About Us

Who We Are

Direct Electron designs, manufactures, and delivers next-generation direct detection cameras for electron microscopy. Our vision—Innovation Propelling Discovery—is focused on empowering our customers to efficiently and continually expand the frontiers of science. Our approach involves: (1) A strong commitment to research and development that enables us to continually offer new technological innovations, (2) Unique features to improve efficiency in data collection and processing, and (3) A collaborative culture with exceptional customer service and support.

Direct Electron has been transforming electron microscopy for nearly a decade

Direct Electron was founded in 2007 with the specific aim of developing and delivering ultra-high performance cameras for electron microscopy (EM).

Our vision—Innovation Propelling Discovery—focuses our effort on our customers. We combine relevant technological innovation with unique features and a commitment to an unprecedented level of customer service. Ultimately, our technology empowers customers to achieve better science, faster.

Our pioneering Direct Detection Device (DDD®) camera technology expands the frontiers of what is possible and gives our customers a competitive edge.

Direct Electron continues to aggressively push the boundaries of EM camera technology. Our research and development springs out of partnerships between public organizations, academia, and industry. For example, our pioneering Direct Detection Device was developed in collaboration with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) with generous support from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A consistent history of industry “firsts”

  • Direct detection for TEM (2005)
  • Electron counting with a DDD (2009)
  • Tomography with a direct detector (2009)
  • Cryo-EM reconstruction with a DDD (2011)
  • Cryo-EM beyond ¾ Nyquist (2012)
  • Single particle motion correction (2012)
  • EFTEM with a DDD (2013)
  • Damage compensation (2013)
  • Large and fast in-situ movies (2014)
  • 8K x 8K direct detector (2015)

For more information, see our full list of innovations.

A new value equation

A global network of customers at highly-respected research institutions takes advantage of the DE competitive edge to generate and publish significant scientific results faster, in journals such as Nature. Unhampered by legacy technology, Direct Electron is recognized as the “smarter purchase,” providing much more value for the investment:

  • Exceptional performance
  • High throughput
  • Versatility and flexibility
  • Unique integrated features
  • Lower initial cost
  • Significantly lower long-term maintenance costs

Custom DDD SensorOur sensors are custom designed and manufactured, and are only available in our cameras. In our DE-Series Cameras also include two sensors for the price of one: the main DDD sensor and a survey sensor to set up experiments. Besides the cost savings, this means a longer life for the main sensor. Plus it’s more convenient — no switching back and forth between cameras.

Besides our technology, another integral part of the DE value equation includes ongoing application support, free remote software updates, an ever-growing library of image processing and automation scripts, open-source software, improved experimental methods, and application notes (all free to customers).