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BioPhotonics: September 2014

FEATURES
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Ultrafast Temporal Shaping Is Coming of Age
Temporal shaping will play a significant role in the emerging femto revolution, especially for futuristic biomedical applications. Thanks to advances in ultrafast laser design, ultrafast...
Dr. Marcos Dantus1,2 and Kiyomi Monro2
1Michigan State University
2Biophotonic Solutions Inc.
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Ultrashort-Pulse Laser Micromachining Advances Implantable Medical Devices
New femtosecond lasers are enabling the development and fabrication of bioabsorbable and ultrafine metal stents for novel treatments. Implantable medical devices such as stents, intraocular...
Victor Matylitsky, Herman Chui and Rajesh Patel, Spectra-Physics
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Mini Camera Modules Pave Way for Less-Invasive Visualization
Wafer-level packaging, CMOS circuits and MOEMS technologies help realize sub-1-mm camera modules. Imaging and small-sized digital camera modules have become ubiquitous. Only a few years ago,...
Martin Waeny, Awaiba CH SA
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Positioning Equipment: Enabling Technology for Life Sciences
Industry experts offer an inside look at the current state of positioning technologies for bio-related microscopy. Positioning systems and equipment are sometimes the unsung heroes of...
Laura Marshall, Managing Editor, laura.marshall@photonics.com


EDITORIAL
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Future of Medicine Is Changing, Ultrafast
From precision features on implantable devices to complex procedures on human tissue, ultrashort-pulse lasers are already bringing big benefits to medicine and health care. This issue features two articles about how femtosecond lasers are helping to bring the future of medicine closer, faster. In our cover story, authors Dr. Marcos Dantus of Michigan State University and Kiyomi Monro of...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher, karen.newman@photonics.com


BIOSCAN
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Raman Spectroscopy Allows More Accurate Cell Analysis
A noninvasive Raman spectroscopy procedure used primarily in pharmaceutical quality assurance now has a new application: analyzing living cells more quickly and accurately for rapid cancer screenings. Raman spectroscopy, which detects the molecular fingerprints of different materials, also allows researchers to investigate living cells without the need for invasive or dye-altering...
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Ultrafast MEMS Mirror Boosts Genetic Research
Light of varying wavelengths can be diverted more quickly than ever, and with microscale accuracy, thanks to a new programmable MEMS-mirror-array chip. A team at the Fraunhofer Institute...
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Nanocrystal Tags Aid Rapid Pathogen Detection
Tunable nanoparticles could pave the way for screenings that identify thousands of target molecules simultaneously — and even detect multiple viruses within minutes. A team from...
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Glaucoma Study Builds on OCT
A new technique expands on existing optical coherence tomography (OCT) methods to measure blood flow in the retina and explore how that relates to the development of glaucoma, one of the leading...
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Optical Scanner Shines New Light on Brain
A new generation of optical neuroimaging touts effectiveness comparable to MRI and PET technologies, but has the ability to see and study areas of the brain that the others cannot. Diffuse...
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Nano-optical Tweezers Make Single-Molecule Protein Study Easier
Laser tweezers could eventually replace fluorescence imaging in applications such as studying heterogeneity in virus populations and nanoparticle manipulation. A nano-optical tweezer,...
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Laser Triggers Stem Cells to Fix Teeth
A new low-light laser technique has shown the potential to regrow tooth cells. A team led by Harvard University has discovered that low-power light can prompt stem cells to regenerate tissue...
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Optogenetic Method Erases, Reactivates Memories
A new light-based technique could essentially control memories, showing potential for treating brain-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. A team from the University of...
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Light Mitigates Alzheimer’s Symptoms
Those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia could soon find some relief thanks to a developing light treatment. A new study by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows...
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Night Vision, Laser Imaging Enhance Lymphatic Studies
Better imaging of the lymphatic system is now possible using IR techniques, allowing earlier detection of cancer and lymphedema. It could also lead to more effective, manageable treatment of such...
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Brain-Mapping Device Aids PTSD Study
A portable brain-mapping device based on NIR spectroscopy could help advance understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further study of the disorder, which can greatly...
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Two-Mode Imaging System More Efficient for Tumor ID
Using NIR fluorescence with visible light reflectance imaging can help surgeons pinpoint the exact location of tumors, making removal easier and safer. A dual-mode imager developed by a team...
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Spectroscopy Combo Ups Diagnostic Accuracy
A new spectroscopy technique can identify melanoma with as much as 93 percent accuracy. Discovered by a team from the Institute of Electronics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and...
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Optogenetics Allows Control of Spinal Circuits
Optogenetics has been shown to control neurons — and subsequently muscle movement — when applied to the spinal cords of awake, alert animals.  Neuroscientists have long...
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Noninvasive Brain Control Possible with New Light-Sensitive Protein
A new molecule, along with optogenetics, has put brain control in the hands of scientists. Researchers from MIT developed the protein, which is sensitive to red light and enables neurons to...


