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BioPhotonics: November 2014

Imaging At The Speed Of Life
On the road to ultrafast imaging, bottlenecks include both hardware and software – but researchers are working to overcome these challenges. Being able to take a faster snapshot could...
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor,
Laser Combiner Enables Scanning Fluorescence Endoscopy
A laser-scanning fiber endoscope uses a plug-and-play laser combiner to enable high-contrast images suitable for detecting early-stage precancerous lesions. Detection of early cancerous...
Dan Callen and Matthias Schulze, Coherent Inc.
Multispectral Sensor Boosts Molecular Diagnostics
A new low-cost multispectral fluorescence detection sensor helps overcome barriers to using molecular diagnostics in point-of-care testing. In molecular diagnostics, fluorescent probes are...
Dr. Eric Chandler and Dr. Fiona Chan, Pixelteq
UV-VIS Spectroscopy in the Clinic – What’s Stopping It?
The technique has been around for years and shows great promise, but so far researchers have been frustrated in their attempts at clinical translation. Imaging techniques using UV-VIS...
Gary Boas, Contributing Editor,

No Shortage of Grand Challenges and New Frontiers
It’s a bit of an understatement, but there is no shortage of urgent health care issues these days. Watching the nightly news, we are bombarded with crises and dilemmas from across the globe. How do we begin to decide where to put the time, energy and money into finding solutions? Fortunately, a lot of people and organizations are focusing on single issues of great importance, from...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Nerve Conduit Joins Laser Therapy for Regeneration
Laser therapy, along with a newly developed artificial nerve conduit, could aid regeneration of the peripheral and sciatic nerves. Researchers from Central Taiwan University of Science and...
Three-Mode Skin Probe Detects Cancer
A new device could potentially allow doctors to get a clearer picture of cancerous skin lesions and reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. A team at the University of Texas at Austin has...
Transparency Allows Better Diagnostic Imaging
It is now possible to see through large tissue samples under a microscope with a technique that strips cells of their light-blocking parts. The technique, developed at the California Institute...
Photoacoustic Device Enables In Vivo Melanoma Imaging
A new photoacoustic device could help doctors better diagnose and treat melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. A team from Washington University in St. Louis developed a...
Artificial Retinas Using Graphene Called Biocompatible
Viable artificial retinas could be possible using graphene. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich, in collaboration with a team from the Institute of Vision at the Pierre and...
Optogenetics Controls Brain 'Switchboard' in Mice
Optogenetic techniques have been used to alter the attention spans of mice, helping to shed light on how the brain mediates internal thoughts and external distractions. A team from New York...
Laser Tweezers Used to Study Malaria
Optical tweezers are helping in the race to find new medicines or vaccines to wipe out malaria. A team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge is studying how...
'Water Window' Poses Imaging Prospect
The “water window” of biological tissue can be exploited to achieve high-contrast microscope images, as well as precision spectroscopy, according to a new theoretical study. ...
Optogenetics Heightens Whisker Sensitivity in Mice
Researchers have heightened the sensitivity of mouse whiskers by using optogenetics to create gamma waves in the brain. A team from Brown University used pulses of blue light to manipulate...
Quantum Cascade Laser Tests Blood Sugar
A new laser system could eliminate the need for conventional finger-prick tests for diabetics. A team from Princeton University has developed the new technique, which measures blood sugar by...

E2V Technologies Acquires AnaFocus
E2v Technologies has acquired the Seville, Spain-based Innovaciones Microelectronicas SL, trading as “AnaFocus” for €29.2 million (about $39 million). AnaFocus designs and develops high-performance CMOS image-sensors and vision-systems for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets. AnaFocus is expected to generate sales...
Fiber Optic Sensors Market Projected to Reach $2.2B by 2018
The global market for fiber optic sensors is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent since 2013, according to a BCC Research analysis....
Lasers, Optics Hold Jenoptik Revenues Steady
Sales of lasers and optical systems counteracted declines in other areas as the Jenoptik Group saw steady revenue and a nominal increase in earnings during the first half of 2014. The...
LPKF Earnings Down, Orders Up
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG said it lost ground on both earnings and revenue in the first half of 2014, despite surging orders. Revenue in the first six months of the year was €45.6...
ON Semiconductor Expands Imaging Business with Aptina Purchase
ON Semiconductor has acquired Aptina Imaging Corp. of San Jose, Calif., for approximately $400 million in cash. Aptina manufactures CMOS imaging systems for consumer electronics devices, as...
Ablation Market Set To Expand
The global market for ablation technologies is expected to reach $10,611 million by 2020, according to a report published by Transparency Market Research of Albany, N.Y. The market is...
First Local OSA Group Founded In The UK
The Optical Society has formed the London OSA local section, its first within the UK. The section was approved by the OSA Member and Education Services Council. OSA Fellow Azizur...

The Beetle’s ‘Whitest White’ Album
Many things in this world promise “the brightest white.” Toothpaste, laundry detergent, paper, paint and even LED lights all boast the ability to produce a white that nothing else can. But these products have nothing on a seemingly lowly insect that uses light-scattering scales to reign supreme. A new investigation of the Cyphochilus and Lepidiota stigma beetles at the...

