Meet your team of enthusiastic life science professionals

A customer-driven approach to give you the best experience possible

With our international and open-minded team, we develop innovative and ingenious designs in cooperation with our users, we provide the most user-friendly upgrade technology for microscopes. With the passion we have for science, we create value for all our stakeholders.

Our mission & vision

At Confocal.nl, our mission is to improve the microscopy experience of researchers. We want to help researchers make breakthrough discoveries by offering them clever designed imaging solutions. With the passion we have for science, we aim to create value for all our stakeholders. Confocal.nl caters to the needs of scientists and microscopists, by developing solutions that were not yet available in the world of microscopy. We are a fast growing and dynamic international company. We create innovative and clever design technologies for you, built to be the most user-friendly solution out there, continuously challenging the microscopy market.

Our mission and vision microscopy

Our core values

Curious

Curious
We look beyond what’s known to innovate and find the best solutions.

Proactive

Proactive
We are in constant movement to strive for the best solutions for our customers.

Cooperative

Cooperative
Each team member has an added value and together we strive for the best experience for our users.

Customer focused

Customer focused
We ensure that customers have a pleasant experience with us and our solutions.

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Meet the team

Our international team is composed of pro-active life science professionals passionate about microscopy. We are all committed to Confocal.nl’s goals and we keep a customer focused attitude.

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Pim Vos

Chief Executive Officer
Pim Joined Confocal.nl in 2020 and has multiple years of experience in managing businesses in life sciences, with roles in R&D, sales, international marketing and general management. He has an MSc in Medical Biology. Pim especially likes outdoor life and has lived in several countries throughout his career.

What he likes most about Confocal.nl?
“That our team always aims to simplify and improve the imaging experience for scientists as users, across the world.”
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Erik Manders

Co-founder and the inventor
Erik is a recognized scientist in the field of microscopy and optics. He obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1994 at The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and did successful postdocs at The University of Stockholm and Oxford. Thereafter, he came back to UvA and worked for more than 16 years as an assistant professor. Erik contributed to the microscopy community with discoveries like Mander’s coefficient, used for colocalization of biomolecules, and the RCM principle. In his spare time, Erik can be found sailing on the ocean.

When asked “What drove you to develop the RCM?”, Erik replies:
“I wanted to build an optics-only microscope with higher sensitivity and resolution than standard confocals to avoid image processing. The image that you get on the screen is a direct image of your sample, there is nothing in between, only light. This gives biologists more control of the imaging.”
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Paul

Chief Financial Officer
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Peter Drent

Founder and Sales & Marketing Manager
Peter has a background in biology and dedicated the beginning of his professional career to research. After that period he joined Nikon where he worked 25 years and was responsible for sales, service, marketing and support activities of Nikon microscopes business in Europe, Russia and Africa.
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Mariliis Tark-Dame

Chief Operating Officer
Mariliis is a successful grant writer, and has brought Confocal.nl’s financing to a number of new products in development. She obtained her PhD in genetics at the University of Tartu, Estonia (2009) and worked as a postdoc at the University of Amsterdam for several years, conducting research in the field of genome architecture, dynamics and mutagenesis. She enjoys an active lifestyle, new challenges and good food.

What do you enjoy most about working at Confocal.nl?
“I love the potential our products have to support scientists in their research. I love structure and organization, and the signs of success of our team and our customers.”

The dawn of light

History
Confocal.nl was founded in 2016, by Erik Manders and Peter Drent. However, the concept of RCM was born three years before, at the hands of several optics researchers, among which was Erik. RCM and its technique originate from a PhD project in Erik Manders lab at The University of Amsterdam and was financed by Dutch Research Council NWO through their STW Perspectief. Giulia de Luca was the lead researcher developing the new technique and it was published in 2013 (De Luca et al., 2013).

In 2016, with the support from UvA Ventures & Holding, Confocal.nl was founded which encouraged the commercialization of RCM. Hereafter, microscopy facilities around the world started incorporating our technology, which stimulated the growth of Confocal.nl. A second breakthrough for Confocal.nl was facilitated by Value Creation Capital (VCC). Their investment in 2018 made it possible to expand our team and pursue further product development.

 

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Currently, UvA Ventures and VCC are two of our main investors. We are continuously working on progression and improvement to enrich the microscopy market with more innovative solutions.

Over the years, Confocal.nl received financing for product development from several local european funds: Eurostars Eureka, RVO Innovatiekrediet, Innovatiefunds Noord Holland. From these fundings, new products and solutions will start surfacing the microscopy market this year, 2021.

Awards

Microscopy Today 2020

Microscopy Today 2020 innovation Award

2019 Academic startup

2019 Academic startup

EIT Health Catapult

2020 EIT-Health Catapult semifinalist

Our partners

We have selected the best components in the market to offer an optimal imaging solution, which can be adapted to the needs of each individual customer.

Amongst our customers

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