RAPIDSCAN
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Day of Photonics Set For Oct. 21
To raise awareness of photonic technologies and the impact they have on daily life, and to lead into the 2015 International Year of Light celebrations that will be held worldwide, EPIC (the European Photonics Industry Consortium) is organizing an international Day of Photonics, to be held Oct. 21. Participating companies, research groups and photonics organizations will reach out to the...
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Thorlabs Expands Global Operation to Canada
Thorlabs has expanded its global operations with a new R&D and manufacturing site in Montreal. Thorlabs Canada ULC will focus on development and production of a range of passive...
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G&H Joins PhiLumina in HSI Expansion
UK company Gooch & Housego and PhiLumina LLC of Gulfport, Miss., have teamed up to expand capabilities and offerings for hyperspectral imaging (HSI) applications. The agreement enables...
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Carl Zeiss Meditec Reports Growing Demand
Demand for intraocular lenses and microsurgery products boosted business for medical technology company Carl Zeiss Meditec AG in the first six months of its fiscal year. Revenue increased by around 4...
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GSI Group Reports Q1 Growth
GSI Group Inc., a global supplier of precision photonics and motion control components for medical equipment and advanced industrial markets, saw moderate growth during the first quarter of 2014. ...
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Zeiss Profits Up 52% in First Half of Year
Carl Zeiss AG ended the first six months of its fiscal year with earnings before interest and taxes of € 166 million ($227 million), up 52 percent from € 109 million in the first half of...
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Leica Acquires Two Turkish Distributors
Leica Microsystems has acquired its two distributors in Turkey and plans to absorb their employees. Mikro-Optik Tibbi Malzeme Ithalat Ihracat ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi distributes and...
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Biophotonics Market Poised for Growth
The global biophotonics market is expected to reach $50.2 billion by 2020, according to a report published by Transparency Market Research of Albany, N.Y. The market was valued at $25.16 billion in...
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Ophthalmology Devices Market Set to Expand
The global market for ophthalmology devices is expected to reach $9,466.7 million by 2018, according to a report published by MarketsandMarkets of Dallas. The market is expected to grow at a...


POST SCRIPTS
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Disco (clam) is (not) dead
The ocean is filled with millions of wondrous creatures and even more that have yet to be discovered. The grandest of animals have always taken center stage, though, like mammoth blue whales, deadly box jellyfish or even giant squid. Therefore, it takes a special kind of person to home in on the humble, focus on the details and ask questions that many overlook. “I’ve dived...


PRODUCTS
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UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
Agilent Technologies Inc.’s Cary 8454 UV-Visible spectrophotometer provides secure data management for the pharmaceutical and other highly regulated industries. The next generation in ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, the instrument builds on Agilent’s photodiode array (PDA) detector technology. It features the newest version of UV-Vis ChemStation software, which...
Agilent Technologies, Inc., Chemical Analysis
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Mid-IR LEDs
Terahertz Device Corp.’s QuiC SLED, a line of quantum interband-cascade superlattice LEDs, brings bright, fast-switching light to the MWIR atmospheric window. The LEDs emit...
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Cell Integrity Kit
Molecular Devices’ EarlyTox Cell Integrity Kit is a fluorescence-based assay for detecting changes in cell viability based on permeability of outer cell membranes. The kit provides an...
Molecular Devices, LLC
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Stereomicroscopes
With an expanded zoom ratio of 12.7× and enhanced ease of operation, the SMZ1270 and SMZ800N stereo microscopes from Nikon Instruments offer chromatic aberration correction for brighter,...
Nikon Instruments Inc.
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Acousto-Optic Modulators
A range of visible wavelength fiber coupled acousto-optic modulators from Gooch & Housego offer performance in microscopy and instrumentation applications. The devices demonstrate high...
Gooch & Housego (UK) Ltd.
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Hyperspectral Imager
Designed with high spectral resolution, the aisaIBIS hyperspectral imager from Specim measures the fluorescence of plants to analyze health and vitality from photosynthetic activity. Built...
Spectral Imaging Ltd. (SPECIM)
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Laser Series
With a standardized compact form factor and wide wavelength range, the MLD 06-01 compact diode laser series from Cobolt exhibits higher power than its predecessors. At 473 nm up to 140 mW;...
Cobolt AB
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Two-Scanner System
Designed for veterinary medicine, the ScanX Pro from AllPro Imaging is a computed radiography system that incorporates full-body and dental imaging with two scanners in one single unit. The...
ALLPRO Imaging
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USB 3.0 sCMOS Camera
The Zyla sCMOS USB 3.0 camera platform by Andor Technology Ltd. offers performance of up to 53 fps from a 4.2-megapixel array, as well as low read noise and a wide dynamic range. The high-bandwidth...
Andor Technology plc, Corporate Headquarters
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Video Measuring Microscope
The MarVision MM 320 video measuring microscope from Mahr Federal Inc. is designed for the measurement and dimensioning of geometric elements. It incorporates a CCD color camera with zoom...
Mahr Federal Inc.
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Fluorescence Cameras
Now at Framos GmbH, the Infinity3 camera series from Lumenera Corp. is intended for fluorescence microscopy applications. The cameras feature Sony CCD sensors and offer high dynamic range, high...
Framos GmbH

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