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Kurt Olbrich
Nov. 10, 1934 - Jan. 5, 2022

With great sorrow, we are sad to announce that the inventor of the Ergonom series of microscopes, Kurt Olbrich, passed away on January 5th, 2022 at the age of 87.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep at 2:00 am. As sad as it is for us, it was probably the best thing for him, his health was getting worse and worse.

Perspective was his trademark - in two respects: Kurt Olbrich, with his Institute for Interdisciplinary Basic Research, relied not only on his intellectual abilities, but also on an optical device – a special microscope, which he invented himself to be able to do the material analysis he needed, that was not possible with conventional microscopes.


"You should not say, you can't do it,
You should only say, I can't do it yet."

This guiding principle has not only determined Olbrich's work, but also his professional career, a career that can hardly be found anywhere else, today. As a young, displaced person from the Sudetenland (now part of Czechoslovakia), he learned model and tool making, advancing to master craftsman at the age of 23. With this qualification, he entered plastics technology, which was still in its infancy at the time. For a good 20 years he worked for Hoechst, working in this rapidly developing field, which meant constant further training, where he rose to become head of their research department.
 
He was recognized at the time as Germany's top expert for plastics and his expertise led to a lot of inventions. For example, he designed bottle-banks for recycling bottles, that were able to reduce both breakage and noise. The basis of this design can be seen on the streets throughout Europe. He advised NASA on how to make a workable heatshield for the Apollo missions. Instead of building a really thick and heavy shield, his concept was to use a special material that burned away, thereby taking the heat with it, that was lighter and more effective. He was well known for his material-analysis and ability to solve problems, others could not.

In 1972, he decided to setup his own business "overnight." He was well known for his material-analysis and ability to solve problems, others could not. He often said that the best ideas always came to him in the middle of the night, as if someone was giving them to him. He kept a small office next to his bedroom so that he could quickly get up and note down these ideas, as otherwise they would be forgotten in the morning.

For good material analysis, you need good microscopes, and he was dissatisfied with the resolution of the microscopes that were commercially available. As a multi-faceted engineer, he decided to try and work out how to solve the optical limitations, himself. He deliberately avoided looking at the conventional optical theory, as he knew that was not good enough and he did not want to cloud his mind. It took him three months to work out his own optical theory that only worked when he combined three separate developments: High resolution, extreme variable depth-of-field and full color contrast, which is similar to phase contrast without the limitations in resolution. He named this system "Grayfield" using the Olbrich Lens System (OLS), as opposed to the well-known "Brightfield" and "Darkfield" contrast methods, where his system gives a full-contrast color image in natural colors using a specially filtered white light source and without the need for staining or oil-immersion that allowed long-term observations of living cells under the microscope as there were no heat issues or toxic chemicals involved in the process. That is why we named our company, Grayfield Optical.

While existing optical theory (Abbe) limits resolution to a hard limit of 220 nanometers with a very poor contrast (effectively 500 nm), his system could theoretically resolve down to 10nm (effectively <100nm) with full color contrast and white light, although the costs to reach 10nm resolution would have been astronomical and has never been done in practice. After two years of building various prototypes, he was able to produce the first optical microscope capable of clearly resolving 100nm in 1976, using white light, yet without the need for oil immersion and using a specially filtered white light source that did not heat the subject more than 2°C and did not damage live biological cells. Ideal for finding material issues in metals and plastics, yet also ideal for living cells. Kurt did not start looking at biological cells until he teamed up with Bernhard Muschlien resulting in several videos being released from 1991. In 1992, an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in Austria led to samples being sent to Kurt Olbrich to see if he could find an answer. By examining the effects of the medication under the microscope, he was able to give new recommendations as to dosage that saved a lot of lives. This ability to observe the effects of medication on disease was then further perfected at the University of London after they acquired one of Kurt's microscopes.

