Thermo Fisher Scientific has enabled several Noble prizes with its high tech electron microscopes. With the acquisition of FEI in 2016 (for which it paid 4.2 billion dollars) and Phenom-World in 2018, Thermo Fisher strengthened its position as the world’s number one in the industry. Both FEI and Phenom-World are Philips-spinoffs from Eindhoven, so there’s a symbolic touch to the company’s decision to move its desktop microscope development to the iconic Innovation Powerhouse in the Eindhoven Strijp-T quarter, where FEI first started its development. This week the contracts were signed.

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