Azure Sapphire
vs. LiCor Odyssey®

Azure Sapphire Biomolecular Imager

With the ability to do more than just NIR fluorescence, the Sapphire Biomolecular Imager delivers the power to capture more types of data at higher performance levels than the Odyssey, while staying within the same budgetary constraints.

  • 4-channel laser scanner
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Phosphor imaging

improve your gel and blot workflows

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Thinking about buying a new laser scanning imager for your lab?

Azure Sapphire Biomolecular Imager

It’s time to consider a new idea, an innovative system with proven results! Instead of taking the easy path and staying with your current vendor, take a look at what the Sapphire offers:

NIR Fluorescence

Fluorescence Detectors: APD + PMT​

Visible Fluorescence

Phosphor Imaging


Automatic Z-plane Imaging Tool

Fluorescence imaging area: 25 x 25 cm

Laser diode lifespan: 40,000 hours

Resolution: 10-1000 µm

Non-proprietary Image Formats

Dynamic Range: > 6 logs

Tim Jensen
The Sapphire Imager is one of our lab’s main work horse instruments. It is used on a daily basis for fluorescent and chemiluminescent imaging of Western blots and plates. The image quality and resolution of the imager are top notch. The ability to image a single blot in multiple wavelengths is a great advantage as it saves precious samples, time and reagents. Customer support has been awesome and I would highly recommend this instrument to anyone looking to add fluorescent scanning to their lab.
The Sapphire Scanner is definitely the top model available on the market. It starts up fast, and doesn’t need to warm up. The scanning is very sharp and time saving. It also gives a wide range of intensity dynamics. This machine gives us excellent publishing grade results. We recently relocated the machine, and our sales and service care manager Nicole gave us a lot of instruction on transporting and hand on hand calibration.

Peter Cheung


Hong Kong University

Azure Sapphire™LI-COR® Odyssey® CLxLI-COR® Odyssey® M
NIR Fluorescence
Fluorescent Detection MethodAPD + PMTCMOSAPD
Visible Fluorescence
Phosphor Imaging
(Similar sensitivity to film)
Automatic Z-plane Imaging Tool
Non-proprietary Image Formats
Dynamic Range> 6 logs4-6 logs> 6 logs

Invitrogen®, WesternDot® and iBright® are registered trademarks of Life Technologies Corporation, now a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific. No endorsement is implied by the use of these marks. All rights reserved. Odyssey® and LI-COR® are registered trademarks of LI-COR, Inc. The Azure Biosystems logo, Azure Biosystems™ and Sapphire™ are trademarks of Azure Biosystems, Inc.

Improve your gel and blot workflows

The Sapphire is a system that has the flexibility to meet your unique imaging needs now, and continue to meet your needs as your research grows and changes in the future thanks to imaging upgrade kits.

As scientists, we like to pride ourselves on objectively evaluating data before coming to any conclusions, and staying open to new ideas if they are better supported by new information. Purchasing a new piece of lab equipment should be no different, especially when it comes to instruments that we entrust to make measurements and record data for our critical studies.

Two Scientists Looking at Paper

More than NIR Fluorescence

Sapphire delivers the power to capture more types of data at higher performance levels than the Odyssey while staying within the same budgetary constraints!

If you’re ready to see what more really means when it comes to a laser scanning imager for your lab, fill out the form on this page to get more information or set up a virtual demo. Azure’s highly trained staff of Technical Product Specialists, Field Applications Scientists and Applications Scientists are dedicated to training and guiding customers in instrument use and application best practices based on publication standards.

Sapphire Applications


Reasons to Choose Sapphire

  • Phosphor imaging
  • Compatible with all Li-Cor dyes
  • Sapphire has an optimized detector for each laser, for a total of 4 detectors
  • Improved multiplex fluorescent detection
  • Chemiluminescent imaging that surpasses the sensitivity of film
  • Higher sensitivity for lower limits of detection (femtograms)
  • 638 and 658 lasers for Cy5 channel
  • Ability to do densitometry
  • Red fluorescent protein imaging capability
  • Broad linear dynamic range for accurate quantitation
  • Ease of use with intuitive control software


Document TypeDescription
BrochureSapphire Biomolecular ImagerDOWNLOAD
InfographicHow Do You View?DOWNLOAD
Application NotePhosphor Imaging with the Sapphire Biomolecular ImagerDOWNLOAD
Application NoteDetecting Proteins In-Situ with In-Cell Western BlottingDOWNLOAD
Application NoteIncreasing Assay Efficiency with Four Color DetectionDOWNLOAD


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