Collaborating in the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation

Collaborating in the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation

ZEISS Innovation Center

Dublin, California

Based in one of the world’s premier innovation hubs, the ZEISS Innovation Center in Dublin, California harnesses ZEISS’ leading technology, research, and customer service strengths. By bringing together business segments in an open, collaborative workplace, we are advancing digital and other breakthrough technologies in partnership with our industry, academic and community partners. 

The state-of-the-art ZEISS Innovation Center significantly strengthens ZEISS’ presence in North America. Our global customers, our partners and our employees will benefit from countless new opportunities to discover and drive the development of new technologies and to shape markets in the United States and globally.

Leveraging the Center’s Location in the vibrant Bay Area, ZEISS engineers, researchers, and sales and service teams are focusing on digital solutions spanning multiple disciplines, technologies and applications.

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A life-changing invention – made in California

It is the second most-common visual function test that eye doctors use: Perimetry. Most often used to diagnose and treat patients with glaucoma, but also in neurological diseases and retinal disorders. Dr. Mike Patella and Professor Anders Heijl teamed up to develop the ZEISS’s Humphrey perimeter 35 years ago. Read on for an interview about ophthalmology, the rapid advancement of this technology and how a collaboration blossomed into a friendship.

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Operating at the speed of diagnostics in the upgraded glaucoma workflow

The cornerstone of the glaucoma diagnostic workflow is the visual field test. New innovations in medical devices have led to decreased testing time, greater accuracy, and enhanced tracking of disease progression. Yet for many doctors, there can be an understandable sense that if something isn’t broken, it doesn’t need to be fixed—that is, until extenuating circumstances require extraordinary solutions.

We harness leading-edge R&D in California that translates into transformative technologies

> 200
of 650 total employees in R&D
> 560
patents based on research conducted in California
~ 5K
of publications designed and built in California


The ZEISS Innovation Center is home to approximately 650 engineers, researchers, production experts, customer service and sales reps, and executives across key business and corporate groups. Through our individual and collective expertise, we offer both our customers and our industry, academic and community partners new ways to engage, network, collaborate and achieve ambitious new goals.

Medical Technology

The ZEISS Innovation Center serves as the U.S. headquarters for ZEISS Medical Technology, one of the world’s leading medical technology businesses. ZEISS Medical Technology offers complete diagnostic, refractive and surgical solutions for ophthalmic diseases and in the field of microsurgery, the business provides innovative visualization solutions. 

The California-based Innovation Center is one of ZEISS Medical Technology’s leading worldwide medical technology innovation locations and serves as the research and development and production site for Ophthalmic Diagnostic medical solutions globally, creating and supplying cutting-edge technologies for ophthalmology. In addition, the site is the U.S. hub for medical technology sales and service, customer support, and professional education. It features a state-of-the-art eye clinic, customer experience center, along with digital training rooms for employees and customers and to bring customers the best solutions to meet their needs. 

The co-location of ZEISS Medical Technology with other ZEISS companies offers additional collaborative opportunities, particularly in image processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence. To continue fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of innovation, the site is devoted to developing medical technology innovations that shape our world by improving the quality of life for patients and driving progress, efficiency and access to healthcare.

X-ray Microscopy

The ZEISS Innovation Center houses ZEISS X-ray Microscopy R&D labs, product design, production, demo centers and customer experience labs, as well as customer service teams. X-ray Microscopy, or XRM, is part of the ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions strategic business unit, which falls under the ZEISS Industrial Quality & Research segment.

After its 2013 acquisition, XRM (formerly Xradia) brought to ZEISS innovations in non-destructive 3D X-ray imaging, including new applications in materials research, electronics and semiconductor failure analysis, industrial quality applications, oil and gas exploration, as well as life science research. Using ZEISS X-ray microscopes, researchers continue to make substantial scientific discoveries across multiple disciplines, underscored by over 1,500 scientific publications based on research conducted with these microscopes in the past five years alone.

By sharing space in the ZEISS Innovation Center, XRM and other ZEISS units are strongly positioned to pursue new opportunities that optimize ZEISS expertise in areas such as optics, image processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence. XRM also belongs to a global ZEISS network of X-ray core competency centers that foster the exchange of insights, competencies and innovative approaches to address customers’ toughest challenges.

