MassSpecpecD BV was founded in June 2015 under Dutch corporate law as a BV (LLC, Ltd, GmbH). See Netherlands Chamber of Commerce financial and legal info on our company here. Founder and CEO is Maurice H.M. Janssen, the former Professor of Molecular Photodynamics at LaserLaB Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (see CV here).
Our mission is to bring the novel MS-PECD technology for the direct enantiomer-selective detection of chiral molecules to the Laboratory Analytical Instrumentation Market. We are collaborating with various companies in Laboratory Instrumentation and with world leading scientists to develop and market the first commercial Mass Spectrometer for direct chiral identification and analysis, based on table-top ultrafast laser MS-PECD technology.
Prof. Ivan Powis, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, is longtime collaborator and special adviser guiding the company in scientific, application and business development. We have a strong R&D collaboration with prof. Han Gardeniers at Mesa+ Institute University of Twente (NL) and prof. Daniel Horke at Institute for Molecules & Materials at Radboud University (NL). We have a strategic collaboration with Qmicro by Sensirion and the Applied Nanotechnology research group of prof. Cas Damen at Saxion University of Applied Sciences on micro-GC hyphenation with our chiral-MS technology.
MassSpecpecD BV has its Headquarters in the east of the Netherlands on the High Tech Campus of the entrepreneurial University of Twente, along Kennispark Twente. Our R&D MS-PECD molecular chirality lab is embedded at the facilities of the Institute of Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen. The R&D and manufacturing facilities of our Amsterdam Piezo Valve product line are embedded at the Technology Centre VU Amsterdam.
MassSpecpecD BV receives financial support via innovation programs for SMEs managed by OostNL, OPOost and benefits from general support by Novel-T, the vibrant ecosystem for startups and businesses managed by the University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Enschede local authority, the region of Twente and the Province of Overijssel.
With our HQ and R&D sites we are strategically located in the green manufacturing region between the megalopolis Randstad Netherlands and the Ruhr-area Germany. The province of Gelderland was awarded the European Entrepreneurial Region Award 2019.
For further information on our products and information on business opportunities see our contact info here.
Some photos from the early days (2015-2018)
Prof. Wybren Jan Buma (left, University of Amsterdam) and Prof. David Parker (right, Radboud University, Nijmegen), who were key in enabling the move of the ultrafast laser coincidence double VMI laboratory of former prof. Maurice Janssen (till March 2015 at LaserLaB Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) to the premises of Institute of Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen, in close coordination with prof. Wim Ubachs, former director of LaserLaB Amsterdam.
Feb 2017, Nijmegen, NL
July 2017, Nijmegen, NL.
The inventors of Velocity Map Imaging, Prof. Dave Parker (left), and Ion Imaging, dr. Dave Chandler (middle), together with Prof. Bhargava Ram (right), at our R&D chiral coincidence VMI lab embedded at Radboud University Nijmegen.
October 2017, Nijmegen, NL.
Maurice Janssen (left) with Ivan Powis (middle) and Dave Parker (right), at our chiral R&D lab at Radboud University Nijmegen.
November 2017, Amsterdam, NL.
Peter van Hoorn (left) and Ivan Powis (right) during an advisory board working dinner. Mr. van Hoorn was advisor to our company from June 2015 till Dec 2019. Emeritus Prof. Powis is still actively involved in academic research, and informally advises and collaborates with our company.
June 2018, Nijmegen, NL.
Dr. Wim Roeterdink (left) and Radboud University engineer Michiel Balster (right) during a tune-up project of the ion-detector of the MS-PECD research machine in Nijmegen. Dr. Roeterdink was instrumental in moving the complete ultrafast laser coincidence imaging lab from VU Amsterdam to RU Nijmegen.
Prof. Bhargava Ram (then at Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Bhopal, India; left), and Maurice Janssen (right) in the R&D lab embedded at IMM Radboud University, Nijmegen, during a collaborative research project. Prof. Ram co-developed laser-based MS-PECD during his postdoc (2010-2012) in the group of (then) Prof. Janssen at LaserLaB VU University Amsterdam.
June 2018, Nijmegen, NL.
Dr. Arno Vredenborg (left) and Radboud University engineer Michiel Balster (right) during measurements in our R&D lab in Nijmegen. Dr. Vredenborg was Chief Technology Officer at our company from Sep 2018 till Mar 2020.
November 2018, Nijmegen, NL.