15 June 2009

Biophotonics is in the spotlight of the LASER-Fair

Optical Technologies serve Healthcare

Munich, 15.6.2009 – Already on the opening day the joint booth of Photonics4Life and the German Biophotonic research programme welcomed lots of visitors and media representatives. This year Biophotonics is one of the keynote topics on the world's leading trade fair for optical technologies.

Attractions in the joint booth are exhibitions of the German BMBF-funded projects, which perfectly illustrate the interdisciplinary work of research collaborations within Europe that involve the medical user in the development of new optical technologies. Expert advice on equipment and shown results were given by the researchers involved, but also by the coordinator of Photonics4Life, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp and his public relation team.

"Where do patients already benefit from Biophotonics, and what innovations can be expected in the following years?" These questions were also asked by editors of the Second German Television (ZDF) and the Bavarian Radio to Popp. He pointed out that optical technologies will in particularly further improve the early detection of cancer and other disease. Within the scope of infections, so Popp, Biophotonics is one step ahead: the emergence of diseases can already be avoided today by using ultra fast detection methods. And by helping to better understand the disease causes and mechanisms, optical technologies facilitate the development of targeted therapies.

Until Thursday afternoon Photonics4Life can be seen and contacted at the Munich fair grounds. Tuesday and Wednesday there will be more interdisciplinary workshops on biophotonics. For Wednesday afternoon a press tour is planned which starts at 14:30.

Joint Booth of P4L and the German Biophotonics Research Programm

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