Microscopy Customer Center

The ZEISS Microscopy Customer Center gives academic and industry customers across North America both in-person and virtual opportunities to interact with the latest ZEISS electron, light, and X-ray microscopes. Part of the ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions business, the Customer Center is supported by resident application experts in life science, materials research, and electronics who review customers' requirements and applications to provide them with the best possible solutions. Customers also have access to a sophisticated sample preparation laboratory that supports the materials research, electronics and life science markets.

Among the latest ZEISS microscopy solutions on display in the Customer Center are the new Axio Observer with AI Sample Finder, Lattice Lightsheet 7, Gemini SEM 460, Gemini SEM 560, Crossbeam Laser FIB, Cryo correlative workflow, and Crystal CT. The Customer Center is fully equipped with the latest technology for customers to access these and other ZEISS microscopes through remote channels.

Direct customer interaction with ZEISS technology is an integral part of the commitment by ZEISS to continually drive innovation and shape new markets. The location of the Customer Center in the ZEISS Innovation Center therefore serves as an ideal location to promote the intersection of ideas between various ZEISS businesses and experts, and to serve as a networking hub for academia and industry.

Process Control Solutions


The ZEISS Innovation Center houses Process Control Solutions, part of ZEISS’ Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) segment that enables the success of microchip manufacturers around the globe.

With its strategic partner ASML, ZEISS SMT has redefined the technologies possibilities in chip manufacturing, especially through developing and introducing the ground-breaking Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) technologies. Thanks to this, ZEISS lithography optics, chip fabs around the globe can expose their wafers with nanometer precision – laying the foundation for the production of extremely powerful microchips.



The Center’s open, flexible workspace invites interaction across businesses, functions, and roles, and empowers individuals and teams to test new ideas, build diverse networks, and shape the market. In line with spirit underlying ZEISS’ 175th anniversary, the Center underscores ZEISS’ long-held commitment to open, unbiased, collaborative problem-solving and breakthrough technologies benefitting current and future generations across the globe.

Multidisciplinary teams
Diverse teams
Empowered individuals
Open communication & feedback
An entrepreneurial spirit
Collaborative problem-solving
Leading by example
Working & learning across boundaries

Meet our people

As part of ZEISS’ innovation-focused culture, our employees are empowered to push technological boundaries, make meaningful contributions across the organization, and positively impact markets, industries and the well-being of people worldwide.

Overcome your fears of losing sight

We make amazing things happen

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Learning never stops


You want to get to know us? We host a range of inspiring events throughout the year. Meet like-minded people, have fun and turn ideas into innovations together. Subscribe to our mailing list, if you want to get informed on upcoming events.

JULY 2021

ZEISS introduces the fully integrated, data-driven medical ecosystem

The ZEISS Medical Ecosystem enables multiple layers of added value by connecting devices, data and applications to optimize clinical management of patients.

ZEISS Innovation Center in Dublin

ZEISS celebrates 175 years of technological success

When university mechanic Carl Zeiss opened his precision mechanics workshop in Jena, Germany 175 years ago, he could not have foreseen how his work would transform the world of optics. The company that grew out of its founder's passion for functional, science-based discoveries – the ZEISS Group – is a global technology leader today.

ZEISS Innovation Center in Dublin
JULY 2021 - external article

Designs for new ZEISS HQ puts history of company on display

Over the past ten years, since 2011, optics and optoelectronics technology company ZEISS has undertaken a global investment strategy to expand and modernize its office sites worldwide. In recent months, ZEISS has completed the build-out of its latest high tech sites in Dublin, California.

ZEISS Innovation Center in Dublin
MARCH 2021

ZEISS Innovation Center in Dublin, California

Based in one of the world’s premier innovation hubs, the ZEISS Innovation Center in Dublin, California harnesses ZEISS’ leading technology, research, and customer service strengths.

ZEISS Innovation Center in Dublin
JULY 2019

ZEISS marks milestone for its new high tech site in Dublin, California

The internationally leading optics and optoelectronics technology enterprise ZEISS completed the “steel topping out” phase of its new high tech site in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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