Our story

From humble beginnings

Back in 1998, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, Jonathan Milner, was running into constant problems with his antibodies: the quality was lacking, the supporting data was missing, and as a result his research was slowing.

So he decided to do something about it. Through a combination of hard work, the occasional lucky break, and help from friends and colleagues, he formed Abcam; a company built on the vision of providing the best available antibodies accompanied by comprehensive and open data. And of course fast delivery, customer service, and expert technical support. No mean feat.


A global player

Since the early days we have moved from delivering a handful antibodies in an ice-bucket to local researchers, to shipping orders to over 130 countries from a catalogue of more than 100,000 products and offering multi-lingual technical support.


Onwards and upwards

The life sciences are not static and neither are we: we are constantly on the lookout for new and innovative technology. Through in-house development by our R&D teams and acquisitions and partnerships, we can provide researchers with the latest tools and technologies to advance their research.

While we’ve evolved over the years to become a leading provider of life science research tools, our ethos remains the same as it was in 1998: helping scientists make breakthroughs faster by providing the highest quality reagents.

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