Company History

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 becoming a multi-billion dollar company, shipping orders to over 130 countries from a catalogue of more than 120,000 products and offering multi-lingual technical support.

Today, we are a listed company on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan and employ the best talent – out of our 1000+ staff, 140 are PhD-level graduates.

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. Our recent acquisition of AxioMx, for example, greatly expands our recombinant monoclonal antibody production – an area of growing scientific importance and interest.

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.



  • Firefly BioWorks was acquired which gave Abcam multiplex and MiRNA assay capabilities
  • AxioMx was acquired which gave Abcam in vitro recombinant monoclonal antibody capabilities



  • Alan Hirzel appointed as CEO introducing a new growth strategy with five strategic goals for the business



  • Epitomics was acquired which gave Abcam IP for RabMab production capacity
  • The on line catalogue grew to 100,000 products



  • MitoSciences was acquired which enhanced Abcam’s immunoassay portfolio
  • Ascent Scientific Ltd was acquired which enhanced Abcam’s offering in high-performance biochemical



  • Floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange



  • Opened first overseas office in Cambridge MA



  • Abcam was established and in the first twelve months focused on setting up a web-based offering to sell the best antibodies in the world with the most comprehensive data, fast delivery and helpful customer service and technical support

About Abcam

Abcam is a producer and marketer of high quality protein research tools. These tools enable life scientists to analyse components of living cells at the molecular level which is essential in a wide range of fields including drug discovery, diagnostics, and basic research.

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Abcam Products

As an innovator in reagents and tools, Abcam offers highly validated binders and assays to address important targets in critical biological pathways.

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Investor Information

Abcam is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker ABC, and our investors' centre includes a range of information on our company, including our news, financial reports and investor contacts

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Abcam News

We provide updates on our commercial and financial progress through regular press releases which can be accessed through the Company's media centre.

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