Company Boasting Nobel Prize Winning Technology Chooses Max Planck Florida as U.S. Headquarters

Advanced super-resolution imaging technology benefiting life sciences will now be available in the U.S.

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) announced today that Abberior Instruments America LLC (AIA), a Max Planck Society spin-off company, has chosen the MPFI facility in Jupiter, FL for its U.S. headquarters. AIA manufactures and sells the most advanced version of Nobel Prize winning imaging technology that will be available for the first time in the U.S. The announcement was made at MPFI’s SunposiumTM, a Biennial Neural Research conference held this year at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

“The addition of Abberior Instruments America on our Life Science Campus in Jupiter, FL will elevate the reputation of our county, state and nation for our best-in-class research tools,” said Dr. David Fitzpatrick, MPFI CEO and Scientific Director. “The latest enhancements to super-resolution microscopy are key to unlocking discoveries in brain research and beyond. We’re honored that AIA selected our institute to facilitate U.S. access to this unprecedented level of imaging that will go on to benefit the U.S. life science industry as a whole.”

Dr. Stefan Hell, co-founder of Abberior Instruments, the mother company of AIA, is also the founder of super resolution fluorescence microscopy as a scientific field of its own. Dr. Hell’s discoveries in this field went on to shape the patent-protected technology sold by AIA. Dr. Hell has received many national and international honors for this technology including The Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2014.

“We chose to establish our U.S. presence at MPFI based on the collective reputation for scientific excellence on the Life Science Campus in Jupiter, FL which includes MPFI, FAU and Scripps,” said Dr. Hell. “This unique super-resolution imaging platform will extend the limits of what is technologically possible today and we’re proud to make it available to researchers in the U.S. by way of our South Florida headquarters.”

AIA will open its U.S. headquarters by the end of March 2017. The company’s U.S. headquarters will be operated by Dr. Christian Wurm, a biologist by training who has worked in the field of super-resolution microscopy for more than ten years. Dr. Wurm will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of AIA.

Superresolution STED microscopy allows to resolve fine structures that are invisble in conventional microscopy images. Conventional (Confocal) and STED microscopy image of cytoskeleton elements in mammalian cells. The tubulin cytoskeleton (red) was labelled with Abberior STAR635P and the vimentin cytoskeleton (green) was labeled with Abberior STAR 580. Shown is RAW DATA.