Morten Sommer, M.Sc., PhD, is the developer of the technology and the founder of Microlytic, LLC. He has been working on microfluidic devices for protein crystallization over the past decade at Microlytic, the California Institute for Technology and the University of Copenhagen. He is the inventor on over 10 patents and patent applications within the field of microfluidics and protein crystallization.
At California Institute of Technology, Morten co-invented the use of multi-layer soft lithography devices for protein crystallization. He co-developed the use of microfluidic formulators for experimental mapping of protein phase diagrams enabling targeted and rational approaches to protein crystallization. Subsequently Morten developed injection molded microfluidic technology for liquid-liquid diffusion based crystallization which led to the Crystal Former and the formation of Microlytic which he founded in 2006.
Morten is a Professor of Systems Biology at the Technical University of Denmark and has received various scientific awards, including the Research excellence prizes from the Hartmann Foundation and the lb Henriksen Foundation. He holds a M.Sc. in Physics and Biophysics from the University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University.