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Leica Microsystems

Coordinates: 50°33′07″N 08°29′52″E / 50.55194°N 8.49778°E / 50.55194; 8.49778

Leica Microsystems
Subsidiary GmbH
IndustryOptical microscopes Laser Scanning microscopes Surgical microscopes OCT Electron Microscopy Sample Prep solutions[buzzword]
FoundedGermany (1997)
HeadquartersWetzlar, Germany
Key people
Markus Lusser (CEO), Melanie Hammerschmid-Browman (CFO), Dr. Andreas Hecker (CTO)
Productsmicroscopes, macroscopes, histology- systems and other optical equipment, optical coherence tomography, surgical microscopes
RevenueIncrease~$1 billion[1] (2008)
ParentDanaher Edit this on Wikidata

Leica Microsystems GmbH is a manufacturer of optical microscopes, equipment for the preparation of microscopic specimens and related products. There are ten plants in eight countries with distribution partners in over 100 countries. Leica Microsystems emerged in 1997 as one of three successor companies of Ernst Leitz GmbH founded in 1869. It has been a subsidiary of Danaher since 2005.


The company employed over 4,000 workers and had a $1 billion turnover in 2008. It is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany, and represented in over 100 other countries.

The company manufactures products for applications requiring microscopic imaging, measurement and analysis. It also offers system solutions[buzzword] in the areas of Life Science including biotechnology and medicine, as well as the science of raw materials and industrial quality assurance.

Product categories include Virtual microscopes, Light microscopes, products for Confocal Microscopy, Surgical Microscopes, Stereo Microscopes & Macroscopes, Digital microscopes, Microscope Software, Microscope Cameras, Electron microscope Sample Preparation Equipment

In the field of high resolution optical microscopy they produce commercial versions of the STED microscope offering sub-diffraction resolution. In 2007 they launched the TCS STED[2] which operates at a resolution <100 nm. In 2009 they launched the TCS STED CW[3] using a CW laser light source where a resolution <80 nm can be achieved.

On September 29, 2011 Leica Microsystems and TrueVision 3D Surgical announced their intention to jointly produce products that will improve microsurgery outcomes in ophthalmology and neurosurgery under the Leica brand.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Leica
  2. ^ TCS STED
  3. ^ TCS STED CW
  4. ^ "Leica Microsystems and TrueVision 3D Surgical Reach Worldwide Agreement". September 29, 2011.