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Aculight Awarded SBIR Contract

Photonics.com
Jul 2008
Aculight of Bothell, Wash., an innovative laser technologies developer, has been granted a $125,000 Phase I award from the National Institutes of Health to develop handheld laser-based nerve simulators for use by ear, nose and throat specialists to identify cranial nerves during surgery. Contracted under the federal Small Business Innovation Research program, the simulator will use infrared nerve simulation to help surgeons avoid nerve damage that sometimes occurs during medical procedures. The company plans to develop a compact probe to give surgeons real-time feedback of cranial nerve function during surgical procedures to reduce the risk of nerve damage and functional loss.



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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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