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Nanotion develops technology to measure nanoparticles in realtime to monitor the quality and security of nano-enabled consumer products.

Company Information

  • ECO12 Award category: Startup
  • Company name: nanotion Inc.
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Company address: Technoparkstrasse 1, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland
  • Founding year: 2010
  • Company status: private company
  • Website:
  • Twitter: @nanotion
  • Contact person: Dr. Christopher Latkoczy, CEO, Nanotion,
  • CEO: Dr. Christopher Latkoczy (Photo)

Christopher Latkoczy Photo

Elevator Pitch

As an ETH spin-off, nanotion, founded by Christopher Latkoczy and Bartjan den Hartogh in 2010, offers solutions for any aspect of nano-sized particle analysis. Together with a research partner, “Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs” and CTI, nanotion has developed an analytical device that allows for fully characterized nanoparticles in fluids. The size, the concentration and, for the first time, the chemical composition can be determined without any time consuming pre-treatments of the sample. The technology is also applicable for tracking nanoparticles in realtime and within industrial production processes. Using a patent-pending technology platform, nanotion is the first commercial producer of an analytical device for the full and realtime characterization of nanoparticles in liquid nano-enabled consumer products. Nanotion provides its technical solutions for water, food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and chemical industry companies. These clients will use the technology in the fields of monitoring of production processes and customer product quality control. The business model of nanotion is based on two pillars: Analysis Measurements (services) and Analytical Devices (goods).

Smart Green Product

Nanotechnology is expected to be the foundation of the main technological innovations of the 21st century. They are used in hundreds of everyday consumer products, such as cosmetics, food, as well as automotive, electronics and medical products. Nanoparticles can contribute to making products stronger, lighter, cleaner or smarter. Besides these positive effects, little is known about the potential health and environmental effects and risks of these tiny particles. Since nanoparticles are small enough to easily penetrate cells in lungs, brains and other organs, a number of regulations and legal restrictions have been put in place. Today, a lot of different industry customers are forced to monitor and regulate the size and concentration of nanoparticles in their so-called nano-enabled products. Beyond these regulatory requirements, most industries using nanoparticles need to fully characterize nanoparticles in order to meet their requirements towards quality control and production efficiency. Most requirements demand precise, accurate and rapid methods to fully characterize nanoparticles both in realtime and during the manufacturing process. The global market for all types of materials chemical characterization instruments was worth an estimated $31.7 billion in 2009 with an annual growth rate of 7.8%, which results in a relevant market of characterizing nanomaterials in fluids of roughly $127 million.

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  • Funding: €1M
  • Investors: private Business Angels, 3wventures, Zuercher Kantonalbank
  • Employees: 2010: 2, 2011: 3, 2012E: 4
  • Revenues: 2012E: €160K
  • Further Milestones: For the last 2 years we have performed pilot studies and analysis services (offline and online) for drinking water and sewage treatment plants. With our licensed prototype we already performed these measurements within existing water purification processes. Being acknowledged as a CTI research project, we now receive technical and financial support to build a second, smaller (and therefore mobile) analysis device in 2012 to enable more and faster measurements at water treatment plants and drinking water facilities in our entry market within the D-A-CH regions (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).