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Leading drug research and specialist medicine equipment and software firm LabLogic Systems has played host to visitors from as far afield as Japan, Australia and Russia.

The company, which develops and sells specialist laboratory analysis equipment and control and data logging software, has been exporting for most of its 32 year history and currently does business in 46 countries.

During their visit to Sheffield, LabLogic distributors from a dozen countries also got the opportunity to see key features of the city’s industrial heritage at Kelham Island Industrial Museum, taste local beers from the neighbouring Kelham Island Brewery and enjoy a meal featuring a selection of local produce.

LabLogic’s products are used in a field of science called radio chromatography.

A number of specialist techniques – including High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Thin Layer Chromatography allow scientists to separate, identify and measure molecules in a compound by ‘labelling’ them with minute amounts of radioactive material. The techniques are used in the development of new drugs and agricultural chemicals, hospitals and universities.

The company also supplies centres specialising in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) – which is a key growth area for the business.

Positron Emission Tomography is a new method of scanning for cancer, heart disease and brain disorders by injecting a radio pharmaceutical into the patient and tracking its progress through their body. PET scans produce a 3-D image of the target area, but patient safety dictates that the drugs involved must rapidly lose their radioactivity, so they have to be used within hours of manufacture.

Almost every PET centre in the UK uses LabLogic products and there is a massive increase in PET Scans in the US, where insurance companies insist on patients suspected of suffering from or recovering from some diseases being scanned.