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 AFM 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.
In 2008 JPK launched the NanoTracker™ force-sensing optical tweezers platform followed by the CellHesion® 200 product line.
The NanoWizard® II AFM was followed by the NanoWizard®3 AFM in 2010 and the NanoWizard®4 AFM product family in 2015 with a huge variety of modes and features.
JPK will continue to develop with power and passion high-end nanoinstrumentation for modern applications in soft matter and life sciences to serve a growing community of users worldwide.
Since July 2018 JPK is part of the Bruker Nano Surfaces Division.
|Launch of the NanoRacer® High-Speed AFM for following molecular dynamics at unprecedented 50 frames per second
|Launch of the NanoWizard® Sense+ AFM
|Launch of the NanoWizard® 4 XP AFM
|Launch of the NanoWizard® ULTRA Speed 2 AFM
|JPK becomes part of the Bruker Nano Surfaces Division
|Launch of the OT-AFM Combi-System - the world’s first combined system to provide optical tweezers and atomic force microscopy
|Launch of the NanoWizard® 4 AFM
|JPK moves to new and expanded premises in Berlin
|US offices are opened in Carpinteria near Santa Barbara, Southern California
|The JPK China branch is founded in Shanghai
|Launch of the NanoWizard® ULTRA Speed AFM, a fast-scanning and super-resolution AFM enabling tracking of changes in samples in real time
|JPK launches the NanoTracker™ 2 force-sensing optical tweezers and optical trapping platform
|Launch of QI™ mode for imaging challenging samples
|Launch of the NanoWizard® 3 NanoOptics for advanced experiments combining AFM and optical spectroscopy
|JPK launches the NanoWizard® 3 NanoScience AFM, with maximum application versatility
|JPK is awarded from the KfW bank group for their future technology
|JPK launches the NanoWizard® 3 BioScience AFM, with HyperDrive™ for SuperResolution in liquid
|JPK celebrates 10th anniversary and donates a NanoWizard® AFM to the German Museum of Masterpieces of Technology and Science in Munich
|The JPK Japan branch is founded in Tokyo
|Two new products are launched: NanoTracker™ and CellHesion® 200
|First Symposium on "Optical Tweezers in Life Sciences"
|Launch of the NanoBioVIEWS™ web site and meetings series
|JPK Instruments Ltd. is founded in Cambridge, UK
|Deloitte's Fast 50 Award as Germany's fastest growing NanoTech company
|Complete takeover of nAmbition subsidiary and launch of the ForceRobot®
|100%- Acquision of lpi lightpowerinstruments GmbH
|Launch of the NanoWizard® II product line
|Imaging facility at Biozentrum of the Basel University is opened
|nAmbition GmbH is founded in Dresden
|JPK reaches profitability
|First installations of NanoWizard®
|First JPK Workshop "Scanning Probe Microscopy in Life Sciences"
|Launch of the NanoWizard® BioAFM
|JPK Instruments AG is founded in October