Abberior Instruments announces collaboration with JPK and the opening of a new demonstration facility in Berlin

31 May 2017

Göttingen, May 31st, 2017: Abberior Instruments is pleased to announce a new demonstration capability at the JPK headquarter in Berlin. In collaboration with JPK, visitors to JPK’s applications facility will be able to see STED capability demonstrated in conjunction with the NanoWizard® AFMs.

Following a collaboration with JPK (Berlin, Germany), visitors to JPK’s facility in Berlin will now be able to see a demonstration of STED capability. Abberior Instruments and JPK have launched a collaboration to demonstrate the combined features of  a STEDYCON and their NanoWizard® AFMs respectively. Situated in the applications laboratories under the management of JPK’s Dr Heiko Haschke, visitors will be able to see real-time demonstrations of simultaneous confocal, STED and AFM techniques.

Co-founded by the 2014 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Professor Stefan Hell, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, and co-workers from his group in Göttingen and at the German Cancer Research Institute in Heidelberg, Abberior Instruments was founded in 2012 to offer patent-protected, novel super-resolution microscopes for general applicability in the life sciences. Abberior Instrument has developed a completely new instrument: the ultimate compact STED plus confocal microscope known as STEDYCON. This converts a conventional epifluorescence microscope into a powerful multi-color confocal and STED system. This is the perfect complementary partner for the NanoWizard® AFM systems to deliver correlative microscopy on a new level, one which is readily accessible to users from multiple background & disciplines. “It is a unique opportunity to combine the advantages of superresolution light microscopy down to the macromolecular level with the nanometer precise manipulation and imaging skills of JPK’s AFM in a correlative, real-time STED plus AFM setup”, said Dr Matthias Reuss, Abberior Instruments Head of Marketing and Sales.

“I am very excited to have the first system in the world integrating the new Abberior Instruments STEDYCON into the JPK SPM families. Due to the novel STEDYCON design and interface and the latest JPK ease-of-use strategy, complex STED-AFM experiments have become a routine in our laboratories. The Abberior Instruments STEDYCON and the latest JPK NanoWizard® AFMs with their fast AFM technology also allows scientists to investigate nanomechanical and super-resolution optical phenomena at similar temporal and spatial resolution.” said Dr Heiko Haschke, head of applications, software and customer support at JPK Instruments. “We are confident that with this system we can finally determine the mechanical properties of actin filaments and microtubules in living cells by manipulating them with the AFM tip on the nanometer scale while simultaneously observing them with STED microscopy.” Dr Haschke added.

The combined Abberior Instruments STEDYCON and JPK NanoWizard® AFM setup at the JPK headquarters in Berlin.


About Abberior Instruments

Abberior Instruments is a spin-off from Prof. Stefan W. Hell’s group at the Max-Planck-Institute in Göttingen. Next to Prof. Stefan W. Hell, all founding members and decision takers are highly experienced senior scientists from his lab. Today, Abberior Instruments is a leading innovator, developer and manufacturer of cutting-edge super-resolution STED and RESOLFT research microscopes, designed by the inventors of the methods with a strong focus on custom microscopy solutions to allow unique applications in the cell- and molecular biology. Abberior Instruments is committed to provide extensive and long-term upgrades for its instruments. Abberior Instruments is operating worldwide with many distribution partners to provide the ever-growing community of users. In 2016 Abberior Instruments has established a sister company in the U.S. – Abberior Instruments America LLC.


About JPK Instruments

JPK Instruments AG is a world-leading manufacturer of nanoanalytic instruments - particularly atomic force microscope (AFM) systems and optical tweezers - for a broad range of applications reaching from soft matter physics to nano-optics, from surface chemistry to cell and molecular biology. From its earliest days applying atomic force microscope (AFM) technology, JPK has recognized the opportunities provided by nanotechnology for transforming life sciences and soft matter research. This focus has driven JPK’s success in uniting the worlds of nanotechnology tools and life science applications by offering cutting-edge technology and unique applications expertise. Headquartered in Berlin and with direct operations in Dresden, Cambridge (UK), Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai (China), Paris (France) and Carpinteria (USA), JPK maintains a global network of distributors and support centers and provides on the spot applications and service support to an ever-growing community of researchers.

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