ACQUANDAS is named after the initial letter of its founding members:

Acandis GmbH & Co. KG, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Quandt, and Dr.-Ing. Rodrigo Lima de Miranda.

Acandis GmbH & Co. KG is a medical device company founded in 2006 with its headquarters and training center in Pforzheim, Germany. Acandis develops, manufactures and markets medical devices used in the treatment of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Quandt is director at the Institute of Material Sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and head of the department Inorganic Functional Materials. He received his diploma and doctoral degree in physics at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He is currently speaker of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre SFB855 "Magnetoelectric Composites-Biomagnetic Interfaces of the Future" and member of the Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee (MatSEEC) of the European Science Foundation (ESF) as well as a member of the Executive Board and speaker of the Advisory Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM). His scientific focus is material research on smart materials and multiferroics and the development of sensors and actuators for micro- and nanosystems technology. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of shape memory thin films.

Dr.-Ing Rodrigo Lima de Miranda, developed the core technology of Acquandas during his PhD thesis. He has 6 years of scientific experience in the field of materials science, particularly focusing on smart materials for medical application, and over 7 years of experience in the automotive industry as engineer and project manager, including testing, product development and material cost reduction management. Since completing his doctorate with distinction, Lima de Miranda is expediting the foundation of a company based on his developments. In 2009 he was awarded with the first price in the Ideenwettbewerb Gesundheit Schleswig-Holstein.

Acquandas' vision is to utilize its proprietary technology to enable the design and manufacture of novel medical devices for minimally invasive treatments. We use the synergy to a well established German University, the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and its infrastructure, such as the Kieler Nanolab cleanroom facilities, to provide customers from the medical device industry thin film metallic components.
Kieler Nanolab Inaugurated in August 2008 the Kieler Nanolabor is a cleanroom of ISO category 5 (less than 3500 0.5μm-particle/m3, 800 1μm-particle/m3 and 30 5μm-particle/m3) with a white area of 350 m2.

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