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Nascent Ventures and TechNano Fund invest in Amsterdam Scientific Instruments B.V.

Posted on 16 November 2017

Expansion capital for next-generation imaging technology company

Amsterdam, NL – Amsterdam Scientific Instruments B.V. (“ASI”), a leading vendor of state-of-the-art camera systems for X-ray imaging and electron microscopy, has received an investment from a consortium of investors led by Nascent Ventures.

ASI’s camera systems are based on Medipix technology developed by a collaboration of leading physics research institutes under the coordination of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The cameras are deployed in experimental physics labs around the globe, including CERN and Nikhef. ASI’s products are increasingly used in the next generation of electron microscopes, x-ray imaging systems and mass spectrometers.

The investment will enable ASI to strengthen its leading position in the scientific market and expand its business in emerging industrial markets. Furthermore, the investment allows ASI to strengthen its development team and improve and expand its product portfolio.

Hans Brouwer, CEO of ASI commented: “This fundraising will help us to accelerate our business and enable the company to further develop its unique technology”.

Steven Tan, director of Nascent Ventures added: “ASI is the first investment of our new fund. We share the vision of ASI and value the warm relations of ASI with Nikhef and CERN. We are excited about helping ASI expand globally”.

Willem van den Berg, managing partner of TechNano Fund added: “We are excited by the prospect of the ability of ASI to compete with its technology in many optical application areas. ASI is an interesting addition to our high-tech portfolio. We look forward to the cooperation with ASI, Nascent and Nikhef”.

ASI is a spin-off of Nikhef
Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics, founded ASI in 2011 in collaboration with a group of informal investors and P2IP B.V. (an investment company of NWO) for the purpose of bringing the Medipix technology and related technologies developed by Nikhef to market. Under the leadership of Dr. Hans Roeland Poolman the company was able to become a leading vendor of advanced camera systems with reputed customers in the scientific market.

Nascent Ventures
Nascent Ventures was founded in 2017 by a serial entrepreneur and technology transfer and venture capitalist veteran backed by a group of entrepreneurial private and regional investors. Nascent Ventures is an active seed fund that creates and builds high-tech startups from the ground up based on break-through technologies of Dutch universities and research institutes. Nascent Venture unique approach provides both seed capital and management.

Value Creation Capital / TechNano Fund
Value Creation Capital (VCC) was founded in 2005 by ICT serial entrepreneurs who have started, built and sold interesting fast-growing ICT / Tech companies. VCC (co-) invests in companies active in high tech (through TechNano Fund), software development and managed services. VCC distinguishes itself by combining “intellectual capital”, sector experience & expertise, extensive networking and active value creation of companies (to the next level).

Researchers at Nikhef (the National Institute for Subatomic Physics, a partnership between the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and five universities) study the interactions and structure of all elementary particles and fields at the smallest distance scale and the highest attainable energy. Nikhef coordinates and leads the Dutch experimental activities in accelerator-based particle physics (in collaboration with CERN) and astro-particle physics. The research at Nikhef relies on the development of innovative technologies. To this end Nikhef avails over advanced technical and engineering departments.


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Amsterdam Scientific Instruments B.V.

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1098 XG Amsterdam

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Science Park 105

1098 XG Amsterdam




Students entrepeneurship win the masterchallenge

Four students of the Master Entrepeneurship have helped ASI in solving an entrepeneurial challenge.
The Gazelles, as our team called themselves, were challenged to help solve existing startups with a growth challenge. After three intensive weeks, our team delivered an extensive and well thought out marketing plan to cater better to our current and prospective customers.
The cherry on the cake was that they also won the Challenge organized by Viisi labs , a prize worth €1000,-.

To read more about their and our experiences click here.


Team of ASI and Tansi at CNMC

ASI welcomes new distributors in ASIA

We are welcoming 2 new distributors from China and South Korea that have joined the ASI team recently.
The collaboration between ASI and both distributors reflects the continuing development of our global business.

APEC in South Korea stands for Applied Physics Engineering Company. The company focusses on high voltage technology and works closely together with several research institutes.

Nanjing Tansi Technology Co.,Ltd is a professional sales company that distributes optical and electron equipment, established in 2004. The company’s main focus is on the sales, development and technical service of optical equipment and electron equipment. Their staff has working experience of 10 or more years on optical microscopes, electron microscopes, and EM sample preparation equipments.

Last month, our Sales Director Hans Radhoe went to the CNMC, a conference on electron microscopy in Chengdu, China, together with new distributor Tansi. Apart from the conference, he also gave extensive training and visited clients in the country. The pictures below show a simple impression of ASI’s presence at both the conference and at Tansi headquarters in Chendu

CNMC electron microscopy conference China.
Sales Director Hans Radhoe @ Tansi
Timepix3 coincidence velocity map

1.5 ns accuracy time stamping optical camera paper approved

The paper of Arthur Zhao and Thomas Weinacht from Stony Brook University, in collaboration with ASI, Nikhef, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Czech Technical University was approved yesterday by the Review of Scientific Instruments:

Title: Coincidence velocity map imaging using Tpx3Cam, a time stamping optical camera with 1.5 ns timing resolution
Authors: Arthur Zhao, Martin van Beuzekom, Bram Bouwens, Dmitry Byelov, Irakli Chakaberia, Chuan Cheng, Erik Maddox, Andrei Nomerotski, Peter Svihra, Jan Visser, Vaclav Vrba, and Thomas Weinacht

We demonstrate a coincidence velocity map imaging apparatus equipped with a novel time stamping fast optical camera, Tpx3Cam, whose high sensitivity and ns timing resolution allow for simultaneous position and time-of-flight detection. This single detector design is simple, flexible and capable of highly differential measurements. We show detailed characterization of the camera and its application in strong field ionization experiments.

Pictures are courtesy of Zhao et al. (2017).

Inspired by this article? click here to find out more on the Timepix 3 technology.

Nikhef gravitation waves

Nikhef’s direct involvement in the detection of gravitational waves in the collision of neutron stars

Congratulations to our founding institute Nikhef. Our founding institute Nikhef was directly involved in the detection of gravitational waves and lights in a spectacular cosmic event. During the collision of two neutron stars gravitational waves in form of ripples in space and time could be captured. The emitted waves were observable for about 100 seconds, afterwards a flash of light in form of gamma rays could be noticed for about two seconds.

In the following weeks after the collision other forms of light could be detected. Nikhef scientists observed this incredible event in cooperation with LIGO and Virgo. The detection of the merging of two neutron stars through gravitational waves and the observations with optical telescopes afterwards provide an entirely new picture of cosmic events. Distances in the universe can be determined in a new way and it has been established that the speed of gravitational waves does not significantly deviate from the speed of light. Finally, Nikhef director Stan Bentvelsen said that “this is the event of the century, which marks a new acquaintance with our universe.”

Check out the broadcast of the NOS News, where Nikhef’s involvement was covered on October 16th. (13m20 – 15m35s).

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