We are proud our firm is named after one of the founding fathers of modern biotechnology: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch scientist that lived in the 17th century: 'The Dutch Golden Age", a period in Dutch history, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, science, military, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. He was a Dutch tradesman and scientist and is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and considered to be the first microbiologist.
He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions towards the establishment of microbiology. Using his handcrafted microscopes, he was the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms, which he originally referred to as animalculs,and which are now referred to as micro organisms. He was also the first to record microscopic observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa, and blood flow in capillaries (small blood vessels). Leeuwenhoek did not author any books; his discoveries came to light through correspondence with the Royal Society, which published his letters.
Van Leeuwenhoeck Institute (VLI) provides institutional investors and other professional investors with independent, un-biased research on the real value of innovative Life Sciences companies. Many institutional and individual investors will not invest in companies lacking independent third-party research coverage, yet few investment banks cover this sector because it requires dedicated expertise.
In spite of the lack of quality knowledge on an industry-wide basis, there is increased demand for life science-specific market research as investors are seeking information about leading companies in the sector in order to make well-informed investment decisions.