Image Gallery: Focus on Microscopy, Sydney 2014

Scott Strothers, Marketing Manager ANZ at Leica Microsystems, tells his experience

April 16, 2014

I have been with Leica Microsystems for just over seven months now and came from a very different industry. When I mean different, grocery could not be further removed from microscopy. I have attended, designed and put together more trade shows, conferences and congresses than I care to remember. This was not only to be my first Focus on Microscopy (FOM), but also it has been some time since it has graced our shores in Australia.

This year’s FOM saw over 600 delegates, exhibitors and family of FOM attend at The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university. Not only was Australia lucky enough to have FOM visit, Leica Microsystems is also celebrating our 10 Years of Super-Resolution. What better way to celebrate our dedication to the past decade of Super-Resolution than to have Leica Microsystems’ latest technology located at the Australian Centre of Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) – Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X and Leica SR GSD 3D.

This is my experience of FOM Sydney 2014…



Focus on Microscopy Sydney 2014. My story.

Super-resolution technology enables researchers to image structures in a range down to the molecular level. In 2004, Leica Microsystems revolutionized light microscopy with the introduction of the first commercial super-resolution microscope, Leica TCS 4PI. During the last ten years, Leica Microsystems has continuously developed its super-resolution portfolio and today offers both confocal and widefield super-resolution technologies: STED (STimulated Emission Depletion) and GSDIM/dSTORM (Ground State Depletion followed by Individual Molecule return/direct Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy).

I captured some impressions of what 10 years of Super-Resolution involves...

Vive la Résolution!

10 years of super-resolution means to...

Marko Matic: "Going beyond, discovering and pushing new boundaries." He has been with Leica Microsystems 11 months and is Southern New South Wales Regional Manager. He’s got a science background and fond of the Leica EZ4 HD and Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X. And he can fold a T-Shirt that says “Vive la résolution!”

Tony Swinscoe, Regional Account Manager Queensland Life Science and Surgical, has been with Leica Microsystems for two years. A microbiologist by trade, he has a background in Medical surgical products for over 30 years. 10 years of super-resolution to him are the stage before the next step: going beyond physics. The instruments he terms “Brilliant!” are Leica M205 C and Leica DFC550. 

Discovering new areas and technology is what 10 years of super-resolution means to Dini Naiker, Account Manager Victoria and South Australia. She has been with Leica Microsystems for one year, has a background in Neuroscience and likes the Leica TCS SP8 platform best amongst Leica Microsystems’ instruments.

Application Manager Tamara Straube has worked with Leica Microsystems for nine months. Her background is in Human Biology and her favourite instrument is the Leica SR GSD 3D. She comments: “I have worked with Leica microscopes for the past six years and have been able see amazing things which we have never seen before.”

“10 years of Super-Resolution is something to be proud of. It is far more than wrapping innovative technology into high-end products. Leica Microsystems goes beyond the technology with access to support, knowledge, education and training. This is why valuable resources like Science Lab are so important and help our customers to achieve breakthrough results,” says Sebastian Tille, an Electrical Engineer by trade, now Director Marketing Widefield Imaging Life Science. He’s been with Leica Microsystems for five years and likes the digital microscope Leica DMS1000 B best among the instruments.

Amgad Habib had an extremely busy couple of weeks orchestrating and organising demonstrations with the Leica SR GSD 3D and Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X systems with Tamara and Ulf. He’s been with Leica Microsystems as an Application Specialist for a year and holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Also his favourite is the Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X. 10 years of Super-Resolution mean to him “experience, innovation, technology, understanding research”.

Eric Chung is Application Specialist with a background in Science. The Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X is also his favourite instrument. He comments the 10 years of Super-Resolution: “We have a strong history and heritage in super-resolution where we have learned how to excel with advancements in technology.”

Nicolas Latouche is a Molecular Biologist by training. He is Division Manager Life Science Research and Industry and has been with Leica Microsystems for four years. His enthusiastic comment on 10 years of Super-Resolution: “Leica Microsystems has a long history and was the first one to successfully develop super-resolution.” His favourite platform is the Leica TCS SP8.

Dermot Allen has been with Leica Microsystems for 27 years. With a background in Geological Sciences and Photography, he works as a product manager. His favourite instrument is the stereo microscope Leica M205 C. 10 years of Super-Resolution to him are a prime example of how you can find a workaround for theories and laws and then go beyond them.