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January 2016

Top Biophotonics Stories of 2015

Biophotonics Magazine reports the top photonics stories of 2015 including the follow-

ing healthcare sensor related:

1 Smartphone Device Analyzes Blood

(posted Jan. 6, 2015).

U Cal

Berkeley engineers developed an automated method for detecting and quanti-

fying the presence of infections caused by parasitic worms through the use of

a mobile phone microscope.

2 Graphene Confines Light for Nanomolecular Sensing (posted July

10, 2015)

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland and the

Institute of Photonic Sciences in Spain developed a graphene plasmonic sensor

that analyzes nanoparticles that are too small for mid-infrared wavelengths.

3 Optical Glucose Sensor on the Road to Commercialization (posted

July 17, 2015)

Glucosense Diagnostics, a University of Leeds spinoff company, developed

— and put in clinical trials — an optical glucose sensor that can determine

glucose levels in blood within 30 seconds without having to draw the blood of

someone with diabetes through a finger-prick test.

4 Raman Imager Speeds Cancer Detection (posted April 24, 2015)

Purdue University’s Jonathan Amy Facility for Chemical Instrumentation devel-

oped vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that is 1,000 times faster

than a state-of-the-art commercial Raman microscope.The electronic device,

a 32-channel tuned amplifier array, or TAMP array, could have advanced early

cancer detection capabilities in that it provides for the observation of changing

metabolic processes inside cells, imaging of large areas of tissue and the scan-

ning of entire organs

5 Broadband Laser Aimed at Cancer Detection (posted Sept. 25, 2015)

Researchers from Germany and Spain developed a laser system with a broad

and powerful phase-coherent emission that can detect subtle signs of develop-

ing cancers, namely the molecules from cancer cells that end up in air expelled

from the lungs

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