How did we get here?


LUMICKS was founded in 2014 as academic spin-off from the research group of Prof. Gijs Wuite, Prof. Erwin Peterman, and Prof. Iddo Heller at VU University Amsterdam. After returning from Berkeley and Stanford, Wuite and Peterman joined forces on single molecule analysis. By integrating force manipulation and measurement with high-resolution confocal imaging, they created the ability to correlate molecular activity with the molecule’s states and conformational changes. The ability to correlate the structure – function relationship proved highly valuable. With the help of Dr. Iddo Heller, super-resolution was added.

After significant interest from the market, LUMICKS was founded, and these technologies were commercialized and made easy to use with high throughput so that the power of dynamic single-molecule analysis could be put in the hands of biologists.

A Global Presence & New Markets



  • Sales to Imperial College London, University of California Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, University of Zurich
  • First Pharmaceutical Customers
  • 30% revenue from China
  • Opening of US Sales office
  • Series A funding
  • 38 FTEs
  • Investing in scale-up


Key Accounts & Broadening Technologies



  • Sales to Rockefeller University, AMOLF, ShanghaiTech University, University of Göttingen
  • Nature publication with C-Trap™
  • Organic growth
  • 2nd product line: AFS™
  • First C-Trap installations
  • 19 FTEs
  • Break even


Co-founder & CEO Olivier Heyning accepts the 2016 Young Start-up Award. Picture by Eric Brinkhorst

Breaking Through



  • First C-Trap™ sales following product introduction
  • 12 FTEs
  • Break-even

BIOCEV Prague & MPI-CBG, the first two C-Trap™ users

LUMICKS Incorporated



  • First component sale to Harvard
  • License agreement
  • LUMICKS Founded

Co-founder Andrea Candelli demonstrating LUMICKS Technology to State Secretary Sander Dekker

The First Steps



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

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