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Nanoscribe wins Baden-Württemberg State Prize for Young Companies

November 9, 2018

High-tech company from the Karlsruhe area stands out with high performance and innovations

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Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen The Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, announced the winners of the State Prize for Young Companies (“Landespreis für junge Unternehmen”) at a ceremony held in Stuttgart on November 8th, 2018. The first place prize of 40,000 euros was awarded to Nanoscribe GmbH, located in the Karlsruhe region of Germany. The prize is jointly bestowed every two years by the state government and the L-Bank, and is awarded to economically successful companies from Baden-Württemberg that make an exemplary contribution to a sustainable society through responsible entrepreneurial action.

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Nanoscribe, manufacturer of 3D printers for high-precision microfabrication, impressed the jury with its entrepreneurial successes and extraordinary innovations. The company was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and quickly became a pioneer in the commercialization of a new technology called two-photon polymerization. Today, the high-tech devices made by this market and technology leader enable universities, scientific institutes and industrial companies to accomplish pioneering work. Two-photon polymerization is the key to opening up applications that were previously not feasible with other methods, particularly in the fields of photonics, micro-optics, medical engineering and communication technologies.

After the award ceremony yesterday, Martin Hermatschweiler, CEO of Nanoscribe, emphasized the significance of this prize, saying, "After various product awards, we are delighted to be holding the Baden-Württemberg State Prize for Young Companies in our hands today. Our federal state has a young, flourishing start-up scene that receives valuable support from many sides. We would therefore particularly like to thank KIT and ZEISS for having accompanied Nanoscribe so professionally and comprehensively from the very beginning."

Nanoscribe was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Emerging from a scientific niche, Nanoscribe now employs over 65 people and has established itself as the world market and technology leader. For several years, the company has posted sales in the double-digit millions, and well over 1,000 researchers and scientists at renowned universities and research institutes worldwide use Nanoscribe’s high-tech printers. The course is set for the future: Following the opening of a subsidiary in Shanghai, China, in the summer of this year, another subsidiary will soon open in the USA. Nanoscribe is also planning to move into the new ZEISS Innovation Hub at the end of 2019, which is currently under construction outside the gates of KIT Campus North in Germany.

About the State Prize:

The State Prize for Young Companies (“Landespreis für junge Unternehmer”) is jointly awarded every two years by the state government and the L-Bank. The patron of the competition is Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann. The organizers are looking for economically successful companies from all industries based in Baden-Württemberg that make an exemplary contribution to a sustainable society through responsible entrepreneurial action. The State Prize for Young Companies, awarded for the twelfth time in 2018, is one of the most highly endowed and renowned business awards in Germany. This year, 375 candidates from all over Baden-Württemberg applied for the award.

You can find the Nanoscribe video for the "Landespreis Baden-Württemberg" on YouTube.

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Img 1: CEO of L-Bank, Dr. Axel Nawrath, presented the State Prize for Young Companies to Martin Hermatschweiler and Michael Thiel (both Nanoscribe) together with Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann (from left to right, image: KD Busch)

Img 2: The four founding members of Nanoscribe: Martin Hermatschweiler, Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener, Prof. Dr. Georg von Freymann, and Dr. Michael Thiel (from left to right, image: KD Busch)