Photonic Systems for Life Sciences Applications

On May 25-26, 2016, the fifth edition of the HealthTech Event will take place in Cork, Ireland.

This year’s edition will consist of a EPIC Workshop on Photonic Systems for Life Sciences Applications. The event is hosted by The Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork.

Fast Facts on the Importance of Photonic Systems for Life Sciences Applications

Significant advances in the development of photonics technology lead to an ever increasing role in the study of and treatment of various problems in the life sciences. These include in vitro diagnostic devices used for biomedical and environmental monitoring, process analytical technologies used in the pharma, food and beverage industries, and a range of devices and systems used for life sciences research.

Despite the diverse range of applications, there are common requirements for integrating systems which combine photonic sources and detectors with electronics components, embedded software, power source etc. These systems need to be able to provide real-time characterisation of analytes and biomolecules in complex media.

In addition, developments within the umbrella of miniaturised technologies referred to as: “The Internet of Things” will enable detection and monitoring of life sciences processes in unprecedented ways, which should facilitate near patient testing for clinical and consumer applications, improved manufacturing processes for food, beverage and pharma industries.

However, key challenges exist before these expansive markets can be accessed. These include resolving fouling issues on device surfaces for enabling continuous monitoring, miniaturisation of systems, etc.

The complexity of the supply chain management and impacts on regulatory issues such as in the pharma sector will also need to be discussed.

Who should attend?

The event is mainly addressed to academic and non-academic hospitals, clinical engineers, research institutions, universities, health tech manufacturers and designers, insurance companies, regulatory institutions and service providers, but is open to anyone interested in photonic systems for life sciences applications.

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