protocols can be saved to review previous images captured, and easily replicate future imaged gels.
  • Neutral fielding for correction of uneven background illumination
  • All captured images can be simply edited with annotations, edit tools, image sharpen and exported to GeneTools


  • 1D gel analysis •MW/BP calculation •Quantification •E-gels •Band matching with dendrograms •Spot blots •Colony counting.
  • Band analysis/densitometry
    ID analysis at the ‘click’ of a button. Ideal for 1D analysis, the software has automatic lane and peak detection. GeneTools software automatically compensates for smiling or distorted bands and tracks. Molecular weight or base pair values can be calculated using standards from one or more tracks. Quantification can also be automatically calculated from standards in a number of ways. Detailed results can be instantly printed or transferred to Word or Excel.
  • Band matching
    Band matching can be performed by position, defined Rf or calibrated molecular weight/base pair value.
  • Automatic molecular weight/base pair calculations for sample bands based on standards from one or more lanes
    GeneTools has a library of markers for automatic or manual assignment which are user configurable.
  • Multi-tier analysis for high throughput screening
    Especially useful for analysing high throughput gels such as E-Gel (Invitrogen, UK). GeneTools software provides multi-well line functions with automatic track alignment.
  • Manual band quantification
    The user can manually quantify bands, spots or other objects on a sample. All data is instantly exportable to Microsoft Excel.
  • Spot blot analysis
    Automatic detection of spots using a spot grid, quantitative and incidence analysis. The software can also perform multiple background subtraction methods.
  • Colony counting
    Automatic counting of two colour colonies with the ability to count light and dark colonies on the same plate.
  • Export results to Microsoft Excel and Word
    Customised results tables can be exported to either Microsoft Word or Excel.
  • Report generation
    Saves reports with customised protocols  designed by the user. All reports are compliant with CRF 21 Part 11.

Choose your G:BOX

G:BOX F3 G:BOX Chemi XRQ G:BOX Chemi XX6 G:BOX Chemi XX9
Image resolution (pixels m) 5 4 6 9
Effective resolution (pixels m) 15.1 16 18 27
A/D 12/16 bit 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit
Greyscales 65536 65536 65536 65536
Quantum efficiency @ 425nm 52% 73% 73% 73%
Cooling None Peltier Peltier Peltier
Lens (motor driven) Motor driven zoom f1.2 Motor driven zoom 1.2 Motor driven f0.95 with auto focus and stage zoom Motor driven f0.95 with auto focus and stage zoom
Filter wheel (7 position motor driven) Yes Yes Yes Yes
UV filter Yes Yes Yes Yes
Use with external PC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Standard Yes Yes
Extended with motor driven stage Yes Yes
Epi LED white lights Yes Yes Yes Yes
Epi UV 302nm Optional Optional Optional Optional
Epi red LED module Optional Optional Optional
Epi blue LED module Optional Optional Optional
Epi green LED module Optional Optional Optional
Epi red LED module M series for multiplexing Optional Optional Optional
Epi green LED module M series for multiplexing Optional Optional Optional
Epi blue LED module M series for multiplexing Optional Optional Optional
Epi IR LED module Optional Optional Optional
IR multiplexing kit (680-800nm) Optional Optional Optional
HI-LED RGB Optional Optional Optional
HI-LED RGBIR Optional Optional Optional
HI-LED RIR Optional Optional Optional
Visible light converter 33 x 31cm Optional Optional Optional Optional
White light pad for visible stains (20 x 14cm) Optional Optional Optional Optional
UltraBright LED blue light transilluminator 20 x 16cm Optional Optional Optional Optional
Edge lighting unit 26.5 x 20cm Optional Optional
UV transilluminators Optional Optional Optional Optional
Max image area (cm) 32.5 x 24.1 30.5 x 22.7 32.3 x 25.6 32.3 x 25.6
Min image area (cm) 5.6 x 4.2 5.5 x 4 15 x 11.8 15 x 11.8
W x H x D (cm) 57 x 84 x 45 57 x 84 x 45 57 x 99 x 55 57 x 99 x 55
Weight (kg) 37 37 45 45
Voltage 115v/240v 115v/240v 115v/240v 115v/240v


Advanced gel doc systems

Applications GeneGnome XRQ G:BOX Chemi XRQ G:BOX Chemi XX6 G:BOX Chemi XX9 G:BOX mini
Fluorescence UV transilluminator Option Option Option Option
Fluorescence UV Epi Option Option Option
Blue light Option Option Option Option
Visible stain converter Option Option Option Option
Colony plate Option Option Option Option
Spot blot Option Option Option Option
Fluorescence (colour) Option Option Option Option
Fluorescence IR Option Option Option
Proteomics (2D) Option Option Option