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Tecan was founded in 1980 by four engineers in the Swiss village of Hombrechtikon, with the aim to develop measurement, analysis and laboratory automation devices. The first offices were located in a renovated farmhouse, the family home of CEO and founder, Heinz Abplanalp.

  • 2015


    2015 – Fluent™, Spark™ and D300e

    In February 2015 we announce Spark 10M – a new multimode microplate reader – to ignite productivity in laboratories around the world.

    In March 2015 we announce the Fluent laboratory automation solution for compound management.

    In June 2015 we introduce the D300e Digital Dispenser for faster, reliable dispensing into microplates down to picoliter volumes.

    In August 2015, we announce the Fluent™ platform that simplifies key processes and increases productivity in the lab, making it ideally suited for high throughput genomics applications.

  • 2014

    In June 2014 we announce Fluent - the new laboratory automation solution for cell-based assays – to enhance throughput, streamline workflows and deliver more precise and reliable results.

    In July 2014, we acquire IBL International GmbH, adding an important new dimension of reagent development to the Tecan offering.

  • 2013


    2013 - Dako partnership and Tecan Academy

    In June 2013, our partner Dako, an Agilent Technologies company, launches the Dako Omnis, following on from a major OEM agreement with them in 2011. We launch our online customer training through the Tecan Academy.

  • 2012

    David Martyr becomes our new CEO to begin an exciting period in our history.

    We launch the Air LiHa and QC Kit and establish further partnerships with companies including Promega, TAP Biosystems, JPT Peptide Technologies, and Artel.

    Our engineers increase the flexibility and choice for Tecan's Cavro® Centris Pump.

  • 2011


    Tecan signs a major OEM agreement with a leading diagnostics company to develop advanced staining platform for tissue-based cancer diagnostics.

    Tecan begins a strong partnership with HP and we launch the HydroSpeed™ plate washer.

  • 2010

    We celebrate our 30th anniversary.

    Tecan signs a major OEM agreement with a global diagnostics company to develop a dedicated instrument for transfusion medicine laboratories.

  • 2009

    Tecan touchtool 2009

    The new TouchTools™ interface provides consumers with greater ease of use.

    Purity standards for consumables and the NanoQuant Plate™ are launched.

  • 2008

    Tecan opens new Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China.

    New Global Te-Care™ service contracts offer customers even greater peace of mind.

    The Infinite® M1000 PRO is launched providing top-of-the-range flexibility, sensitivity and speed for a wide range of detection modes.

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  • 2006

    2006 Infinite 200 Pro

    The Infinite 200 PRO is launched and becomes the best-selling detection product to date.

  • 2004

    Tecan launches the Infinite 200, the first microplate reader designed to accommodate very low sample volumes down to 2 microliters.

  • 2003


    Tecan launches a versatile robotic liquid handling platform. Its building-block modularity brings a new level of flexibility to automation in diagnostic and life science labs.

  • 2002

    We open Tecan Ibérica Instrumentación in Barcelona, Spain, and launch the HS 4800™ Pro hybridization station.

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  • 2001


    Our new HQ opens in Männedorf on Lake Zurich and we release the Genesis Freedom liquid handling workstation.

  • 2000

    In October, Tecan establishes its own subsidiary in Belgium and opens an office in Barcelona to serve Spain and Portugal. This is followed by a sales and service office in The Netherlands. Important European markets are integrated into the Company network, providing efficient, direct access to our leading product.

  • 1999

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    Tecan becomes a 100% publicly-owned company, following the successful secondary placement of shares owned by Perkin Elmer.

    We establish important strategic partnerships. These include the co-¬promotion agreement between Tecan Group and Abbott Laboratories to market and distribute the Genesis FE 500 Workcell.

    The Association of the European Business Press name Tecan as one of the three leading companies in Europe.Based on our successful Spectra range of readers, we introduce the new absorbance microplate reader Sunrise™ to the market.

  • 1997

    SLT Austria and SLT Germany are renamed Tecan Austria and Tecan Germany.

    In December, US company PerkinElmer acquires majority voting shares from CEO and Chairman Gottlieb Knoch, the Company continues to perform well and strengthens its position in the Life Sciences industry.

  • 1994

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    1994 marks the point when all three manufacturing companies within the Tecan Group achieve ISO 9001 certification for quality management processes.

    We develop new instrument platforms, such as the Genesis Series, and implement new solutions.

  • 1992

    The Tecan Group now employs 330 people and returns ever-improving results.

    In April, the Company sets up Tecan Japan in Tokyo.

  • 1989

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    A period of recapitalization and restructuring leads to many of the 25 companies being divested. We focus on the profitable firms involved in robotic liquid handling and detection – Tecan AG, Cavro Scientific Instruments and SLT. We also retain the sales operations in Germany, the UK and the US.

  • 1988

    We acquire SLT Laborinstrumente GmbH, based in Salzburg, Austria, with a portfolio that includes readers, washers and microarray instruments which forms our detection business today.

    By the end of 1988, Tecan Holding has grown to include 25 companies.

  • 1987

    The Company floats on the Zurich stock exchange. We use our new resources to purchase ten companies, including the US-based OEM manufacturer Cavro Scientific Instruments, Inc., the core of our components business today and part of Tecan Partnering

  • 1986

    In the same year as opening our first office in Singapore we also become Swiss Company of the Year, employing 80 members of staff and reaching sales of 20m CHF.

  • 1985

    We bring to market our Tecan Samplers 500 series—the first process-controlled, fully automated pipetting workstations.

    Our 1985 product range also includes: pH electrodes, the Tecan Plant SAP Extractor 400 and the Tecan RSP 5052.

  • 1982

    We open Tecan US, a sales & marketing unit for North America, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Tecan Production Corp., a manufacturing unit for the US market.

  • 1980

    The newly created company in Hombrechtikon was named Tecan, an abbreviation of the German 'Technische Analysegeräte' – Technical Analysis Equipment.

    In the beginning, our focus was exclusively on development. However, success in this area soon led us to begin manufacturing proprietary instruments and OEM products for laboratory automation and environmental analysis. In those early days production took place in renovated barns, houses and warehouses scattered around the village.