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Photonics News: Week in Brief: 10/15/21

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — Deepcell, a life science company focused on AI-powered cell classification, will collaborate with the Levesque Lab at the University of Zurich to identify and sort rare melanoma cells, profile melanoma tissues to gain a deeper understanding of tumor microenvironment, and enable molecular analyses of the sorted cells. The Deepcell platform combines high-resolution imaging of cells in flow with real-time cell classification and sorting, using cell morphology as the only analyte.

HUDSON, N.H. — BAE Systems reported it successfully tested advanced precision-kill weapon system (APKWS) laser-guided rockets in precision strike tests against Class 2 unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The 2.7-in. test rockets combined standard M151 warheads and Mk66 motors with APKWS precision guidance kits and a newly developed proximity fuse — enabling them to engage and destroy airborne drones at a fraction of the cost of traditional counter-UAS strike capabilities. 
 
BOTHELL, Wash. — Lockheed Martin successfully completed factor acceptance testing for the Airborne High Energy Laser (AHEL). The company delivered the AHEL subsystem for integration with other systems in preparation for ground testing and ultimately flight testing aboard the AC-130J aircraft. In 2019, Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract for integration, test, and demonstration on the AC-130J; the company said it is on a rapid schedule to continue testing this capability. Earlier this year,  the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division awarded Lockheed Martin a $12 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, five-year contract award for technical services, integration, test, and demonstration for the AHEL system.
 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) created the Multi-Mode Waveguide Interconnect System (MWIS) Working Group. The working group aims to advance the increase of bandwidth and reduce power consumption for printed circuit board interconnect systems. COBO’s MWIS Working Group focuses specifically on the replacement of copper traces with multi-mode waveguides and adding an extra-thin interface for electrical/optical and optical/electrical conversion within close proximity to the electrical component.

DUBLIN — OneProjects, developers of 4D cardiac imaging technology, received $17 million in new financing. The awards are an $8 million Series A2 financing and two grants worth $9 million. The Series A2 financing was led by imec.xpand, with participation from the European Innovation Council Fund and existing investors, including LSP and Atlantic Bridge Ventures. The company will use the new funds to complete product development, conduct clinical trials, gain FDA clearance, and prepare for U.S. commercialization of the first product developed from its proprietary 4-D cardiac imaging platform, VERAFEYE. The technology is designed to improve the treatment of atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias, and it can also be applied to benefit structural heart procedures.
 
Co-founders of OneProjects, Fionn Lahart, left and Christoph Hennersperger, right. Courtesy of OneProjects
Co-founders of OneProjects: Fionn Lahart (left) and Christoph Hennersperger. Courtesy of OneProjects.
 
LOUGHBOROUGH, England — Loughborough University received a £2 million ($2.74 million) Strategic Equipment Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to invest in state-of-the-art thin-film equipment. The hardware will enable development of functional nanodevices that use 2D materials, such as graphene, metal dichalcogenides, and borophene.

Photonics.com
Oct 2021
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