Ionscope/University of Cambridge/Imperial College London

IONSCOPE is a spin-out from Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge.
It develops, manufactures and sells a radical new microscopy system able to image the
living cell membrane at a resolution 50 times better than is achievable using a
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IONSCOPE is a spin-out from Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge. It develops, manufactures and sells a radical new microscopy system able to image the living cell membrane at a resolution 50 times better than is achievable using a conventional optical microscope. Scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) as a viable research tool is the result of over 10 years’ research at Imperial and Cambridge. SICM is the ideal technique for high-resolution imaging of living cell membranes, of soft or fragile surface features, and of any surface — organic or inorganic — that is immersed in electrolyte. This breakthrough technology maps surface topography at high-resolution without any surface contact. SICM requires minimal sample preparation and due to its non-invasive and non-intrusive nature, it enables continuous scanning of active processes over an extended periods. The technique enables simple and direct observation of living processes which until now have been hidden from view, opening a new window onto the world at nanoscale. Ionscope is the world’s only company able to deliver working, usable SICM systems. Its goal is to promote the adoption and use of SICM until it becomes a standard research tool across the breadth of life sciences, and in a range of materials and surface sciences, with Ionscope as its primary provider.

Ionscope received its first system order in August 2006. The order book reached four by the end of last year, and two further orders have been received so far this year. These initial orders are from universities in the UK, France, the US, China and Korea.

For more information go to www.ionscope.com