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There is a significant price difference between antibodies sourced from the original manufacturers / local distributors representing them and relabelled antibodies sourced from antibody vendors. We will explore these price variations through examples.

UK

Example 1:

Epitope Biotech Inc produce a mouse monoclonal [GA1R] antibody to GAPDH. This antibody is relabelled for resale and marketed by thirteen antibody vendors.

Let's compare the price of this antibody from a handful of suppliers:

  • Abcam | Anti-GAPDH antibody [GA1R] | ab125247 | 100µg | £275
  • Antibody Supply Service | Anti-GAPDH Antibody | L001 | 100µg | £157
  • Novus Biologicals | GAPDH Antibody (GA1R) | NBP2-37828 | 100µg | £257
  • Thermo Fisher | GAPDH Loading Control Monoclonal Antibody (GA1R) | MA5-15738 | 100µg | £217

The difference in price between Antibody Supply Service and Abcam is £118 - a saving of up to ~43% could be made by sourcing this antibody under the brand name of the OEM.

Example 2:

EnCor Biotechnology produce a chicken polyclonal to GFAP. This antibody is relabelled for resale and marketed by sixteen antibody vendors.

Let's compare the price of this antibody from a handful of suppliers:

  • Abcam | Anti-GFAP antibody | ab4674 | 50µl | £285
  • Antibody Supply Service | Anti-GFAP Antibody | CPCA-GFAP | 50µl | £165 | 100µl | £230
  • Merck Millipore | Anti-Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein Antibody | AB5541 | 100µg | £278
  • Thermo Fisher | GFAP Polyclonal Antibody | PA1-10004 | 100µg | £317

The difference in price between Antibody Supply Service and Abcam is £120 - a saving of up to ~42% could be made by sourcing this antibody under the brand name of the OEM.

Example 3:

Exbio produce a mouse monoclonal [C-04] antibody to Cytokeratin 18. This antibody is relabelled for resale and marketed by eighteen antibody vendors.

Let's compare the price of this antibody from a handful of suppliers:

  • Abcam | Anti-Cytokeratin 18 antibody [C-04] | ab668 | 100µg | £289
  • Antibody Supply Service | Anti-Cytokeratin 18 Antibody | 11-106 | 100µg | £148
  • Novus Biologicals | Cytokeratin 18 Antibody (C-04) | NB500-306 | 100µg | £220
  • Thermo Fisher | Cytokeratin 18 Monoclonal Antibody (C-04) | MA1-19039 | 100µg | £316

The difference in price between Antibody Supply Service and Thermo Fisher is £168 - a saving of up to ~53% could be made by sourcing this antibody under the brand name of the OEM.

USA

Example 1:

Aves Lab produce a chicken polyclonal antibody to Peripherin. This antibody is relabelled for resale and marketed by seventeen antibody vendors.

Let's compare the price of this antibody from a handful of suppliers:

  • Abcam | Anti-Peripherin antibody | ab39374 | 200µg | $417
  • Aves Lab | Peripherin | PER | 400µg | $235
  • GeneTex | Peripherin antibody | GTX85464 | 50µg | $289
  • MyBioSource | Peripherin (PRPH), Polyclonal Antibody | MBS417096 | 100µg | $280

The difference in price, per 50µg, between Aves Lab and MyBioSource is $110.63 - a saving of up to ~79% (per µg) could be made by sourcing this antibody under the brand name of the OEM.

Example 2:

Boster Bio produce a mouse monoclonal [AC-15] antibody to Beta Actin. This antibody is relabelled for resale and marketed by twelve antibody vendors.

Let's compare the price of this antibody from a handful of suppliers:

  • Abcam | Anti-beta Actin antibody [AC-15] | ab6276 | 50µl | $429
  • Boster Bio | Anti-Beta Actin Antibody | MA1115 | 100µg | $200
  • Novus Biologicals | Beta Actin Antibody | NB600-501 | 100µl | $329
  • Sigma Aldrich | Anti-Beta Actin Antibody | A1978 | 100µl | $350

The difference in price, per 50µl, between Boster Bio and Abcam is $329 - a saving of up to ~77% (per µl) could be made by sourcing this antibody under the brand name of the OEM.

Example 3:

Spring Bioscience produce a rabbit polyclonal antibody to CD31. This antibody is relabelled for resale and marketed by nine antibody vendors.

Let's compare the price of this antibody from a handful of suppliers:

  • Abcam | Anti-CD31 antibody | ab28364 | 500µl | $425
  • LifeSpan Biosciences | Anti-PECAM-1 / CD31 Antibody (C-Terminus) | LS-C210476 | 500µl | $360
  • MyBioSource | CD31, Polyclonal Antibody | MBS301065 | 500µl | $335
  • Spring Bioscience | CD31 | E11114 | 500µl | $275

The difference in price between Spring Bioscience and Abcam is $150 - a saving of up to ~35% could be made by sourcing this antibody under the brand name of the OEM.

Online list prices obtained on 18/05/2017 - after selecting either the UK or USA as the country.