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HORIBA Scientific

HORIBA France is a main European agency for HORIBA Scientific as a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of high-performance scientific instruments and analytical solutions for many industries in the life sciences, material sciences, environment, energy and other sectors.

HORIBA’s areas of expertise include Raman, AFM and X-Ray fluorescent spectroscopy, particle characterization, elemental Analysis, ICP optical emission spectrometry (OES), OEM spectrometers & cameras, surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging, spectroscopic ellipsometry and forensic science instruments.

The company’s guiding mission is to ‘Explore the Future’ through innovative application of advanced technologies.

Product areas

HORIBA Scientific provides an impressive array of products focused on optical technologies with applications in research, testing, inspection and analysis. Product areas with particular relevance to the life sciences include:

  • Raman Imaging and Spectrometers: HORIBA Scientific is the world leader in Raman spectroscopy, which allows fast, non-destructive chemical analysis of solids, powders, liquids, and gases used in fields from fundamental research to applied solutions. It provides complete Raman spectroscopy solutions for analytical measurements, research Raman, UV Raman, QC/QA and industrial Raman applications, including Raman spectrometers, hybrid and modular Raman systems, transmission Raman analyzers, dedicated in situ process Raman spectrometers, and miniaturized Raman instruments for high volume OEM manufacturers.
  • Raman-AFM: The AFM (Atomic Force Microscope) optical platform combined with Raman optical spectroscopy allows fully-integrated Tip-Enhanced Optical Spectroscopies (such as Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) and Tip-Enhanced Photoluminescence (TEPL), but also for truly co-localized AFM-Raman measurements. These are used to study of topographical, electrical and mechanical properties using laser or other external illumination, while TERS and TEPL can provide nanoscale chemical and structural information.

Fluorescence Spectroscopy: The Fluorescence Division incorporates the five dominant names in Fluorescence Spectroscopy; SPEX, IBH, Jobin-Yvon, PTI and SLM; to offer the widest range of Steady State Fluorescence spectrometers, Fluorescence Lifetime spectrometers, Steady State and Lifetime Multi instruments, and Microscope-based solutions.

X-ray Fluorescence Analyzers: XGT Systems specializes in high performance energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) analysis with unique capabilities. Patented XGT (X-Ray Guide Tube) technology combines traditional X-ray fluorescence methodology with small spot analysis to enable versatile analysis capabilities, including full qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis, even on individual microscopic particles, whilst mapping analysis provides detailed element distribution images. Applications include forensics, materials, biology/medicine, pharmaceutics, and RoHS/ELV compliance testing.

Particle Characterization: HORIBA designs, manufactures and supplies state of the art particle characterization instruments. The data from these instruments enables many of the manufacturing processes relied upon today and allows innovators to explore the future of both biological and non-biological materials.

Custom Spectroscopy Solutions: The Optical Spectroscopy Division configures spectrometers, monochromators, microspectroscopy, CCDs, and other instruments to the requirements of fluorescent spectroscopy or other R&D or QC applications, designing systems to meet individual research or application needs. It also sells spectroscopy components for user-built systems.

Optical Spectrometers and Camera Systems for OEM Applications: With a market leading position in CCD spectrometers, diffraction gratings, and scientific cameras manufacturer, the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) division of HORIBA Scientific offers spectroscopy and imaging solutions that include miniature spectrometers, scientific cameras and holographic gratings. Its technology portfolio covers wavelengths from VUV to Near IR.

Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi): HORIBA Scientific provides a label-free platform for molecular interaction studies enabling real-time kinetic monitoring. Hundreds of spots can be immobilized on the Biochip and their corresponding sensorgrams analyzed in parallel, generating access to multiplex information, thanks to Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging. This allows vast libraries of samples to be analyzed including proteins, antibodies, nucleic acids, engineered molecules (aptamers, affimers, DARPins), small molecules and cells. The flexible OpenPlex covers a wide range of life sciences applications, from protein screening to crude sample analysis including cell investigation.

Company history and structure

HORIBA Scientific is one of the longest-established scientific instrument makers in the world, tracing its origins back to 1819, when eminent scientist Augustin Fresnel, the discoverer of the wave theory of light, was commissioned to improve France’s lighthouses. His ‘stepped’ Fresnel Lens became a standard for lighthouses all over the world, manufactured by Fresnel in partnership with optical engineer Jean-Baptiste François Soleil. In 1898, Amédée Jobin took over management of the company, by now manufacturing a range of optical instruments. In 1911, Jobin was succeeded by his son-in-law Gustave Yvon and in 1923 the Jobin Yvon Company was born.

From the 1960s to the 1990s, Jobin Yvon pioneered a series of technological innovations including Ruled Holographic Grating and Holographic Diffraction Grating, advances in Raman spectrometry,  CCD detection, spectrofluorometry, spectrophotometry, wavelength division multiplexing, and phase-modulated spectroscopic ellipsometry.

In 1997 Jobin Yvon merged into the Japanese-based multinational HORIBA Group, greatly expanding its worldwide sales and service network. Since then, as HORIBA Jobin Yvon and HORIBA Scientific, it has continued to expand with acquisitions of Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC) Fluorescence Spectroscopy and pico-second laser specialist IBH (2003), Genoptics bio Interactions (2009), spectrofluorometry specialist Photon Technology International (2014) and particle characterization leaders MANTA (2019).  Over the same period HORIBA Jobin Yvon entered into a successful partnership with AIST-NT to develop AFM-Raman technology leading to a merger in 2017.

HORIBA Scientific is one of five divisions of the parent group, alongside Automotive, Process & environment, Semiconductors, and Medical & Scientific segments.

Quality, Regulatory and Standards

HORIBA Scientific is fully ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 quality certified. Most of its pharma and life sciences products use software that complies with CFR21Part 11 guidelines with IQ OQ PQ documentation available.

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