ioLight took to Crowdcube in September for the microscope and surpassed its initial £150,000 and achieved£242,180 from goal thanks to nearly 250 investors. The device is considered to be among the first of its kind in the UK and delivers a resolution of better than 1μm, patent pending, according to the campaign page. Potential markets including schools, labs and universities, and investment is now needed to scale up manufacturing in order to take the product to market.
Instead of using an eyepiece, users of the microscope will receive their images on a screen of an iPad so that they can see the images clearly. Sharing details about the microscope, founder of ioLight, Andrew Monk stated:
“[The design] makes the microscope simple to use for scientists over the age of 8 and because it is small you can take it wherever you go. Best of all, the ioLight microscope will be a fraction of the price of a laboratory microscope when it is launched this summer.”
ioLight’s presentation will be held at Anglia Ruskin University’s Lab006.
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