BOULDER, Colo., March 16, 2012 – Double Helix, LLC (Boulder, CO) and the University of Colorado recently completed an exclusive option agreement to allow Double Helix to develop a novel technique for 3D super-resolution imaging.
The technology was developed by Rafael Piestun, a professor in the CU-Boulder department of electrical and computer engineering. Super-resolution – techniques to enhance the resolution of an imaging system beyond the limitations set by the diffraction of light – is key to the development of next-generation microscopes and other optical instruments. The Double Helix optical technology combines 3D optics and a unique signal post-processing technique used for quality improvement in image processing.
|Microtubule structure of rat kangaroo epithelial cells, using conventional fluorescence microscopy (top) and 3D Double Helix super-resolution microscopy (bottom). Images courtesy of G. Grover, K. DeLuca, J. DeLuca and R. Piestun|
“We are looking forward to bringing this leading-edge technology to the market, initially in microscopy and later to more markets including metrology and digital optics, a stronghold of the Boulder entrepreneurial community,” said Double Helix founding partner Leslie Kimerling.
“We are excited to see this company launch with our broad fundamental patents,” said Ted Weverka, a licensing manager at the CU Technology Transfer Office. “The cost savings and superior technology will give Double Helix a strong lead.”
About Double Helix:
Double Helix, LLC was founded in 2011 by Dr. Rafael Piestun. The company works in close collaboration with scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder to develop and commercialize computational optical-digital technologies used in range estimation, super-resolution, and 3D imaging. The company designs products that integrate micro and nano technologies with computational algorithms to offer improved performance in conjunction with reductions in cost, size and complexity. Double Helix focuses on product development while exploring licensing opportunities based on ongoing technological advances.