Raman Microspectroscopy
The 20/30 Perfect Vision microspectrophotometer from Craic Technologies is programmable with touch-screen controls to automatically analyze samples with UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy and microscopy. Imaging and spectroscopic analysis can be done by absorbance, reflectance and fluorescence from the deep-UV to the NIR. The device features proprietary Lightblades spectrophotometer technologies, a...
CRAIC Technologies
Medical Laser Platform
A new ZFSM platform by Z-Laser is an OEM fiber-coupled laser platform for diagnostic and intraoperative medical applications. The platform can be integrated into diagnostic devices, as well...
Z-LASER Optoelektronik GmbH
Laser Power Meter
The LabMax-Pro SSIM laser power meter from Coherent Inc. enables high-speed measurements of lasers from 300 nm to 11 µ. It works with the company’s PowerMax-Pro sensors, and can...
Coherent Inc.
Microplate Reader
The Synergy HTX from BioTek Instruments Inc. is an automated multimode microplate reader for UV-visible absorbance, fluorescence, luminescence and other assays in six- to 384-well microplates in 2...
BioTek Instruments, Inc.
Board-Level Cameras
The new Dart board-level cameras by Basler AG deliver 1.2- to 5-megapixel resolution and frame rates of up to 54 fps. All models are available in three mount variants — S-mount,...
Basler AG
Live-Cell Imaging
Supporting demanding live-cell fluorescence imaging requirements, the Live Cell Imaging Package from QImaging provides researchers with the sensitivity of EMCCD and the versatility of sCMOS camera...
Laser Tube Cutter
The new Sigma femtosecond laser tube-cutting system from Miyachi America Corp. can be used with both metals and plastics, making it suitable for creating stents and other medical devices. ...
Miyachi Unitek Corp.
Label Inspection
The Label Unwrap system from Olmec Ltd. is a line-scan-based vision system for inspection of labels on over-the-counter health care product bottles. The system rotates bottles 360° in...
Olmec Ltd.
PicoQuant has released the stimulated emission depletion (STED) add-on for their time-resolved confocal microscope, the MicroTime 200. The add-on extends the fluorescence correlation...
PicoQuant GmbH
Fluorescence Camera
Designed to capture the dim light of fluorescence, the HiCAM Fluo high-speed camera from Lambert Instruments has a 2.9-megapixel sensor for fluorescence applications. The camera’s...
Lambert Instruments BV
UV Viewing System
The CC-80 and CC-81 UV viewing systems from Spectroline enable fluorescence analysis of research findings. The CC-81 is equipped with a high-intensity longwave/shortwave UV lamp. The devices...
Spectronics Corp.
Radial Polarization Converters
Radial polarization converters by Edmund Optics are S-waveplates designed to convert linear polarization to radial or azimuthal polarization in order to reduce laser beam spot size. The new...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
635-nm Laser Diodes
New laser diodes from Arima Lasers Corp. operate at 635 nm with 500 mW of output power. Both achieve an efficiency of 1 mW/mA and have 5.6- and 9-mm-hermetic TO housings with thermal...
Laser Components USA, Inc.
Clinical, Lab Microscopes
The new BA410E microscope by Motic provides improvements in optics, illumination and staging, and expanded opportunities for education, clinical analyses and routine and research microscopy. ...
Motic Instruments Inc.
Positioning System
A new piezoelectric positioning system by Piezosystem Jena allows switching between microscope lenses without needing to change the setup. The MIPOS R120 is compact and able to carry an...
piezosystem jena GmbH
Inverted Microscope
The DMi8 from Leica Microsystems is an inverted microscope equipped with built-in modularity and additional illumination ports for live-cell microscopy. The microscope comes with a...
Leica Microsystems GmbH
Fluorescence-Electron Microscope
The Delphi from Delmic BV and Phenom-World BV is an integrated correlative tabletop fluorescence and electron microscope. The device is designed for correlated light and electron microscopy...
Delmic B.V.
CCD Cameras
Ximea GmbH has introduced the xiD camera family of USB 3.0 bus-powered cameras with multi-tap Sony CCD sensors. The xID family features the ICX674, ICX694, ICX814, and ICX834 sensors, with...
CMOS Bio-Optical Sensor
Anitoa Systems has released an ultralow-light CMOS bio-optical sensor for portable medical and scientific instruments. The device is capable of detecting 3 × 10-6 lux, narrow-band...
Anitoa Systems
MPE Objectives
New objectives lenses from Olympus are designed to accelerate data collection in deep-tissue imaging using multiphoton excitation (MPE) and light-sheet microscopy. The XLPLN10XSVMP and...
Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG, Medical Systems & Micro-Imaging Solutions Group
Modular PCR System
The AriaMx system from Agilent Technologies Inc. features changeable optics cartridges for real-time polymerase chain-reaction (PCR) procedures. The system can multiplex up to six channels...
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Fluorescence Spectrometer
A new time-resolved fluorescence spectrometer from Newport Corp. is suited for studying the dynamics of a variety of samples. The TRFLS can measure fluorescence lifetime and sample dynamics...
Newport Corporation
TERS System
The next-generation Innova IRIS by Bruker Corp. is a tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy system designed to accelerate the adoption and time-to-publish of nano-Raman spectroscopy research. The...
Bruker AXS, Inc.
Camera Scanning Modes
Andor Technology offers a new feature set for its Zyla 4.2 scientific CMOS camera that optimizes it for light sheet and selective plane illumination microscopy. LightSheet Plus allows the...
Andor Technology plc, Corporate Headquarters
Benchtop Spectrofluorometer
With higher sensitivity, the FluoroMax Plus spectrofluorometer from Horiba Scientific enables fast measurement of weak, small samples. The device expands the FluoroMax series by providing...
HORIBA Scientific, HORIBA Scientific
Illumination Adapter
The LDBNHUB by Prior Scientific Inc. is an adapter for connecting the Prior LDB100/101 series brightfield LED illuminator to Nikon’s Ti HUB microscope. The system allows complete...
Prior Scientific, Inc.
Photodiode Array Spectrometer
Covering the UV/VIS/NIR range from 650 to 1050 nm, the LF-880 compact photodiode array spectrometer from Spectral Evolution is designed to integrate into OEM products and laboratories. The...
Spectral Evolution, Inc.

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