The Ergonom series of microscopes, as Kurt Olbrich called his inventions, clearly surpasses the magnification of a conventional light microscope, without sharing the disadvantages of the much more powerful electron microscope. They are characterized by the fact that it enables the observation of living objects - with a true magnification of up to 42,000 times, a high degree of resolution <100nm and an extreme depth of field.

It is precisely this combination that the doctrine has hitherto described as physically impossible, yet Kurt has proved the opposite in practice. He did once try to offer his technology to the major microscope manufacturers, but they instead tried to rip him off, which resulted in him refusing to reveal the working principle to them. Kurt told me what happened when the top microscope engineer of a major Japanese company paid him a visit, to test his microscopes. Their engineer admitted that Kurt's microscopes were miles ahead of what they could achieve, and they asked if they could discuss in private. Kurt left the room, leaving some design plans on the table and made sure he was out of the room long enough so that they could find and photograph those plans. He later learned through insiders that that company had spent millions trying to build something out of those bogus plans he had drawn up. They were good enough to be credible yet led them totally in the wrong direction. As they had taken them without permission, they could hardly blame Kurt...

That was typical of Kurt's sense of humor. Another German company was proud of their latest confocal microscope and made the mistake of challenging Kurt to get a better image. Kurt first sent them back an image that had normal depth of field and was only slightly better than their image. Their confocal image had taken hours to make, while Kurt's image was just a matter of putting the slide on the stage, making the appropriate settings, and taking a photograph in real time. After they thanked him for the image, he then "apologized" that he had sent the wrong image and then sent another one with full depth-of-field. They were shocked and asked him not to publish the images. You can see them here; we are just not giving the name of the company involved....

Kurt had a reputation of being able to solve problems, others were unable to and received a lot of orders from scientific institutes and well-known companies in a wide range of industries, from metal and plastics to pharmaceuticals and medicine. For example, he was also involved in AIDS and cancer research. "Most research departments think exclusively in subject-specific terms. What they lack is flexibility vis-à-vis other disciplines," says Kurt Olbrich. His range of services started with error analysis, with subsequent optimization, but also included the development and testing of the innovation, as well as other threads such as prior market analysis and possible attempts to change the market altogether. Kurt has been awarded several worldwide patents of his own.

Back in 2002, Peter Walker was investigating the history of unusual microscopes in Germany and kept being told to look at Kurt Olbrich's microscopes. After the third such suggestion, he called him and made an appointment. "I was blown away with what Kurt Olbrich had achieved and noticed that as he could not speak English, he was virtually unknown outside German speaking countries. He was also suffering the problem that many people did not believe his microscopes were possible. Abbe's Limit specified it was not possible to resolve optically below 220nm." Kurt had refused to look at Abbe's work while developing his optical system. When he finally did look at it, he smiled and said, “it is a good job I didn't, because I would have been drawn in the wrong direction and would never have found the real answer.” He added that his method does not even break the Abbe limit, it just makes use of circumstances where that limit does not even apply. Circumstances that Abbe, and those that follow that theory, would not even consider.

As Peter (who is British), is also fluent in German, he obtained permission to setup a company to market Kurt's microscopes to the rest of the world in English. That was the birth of Grayfield Optical, Inc. that was co-founded by Peter and his brother Ray Walker (based in the USA) in September 2003. Over the years, Peter maintained a good relationship with Kurt Olbrich, bringing many scientists, researchers and even a Noble prize-winning scientist to observe and test the microscope, with Peter working as translator during each visit. "I got to know a lot about Kurt's way of thinking and soon knew all his stories by heart." When Kurt retired at the age of 80 in 2014, Peter started working with Kurt's engineer and business partner to redesign and develop a new series of microscopes that used Kurt's excellent optical technology and combine it with the latest electronics, using CAD/CAM systems to further optimize the system and reduce the unit costs. It took until mid-2020 to complete the development and by then, a new "pandemic" stopped the release in its tracks. This delay, along with associated financial losses, was further compounded by important suppliers disappearing and funding drying up. After a lot of work in the background. new suppliers have been found and we are in the process of obtaining new funding at the start of 2022 that will finally allow us to release the SeeNano series of microscopes to the world.


