Ibidi GmbH (GERMANY)

Ibidi was founded in Munich, Germany in 2001 as a spin-off from the University of Munich and is now well known for its innovative products in the field of cell analysis. Over 2000 publications from customers document the successful application of ibidi products in the research and development in the Life Science field. The scope of ibidi is to mimic the natural environment of cells in observation chambers for high resolution microscopy to create high significant data relevant for living organisms.

This includes not only the design of the suitable geometries and substrate surfaces, but also the integration of 3D gel structures with mechanical properties tuned for special applications e.g. stem cells. The µ-slides of ibidi are also able to create special physical conditions like chemical gradients, controlled shear stress and electrical fields. The slides are applied in the biological and medical research, as well as in the pharmaceutical drug development.

The expertise of ibidi also includes the development of instruments for the life sustainment of cells and automated microscope systems for long term observation of cell movement. Ibidi has several proprietary technologies that are protected by 25 patent families with about 100 single applications. For the fourth year in a row, ibidi was awarded in the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50” competition in 2012 and in 2013 the company won the innovation price of the German industry.

Key people involved: Dr. Zeno v. Guttenberg

Dr. Zeno Guttenberg (PhD in Biophysics from the Technical University of Munich) worked in R&D departments of several companies (Advalytix, Olympus and Beckman Coulter). His scientific focus was on microfluidics, Lab‐on‐a‐chip technologies and surface functionalisation. He has been head of research at ibidi since 2012 and actively involved in several large and international collaborative research projects, in two of them as coordinator.

Role in the project

Contribution in WP 4 by means of 1) Novel assays for strip test systems based on disposable devices and 2) Biomedical characterization and overall performance of the systems in application scenarios.

Recruited researcher: Shokoufeh Teymouri

Project title

Label-free, non-invasive cell based monitoring based on organic bioelectronics