Oxford Nanoimaging (ONI) was incorporated in February 2016 to commercialise the Nanoimager, a desktop sized version of a super resolution single-molecule light microscope which is about 30 times smaller and significantly less expensive than devices currently available.
The technology was developed by PhD student Bo Jing in the laboratory of Professor Achillefs Kapanidis, Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Oxford. The device utilises technical breakthroughs which allow for a bypassing of the diffraction limit that restricts maximum resolution for conventional light microscopes to approximately 200nm, allowing for increased resolution down to 10nm, the size of some proteins and DNA molecules. This breakthrough was considered to be of such great importance it won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. ONI has a disruptive business model combining hardware sold at a price point <30% of existing technology, with revenue streams from sales of reagents, subscriptions to a cloud-based platform for image sharing, as well a licensing revenue from the development of complementary analytical software.