The holistic design concept of our “MORE” platform resembles the approach in automotive engineering. All functionalities that are to be integrated later are considered already during the development of the chassis, converging in one integral body. With a design focused completely on motorization, digitalization and automation, we try to leave behind the “motorized carriage” of today’s microscopes. “Motorized carriage”, because it cannot deny its derivation from a solely ocular-based instrument and each functional upgrade correlates with bulky add-ons and a continuously growing entanglement of cables.
Our first step in this direction was the “iMIC”. The versatile, modularly extendable microscope was not only awarded several times (Prism Award Photonics Spectra 2004, bayerischer Innovationspreis 2004), but was also installed and is still in use in many places worldwide. Today’s concepts are already two generations ahead and aim at manifold applications in the fields of life science, medicine and space research. They unite
- Epi- and Trans-Light Microscopy
- Structured Illumination Microscopy
- 2-Photon Microscopy
- FRET, FRAP, TIRF
- Superresolution Microscopy
We focus on developing prototypes that are robust, easy to use and have the option to be automated. We try to increase resolution and velocity while keeping the damage to the sample lower as with conventional microscopes.