Essen BioScience

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1156 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Business Overview


Essen BioScience is a world leader in the field of cell-based in vitro assays and instrumentation.   Our inventions have spanned nearly twenty years and are recognized as “first in class” in several technology areas including optical cell-based screening (FLIPR, 1994), high through electrophysiology (IonWorks, 2002) and kinetic imaging (IncuCyte, 2006; IncuCyte ZOOM, 2012). To date, our inventions have accounted for nearly 1 billion dollars in worldwide sales. 


We have grown a lot in the past decade and today employ many more biologists than engineers.  Along with our engineering group and instrumentation offerings, we offer a strong development team in molecular and cellular biology.  In addition, our senior staff of biologists possess strong drug discovery backgrounds, and we are currently engaged in multiple drug discovery outsourcing and partnership projects.


We are a privately-held company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with subsidiaries in Europe (Essen Ltd.) and Japan (Essen K.K.). In 2011, we booked our 8th consecutive year of organically-driven revenue growth. We are a customer-friendly company, and we will always put customer needs as our number one priority.


Sustainable Business Practices

Essen BioScience is a science research manufacturer that is actively reducing waste in Washtenaw County. In order to do this, Essen BioScience uses email communication, as well as, reuses folders, boxes, packing material, mugs, utensils, and paper, all of which they have found to decrease the amount of garbage produced. This company is also active in the recycling process. White paper, cans, packaging materials, mixed paper, wood debris, cardboard, and plastic are all recycled. They also use file folders and hand towels made of recycled materials in their facility. With regards to energy conservation, routine maintenance is performed on office equipment, fluorescent light bulbs are used, and temperature control methods are set in place for times when the building is unoccupied. New employees are introduced to their waste reduction practices.


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