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August 2, 2017

JPK reports on how the University of Glasgow is using their NanoWizard® AFM and CellHesion® module to … 

May 31, 2017

JPK announces collaboration with Abberior Instruments to demonstrate STED capability with their NanoWizard® … 

April 5, 2017

The Catholic University of Rome uses the JPK NanoWizard® AFM & CellHesion® systems to understand how cells … 

March 7, 2017

JPK’s NanoWizard® AFM systems are used at the University of Sheffield to understand soft matter and biological … 

February 8, 2017

JPK reports on the use of STM to study surface plasmons in the Molecular Science Group at ISMO – Institut … 

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History - All started with a crazy idea

Torsten Jähnke, physicist, Frank Pelzer, MBA, and Jörn Kamps, physicist, became friends at high school. From there, they studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin sharing a student apartment. In 1997, they decided they wanted to have their own company rather than being employees of a large corporation.

Fascinated by all forms of nanotechnology through student jobs, Torsten Jähnke initiated the idea to develop SPMs into a business. In October 1999, the three friends, while still students, founded JPK Instruments AG using their owns funds.

They all successfully completed university with a diploma degree in 2000/2002. Also, in 2000, they persuaded another good friend, René Grünberg, to join the board. Just one year later at the 2001 NanoBioTec conference in Münster, they launched the NanoWizard®, the world's first dedicated BioAFM.

Between 2002 and 2006 the company's revenues increased tenfold and the roadmap for a powerful product line was developed.

In 2006, NanoWizard® II product line came to market and the company was awarded with Deloitte's Fast 50 as Germany's fastest growing nanotechnology company in the same year.

And the story continues ...


2016Launch of the OT-AFM Combi-System - the world’s first combined system to provide optical tweezers and atomic force microscopy
2015Launch of the NanoWizard® 4 AFM
2015JPK moves to new and expanded premises in Berlin
2014US offices are opened in Carpinteria near Santa Barbara, Southern California
2014The JPK China branch is founded in Shanghai
2013Launch of the NanoWizard® ULTRA Speed AFM, a fast-scanning and super-resolution AFM on inverted microscope enabling tracking of changes in samples in real time
2013JPK launches the NanoTracker™ 2 force-sensing optical tweezers and optical trapping platform
2012Launch of QI™ mode for imaging challenging samples
2011Launch of the NanoWizard® 3 NanoOptics for advanced experiments combining AFM and optical spectroscopy
2011JPK launches the NanoWizard® 3 NanoScience AFM, with maximum application versatility
2011JPK is awarded from the KfW bank group for their future technology
2010JPK launches the NanoWizard® 3 BioScience AFM, with HyperDrive™ for SuperResolution in liquid
2009 JPK celebrates 10th anniversary and donates a NanoWizard® AFM to the German Museum of Masterpieces of Technology and Science in Munich
2009The JPK Japan branch is founded in Tokyo
2008 Two new products are launched: NanoTracker™ and CellHesion® 200
2008 First Symposium on "Optical Tweezers in Life Sciences"
2008 Launch of the NanoBioVIEWS™ web site and meetings series
2008JPK Instruments Ltd. is founded in Cambridge, UK
2007 Deloitte's Fast 50 Award as Germany's fastest growing NanoTech company
2007 Complete takeover of nAmbition subsidiary and launch of the ForceRobot®
2006 100%- Acquision of lpi light power instruments GmbH
2006Launch of the NanoWizard® II product line
2005Imaging facility at Biozentrum of the Basel University is opened
2004nAmbition GmbH is founded in Dresden
2004JPK reaches profitability
2002 First installations of NanoWizard®
2002First JPK Workshop "Scanning Probe Microscopy in Life Sciences"

Launch of the NanoWizard® BioAFM


JPK Instruments AG is founded in October