We are heartbroken that Kurt Olbrich has now left this world, yet that has left us even more determined than ever to make sure his invention finally achieves the recognition and sales that they have truly deserved.

Thank-you, Kurt Olbrich, for all that you have achieved. We have now taken the reigns to make sure that the world never forgets the name: “Kurt Olbrich.”
Kurt Olbrich
10. Nov. 1934 - 5. Jan. 2022

Mit großer Trauer geben wir bekannt, dass der Erfinder der Ergonom-Mikroskope, Kurt Olbrich, am 5. Januar 2022 im Alter von 87 Jahren verstorben ist.  Er ist um 2:00 Uhr morgens friedlich im Schlaf eingeschlafen. So traurig das für uns auch ist, es war wahrscheinlich das Beste für ihn, denn sein Gesundheitszustand verschlechterte sich zusehends.

Perspektive war sein Markenzeichen - in zweierlei Hinsicht: Kurt Olbrich stützte sich mit seinem Institut für interdisziplinäre Grundlagenforschung nicht nur auf seine intellektuellen Fähigkeiten, sondern auch auf ein optisches Gerät - ein spezielles Mikroskop, das er selbst erfand, um die von ihm benötigten Materialanalysen durchführen zu können, die mit herkömmlichen Mikroskopen nicht möglich waren.

"Du darfst nicht sagen, das geht nicht.
Du darfst nur sagen, ich kann es noch nicht."

Dieser Leitgedanke hat nicht nur Olbrichs Arbeit bestimmt, sondern auch seinen beruflichen Werdegang, der heute kaum noch anderswo zu finden ist. Als junger Vertriebener aus dem Sudetenland (heute Teil der Tschechoslowakei) erlernte er den Modell- und Werkzeugbau und avancierte im Alter von 23 Jahren zum Handwerksmeister. Mit dieser Qualifikation stieg er in die Kunststofftechnik ein, die zu dieser Zeit noch in den Kinderschuhen steckte. Gut 20 Jahre lang arbeitete er bei Hoechst in diesem sich schnell entwickelnden Bereich, was ständige Weiterbildung bedeutete, und stieg dort zum Leiter der Forschungsabteilung auf.

Er galt zu dieser Zeit als Deutschlands Top-Experte für Kunststoffe und sein Fachwissen führte zu einer Vielzahl von Erfindungen. So entwarf er zum Beispiel Flaschencontainer für das Recycling von Flaschen, die sowohl den Bruch als auch den Lärm reduzieren konnten. Die Basis dieses Designs ist in ganz Europa auf den Straßen zu sehen. Er beriet die NASA bei der Herstellung eines brauchbaren Hitzeschilds für die Apollo-Missionen. Anstatt einen wirklich dicken und schweren Hitzeschild zu bauen, bestand sein Konzept darin, ein spezielles Material zu verwenden, das verbrennt und dabei die Hitze mitnimmt, das leichter und effektiver ist. Er war bekannt für seine Materialanalysen und seine Fähigkeit, Probleme zu lösen, die andere nicht lösen konnten.

1972 beschloss er, "über Nacht" sein eigenes Unternehmen zu gründen. Er war bekannt für seine Materialanalyse und seine Fähigkeit, Probleme zu lösen, die andere nicht lösen konnten. Er sagte oft, dass ihm die besten Ideen immer mitten in der Nacht einfielen, so als ob sie ihm jemand geben würde. Er bewahrte ein kleines Büro neben seinem Schlafzimmer auf, damit er schnell aufstehen und diese Ideen notieren konnte, da sie sonst am Morgen in Vergessenheit geraten würden.

