SANTA CLARA, Calif., Mar. 1 -- Coherent Inc. reported that its Medical Group has signed a multi-year research agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital to develop advanced photomedicine technologies and applications. The research will be performed at the Wellman Laboratories under the guidance of R. Rox Anderson, Wellman's research director and an authority on laser-tissue interactions and photonics.Jim Taylor, president of the Coherent Medical Group, said, Coherent is proud and excited to have entered into this long-term agreement with the exceptional people at the Wellman Labs. Many of the most successful advances in photonics and medicine have their roots in the work done at Wellman. Taylor continued, Wellman's success comes from a rare combination of scientific and technical expertise coupled with direct clinical experience and knowledge. We look forward to working with them on projects that we all believe will have significant clinical and commercial value, and which include both immediate and longer term opportunities.