10 Years of Nanoscribe

December 12,2017

The co-founders of Nanoscribe Dr. Michael Thiel (CSO) and Martin Hermatschweiler (CEO) manage the operational business of Nanoscribe (left to right).

This very day, 10 years ago, Nanoscribe was founded as limited liability company (GmbH). With more than 1,000 users and double-digit million revenues for three years running, Nanoscribe now ranks among the most successful high-tech business formations in Germany of recent years.

With the company’s foundation, the technology of two-photon polymerization (2PP) was taken out of a research niche and made available as off-the-shelf product to laboratories worldwide. Today, Nanoscribe’s so-called Photonic Professional GT 3D printers are available in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Highly trained employees especially from science and engineering are the key to enabling breakthroughs for disruptive technologies. A quarter of Nanoscribe’s fifty-four employees has received a PhD. Dr. Michael Thiel, CSO and co-founder of Nanoscribe, emphasizes that “the proportion of research and development is of highest importance for a young, growing high-tech company. This is reflected in the fact that about 40% of the staff is working in R&D.” Offering integral solutions involves developing and integrating a broad spectrum of competencies. Nanoscribe has conquered that challenge over the last five years by expanding its numbers of employees by around 25% CAGR.

Thiel explains that ”a tight connection between science and industry is invaluable for us. Various cooperations—for example in the scope of projects funded by BMBF [the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research]—lay the foundations for the innovations of tomorrow.”

Martin Hermatschweiler, CEO and co-founder of Nanoscribe sums it up: “We’ve laid the foundations for strong growth in every respect. With the establishment of subsidiaries in New York and Shanghai, we’ll also be able to better support our customers in the Americas and Asia. According to Bill Gates, most people tend to overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years. With this in mind, we look forward to the next ten years for our company.”