Für eine gute Materialanalyse braucht man gute Mikroskope, und er war mit der Auflösung der im Handel erhältlichen Mikroskope unzufrieden. Als vielseitiger Ingenieur beschloss er, selbst herauszufinden, wie man die optischen Beschränkungen lösen könnte. Er vermied es bewusst, sich mit der herkömmlichen optischen Theorie zu befassen, da er wusste, dass diese nicht gut genug war und er sich nicht den Kopf zerbrechen wollte. Er brauchte drei Monate, um seine eigene optische Theorie auszuarbeiten, die nur dann funktionierte, wenn er drei separate Entwicklungen kombinierte: Hohe Auflösung, extrem variable Tiefenschärfe und voller Farbkontrast.

Für eine gute Materialanalyse braucht man gute Mikroskope, und er war mit der Auflösung der im Handel erhältlichen Mikroskope unzufrieden. Als vielseitiger Ingenieur beschloss er, selbst herauszufinden, wie man die optischen Beschränkungen lösen könnte. Er vermied es bewusst, sich mit der herkömmlichen optischen Theorie zu befassen, da er wusste, dass diese nicht gut genug war und er sich nicht den Kopf zerbrechen wollte. Er brauchte drei Monate, um seine eigene optische Theorie auszuarbeiten, die nur dann funktionierte, wenn er drei separate Entwicklungen kombinierte: Hohe Auflösung, extrem variable Tiefenschärfe und voller Farbkontrast, der dem Phasenkontrast ähnelt, ohne die Einschränkungen bei der Auflösung. Er nannte dieses System "Graufeld" und verwendete das Olbrich Lens System (OLS), im Gegensatz zu den bekannten Kontrastmethoden "Hellfeld" und "Dunkelfeld". Sein System liefert ein kontrastreiches Farbbild in natürlichen Farben unter Verwendung einer speziell gefilterten weißen Lichtquelle und ohne die Notwendigkeit einer Färbung oder Ölimmersion, die Langzeitbeobachtungen von lebenden Zellen unter dem Mikroskop ermöglicht, da keine Hitzeprobleme oder giftigen Chemikalien in den Prozess involviert sind. Aus diesem Grund haben wir unser Unternehmen Grayfield Optical genannt.

Während die bestehende optische Theorie (Abbe) die Auflösung auf eine harte Grenze von 220 Nanometern mit einem sehr schlechten Kontrast (effektiv 500 nm) begrenzt, konnte sein System theoretisch bis zu 10 nm (effektiv <100 nm) mit vollem Farbkontrast und weißem Licht auflösen, obwohl die Kosten, um eine Auflösung von 10 nm zu erreichen, astronomisch gewesen wären und in der Praxis nie erreicht wurden. Nachdem er zwei Jahre lang verschiedene Prototypen gebaut hatte, gelang es ihm 1976, das erste optische Mikroskop herzustellen, das eine Auflösung von 100 nm mit weißem Licht erreichte, ohne dass eine Ölimmersion erforderlich war und mit einer speziell gefilterten weißen Lichtquelle, die das Objekt nicht mehr als 2°C erwärmte und keine lebenden biologischen Zellen beschädigte. Ideal für die Suche nach Materialproblemen in Metallen und Kunststoffen, aber auch ideal für lebende Zellen. Kurt begann erst mit der Untersuchung von biologischen Zellen, als er sich mit Bernhard Muschlien zusammentat und ab 1991 mehrere Videos veröffentlichte. 1992 führte ein Ausbruch der Legionärskrankheit in Österreich dazu, dass Proben an Kurt Olbrich geschickt wurden, um zu sehen, ob er eine Antwort finden konnte. Indem er die Auswirkungen der Medikamente unter dem Mikroskop untersuchte, konnte er neue Empfehlungen für die Dosierung geben, die viele Leben retteten. Diese Fähigkeit, die Auswirkungen von Medikamenten auf Krankheiten zu beobachten, wurde dann an der Universität von London weiter perfektioniert, nachdem sie eines von Kurts Mikroskopen erworben hatte.

