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 ...
|2016||Launch of the OT-AFM Combi-System - the world’s first combined system to provide optical tweezers and atomic force microscopy|
|2015||Launch of the NanoWizard® 4 AFM|
|2015||JPK moves to new and expanded premises in Berlin|
|2014||US offices are opened in Carpinteria near Santa Barbara, Southern California|
|2014||The JPK China branch is founded in Shanghai|
|2013||Launch 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|
|2013||JPK launches the NanoTracker™ 2 force-sensing optical tweezers and optical trapping platform|
|2012||Launch of QI™ mode for imaging challenging samples|
|2011||Launch of the NanoWizard® 3 NanoOptics for advanced experiments combining AFM and optical spectroscopy|
|2011||JPK launches the NanoWizard® 3 NanoScience AFM, with maximum application versatility|
|2011||JPK is awarded from the KfW bank group for their future technology|
|2010||JPK 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|
|2009||The 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|
|2008||JPK 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|
|2006||Launch of the NanoWizard® II product line|
|2005||Imaging facility at Biozentrum of the Basel University is opened|
|2004||nAmbition GmbH is founded in Dresden|
|2004||JPK reaches profitability|
|2002||First installations of NanoWizard®|
|2002||First JPK Workshop "Scanning Probe Microscopy in Life Sciences"|
Launch of the NanoWizard® BioAFM
JPK Instruments AG is founded in October