Save the date: October 01, 2019, Healthcare and Photonics Workshops during Photonics Applications Week

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Save the date: October 01, 2019, Healthcare and Photonics Workshops during Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Find more about Healthcare and Photonics Workshops: https://www.healthtechevent.com/

Find more about Photonics Applications Week (PHAPPS Week): https://phappsweek.com/

Host your own event: https://phappsweek.com/host-your-own-event/

Photonics is a key enabler for Health care

Biophotonics is a new and fast growing discipline in the health care and life sciences industry. Biophotonics studies the interaction between light and human tissue. Using multiband photonic and spectroscopic methods it is able to analyze cells and tissues by the way these living structures absorb, reflect and scatter light. This can be used to diagnose and treat diseases ranging from cancer to strokes and Alzheimer’s.

The benefits of photonics in health care are plentiful. The technology is non-invasive and has no adverse side effects, as it only deploys a light beam for diagnosis and treatment. Medical devices based on photonics technology are small and easy to handle, making the treatment highly portable. Last but not least, the cost of photonics treatment is low.

In the following health care fields is photonics technology especially promising:

Preclinical research & diagnosis
Because of its high resolution and three dimensional imaging biophotonics allows a more holistic understanding of the process by which diseases originate and progress in the human body. This knowledge could help to detect and cure diseases even before macroscopic symptoms are revealed.

Oncology
Early detection of cancer is crucial for effective treatment. For most cancers screening is ineffective, unpleasant (like colonoscopy) or simply impossible. Photonics is able to detect tumors with much more accuracy and speed and at lower costs. Photonics can also be applied in a surgical microscope or endoscope to precisely assess the degeneration of cancer tissue and offer treatments based on light to eliminate cancerous tissues.

Breath analysis
Exhaled breath contains thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that act as valuable biomarkers showing metabolic processes within a patient’s cells and tissues. Current breath biopsy analysis requires large and unwieldly equipment, that is expensive and intrusive for the patient. Photonics can make these systems much more compact so that VOC analysis could be done with a hand-held device, at much lower energy consumption and lower manufacturing costs.

Infectious diseases
Photonics is able to rapidly identify pathogens after an infection. Clinicians are already working with a mobile phone-based fluorescence imager that detects bacteria in infected wounds. The imager guides the clinician to areas that require decontamination prior to bandaging.

Neuro-monitoring and imaging
Because of its non-invasive nature photonics technology is very well suited to monitor the human brain, in particular in vivo imaging and neuro-monitoring. In this way stroke and brain injuries can be better diagnosed and treated. Photonics can also shed further light on neurovascular coupling in Alzheimer’s disease. Because of its lower cost photonics is well suited for scientific studies in healthy populations to help understand brain development and healthy ageing.

The Health Tech event consists of several workshops where endusers and suppliers will meet and discuss what is needed for Health Care and how photonics can support this.

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Photonics in Health Care – Application areas

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Photonics in Health Care – Application areas

Biophotonics is a new and fast growing discipline in the health care and life sciences industry. Biophotonics studies the interaction between light and human tissue. Using multiband photonic and spectroscopic methods it is able to analyze cells and tissues by the way these living structures absorb, reflect and scatter light. This can be used to diagnose and treat diseases ranging from cancer to strokes and Alzheimer’s.

The benefits of photonics in health care are plentiful. The technology is non-invasive and has no adverse side effects, as it only deploys a light beam for diagnosis and treatment. Medical devices based on photonics technology are small and easy to handle, making the treatment highly portable. Last but not least, the cost of photonics treatment is low.

Researchers have identified several health care fields where biophotonics technology is especially promising: Continue reading “Photonics in Health Care – Application areas”

“Supercontinuum sources for life science applications” – Presented by Ross Hodder, NKT Photonics

Ross Hodder, NKT Photonics will speak about “Supercontinuum sources for life science applications” at Health Tech Event – Photonic Systems for Life Sciences Applications, which takes place on May 25-26, 2016 at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland.

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“Using photonic simulation tools to develop complex systems used in life science applications” – Presented by Jonas Flueckiger, Lumerical

This talk provides an overview of how Lumerical software tools aid in the design and optimization of complex lab-on-chip systems for a wide range of life-science applications. Examples from integrated silicon photonic sensors to SPR will be discussed showing how experimental results can be modelled to provide insight into design parameters and their impact on system performance.

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“Partnering for Innovation” – Presented by Patrick Morrissey, Irish Photonic Integration Centre

Delivering photonics innovation requires the combination of scientific disciplines and entails significant costs. In this presentation you will hear of two platforms designed to address these challenges that enable access to scientific leaders through open innovation models with funding supports.

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“MIRPHAB, pilot line for the production of mid-IR photonics devices for chemical sensing and spectroscopic applications” – Presented by Sergio Nicoletti, CEA-LETI

Sergio Nicoletti, Business Development and Project management – Optical Sensor Devices Group, CEA – Leti Optics & Photonics Department, will speak about “MIRPHAB, pilot line for the production of mid-IR photonics devices for chemical sensing and spectroscopic applications” at the Health Tech Event, which will take place on May 25-26, 2016 at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland.

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3D simulation of photonic components for life science applications – Presented by Christian Kremers, CTS AG

3D simulation of photonic components for life science applications” – Presented by Christian Kremers, cts ag. Simulation tools are extremely valuable for the understanding and design of photonic and electromagnetic devices. They are employed in all design stages from the basic proof of concept to virtual prototyping. In this talk, we will show how CST STUDIO SUITE can be used to aid with the design of photonic devices. The talk will focus on two applications: i) A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) and ii) a plasmonic hydrogen sensor.

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“Photonic IC based modules enabling Life Science Applications” – Presented by Joost van Kerkhof, XiO Photonics

Photonic IC based modules enabling Life Science Applications” – Presented by Joost van Kerkhof, XiO Photonics. Photonic ICs (PICs) based on the TriPleX™ waveguide technology can be used to manipulate laser light in the wavelength range of 400-2000 nm. The on-chip waveguide technology allows for control of wavelength, intensity, phase, mode size, polarization and input-output geometries. XiO Photonics designs and manufactures customized modules for photonic OEMs and system integrators. Using PIC-based modules enables the realization of compact, robust and cost effective systems such as point of care or optical sensor applications. In this presentation the potential of the technology and several Life Science Application examples will be reveiwed.

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“Semiconductor tunable lasers with acousto-optic tunable filters in 760-1100 nm wavelength range for biophotonics applications” – Presented by Alexander Chamorovskiy, Superlum Diodes

Tunable lasers comprised of a semiconductor optical amplifier and an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF)  have benefits for biophotonics applications: wide tuning range, accuracy, stability and reproducibility of the output.

A group from University of Lubeck utilized 840 nm and 930 nm lasers for a full-field OCT imaging of vascular dynamics in human retina. In cooperation with a group from Nicolaus Copernicus University, a 1060 nm AOTF-tunable laser with a narrow linewidth of was utilized in SS-OCT system with extended imaging depth.  The imaging system allowed the cross-section image to be obtained with an imaging depth of more than 5 mm.

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