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James Fujimoto of MIT has received the 2014 IEEE Photonics Award for his pioneering work in the development of OCT for medical diagnostics. The award, sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, recognizes outstanding achievements in photonics.

Fujimoto, MIT’s Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering, joined the faculty in 1985 as assistant professor of electrical engineering after completing his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. at MIT. He is also an adjunct professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University. As principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, Fujimoto pioneered the development of OCT in the early 1990s.

Fujimoto has published over 400 journal articles, and is editor or author of five books and co-author of numerous US patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the 1999 Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation, the 2001 Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Carl Zeiss Research Award in 2011, and was co-recipient of the António Champalimaud Vision Award in 2012.

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Bruker Corp. of Billerica, Mass., a provider of scientific instruments and solutions for molecular and materials research, has appointed Thomas Bachmann as president of its BioSpin Group.

Bachmann, who previously served as CEO of Tecan Group in Switzerland from 2005 to 2012, has over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, business development and leadership. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.

The Bruker BioSpin Group provides analytical and preclinical magnetic resonance instrumentation and operates in two divisions: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Preclinical Imaging.

Photo courtesy of Bruker Corp.

Aesthetic and surgical laser provider Ellman International Inc. of Hicksville, N.Y., has appointed Dr. Robert E. Grove to its board of directors. Grove has more than 30 years’ experience in the medical laser industry and has co-founded seven companies in this field. He currently serves as chairman of ON Light Sciences, an early-stage company developing products for accelerated removal of tattoos and pigmented lesions. He also has served on the board of directors of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. He has authored numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 11 US patents in the field of medical lasers and applications.

Basler AG of Ahrensburg, Germany, a maker of digital cameras for medical devices and other applications, has announced that its management board will expand from three to four members on Jan. 1; the board’s departments will also be adjusted.

Hardy Mehl will become chief financial officer and chief operations officer, moving up to jointly lead the company with CEO and board chairman Dr. Dietmar Ley. Mehl will be in charge of various functions of the newly created finance and operations department, including legal and patent matters, investor relations and facilities management. Ley will be responsible for R&D, organizational development and human resources.

Board members Arndt Bake (chief operations officer) and John Jennings (chief commercial officer) will also take leadership roles. Bake will become chief marketing officer at the beginning of the 2014 fiscal year, where he will lead the strategic marketing and product management of new and existing businesses. Remaining as CCO, Jennings will be responsible for the company’s sales, subsidiaries and marketing communications.

Alexandra Jule Walsh, a student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., has received an American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Inc. (ASLMS) 2013 Research Grant. Walsh conducted research on optical tools to evaluate cellular responses to anti-cancer drugs; she discovered that these tools can be used in living tumors to monitor drug efficacy, or in clinical prognostic screens to guide treatment decisions in patients.

Since 2007, ASLMS has awarded $1.4 million for research projects. These projects are designed to advance the development and use of lasers and other associated technologies in medical and surgical applications.

Photo courtesy of ASLMS.

Nongjian Tao, director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, has received a three-year, $1.6 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to design a fast, low-noise microscopy system based in part on surface plasmonic resonance; the goal is to develop a device that can resolve fine structures and precisely track the transport of subcellular features with temporal resolution in the submillisecond range.

Photo courtesy of Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University.

To learn more about these grants, or to apply, visit

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