22 November 2010

Biophotonics Cluster Meeting

On November 5, 2010 the first Biophotonics Cluster Meeting organized by Photonics4Life took place. It was hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and co-organized by Photonics21. The main aim of the well-attended meeting (more than 65 participants) was to help to develop a pan-European common vision for Biophotonics. To that end European projects shared their goals, approaches and achievements. Based on these experiences, the attendees discussed future directions of Biophotonics research and determined priorities and the technical scope of a potential ERA-NET Plus in Biophotonics.

An ERA-NET Plus is a joint funding initiative which is generally set up by the European Commission together with at least 5 interested European countries to bridge national and European research. The national partners pool money up to an amount of 20 Mill. €, which will be matched by European funds in a ratio of 2/3 to 1/3 so that up to 30 Mill. € end up in a common pot. These funds will be released in a single call for proposals similar to the normal EU calls. An ERA-Net plus in Biophotonics would be the second of its kind within photonics following Piano+, which focused on “photonics-based internet access networks of the future”.

In the discussion most of the attendees agreed that the focus in a potential ERA-Net plus should be on developing an application in relation either to a disease or a treatment including imaging and diagnostics and monitoring technologies, point-of-care applications and image-guided therapy/surgery. As basic condition an alignment of the projects along the societal relevance was suggested. A further precondition should be the direct involvement of the biomedical end-user at all stages of the development. With this in mind many participants opted for projects, in which a demonstrator (very close to the final product) needs to be delivered, ideally after clinical testing (but clinical trials should be excluded from funding).

The organizers want to use the opportunity to thank all participants especially those who gave presentations and B-PHOT, VUB, Brussels for hosting and co-organizing the event. A special thanks is also dedicated to Ronan Burgess from the Photonics Unit of the European Commission for introducing the ERA-Net+ to the participants and for giving an overview of the calls of the actual Work Programme. Further information about the Biophotonics Cluster Meeting is available at the meeting homepage including most of the presentations as pdf-files under http://www.photonics4life.eu/P4L/Events/Biophotonics-Cluster-Meeting

Round Robin Experiment

Raman spectroscopy has already proved its effectiveness in many cases for medical diagnostics such as for cancer, cardiovascular diseases and infections. However, there are no standards in the different working groups, e.g. for sample preparation, implementation of the Raman experiments, spectra pre-treatment, data evaluation, etc.In a round robin experiment, the required groundwork will take place in order to define standardised Raman measurement methods, which will be fundamental for establishing Raman spectroscopy for clinical diagnostic procedures.

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