Protochips, Inc. is an established growth stage company focused on developing analytical tools for understanding nanoscale materials by providing stimulus in their natural environments. The company supports product developers and researchers in both materials and life sciences fields.
A fundamental problem exists today in that the tools used to observe nanoscale materials are separate and used independently from the tools used to work with them. Using its proprietary technology, Protochips addresses this compelling market need by transforming the most widely used tools in nanotechnology – electron and optical microscopes - from cameras into complete nanoscale laboratories.
Our core competency is in the application of semiconductor techniques to the development of MEMS devices capable of providing heat, electrical, liquid and gas environments to samples in situ.
Our products help advance the study of materials for the life and materials sciences in ways that were previously not possible. This advancement will ultimately lead to the solution for the development and commercialization of revolutionary new nanoscale materials. Protochips, Inc. was founded by John Damiano, Ph.D., Stephen E. Mick, Ph.D. and David P. Nackashi, Ph.D. in North Carolina in 2002. In 2006, Michael Zapata III joined the team as the Executive Chairman.
The company was reincorporated in Delaware in early 2007. Since that time Protochips has delivered over 100 in situ systems across the world and has produced more than 600,000 semiconductor consumables. The company operates in Morrisville, NC at Gateway Centre near RDU airport and the Research Triangle Park.