Scientists in Manchester have developed a so-called 'super lens' which quadruples the power of conventional microscopes by combining lenses with tiny glass beads.
It'll enable objects, such as viruses to viewed using optical instruments.
That's around 10 times cheaper than using a standard electron microscope.
The Nanopsis microscope has the potential to do the same job as highly expensive equipment usually only found in universities, large companies or specialist centres.
Its developers, the start-up company LIG Nanowise based at Manchester Science Park, say it could be a "game changer" in areas such as drug discovery, cancer research, and microelectronics.