50 Years Empowering Scientists

For 50 years, WPI has been serving scientists. Science is our passion, and our mission is to help you bring your ideas to life with quality and cost-effective instruments.

Our history takes us back to our humble beginnings at Yale University. WPI was founded by Harry Fein in 1967 in the Department of Physiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Harry Fein began making amplifiers and stimulators used in nerve and muscle physiology for researchers at Yale University.

Over the years, the breadth of WPI’s product offering grew, and in 1990 the main corporate office moved from New Haven, Connecticut to Sarasota, Florida in order to accommodate our facility and production needs. The company’s headquarters has remained in Sarasota and includes a 28,000 square foot manufacturing site. WPI also owns and maintains sales and distribution support facilities in Shanghai, Berlin, London and São Paulo.

Today, WPI focuses in several areas of study, the core being in tissue and culture analysis, fluid handling, microinjection, electrophysiology, biosensing, spectroscopy and animal physiology. From making amplifiers and stimulators to serving customers in over 20 different countries, WPI has a long history of innovation in the life science industry. Below we share a brief history of our milestones.

We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

A brief historical timeline of the history of WPI for the last 50 years