Compact Imaging/NUI Galway Research Featured At Global Photonics Conference in San Francisco
Presentations will Document Dramatic Size and Cost Reductions Made Possible By Company’s MRO™ OCT Technology
Researchers and technologists from Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI) and their research collaboration partner NUI Galway, who together are developing miniature optical sensors that noninvasively image and measure subsurface characteristics of human tissue, will have featured roles at the annual SPIE/Photonics West Conference, scheduled for February 13-18 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Prof. Martin J. Leahy, PhD, a key advisor to the Company and Chair of the Applied Physics Department at NUI Galway, will serve as a Conference chair and will present a significant paper on Compact Imaging’s innovative OCT technology, MRO™ (Multiple Reference OCT), titled, “The How and Why of a $10 Optical Coherence Tomography System.”
Prof. Leahy’s talk will contrast CI’s small low-cost MRO system with conventional clinical OCT machines. When fully integrated, MRO sensors will be about the size of a quarter, fit easily inside a mobile device and cost less than $10 to produce. Although the clinic-scale OCT instruments have revolutionized medical diagnostic imaging and are expected to remain a vital diagnostic tool for medical professionals, they are large, expensive, complex and power hungry—far from mobile at a time when personalization is a dominant trend in healthcare. Because CI’s MRO architecture was developed to leverage mass-produced miniature components commonly found in consumer electronic devices, it is well-suited to integration in high volume devices for applications ranging from personal health monitoring to secure identity authentication.
“In the field of OCT imaging and biometry, size, price and operating power are three critical elements to commercialization in mass market applications,” said Don Bogue, CEO of CI. “Our MRO system is the first version of OCT with the size, cost and operating power profile to address high volume applications in areas such as mobile personal health monitoring and biometric security.”
The Company’s intellectual property base, consisting of 15 US patents and an equal number of pending US and foreign applications, is centered on MRO™ and its use in a wide range of biological and non-biological imaging and biometry applications.
“Over the past year, we’ve made significant progress, including the delivery of our first miniature MRO photonic module prototypes, additions to our patent IP base and extension of our research agreement with NUI Galway,” said Bogue. “Prof. Leahy’s presentation delineates the significance of MRO in bringing OCT’s powerful subsurface imaging capabilities to new markets and highlights the importance of the collective work of our engineering and research teams in making this possible.”
CI founder Dr. Josh Hogan also will participate in the conference. Additional talks will be given on various aspects of MRO research and development by post-doctoral researchers and graduate students in Prof. Leahy’s Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) laboratories at NUI Galway.
“OCT is an imaging and biometry technology of significant global importance. It’s estimated that the market for clinical OCT devices and services exceeds $3 billion annually,” said Bogue. “We believe the market for small, low cost OCT devices will be many times larger. During the past 12 months, we’ve conducted technical feasibility tests of our MRO technology on human subjects in mobile health monitoring and biometric security applications. With the key prototype miniaturization step behind us, we are moving MRO from the engineering development phase towards the marketplace.”
SPIE/Photonics West is the world’s premier photonics and bio-photonics industry conference. The Conference, which is attended by scientists and industry executives from more than three dozen countries, consists of plenary sessions, presentations and panels on the latest research and developments in optics, photonics and bio-photonics.
About Compact Imaging , Inc.
Compact Imaging, a privately-held company based in Mountain View, CA, is developing miniature optical sensors that noninvasively image and measure subsurface features, properties and behaviors of human tissue and other biological and non-biological materials. These sensors, called MRO™ (Multiple Reference OCT), can be small, low cost and battery powered. They address the need for more capable and versatile sensors in rapidly expanding mobile device markets, such as biometric security, personal health monitoring and non-destructive testing (NDT). The Company has been issued a series of US patents covering its MRO technology. Additional information is available at the Company’s website, www.compactimaging.com.
About NUI Galway
NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s foremost centers of academic excellence. Over 17,000 students undertake an extensive range of studies at the University, which is renowned for the quality of its graduates. NUI Galway is a research-led University with internationally recognized expertise in areas including Biomedical Science and Engineering, Web Science, Human Rights, Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science, Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, and Humanities, in particular literature, theater and Irish Studies. For more information visit www.nuigalway.ie or view all NUI Galway news here.