Our Story

Improving human life by helping scientists succeed.

Our Story

A single idea from the human mind can change the world. Nicoya was established in 2012 as an idea from the mind of nanotechnology graduate student, Ryan Denomme. While completing his Masters’ research at the University of Waterloo he encountered a recurring problem – researchers don’t have access to the cutting-edge technology needed to advance their discoveries. It became his goal to use nanotechnology to help reduce the cost and complexity commonly associated with scientific instruments, making them accessible to every scientist. As CEO, Ryan leads the team at Nicoya and continues to bring his vision to life.

Currently, Nicoya is made up of 100+ passionate and talented engineers, scientists, and designers who have extensive experience working at the forefront of nanotechnology, biochemistry, and optical sensors. Located in the heart of Canada’s Silicon Valley, Nicoya is proud to call Kitchener-Waterloo it’s home base and is globally helping scientists succeed in over 40 countries.

Our Mission

At Nicoya, our mission is to improve human life by helping scientists succeed. Many of us have been impacted by diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. Globally, there are millions of researchers (like yourself!) who are working relentlessly to better understand these diseases and we are here to help.

Our Promise



We design and build cutting-edge technology that is accessible to every scientist. Our products are affordable, user-friendly, and can be used for a wide variety of applications.



We give scientists the freedom to focus on the challenges of their research. From workflow automation to comprehensive, ongoing customer support, we make execution easier and faster so you can focus on analyzing data, publishing literature, and making important connections.



Driven by knowledge and curiosity, our mindset is one of continuous innovation. To remain ahead of the curve and challenge the status quo, we seek honest feedback and transparency from our users to continuously revolutionize our products and offering.

We’re hiring!

Join us on our mission to improve human life.