Die Ergonom-Serie von Mikroskopen, wie Kurt Olbrich seine Erfindungen nannte, übertrifft die Vergrößerung eines herkömmlichen Lichtmikroskops deutlich, ohne die Nachteile des viel leistungsfähigeren Elektronenmikroskops zu teilen. Sie zeichnen sich dadurch aus, dass sie die Beobachtung lebender Objekte ermöglichen - mit einer echten Vergrößerung von bis zu 42.000 Mal, einem hohen Auflösungsgrad <100nm und einer extremen Tiefenschärfe.

Genau diese Kombination hat die Doktrin bisher als physikalisch unmöglich bezeichnet, doch Kurt hat in der Praxis das Gegenteil bewiesen. Er hat einmal versucht, seine Technologie den großen Mikroskopherstellern anzubieten, aber diese versuchten stattdessen, ihn abzuzocken, was dazu führte, dass er sich weigerte, ihnen das Funktionsprinzip zu verraten. Kurt erzählte mir, was passierte, als der Top-Mikroskopingenieur eines großen japanischen Unternehmens ihn besuchte, um seine Mikroskope zu testen. Deren Ingenieur gab zu, dass Kurts Mikroskope dem, was sie erreichen konnten, meilenweit voraus waren, und sie fragten, ob sie das unter vier Augen besprechen könnten. Kurt verließ den Raum, ließ einige Konstruktionspläne auf dem Tisch liegen und sorgte dafür, dass er lange genug weg war, damit sie diese Pläne finden und fotografieren konnten. Später erfuhr er von Insidern, dass diese Firma Millionen ausgegeben hatte, um mit diesen gefälschten Plänen, die er entworfen hatte, etwas zu bauen. Sie waren gut genug, um glaubwürdig zu sein, aber sie führten sie in die völlig falsche Richtung. Da sie sie ohne Erlaubnis genommen hatten, konnten sie Kurt kaum die Schuld geben...

Das war typisch für Kurts Sinn für Humor. Eine andere deutsche Firma war stolz auf ihr neuestes konfokales Mikroskop und machte den Fehler, Kurt herauszufordern, ein besseres Bild zu machen. Kurt schickte ihnen zunächst ein Bild zurück, das eine normale Schärfentiefe hatte und nur geringfügig besser war als ihr Bild. Für ihr konfokales Bild hatten sie Stunden gebraucht, während Kurt nur den Objektträger auf die Bühne legen, die entsprechenden Einstellungen vornehmen und ein Foto in Echtzeit machen musste. Nachdem sie sich für das Bild bedankt hatten, "entschuldigte" er sich, dass er das falsche Bild geschickt hatte und schickte ein weiteres mit voller Tiefenschärfe. Sie waren schockiert und baten ihn, die Bilder nicht zu veröffentlichen. Sie können sie hier sehen; wir geben nur den Namen des beteiligten Unternehmens nicht an....

Kurt hatte den Ruf, Probleme lösen zu können, zu denen andere nicht in der Lage waren, und erhielt viele Aufträge von wissenschaftlichen Instituten und namhaften Unternehmen aus einer Vielzahl von Branchen, von Metall und Kunststoff bis hin zu Pharmazeutika und Medizin. So war er beispielsweise auch an der AIDS- und Krebsforschung beteiligt. "Die meisten Forschungsabteilungen denken ausschließlich in fachspezifischen Begriffen. Was ihnen fehlt, ist Flexibilität gegenüber anderen Disziplinen", sagt Kurt Olbrich. Sein Leistungsspektrum begann bei der Fehleranalyse mit anschließender Optimierung, umfasste aber auch die Entwicklung und Erprobung der Innovation sowie weitere Themen wie die vorherige Marktanalyse und mögliche Versuche, den Markt ganz zu verändern. Kurt Olbrich hat mehrere eigene, weltweite Patente erhalten.

