EMBL: EMBL spin-off company Luxendo acquired by Bruker
Accelerating researchers’ access to next-generation light-sheet microscopy
EMBL spin-off company Luxendo has been acquired by the Bruker Corporation. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, Luxendo develops and commercialises microscopes that use the Single Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) technique developed by EMBL researchers.
“It has been very rewarding to witness the rapid trajectory from pioneering technology developed at EMBL to Luxendo’s well-designed, robust microscopes, and now this acquisition,” said EMBL Director General Iain Mattaj. “We anticipate that Bruker, with its excellent reputation in providing innovative technology, will make SPIM even more widely available. It will be truly exciting to see what the larger biological research community will discover with light-sheet microscopy.”
The SPIM technology enables scientists to watch entire living organisms in exquisite detail, thanks to its ability to rapidly image large 3-dimensional samples while causing them minimal damage. To make this technology available to the scientific community, EMBL and its technology transfer arm, EMBLEM Technology Transfer (EMBLEM), created Luxendo as a spin-off company in 2015, with seed financing from EMBL Ventures and Life Science Partners (LSP). The spin-off’s first two products, MuVi-SPIM and InVi-SPIM were launched in 2016.
“With its strong IP position and unique SPIM technology, Luxendo has quickly established itself in the light-sheet microscopy market, particularly in Europe,” said Dr. Mark R. Munch, President of the Bruker NANO Group. “Similar to our recent acquisition in super-resolution microscopy, the new capabilities provide valuable application synergies to our current suite of instruments, and we feel that we can take the business to the next level in both global market reach and next-generation development, which should greatly benefit our life sciences research customers.”
“The successful partnering of Luxendo with Bruker within 18 months of spin-off creation was only possible due to the excellent collaboration within EMBL’s unique technology transfer and innovation ecosystem: innovative EMBL researchers paired with experienced technology transfer managers at EMBLEM and investment managers at EMBL Ventures,” stated Jürgen Bauer, Deputy Managing Director of EMBLEM, EMBL’s wholly owned technology and knowledge transfer subsidiary.
Luxendo develops and internationally markets its Single Plane Illumination Microscopes, which are based on its proprietary Single Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) technology. It was created as a spin-off company by EMBL and EMBL’s technology transfer arm, EMBLEM, in 2015. The company launched the MuVi-SPIM and InVi-SPIM microscopes in 2016. Both microscopes avoid sample phototoxicity by sequentially illuminating a stack of small slices of the organism, allowing scientists to observe living organisms for extended periods of time without photodamage. The MuVi-SPIM microscope allows fast 3D imaging of living objects, such as spheroids and whole specimens without the need of sample rotation. The InVi-SPIM microscope enables fast 3D imaging with extremely gentle sample handling for cell cultures and developing embryonic samples. For more information, please visit Luxendo’s website.
Staatz Business Development & Strategy acted as transaction advisor to Luxendo.
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