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Fast growing spin-off company LUMICKS opens new HQ

LUMICKS, a Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam spin-off, is moving into its new office in the H2-wing of the W&N building on the university campus today. Two years ago, LUMICKS started from a small corner in the W&N building and has now grown into a company with 20 employees and satisfied customers across the globe. They are celebrating this milestone with the grand opening of their ‘LUMICKS Headquarters’. Bart Klijsen (Director a.i. of IXA VU-VUmc) will perform the official opening. "The involvement of IXA to get to this point has been very important for us," says Olivier Heyning (CEO LUMICKS). In addition, together with the universities facility services department IXA has played a part to make this new housing possible. LUMICKS is very happy to be able to continue its activities on campus.

LUMICKS, originating from the research group of prof. Gijs Wuite and prof. Erwin Peterman, develops and manufactures tools that allow biologists and biomedical scientists to view and manipulate biomolecules which enormously increases our knowledge of DNA and proteins. ‘With this knowledge we can better understand how cancer and other diseases can arise or be prevented. Until now, the use of these techniques at the nanoscale was only reserved for specialised biophysical laboratories’, says Heyning.

Photo: Bart Klijsen (director a.i. IXA VU-VUmc) and Olivier Heyning (ceo LUMICKS)