Azure Sapphire Biomolecular Imager

Azure Sapphire™ Biomolecular Imager

The Sapphire Biomolecular Imager is a next generation NIR fluorescent scanner equipped with lasers that delivers unmatched flexibility and performance.

Azure Sapphire Does it Better

multiplex analysis

Multiplexing Capabilities

Best-in-class multiplex fluorescent detection for near infrared (NIR) and visible research

laser-based imaging

Laser-based Technology

Clear images every time

Four solid state lasers act as excitation sources to help detect subtle changes and increase image quality.

high sensitivity

Higher Sensitivity

Higher sensitivity for lower limits of detection, including down to femtograms of the protein of interest

wide detection range

Wide Detection Range

Broad linear dynamic range to image and quantify low and high abundance samples simultaneously

Key Features

Ultimate Application Flexibility 

The Sapphire removes the need for numerous, single-application imagers. Access ultimate application flexibility with three different detection modes. It is a highly versatile imager for a wide range of applications and research focuses.

Enhanced Quantitative Fluorescence Imaging

Enhance your fluorescence imaging with stable fluorescent signals, which help achieve reliable quantitation for very weak to very strong bands.

The Sapphire allows you to probe for multiple proteins on a single blot, providing more results from every sample.

Multiplex fluorescent Western blot from Azure Biosystems imager
Digital images of 4-color Western blot. Using distinct fluorescent and near-infrared targeting antibodies can detect each wavelength and merge them into a four-color multiplex image. No background noise or bleeding between channels. Image captured with Azure Biosystems Sapphire Biomolecular Imager

Higher Sensitivity with Chemiluminescence Imaging

Get more research done in less time with higher sensitivity than film-based imaging techniques. The Sapphire’s chemiluminescence imaging is four times faster and more sensitive. It can detect down to femtogram amounts of your protein of interest.

Chemiluminescent Western blot with color marker imaged with Azure Biosystems
Simultaneous imaging of chemiluminescent samples and colored molecular weight markers. Images are captured serially, and then overlaid within the capture software.​

Improved Flexibility with Phosphor Imaging

Rely on a wide dynamic range for sensitive detection and higher sensitivity—both of which are necessities when conducting phosphor imaging.

The Sapphire can scan storage phosphor screens, allowing you to also move away from film-based autoradiography.

Phosphor Imaging done on Azure Sapphire Biomolecular Imager

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Available in numerous configurations to help you elevate your genomics, cancer, or microbiome studies

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The power of the Sapphire provides you with the versatility to do more applications with one system.

What Scientists are Saying

"Great value, powerful, flexible, reliable. Buy it!"


This is a high quality NIR fluorescence scanner that has a strong value for the usability vs. price. The imager is highly programmable, supporting multiple applications, and returns sensitive and high quality data. The imager has also been reliable, with no errors… more

"Workhorse for us"


My lab has a Sapphire Imager RGB-NIR with 4 lasers for over a year and a half now. This has been a workhorse for us as we use it for fluorescent gels and western blots regularly. My researchers have been happy with it… more


Azure Biosystems has been published in over 2,000 publications worldwide. Browse publications below and check out how scientists are using their Azure Sapphire Imagers.


Document TypeDescription
BrochureAzure Sapphire Biomolecular Imager BrochureDOWNLOAD
InfographicHow Do You View?DOWNLOAD
BrochureSapphire Applications OverviewDOWNLOAD
User ManualSapphire User ManualDOWNLOAD

Illuminate your research with precision and clarity. Contact us today to get pricing on the Sapphire.

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