Im Jahr 2002 untersuchte Peter Walker die Geschichte ungewöhnlicher Mikroskope in Deutschland und wurde immer wieder darauf hingewiesen, sich die Mikroskope von Kurt Olbrich anzusehen. Nach dem dritten Vorschlag dieser Art rief er ihn an und vereinbarte einen Termin. "Ich war überwältigt von dem, was Kurt Olbrich erreicht hatte und stellte fest, dass er außerhalb des deutschsprachigen Raums praktisch unbekannt war, da er kein Englisch sprach. Er litt auch unter dem Problem, dass viele Leute nicht glaubten, dass seine Mikroskope möglich waren. Abbe's Limit besagte, dass es nicht möglich war, optisch unter 220nm aufzulösen." Kurt hatte sich während der Entwicklung seines optischen Systems geweigert, sich Abbes Arbeit anzusehen. Als er es sich schließlich doch ansah, lächelte er und sagte: "Es ist gut, dass ich es nicht getan habe, denn ich wäre in die falsche Richtung gelenkt worden und hätte nie die richtige Antwort gefunden." Er fügte hinzu, dass seine Methode nicht einmal die Abbe-Grenze durchbricht, sondern sich nur Umstände zunutze macht, unter denen diese Grenze gar nicht gilt. Umstände, die Abbe und diejenigen, die dieser Theorie folgen, nicht einmal in Betracht ziehen würden.

Da Peter (der Brite) auch fließend Deutsch spricht, erhielt er die Erlaubnis, ein Unternehmen zu gründen, das Kurts Mikroskope in englischer Sprache an den Rest der Welt vertreibt. Das war die Geburtsstunde von Grayfield Optical, Inc., das von Peter und seinem Bruder Ray Walker (mit Sitz in den USA) im September 2003 mitbegründet wurde. Im Laufe der Jahre pflegte Peter eine gute Beziehung zu Kurt Olbrich und brachte viele Wissenschaftler, Forscher und sogar einen mit dem Nobelpreis ausgezeichneten Wissenschaftler zur Beobachtung und zum Testen des Mikroskops mit, wobei Peter bei jedem Besuch als Übersetzer arbeitete. "Ich habe viel über Kurts Denkweise erfahren und kannte bald alle seine Geschichten auswendig." Als Kurt 2014 im Alter von 80 Jahren in den Ruhestand ging, begann Peter zusammen mit Kurts Ingenieur und Geschäftspartner eine neue Serie von Mikroskopen zu entwerfen und zu entwickeln, die Kurts exzellente optische Technologie mit modernster Elektronik kombinierte und CAD/CAM-Systeme einsetzte, um das System weiter zu optimieren und die Stückkosten zu senken. Es dauerte bis Mitte 2020, bis die Entwicklung abgeschlossen war, und bis dahin hatte eine neue "Pandemie" die Veröffentlichung gestoppt. Diese Verzögerung und die damit verbundenen finanziellen Einbußen wurden durch den Wegfall wichtiger Zulieferer und das Versiegen von Finanzmitteln noch verschlimmert. Nach viel Arbeit im Hintergrund wurden neue Lieferanten gefunden und wir sind dabei, Anfang 2022 neue Finanzmittel zu erhalten, die es uns endlich ermöglichen werden, die Mikroskope der SeeNano-Serie auf den Markt zu bringen.


Wir sind zutiefst betroffen, dass Kurt Olbrich nun von dieser Welt gegangen ist. Doch das hat uns noch entschlossener denn je gemacht, dafür zu sorgen, dass seine Erfindung endlich die Anerkennung und den Absatz findet, den sie wirklich verdient hat.

Vielen Dank, Kurt Olbrich, für alles, was Sie erreicht haben. Wir haben nun die Zügel in die Hand genommen, um dafür zu sorgen, dass die Welt den Namen "Kurt Olbrich" nie vergisst.

SeeNano optical microscopes: White light source, no oil immersion, variable extended depth-of-field, color contrast.

