Milestone was founded in 1988 as a company specializing in advanced microwave instrumentation for analytical and organic chemistry labs.
We are an industry leader in that field, with a worldwide installed base of over 13,000 systems, including 70% of Fortune 500 companies, as well as large and small research institutions, universities and laboratories.
In 1994, Milestone established a separate Medical division, to transfer our expertise in laboratory grade microwaves to the world of histopathology. We were the first company to design and build a microwave tissue processor specifically for use in the histology lab, and subsequently created the first fully automated, high-throughput microwave processor.
Today, our microwave histoprocessors are used every day in hundreds of medical laboratories around the world, making them the most widely used microwave processors in the field.
Milestone’s pioneering work in vacuum histoprocessing resulted in 1998 in a European Patent EP 822 403 and US Patent 6042.874. Milestone’s process is described in the article “Ultra-Rapid Microwave/Variable Pressure-Induced Histoprocessing: Description of a New Tissue Processor” Journal of Histotechnology, Vol. 21, No. 3, Sept. 1998 by F. Visinoni et al.
Milestone headquarters are based in Sorisole (Bergamo), Northern Italy, with facilities covering over 4,000 sq meters (40,000 sq ft).
Milestone Medical North American headquarters are located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with direct sales, service and application support/labs to give expert support to Milestone US users.
ISO 9001:2008, the international standard for quality management in an organization accepted by the majority of the world, speaks to all quality-related activities in an organization and helps ensure customers' needs.
Companies seek ISO 9001:2008 certification by accredited and independent third parties to focus on quality in order to gain a competitive edge and to access global markets.
Milestone achieved this certification at the end of an intensive work to improve our organizational performance, update our internal working systems, introduce new control steps based on the systematic formalization of each procedure.
Milestone is certified by TUV Rhainland Italia member of TUV Rhainland Group, a global, multi-accredited organization providing professional and cost effective certification and registration services.