After Startup Sauna in St-Petersburg, the crew headed to Moscow and found a team specialized in Nanotechnology. Fluorescent Nanoscopy is a startup from Moscow that specializes in a core technology for nanoscale imaging. The team developed a technology that allows to see a sample of up to 2 nanometer resolution. This is 100 times better that that of a usual optical imaging method. In other words, this means that Fluorescent Nanoscopy could show biological specimens in 3D, color, and in super-resolution mode in their native environment. For example, a scientist could see very up close and clearly a HIV virus cell.
Nanoscope was invented by Andrey Klimov. who holds a Ph.D. in biophysics with 40 years of experience in microscopy and Dmitry Klimov who has a solid track record of numerous innovative technology projects in Moscow.
The customers for Fluorescent Nanoscopy are of course universities, biotech and pharma companies. A usual optical microscopes allow achieve 200nanometer resolution for live samples. Other types of microscopes (electron or probe) can provide a higher resolution but the samples are mortified. Fluorecent Nanoscopy can see live specimen at the smallest known size- up to 2 nanometers.
How it works is that Nanoscope uses a special illumination system and special fluorescent dyes. This consists of widespread staining procedures and special software that allow to visualize dye molecules separately not simultaneously as with others. This allows to localize each molecule with accurate precision.
The competition of the Nanoscope field are companies that have technologies that can be only applied for basic research and they are incredibly expensive. Fluorencent Nanoscopy is both basic and applied research and is the most inexpensive nanotech in the world.
The team is still deciding the best business model strategy. They are toying between selling the devices and the software, or licensing the Intellectual Property. Hopefully, they will decide the appropriate business model during the Startup Sauna seed accelerator program in Helsinki.