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SPIE Professional April 2016

Workshop in Texas focuses on biophotonics commercialization

The second SPIE Translational Biophotonics workshop will be held 16-17 May in Houston at Rice University (USA). This interdisciplinary forum brings practicing clinicians together with experts in academia and industry to encourage the continuing development of new technologies and techniques for successful translation into practical biomedical use.

image for SPIE Translational Biophotonics workshopOral and poster presentations will focus on optical diagnostics, image-guided intervention, novel microscopy techniques, new biomedical probes, and system design and implementation. Applications include cancer diagnostics, cardiovascular imaging, detection of infectious disease, and applications in primary and point of care.

In a session on commercial translation, leaders in biophotonics will discuss the path of new technologies from startup to maturity. Participants include Caroline Boudoux, cofounder of Castor Optics and professor at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada); SPIE Fellow Alexander Oraevsky, president and CTO of TomoWave Labs (USA); SPIE Senior Member Milind Rajadhyaksha of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (USA); and Stephan Briggs, biomedical product line engineer at Edmund Optics (USA).

Top biophotonics experts and entrepreneurs will discuss their latest advancements and plot new directions for the future of optical imaging for both research and clinical applications. Clinicians will present their perspectives on application needs, and industry representatives will discuss pathways to commercialization.

image for SPIE biophotonics workshopInvited speakers include SPIE Fellows Stephen Boppart of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), David Dickensheets of Montana State University (USA), Xingde Li of Johns Hopkins University (USA), Bruce Tromberg of Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine (USA), and Adam Wax of Duke University (USA).

Also giving invited talks are SPIE members Adela Ben-Yakar of University of Texas at Austin (USA), Brian Pogue of Dartmouth College (USA), and Melissa Skala of Vanderbilt University (USA).

Chairing SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2016 is SPIE Fellow Tomasz Tkaczyk of Rice University, which is cosponsoring the event.


DOI: 10.1117/2.4201604.25

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