Our story

Abbelight is the result of 10 years of academic research on new detection methods for Fluorescence Microscopy, jointly led by Sandrine Lévèque-Fort (ISMO – Paris-Saclay University) and Emmanuel Fort (Langevin Institute – ESPCI Paris).

Forerunners for using Supercritical Angle Fluorescence (SAF) as a sensor for 3D imaging, the work of Sandrine and Emmanuel led to several patents and applications of SAF to different imaging techniques, including nanoscopy.

As a former PhD student of Sandrine Lévèque-Fort, Nicolas Bourg developed a strong and multidisciplinary expertise in 3D nanoscopy using SAF for 3D localization. Joined by Jean-Baptiste Marie, they decided to transfer this expertise to research labs to promote Single Molecule Localization Microscopy.

Empowered by its academic origins, abbelight aims to make 3D fluorescence nanoscopy accessible to all research laboratories.

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Why Abbelight?

When you buy an instrument from Abbelight,
you buy an expertise!

Our products are designed by researchers for researchers.
With our products, we want to:

Share our multidisciplinary expertise
All our experts are researchers strongly involved in education and international courses: sharing expertise is in our DNA. Our abbelight team will keep you up to date in this complex and fast evolving field, all the way through the research workflow, from sample preparation to imaging and data analysis.

Develop high performance instruments & software adapted to research needs
Our origins will always be biophotonics. In the lab, we develop advanced techniques to answer biological questions of our collaborators. At Abbelight we convert those techniques into robust and accessible products and our team of software developers are making it fast, efficient, and intuitive.

Speed up research process with active help during the first critical steps of a project
Because sometimes all you need is a helping hand – and because our experts are scientist first of all – we can provide help during the first steps of a new project to increase your time-to-data, and optimize the use of your system.

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Scientific Board

Sandrine Lévêque-Fort


Emmanuel Fort

Scientific advisor

Nicolas BOURG

Cofounder - CTO
After graduating as an optronical engineer in 2012 (Polytech, Paris-Sud university), Nicolas persued PhD studies within Lévêque-Fort's team (ISMO, CNRS) whose goal was to develop a 3D SMLM... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Jean-Baptiste Marie

Cofounder - CEO
With a strong scientific background and a PhD in condensed matter physics, Jean-Baptiste joined the team of Nicolas, Sandrine and Emmanuel to simplify access to 3D nanoscopy for cell biology. He... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Frédéric Onado

Fred started his career as digital ASIC designer after his microelectronic engineer diploma. Then he moved to a Business Manager position, in a service company startup where after 2 years he became... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more
Applications & Sales

Michel Biocco

Head of Sales
Michel started his career as a defense engineer for SAFRAN after obtaining his engineering diploma in Optics & Electronics. Passionate about sales and customer relations, he moved to Leica... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Cataldo Schietroma

Application scientist
Cataldo has a PhD in Biology and several years of experience in scientific research across diverse fields. After a post-doctoral position at UCLA, in the Departments of Molecular & Medical... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Cyndelia Guillaume

Product Sales Specialist
Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Cell Imaging from Rouen University, she’s double-skilled in Cell Biology and Optics, with particular experience in Single Molecule Localization Microscopy... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Paul Barthelemy

Application scientist
Paul graduated with a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Imaging from the Institut national polytechnique de Grenoble. He joined abbelight during his... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Valentina Caorsi

Head R&D Imaging
Valentina has a PhD in Physics; she has nearly 15 years of research experience in biophysics developed between Genoa at the university of Genoa, London at Imperial College and Paris at Institut... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Dassine Zouaoui

Biotechnology Engineer
Dassine joined the application team of abbelight in September 2018 through a work-study program. She is working on sample preparation and developing solutions to optimize this step. ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Marie Fournier

R&D Optics engineer
Marie obtained her Photonics engineer diploma in 2017 at Télécom Physique Strasbourg, France. Passionate about Optics as a tool for Biomedical field, she decided to continue her education with a... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Yann Kergutuil

Software developer
Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Hight Performance Computing (HPC) from the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines university (UVSQ), he's specialized in computer architecture, multithreading,... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Fatiha Mahtout

Lab technician
Graduated from Paris Descartes University and ETSL she has biotech professional license, with 2 years of experience in immunology and cell culture. She joined abbelight in may 2020 as a lab technician. ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

Benjamin Lazzarino

Software engineer
Graduated from the engineering school E.I.S.T.I. within "Visual Computing" option; Benjamin joined abbelight in June 2018. Inside abbelight's software development team he works on various subjects... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more
Scientific Support

Debora Keller-Olivier

Head of Scientific support
A cell biologist by training, Debora gained throughout her academic career competences in varied advanced microscopy techniques (3D-SIM, STORM, Airyscan, FCS, FRAP, confocal, WF...) and image... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more
Hardware production

Stanis Poutrel

Head Mechanical Design (CAD)​

Sophie Nakuleswaran

Head of Production
Graduated with a master’s degree in Cell Imaging from Rouen University, during her course she acquired skill in multidisciplinary approach of cell Imaging and in Optics. She Joined abbelight in... ic_font_btn_plus Learn more

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