Laser light for diagnosis and treatment of diseases
The conference- matchmaking event „Photonics for Health“ organized by Laser and Engineering Technology Cluster (LITEK™), Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC), Science, Innovation and Technology Agency (MITA), Lithuanian innovation center (LIC) was held in the Sunrise Valley, in the conference hall of FTMC, on May 23-24th. The main goal of this event is to encourage cross-sectoral cooperation in the fields of photonics and medicine in Lithuania, following the example and experience of Western Europe and other developed countries.
With the rapid growth of demand for innovative technologies, laser light is becoming more and more important in the development of various medical devices, because today doctors want to diagnose and treat illnesses with fast and maximally functional equipment or devices. The event “Photonics for Health”, foreseeing guidelines for future cooperation prospects, developing advanced technologies, invited representatives of Lithuanian laser technology companies, medical institutions and state institutions: National Cancer Institute, State Research Institute Centre for Innovative Medicine, Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, Biomap , FTMC, JSC “EKSPLA”, JSC “Femtika”, JSC “Photosana”, JSC “Evana Technologies”, who shared insights and searched for contact points in developing cross-sectoral cooperation.
Julius Paužolis, the head of Laser and Engineering Technologies Cluster (LITEK™), during the opening of the event, emphasized that the market of photonics for medical and therapeutic purposes has been booming for several years, and this growth is predicted over the next few years, and much of the innovation in photonics is directed into the following areas of medicine: early diagnosis, treatment, development of innovative devices and equipment. Participants of the event were invited actively communicate, offer ideas and look for partners for joint projects.
What is the importance of optical research for the future treatment of cancer and how much that is related to nanotechnology? With this highly relevant public theme, the event was launched with the report “Biophotonics in Medicine: scientific achievements and potential applications” by professor of the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Ričardas Rotomskis, who emphasized the importance of collaboration between medical and physics experts in developing laser technologies for diagnosis, therapeutic treatment and prophylaxis of cancer.
FTMC scientists, who have developed scent recognition technology, have already proven that the illness has its own smell. “It was our scientific institution’s first relationship with medicine,” – said dr. Arūnas Šetkus, the Head of Department of Physical Technologies of FTMC presenting the experience of biomedical system development at FTMC.
Representatives of medical institutions, during the event, provided useful information for scientists on clinical and preclinical research of medical devices that are important to laser technology companies for commercializing their products. Employees and scientists from photonic companies presenting their innovative devices/equipment for medicine, that successfully compete in the markets of Lithuania and other countries, hope that insights of medical representatives will be the starting point for further cooperation in research and development of new products in the field of medicine.
At the end of the conference, participants visited scientific laboratories of FTMC Semiconductor Department and laser technologies companies at the Science and Technology Park of Institute of Physics.