Noldus Information Technology was established in 1989 by Lucas Noldus, who serves as the president of the company. Lucas holds a Ph.D. degree in animal behavior from Wageningen University. During his research on the behavioral ecology of parasitoid wasps, he developed the first version of what later became The Observer software package. The program was unique in that it offered a general-purpose tool for behavioral recording and analysis, independent of the organism being studied. This tool attracted attention from researchers within and outside the field entomology and triggered the start of a company for the development of software tools for behavioral research.
The Observer, launched in 1990, was the first in a series of successful products, including EthoVision, PhenoTyper, DanioVision, DanioScope, UltraVox, Pocket Observer, Theme, uLog, CatWalk, FaceReader, Viso, and ErasmusLadder. The introduction of the PhenoTyper product line in 2004 marked our debut as a hardware manufacturer. Over the years we have evolved from solely a software vendor into a provider of integrated systems and solutions, comprised of software, hardware, and services. Because of our partnerships with leading suppliers such as Tobii, SMI, Biopac, Ugo Basile, and MindWare, we can supply complete integrated lab set-ups or multi-room research facilities. From single software licenses and handheld computers to turn-key usability labs and behavioral neuroscience labs, you can count on our experience.
More and more, we are offering consulting services and custom development services. We can advise and assist you throughout all stages of your research: from designing and carrying out the experiment to coding your observations, analyzing data, and reporting the results. We can either use your lab or provide the equipment you need for your research.
In 2011, Noldus InnovationWorks was established. This is our research and innovation laboratory and has 10 permanent staff members along with a variable number of post-docs, Ph.D. fellows, M.Sc. students, and visiting scientists. Noldus InnovationWorks pursues and coordinates partnerships with leading researchers and entrepreneurs in academia, government and industry, in order to develop the next generation of breakthrough technologies.