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Fluoptics

BioPhotonics
Jul 2012
To market and sell its technology for preclinical in vivo fluorescence imaging, Fluoptics of Grenoble, France, a developer of image-guided surgical equipment, has opened an office in Cambridge, Mass. The company develops integrated solutions that combine a nonradioactive fluorescent tracer targeting cancer cells with its Fluobeam real-time optical imaging system. The proprietary device, due to enter clinical trials this year in Europe, is already available to the preclinical research market. More than 15 units have been sold worldwide. Once approved for the clinical market, the technology will help surgeons see what the naked eye cannot; e.g., it will illuminate cancer cells in real time for the surgeon performing the resection of cancerous tumors using natural light.



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photonics
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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