KonTEM GmbH, a Bonn, Germany-based company that develops an innovative phase contrast system for transmission electron microscopes (TEM), has received an investment of undisclosed funding from High-Tech Gründerfonds.
The company intends to use the capital for operational ramp-up and market penetration.
Incorporated in 2011 as a spin-off company of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) and the Center of advanced european studies and research (caesar), KonTEM provides a system that combines enhanced image contrast with high object resolution and thus opens up new possibilities for the analysis of biological specimen.
It consists of two main components:
– the phase plate, an ultra-thin, perforated membrane which influences the phase of the scattered electrons.
– the automatic high precision positioning device, which allows to precisely placing the phase plate into the electron beam, a matter of nanometers.
The company is led by Managing Director Joerg Wamser.