History of LUMICKS

History of LUMICKS

Discovering new parameters


• First sales of the z-Movi® Cell Avidity Analyzer

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Onward and upward


• LUMICKS grew to over 100 employees, doubling that of the previous year.
• We moved our Amsterdam HQ from Vrije University to a vast 1750-meter-squared complex which we fit with 7 unique meeting rooms, advanced R&D facilities, and a dedicated area for seminars.
• Our grand reopening was inaugurated by Dutch minister van Engelshoven.
• Expanded the C-Trap® and m-Trap® instruments with the Surface Assay Toolkit (SAT): unique assortment of new features to deliver ultra-stable surface arrays at the single-molecule level.
• More sales to key institutions worldwide: Universities of Munich, Tel Aviv, Vermont, Tianjin, Vanderbilt, NIH and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
• (Right) Microtubules imaged in real time using the C-Trap® optical tweezers correlated with widefield and label free microscopy.

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Expanding across new markets


•First sales in South America & Australia; new customers in TU Delft, University at Buffalo, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Semmelweis University, Ludwig Maxmillian University and many more.
• LUMICKS grows to 55 people.
• Established the first Center for dynamic single-molecule drug research in partnership with AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge.
• Entered the immunology market with z-Movi® for Cell avidity measurements.
• Launched G2 product line & next-gen Bluelake software.
• Developed Surface Assay toolkit for use in cell biology.
• (Left) The LUMICKS team, end of 2018.

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A global presence


• Sales to Imperial College London, University of California Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, University of Zurich and more.
• First Pharmaceutical Customers.
• 30% revenue from China.
• Opened LUMICKS’ first US Sales office in Boston, Massachusetts.
• Received series A funding.
• The company grew to 38 employees.
• Started investing in scale-up.
• (Right) Release of the m-Trap® Optical Tweezers.

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Key accounts and broadening technologies


• Sales to Rockefeller University, AMOLF, ShanghaiTech University, University of Göttingen.
• First Nature publication with data captured using C-Trap®.
• Organic growth.
• 2nd product introduced into the market: AFS®.
• First C-Trap installations in peer-reviewed journals.
• LUMICKS grew to 19 FTEs.
• Break even.
• (Left) Co-founder & CEO Olivier Heyning accepts the 2016 Young Start-up Award. Picture by Eric Brinkhorst

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Breaking through


• First C-Trap® sales following product introduction.
• BIOCEV Prague & MPI-CBG, the first two C-Trap® users.
• 12 employees.
• Break-even.
• (Right) The C-Trap® Optical Tweezers

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LUMICKS incorporated


• First component sale to Harvard.
• License agreement.
• LUMICKS was founded.
• (Left) Co-founder Andrea Candelli demonstrating LUMICKS Technology to State Secretary Sander Dekker.

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The first steps


• First Patent Filed.
• Publication in Nature on CTFM Technology.
• ERC Proof of Concept subsidy granted.