DURHAM — Duke University has teamed up Germany-based Leica Microsystems to launch a center of microscopy to drive new discoveries and “see ever deeper into the mysteries of life.”

On Wednesday afternoon, a signing ceremony will take place on campus at 147 Nanaline Duke Building to open the Leica Microsystems Center of Excellence at Duke University Light Microscopy Core Facility.

The center houses several imaging systems, including cutting-edge stimulated emission depletion (STED) super-resolution and nanoscopy, and Deep in vivo Explorer (DIVE) multiphoton imaging, allowing researchers to capture images and video of the cellular and molecular processes of life.

“A scientist’s insight is only as good as their tools,” said Dr. Lawrence Carin, Duke’s vice president for Research, who is expected to be at the ceremony. “We’re very pleased to have this.”

Added Leica Microsystems Americas general manager Greg Eppink: “It’s very exciting to be able to advance into the future of scientific research in collaboration with a top-tier institution like Duke. With this agreement, we’re enabling researchers to push beyond boundaries of what can be visualized and quantified and fulfilling Leica Microsystems’ mission to provide unrivaled insight for our customers. We look forward to continuing this alliance for years to come.”