A.P.E. Research develops and produces Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM) for surface analysis and for biological applications, and high-resolution scientific instrumentation for nanotechnologies.
The company was established in 1996 by five young researchers in the surface science field together with an expert in finance business economics. The goal was the creation of a new enterprise exploiting their experience in physics of the surfaces gathered at the research institutes in Italy and abroad.
The company started at the AREA Science Park in 1997 and since 1999 is officially recognized as a spin-off from the CNR - INFM (Italian National Institute for Condensed Matter Physics).