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20 Facts You Don’t (Want to) Know About ibidi
ibidi is an abbreviation for integrated biodiagnostics. The aesthetics of the name’s mirror symmetry appealed very much to the company’s physicist-founders.
Read more about the history of ibidi in this Laborjournal interview.
The Happy Cell symbolizes ibidi’s connection to the scientific community, and is meant to express ibidi’s shared enthusiasm for research, along with an excitement for cells, with their customers. It is also meant to keep people in a good mood—both at ibidi and in customer labs—especially, if things (experiments) don’t go so well.
Evolution of the ibidi Happy-Cell Design (2012-2020)
ibidi bought its first production machine, a cold roll laminator, to produce their µ-slides. This machine tied up almost 10% of the total company capital at the time, and unfortunately didn't really work. Maybe this was due to the machine’s name,
because the slides all came out bent like a banana.
The number of ibidi babies born since the
company was founded is 49:
38 girls and 11 boys
(as of Jan 2021)
For the following reasons, most ibidi products begin with the Greek letter "µ" (which stands for "micro"):
Nippon Genetics became ibidi’s first distributor back in 2002. Since then, the company has been ibidi’s trusted partner in Japan, serving customers with expertise and high-quality service.
Read the greetings from Nippon Genetics here.
The following employees joined ibidi in the early days and are still with the company today.
Find out more about their role in our Who We Are Chapter.
When the ibidi team learned about a fire in the tv news, they were shocked to realize that the burning warehouse belonged to their supplier of injection molding tools and slides! In the aftermath, Valentin went looking for any surviving tools, so that ibidi could still continue producing slides.
Honest and constructive feedback from customers has been appreciated at ibidi from the early days.
For many years, one of ibidi’s strictest recruitment criteria was a commitment to join the ibidi soccer squad for the annual ScieKickIn soccer tournament. (The company has long had an eye on that top prize!)
Four of the company’s first five sales representatives rarely, if ever, drove a car for work (or leisure). They travelled to customers either on foot - the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry and Neurobiology as well as the university’s biology and biochemistry departments were just around the corner—or with public transportation. Even today, there is only one company car, which is shared amongst all German-based employees. This is just one way that ibidi is helping to protect the environment.
Read more in the Sustainability chapter.
The first ibidi Pump System was sold to a company in the UK. ibidi’s CEO and head of R&D Roman personally finished soldering the fluidic unit in his hotel room just right before installation at the customer's site.