Our Mission: Helping Patients
Milestone was founded in 1988 as a company specialized in advanced microwave instrumentation for analytical and organic chemistry labs.
We are an industry leader in this field, with a worldwide installed base of over 20,000 systems in large and small research institutions, universities and industrial laboratories. In 1994, Milestone established a separate Medical division, so as to transfer our expertise to the world of histopathology.
In 1998, Milestone was the first company to design and build a microwave tissue processor specifically for histology labs, and subsequently created the first fully automated, high-throughput microwave processor. Today, our microwave histoprocessors are used in hundreds of medical laboratories around the world, making them the most widely used microwave processors in the field.
The use of microwaves drastically reduces specimen-processing time. Compared to the traditional system, which goes from hours to minutes, it allows to yield a diagnosis in shorter periods of time.
On one hand, this offers a higher Lab/Hospital productivity, together with a cost reduction; on the other hand, the patient can receive a diagnosis in a shorter period of time, reducing the distress of waiting for the results, and can immediately initiate a therapy when necessary.
Milestone also offers systems for the vacuum transfer of biospecimens, allowing for the first time the preservation of vacuum-sealed “fresh” specimens, constantly monitoring both specimen temperature and time, from the surgery suite to the laboratory. This system allows the elimination of formalin, a carcinogenic, from the surgery process.
Milestone's products also include a wide range of workstations and macro digital imaging systems for both grossing and autopsy rooms.
The macro and micro digital imaging not only enable a quick, exact, and reproducible description, but also create image databases. Our product range is completed with instruments that improve the cryoembedding and staining processes leading to high quality frozen sections in less than 10 minutes.
Our Capital: our people
Milestone’s pioneering work in vacuum histoprocessing resulted in 1998 in a European Patent EP 822 403 and in a 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.
- TissueSAFE European Patent 2070410 B1
- TissueSAFE US Patent 8,110,346 B2
- CheckLITE European Patent 2009 419 B1
- LOGOS European Patent 2 278 296 B1
- FineFIX European Patent 1 455 174 B1
- PATHOS European Patent 1 605 243 B1
- PATHOS US Patent 7,075,045 B2
- SealSAFE European Patent 2 524 595 B1
- SealSAFE US Patent 8,865,092 B2
Milestone's Quality is certified by TÜV Rheinland Italia, member of TÜV Rheinland Group, a global multi-accredited organization providing professional certification and registration services.
Milestone's headquarters are based in Sorisole (Bergamo), Northern Italy, with facilities covering over 4,000 square meters (40,000 sq ft).
Milestone's Medical North American headquarters are located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with direct sales, service and application support and labs to give expert support to Milestone US users.
Milestone's strong international presence is assured by a network of Over 65 appointed exclusive representatives in all the industrialized nations of the world.
All these countries have sales, service and application support and labs to give expert support to Milestone customers.