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

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…

 

 

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Focus on Microscopy Sydney 2014. My story.

Unfortunately my role when it comes to putting together conferences means that you are first to arrive and last to leave...
Unfortunately my role when it comes to putting together conferences means that you are first to arrive and last to leave...
...What better way to start the pre-dawn ritual than an Australian breakfast, Vegemite toast and a double espresso.
...What better way to start the pre-dawn ritual than an Australian breakfast, Vegemite toast and a double espresso.
Contrary to popular belief, Sydney doesn’t always follow picture postcards.
Contrary to popular belief, Sydney doesn’t always follow picture postcards.
The weather here has been rainy, cold and windy.
The weather here has been rainy, cold and windy.
Stand build.
Stand build.
Stand polish.
Stand polish.
Dermot Allen, over 25 years at Leica Microsystems, helps out.
Dermot Allen, over 25 years at Leica Microsystems, helps out.
FOM organisers, Mariska Timmers.
FOM organisers, Mariska Timmers.
The team arrives. Tanjef Szellas, Sebastian Tille, Nicolas Latouche.
The team arrives. Tanjef Szellas, Sebastian Tille, Nicolas Latouche.
Eric Chung and Amgad Habib, Confocal Application Specialists
Eric Chung and Amgad Habib, Confocal Application Specialists
Team briefing by Eric Chung.
Team briefing by Eric Chung.
Leica Microsystems’ Head of Legal and Compliance APAC, Olive Yu, visits with Eric Chung.
Leica Microsystems’ Head of Legal and Compliance APAC, Olive Yu, visits with Eric Chung.
Getting busy ...
Getting busy ...
Filip Braet from the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis, and part of the organizing committee, helps open FOM.
Filip Braet from the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis, and part of the organizing committee, helps open FOM.

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!

The motto of the booth: 10 Years of Leica Super-Resolution Innovation
The motto of the booth: 10 Years of Leica Super-Resolution Innovation
Marko Matic: "Going beyond, discovering and pushing new boundaries."
Marko Matic: "Going beyond, discovering and pushing new boundaries."
Tony Swinscoe: "The stage before the next step - going beyond physics."
Tony Swinscoe: "The stage before the next step - going beyond physics."
Dini Naiker: "Discovering new areas and technology."
Dini Naiker: "Discovering new areas and technology."
Tanjef Szellas presents “The Next Dimension for STED microscopy”.
Tanjef Szellas presents “The Next Dimension for STED microscopy”.
Poster display before ...
Poster display before ...
... and after.
... and after.
Tamara Straube booking in for GSD demo.
Tamara Straube booking in for GSD demo.
The only Leica STED and GSD systems in Australia at Australian Centre of Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) are located under this amazing building.
The only Leica STED and GSD systems in Australia at Australian Centre of Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) are located under this amazing building.
Entrance of ACMM
Entrance of ACMM
Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X demo conducted by the amazing Ulf
Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X demo conducted by the amazing Ulf
A lovely paradox. There is Ulf with one of the most technically advanced systems in the world behind him ...
A lovely paradox. There is Ulf with one of the most technically advanced systems in the world behind him ...
... and a simple pad and pen has a room full of microscopists dead silent.
... and a simple pad and pen has a room full of microscopists dead silent.
Dr. Laurence Cantrill from Children's Hospital Westmead The University of Sydney with Eric, comparing notes.
Dr. Laurence Cantrill from Children's Hospital Westmead The University of Sydney with Eric, comparing notes.
Professor Young-Tae Chang, professor of chemistry at the National University of Singapore. Leica Microsystems sponsored his talk at FOM.
Professor Young-Tae Chang, professor of chemistry at the National University of Singapore. Leica Microsystems sponsored his talk at FOM.
Tamara Straube: "Seeing amazing things which we have never seen before.”
Tamara Straube: "Seeing amazing things which we have never seen before.”
Preparation of samples
Preparation of samples
Understanding what the customer’s needs are ...
Understanding what the customer’s needs are ...
... and what needs to be achieved on the Leica SR GSD 3D demonstration.
... and what needs to be achieved on the Leica SR GSD 3D demonstration.
Sebastian Tille: "It is far more than wrapping innovative technology into high-end products."
Sebastian Tille: "It is far more than wrapping innovative technology into high-end products."
Amgad Habib: “Experience, innovation, technology, understanding research”.
Amgad Habib: “Experience, innovation, technology, understanding research”.
Eric Chung: “We have a strong history and heritage in Super-Resolution where we have learned how to excel with advancements in technology.”
Eric Chung: “We have a strong history and heritage in Super-Resolution where we have learned how to excel with advancements in technology.”
Dr Michael Lovelace from The University of Sydney and Nicolas Latouche
Dr Michael Lovelace from The University of Sydney and Nicolas Latouche
Nicolas Latouche: “Leica Microsystems has a long history and was the first to successfully develop Super-Resolution.”
Nicolas Latouche: “Leica Microsystems has a long history and was the first to successfully develop Super-Resolution.”
Dermot Allen: "a prime example of how you can find a workaround for theories and laws and then go beyond them."
Dermot Allen: "a prime example of how you can find a workaround for theories and laws and then go beyond them."
Tanjef Szellas has been at Leica Microsystems since the beginning of Super-Resolution.
Tanjef Szellas has been at Leica Microsystems since the beginning of Super-Resolution.

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.