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.