Extreme True Optical Resolution
100nm true optical resolution possible in real time
Enhanced Depth of Field
Up to 40-80x optically
Natural Color Contrast
Full color contrast images
No Staining, etc. Required
View unstained living samples
View Living Samples in Real Time
View living biological samples and view of film them in real time

Important News: Release of our Microscope Systems
Update: January 14, 2022


We were nearly ready to release our new SeeNano series of microscopes in March 2020, when the pandemic delayed those plans. Important suppliers closed down and we had to find replacements. We had more time to improve the design, but the extended lockdowns dried up our funding.


We are currently in the process of obtaining new funding for 2022 and are confident that this will enable us to return, better than ever before. We have upgraded Kurt Olbrich's microscopes with state of the art electronics, computerized stages, automated scanning and much more in an improved modular system.


We know there are a lot of people waiting patiently for these new microscopes and we are working hard to make them available, this year - most likely in Q3 2022.


We will update you on our progress on this page.


Preparing a New Newsletter

We are currently putting together a newsletter mailing list for everyone that has even contacted us. Once we have completed this, we will be sending out the first newsletter to everyone with regular updates as we approach rollout of the new microscopes. We have received a lot of interest and pre-orders and we have a waiting list for ordering microscopes that currently surpases our first planned year of production. We are therefore looking into ways of ramping up production to a higher level so that we can deliver sooner.


SeeNano Microscopes and the Corona Virus.
One question we are hearing a lot is: Can our microscopes see the Covid-19 coronavirus in its "living" form? The answer is that it can in theory, but nobody in the world, we are aware of, has been able to isolate this virus, so we have yet to have a sample to look at.

If you are involved in medical research and want to use the ONLY optical microscope that can view the untainted virus without staining, or other toxic procedures - please contact us as we want to give priority to research teams looking for a cure. The ability to directly see the virus under the microscope in a chamber for prolonged periods allows you to test various medications and procedures and determine the effectivness very quickly by simply observing if the virus has been devitalized in real time. Reseachers at a UK University using one of our earlier models have reported that they were able to significantly speed-up research as testing the effectivness of a new drug could be determined within hours and without animal testing by the ability to observe the effects in real time. They were able to reduce research time from 2 years down to 18 months simply due to the much faster and easier feedback through using our microscope.

Manufacturing Status - We are optimizing the designs and busy appling for new funding. If all goes to plan, we hope to start delivering microscopes in Q3 2022.
  • The development of our microscope systems for marketing is practically complete.
  • The certification process is ongoing, delayed due to closure of certification institute due to Covid-19
  • Financing of the initial production run is dependant on the supply-chain being available for manufacture.
  • We use engineering companies that supply the German Aerospace Industry to manufacture key-components on demand. Of the three major companies we use, two have now resumed their activities, the third one has not so we have looked for and found an alternative supplier. If anything, the new supplier is better as they can manufacture components out of a solid block of aluminium on demand from our electronic CAD designs, without tooling costs. While each component made costs more, this is offset by the lack of tooling costs resulting in a lower overall cost to us. We are also testing an alternative supplier for optics as Nikon can no longer supply the high quality custom optics we need.
  • We welcome offers from other companies to work with us on joint ventures to help us get us started and to help with the marketing of our unique microscopes.
  • This project has been hampered by multiple delays for various reasons including the retirement and recent passing of the original inventor - Kurt Olbrich - and numerous challenges in the redesign and updating of our microscopes to make them state-of-the-art. The Corona Virus meant components have been severly delayed, yet the disease is also an opportunity to highlight the capabilities of these microscopes in medical research.
  • We are now working hard with the new supplier and testing new optics now as we pledge to maintain the highest quality to maintain the <100 nm optical resolution as before using a white light source. Demonstrations are possible at our production facility in Norderstedt, near Hamburg, Germany (close to Hamburg airport).
  • Contact us to arrange a demonstration of our microscope systems by using the form below to apply for an appointment.
  • As we have a number of pre-orders that we will be suppling first, new orders made now go onto a waiting list as we ramp up production. The more pre-orders, the faster we can get out production up to speed.


