DoubleHelix Gets Small In A Big Way

Some scientific breakthroughs are massive, the scope of their impact sometimes stretching to every corner of the world. Others are small. Some, as is the case with Luminate resident Double Helix Optics, can be both. That’s not to say Double Helix’s focus and technology is insignificant. Rather, it’s small. Really, really small.  

Double Helix specializes in 3D, nano-scale imaging, or imaging at an incredibly small level. The company’s Spindle system, for example, produces images with a lateral precision of 20 nanometers, or 20 billionth of a meter. In comparison, a blood cell is about eight micrometers, or eight millionth of a meter. It’s a frame so small with such precision that, as co-founder and CEO Leslie Kimerling explained, biological processes can be directly observed, in three dimensions that have never been seen before.

“Because it’s high precision 3D, it’s more than just imaging,” Kimerling said. “It’s information-capture that allows you to do both image extracting and data analytics.”

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