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condenZero GmbH was founded 2019 as a spin-off company of the Laboratory for Quantum Matter Research of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Our field of expertise includes the development and production of scientific instruments and components for research applications in ultra-high vacuum and cryogenic conditions.

Team

Dr. Denys Sutter

CEO, Co-founder

Dominik Biscette

CTO, Co-founder

Prof. Johan Chang

Scientific partner

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CERN BIC & Swiss Innovation Challenge

August, 2021

As a spin-off company, we benefit and absorb valuable knowledge from participating in entrepreneurial support programs. Recently, condenZero was selected to the final round of the CERN BIC program. At the same time, condenZero also made it to the finals of the Swiss Innovation Challenge and was nominated in the life science category. We are excited and honoured by these selections and nominations. 

Lowering helium consumption

July, 2021

While moving forward with the nationalisation of the patent application, condenZero is also making technical progress. Prototyping of cryo-TEM holders aims to meet customer specifications in terms of stability, base temperature and helium consumption. In our most recent prototype iteration, the helium consumption was cut down by 75%. With this fourfold reduction, our cryostats can be operated with sustainable helium flow.

100 fürs Baselbiet

June, 2021

Part of our (sub-contracting) manufacturing will be carried out by Basel-located workshops. The Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank (BLKB) and the Standortförderung Baselland offer favourable loans through the “100 fürs Baselbiet” program, for which condenZero could qualify.

Swiss Innovation Challenge

 June, 2021

condenZero is honoured and excited about participating at the prestigious Swiss innovation challenge anno 2021. Recently, we advanced to the second round that defines this years finalists. Irrespectively how this competition folds out, we are very impressed by the high level of coaching provided within this program. 

ESA BIC CH Incubation Boost

May, 2021

Earlier this year, we announced our participation of the ESA BIC-CH program. This collaboration aims to explore how additive manufacturing for vacuum applications can benefit space technology. We have recently concluded the first incentive scheme and progressed to the Incubation boost phase. The incentive phase initiated new collaborative partnerships with ECOPARTS AG, inspire AG and ANAXAM AG.

Innocheque

May, 2021

We are grateful to Innosuisse for their decision to help and support condenZero via the core coaching program. On this three-year program, we aim to grow and consolidate. In the first year period, we will be working on our first sales campaign, financial structures and advance our IP strategy.

Venture Kick won

 February, 2021

Today, Venture Kick announced condenZero is a final stage winner! We are greatly honoured by this decision. Certainly this is an important milestone. We are very much looking forward to the next Kickers Camp.

ESA BIC CH Incentive Phase

January, 2021

It is with great excitement and honour that we announce our participation in the ESA BIC CH program. We are very much looking forward to developing our connection to space related industries. In particular, we wish to accelerate the use of advanced additive manufacturing technologies for space applications.

Core Coaching

January, 2021

We are grateful to Innosuisse for their decision to help and support condenZero via the core coaching program. On this three-year program, we aim to grow and consolidate. In the first year period, we will be working on our first sales campaign, financial structures and advance our IP strategy.

Venture Kick final

September, 2020

Participation in the Venture-Kick semi-final was exciting, instructive and inspiring. Retained for the final, we are now parallel working on market analysis, sales strategy along with the  development of the cryo-TEM holder. We are looking forward to the Venture-Kick final in Spring 2021.

Initial Coaching

June, 2020

From June 2020 on, we were part of the Innosuisse initial coaching program. This has been a very enlightening process. Special thank goes to Dr. Robert Sum. Building on Robert’s expertise and experience have been extremely valuable for condenZero’s startup phase.

Venture Kick Semifinal

March, 2020

Recently, Venture Kick decided to support four new high-potential startup companies. The condenZero project is one of the startups selected for a “kick”. This is certainly going to accelerate our market research and prototyping efforts.

Bridge Grant

December, 2019

Eleven young researchers were awarded the Proof-of-Concept grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) & Innosuisse. With the project to make a new cryogenics tool for transmission electron microscopy, condenZero is among the selected projects.

Patent Application

February, 2019

While working on a pulsed magnetic field setup for diffraction experiments at SwissFel, Dominik Biscette invented a new type of cryostat. This paved the way for the cryo-TEM development underpinning the activities of condenZero.

Entrepreneur Fellowship

December, 2018

End of 2018, Denys Sutter has been awarded a UZH BioTech-MedTech Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Werner Siemens Foundation to develop a new type of cryo-sample holder for transmission electron microscopy.