Ian Corless founded Image Solutions in 1993. His background was originally a BSc (Hons) degree in Electronic Engineering followed by 5 years as a design engineer. Ian loved his job and the people he worked with but came dissented with the financial rewards and with the desperation to own a Porsche 911. This led him to make a career move into technical sales. Ian learned a lot in a short space of time and found the commercial world challenging and rewarding the 911 followed (theme develops). He ended up running his own business as the result of a poor career move joining a company that did not live up to expectations he found himself looking for a job. If he was ever going to start a business, this was it.
Tim was recruited to the ImSol team on a temporary basis to help with a short-term project. That was well over a decade ago and he is still there! The varied nature of customer requirements means to him that there is always something interesting going on. “In this age of restricted budgets, funding is tighter than ever which means there is often some creative thinking required to deliver a solution for a customer within their financial budget. The challenge of providing ever more sophisticated systems within real world constraints keeps us all on our toes. It’s not always easy but it is always interesting and challenging and that along with maintaining ImSol’s excellent reputation for value and customer service are powerful motivators. Here’s to the next decade…” Tim Fletcher, Business Development Manager
Sam got into microscopy as an undergraduate, using SEM and TEM to study leaf epiphytism. Following this, he worked for his PhD at University of Edinburgh and Zeneca, across formulation chemistry, microscopy and trials, predominantly using SEM, confocal, multiphoton and widefield microscopy to study the uptake of a drug to its target site on the mitochondrial bc1 complex. From there, he took up a position running the Imaging Facility at the University of Dundee, where he directed advanced imaging across the schools of life sciences, medicine and physics. Sam also headed the School's centre for advanced scientific technologies, which encompassed Advanced Imaging, FACS, X-ray crystallography, Proteomics and the Stem cell facility. On a practical level, he developed the University's Widefield deconvolution, OMX super resolution (of which they were an early adopter), FLIM, FRET, Spinning disk, multiphoton and deep tissue imaging, and Photokinetics resources. Sam also has a passion for equipment development and interdisciplinary research. He managed the Physics and Life Sciences interdisciplinary lab and co-led a recent Marie Curie ITN program of 13 students who variously worked on laser tweezers, light sheet and raman confocal. His own (brilliant) student developed ultra-fast semi conductor lasers for multiphoton applications. After 15 years Sam was ready for a fresh challenge and in 2018 was delighted to take the role of Applications Scientist with ImSol. He supports OMX, Deconvolution and Holographic Tomography as well as anything else where he can make a useful contribution.
Tony has been involved in microscopy of various flavours all of his working life, from his first position in the early 1980s as an assistant research scientist in the materials technology department at the then Royal Military College of Science (now Defence Academy of the United Kingdom) through to his over 15-year tenure at ImSol. Somewhat unusually, initially specialising in electron microscopy (both scanning and transmission) and x-ray microanalysis before branching into advanced light microscopy and image analysis; utilising these instruments to address a range of metallurgical and materials research projects. Tony left academia for the commercial world in the early 1990s, joining Tracor Europa (latterly Thermo NORAN) as a sales engineer specialising in x-ray microanalysers but also promoting the company’s Tandem Scanning and newly developed Odyssey laser scanning confocal microscopes. Since this baptism he has carved a sales career in the commercial bioimaging sector primarily selling high capital value advanced optical microscopes, primarily in north and western Europe but also as far afield as Israel, South Africa and Russia; and worked for a number of specialist suppliers including Bio-Rad and Thermo NORAN prior to joining ImSol. His time with ImSol has centred on working with his service and applications colleagues to steadily and significantly grow the company’s DeltaVision and OMX microscopes installed base. Tony very much enjoys his role within the organisation and the contribution he is able to make to the business. Outside of work he enjoys watching sports (rugby/football/motor racing), cars and family but not necessarily in the order listed!