Nominal Charge of $400 (£300 or 350 Euro) for demonstrations at our Hamburg Facilities.

Please note that we are a small company and need to charge a nominal (offsettable) charge of $400 (£300 or 350 €) payable in advance to each group, to cover our own costs (hotel, travel costs, setting up equipment for specific demonstrations, etc). It is payable, once we agree on an appointment date.


This fee does include collection and return to Hamburg airport/rail station/hotel in the Hamburg area, etc. Our manufacturing facilities are located north of Hamburg (Germany) near the airport in
Norderstedt. This fee will be fully offset from your invoice, should you purchase a microscope system from us. This fee has to be paid in advance and is otherwise only refundable if you cancel your visit at least three days prior to your appointment.


In the past, we had a lot of people making appointments to come and test our optical microscooes that were simply curious and had no real interest or even funding for purchasing our equipment. While we understand that our microscopes are unique and that many people want to see this for themselves, such visitors have incurrred high costs to us both financially and timewise in the past. As our team is located in both Hamburg and Cologne, we incurr travel and hotel costs ourselves with each visit and these costs have to be recovered in the end through higher prices to our legitimate customers, which made our microscopes unnecessarily expensive.


As the price of our microscope systems has always been an important issue, we have been working hard in the past three years to redesign our systems to make them better and more affordable while maintaining the quality. It therefore made sense to introduce this nominal charge in order to cover our costs for each potential customer. We thank you for your understanding.


Updated Technology


Our previous range of Ergonom microscopes, were high quality optical microscopes, yet were lacking the integration with modern electronics. Our engineers in Hamburg, have been creative in integrating the latest electronics to intelligently control both the stage and the objectives allowing for fully computer-controlled operation. For non-biological applications, it is possible to auto-scan the entire object, for example a computer wafer, resulting in a massive gigapixel image with incredible resolution in full color. A working system for this purpose, has already been delivered to a major university in the UK.


Our new microscopes are modular. You can start with the lab system and upgrade it up to a top research microscope.


We previously planned to release two versions, Lab and Pro and that has been changed to one scalable system. Add accessory modules as needed to upgrade for more features.


Instead of a turret, the objectives will be mounted on a horizontal rail system and can be self-centering. You are looking at a sample and want to switch to a higher magnification, the objective is automatically changed and adjusted so that your field of view matches what you were looking at before.


Automated nano-positioning systems will be available to precisely move the slide.



Our SeeNano microscopes are now will have all the optical capabilities of the previous Ergonom series, while adding fluorescence capabilities and realistic pricing.


We would like to thank the large number of people contacting us to enquire about our new range. We are working hard to perfect things so that when are new range is ready, it will be better and more affordable than anything we have ever offered, before. We will ensure our new microscopes are built to the highest quality standards, that you would expect from "Made in Germany" with optical capabilities that are second to none.

Our new product stategy will be to have an affordable basic model that can be expanded with a range of options. That is, our new microscopes can be upgraded from the basic version up to the highest level simply by upgrading or adding the relevant components.

Please note: All technical details are subject to change without notice, while we work on our new microscope range.

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Introduction

Unsatisfied with the capabilities of existing light microscopes, it was decided to investigate why the resolution, color contrast and depth of field is so limited. This research led to the discovery of a unique new way of building microscopes which no longer suffered many of the constraints of existing optical theory. We found that by using a different approach to optics and a new mathematical approach, we could build microscopes with a large "cylinder of sharpness" (depth of field) and a true resolution of 100nm, while maintaining full contour sharpness and true colors without the need for staining, oil immersion, etc. This Grayfield Lens System is the basis of all our future optical systems.

The GLS technology has also been used to develop objectives for extreme image reduction, a quantum leap in the nano lithography of critical dimensions that can be used for computer wafer production.

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