Abberior Instruments GmbH

Abberior Instruments and Leica Microsystems conclude license agreement

7 Mar 2017

Göttingen / Mannheim, Germany. Leica Microsystems, developer and manufacturer of microscopes and scientific instruments for analysis of micro- and nanostructures, has co-exclusively licensed to Abberior Instruments, developer and manufacturer of high resolution STED and RESOLFT research microscopes, IP rights regarding its light microscopy product portfolio. In return, Abberior Instruments will also co-exclusively license IP rights to Leica Microsystems. The licensing agreement is only applicable for the Licenser and Licensee.

With this licensing agreement, Leica Microsystems continues the collaboration with Nobel Prize winner Professor Stefan Hell, the inventor of STED microscopy. Prof. Hell is a founding member and partner of Abberior Instruments, a spin-off of the Max Planck Institute. He acted as a key advisor to Leica Microsystems for the initial commercialization of Leica STED microscopy.

The licensed IP rights pertain to different methods and devices to enhance the performance of high resolution light microscopy, known as nanoscopy. The agreement makes it possible for both firms to offer the innovative, state-of-the-art technologies for life science/biomedical research, biotechnology, and medicine.

Living T cell in suspension acquired with a Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X. 3D reconstruction of confocal and STED stacks clearly shows the gain in resolution by STED. Scale bar: 1 µm. Courtesy of Marco Fritsche, Mathias Clausen, and Christian Eggeling, MRC Human Immunology Unit, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, UK.

Primary hippocampal neurons (22 days in vitro) show a characteristic beta-II spectrin periodicity of approx. 190 nm along distal axons, which can only be uncovered with superior STED resolution. The specimen was labelled with Abberior STAR635P and imaged with the Abberior Instruments easy3D STED-Microscope (imaged by Elisa D’Este).

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. Abberior Instruments is committed to providing extensive and long-term upgrades for its instruments. Abberior Instruments is operating worldwide with many distribution partners and has established a sister company – Abberior Instruments America LLC – in the U.S. in 2016.


About Leica Microsystems

Leica Microsystems develops and manufactures microscopes and scientific instruments for the analysis of microstructures and nanostructures. Ever since the company started as a family business in the nineteenth century, its instruments have been widely recognized for their optical precision and innovative technology. It is one of the market leaders in compound and stereo microscopy, digital microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy with related imaging systems, electron microscopy sample preparation, and surgical microscopes. Leica Microsystems has seven major plants and product development sites around the world. The company is represented in over 100 countries, has sales and service organizations in 20 countries, and an international network of distribution partners. Its headquarters are located in Wetzlar, Germany.