Rolf Borlinghaus was born 1956 in Grötzingen, Germany. After his diploma in Biology he worked on electrogenic steps of the Na/K-ATPase by laser-induced release of ATP from a caged compound at Peter Läuger’s Laboratory in the Biophysics Department, University Konstanz, Germany from where he was promoted to Dr.rer.nat. in 1988. He started working as a Product Manager for research Fluorescence and confocal Microscopes with Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen in 1990 and continued to tackle this challenge at Leica in 1997 (at that time Leica Lasertechnik, Heidelberg). For personal insights, in 2007, Rolf Borlinghaus dispensed his managerial responsibilities and is now supporting the confocal marketing group as senior scientist in a half-time position. The other half is dedicated to relations, food and botany.