P. Drent (Nikon Instruments Europe BV, Amstelveen)
Super-resolution microscopy is one of the most significant developments in biological imaging since the invention of the microscope. Super-resolution Microscopes, with capabilities that seemed impossible just a decade ago, have arrived, greatly extending the boundaries of cellular imaging. Nikon Instruments has introduced two new systems, based on two highly effective technologies developed by researchers at Harvard and UCSF, respectively.
Nikon Instruments introduced the N-SIM microscope which exceeds the traditional diffraction limits by two times and the N-STORM microscope system which exceeds traditional diffraction limits by an order of magnitude and is capable of 3D image acquisition. http://www.nikoninstruments.eu
Ir. Joris van Nunen (Coherent Europe BV, Utrecht)
Coherent provides lasers and laser-based products across the entire spectrum of light. Coherent designs and manufactures the most diversified selection of laser solutions, with a laser product portfolio that addresses an ever-broadening range of applications. In this project Coherent will select and test dedicated lasers for nanoscopy applications. http://www.coherent.com/
Ir. L.A. van Geest (Lambert Instruments, Roden)
Lambert Instruments specializes in intensified CCD/CMOS camera systems, as well as image intensifiers as attachment for several camera systems. Activities include development, production, assembly and sales, serving a global market. Focus is on FLIM (fluorescence lifetime imaging) for applications in biological research, intensified high speed imaging and nanosecond gating. www.lambert-instruments.com
M.J. Eijsackers (Leica Microsystems BV, Rijswijk)
Leica Microsystems is a leading global designer and producer of innovative, high-tech, precision optical systems for the analysis of microstructures and is pioneer in super-resolution microscopy. The 2007 introduction of the Leica TCS STED heralded a new era of products that break the barriers of diffraction limited imaging; this was confirmed in 2011 by the new Leica SR GSD as additional super-resolution system. http://leica-microsystems.com/…/leica-tcs-sted and http://leica-microsystems.com/…/leica-sr-gsd
Marino Simeone (Okolab s.r.l., Ottaviano, Italy)
Oko-lab manufactures microscope incubators and develops intelligent software for computer controlled experiments. In this programm Oko-lab will develop a new microscope incubator tailored to the needs of the nanoscopist (no focal shift, no lateral movements, stable temperature and no vibrations). http://www.oko-lab.com
Will Veen (WillCo Wells, Amsterdam)
WillCo Wells BV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) manufactures high-tech glass bottom dishes since 1998. Our WillCo-dish® microscopy dishes contain several essential design features that are crucial to perform optimally under even the most demanding situations, such as confocal- and TIRF microscopy at high magnification. We are happy to be a partner in this Consortium!
Dr. Hans van der Voort (Scientific Volume Imaging, Hilversum)
Scientific Volume Imaging is well-known for its 3D Huygens Deconvolution Software. We develop high-quality restoration, visualization, and analysis options for 2D to 3D-time multi-channel microscopic images.
Huygens calculates a depth-dependent point spread function (PSF) automatically from the image data set, so no manual interference is necessary. There is also the option to generate (distill) and use an experimental PSF.
Huygens corrects for imaging artifacts such as blurring, noise, bleaching, stability issues, color shifts, and spherical aberration. http://www.svi.nl