Jean-Pierre Aimé is a research director in CBMN (Bordeaux, France). He graduated from the University of Paris–Sud 11, Orsay. He obtained his first PhD in 1976 and his second in 1983. In 1989, he spent one year in Exxon Annandale working on polymer physics. Then, in 1992, he moved to Bordeaux to set up a team dedicated to the development of atomic force microscopy to study the properties of soft and biological materials. He is chair of the interregional network CnanoGSO (http://www.cnanogso.org/) and the European network BioInspired Nanotechnologies (http://www.bioinspired-nano.eu/en/).