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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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  • Imaging
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5.1.4 Optical Technology

5.1.4 Optical Technology in Biomedicine and Pharmaceuticals The to be developed laser system is distinguished by the most reliable and precise ablation of soft tissue, based on the positive experiences with the so-called LFD Levelled Field Density technology which combines high absorption with low power. This results in a significantly reduced risk of damage to surrounding structures. The multi-functional laser system Multiline © Linline GmbH There are yet more companies active in Berlin-Brandenburg in the field of medical lasers: The name Linline, for instance, means “Laser Instruments New Line”. The company has developed some of its own procedures in order to apply laser radiation as gently as possible on the human body; it was a pioneer in the medical application of pulses in the nanosecond range. Thanks to interchangeable laser heads, their Multiline system can remove scars, warts, or tattoos, and can also be used for the treatment of vascular diseases, for laser treatments or photonic rejuvenation of the skin. Networked research is easier – cooperations in Berlin-Brandenburg The Small Animal Imaging Center opened in June 2010 at the Charité Campus Virchow. In addition to traditional screening methods, newly developed methods are used in fluorescence tomography in order to investigate pathophysiological processes in animal models and to study the efficacy of new therapeutic approaches. The new center was made possible through the collaboration of industrial partners and Charité - and expedited by the Imaging Network Berlin. The network brings together academic institutions of the Charité, pharmaceutical companies, large equipment manufacturers and small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin. All stakeholders have in common that they see great potential in molecular imaging for the future of medicine, and – thereby - for the region Berlin- Brandenburg: Both in instrumentation and in scientific excellence the actors fully map the value-adding chain in molecular imaging. The Imaging Network is actually not the only regional initiative that endeavors in development of optical methods for use in medicine and networks enterprises and research institutes. DiagnostikNet-BB unites diagnostics and device manufacturers, suppliers and users from clinics and routine laboratories as well as research institutes in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, to promote innovation in the field of in-vitro diagnostics. Medtecnet-BB, which – just like the Imaging Network Berlin-Brandenburg – is managed by the TSB Innovation Agency Berlin, pursues similar approaches in the field of medical technology. The Zentrum für Molekulare Diagnostik und Bioanalytik (Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Bioanalytics) is a flagship project of the joint innovation strategy of the states Berlin and Brandenburg. Topically, it is managed by the Fraunhofer-Institute for Biomedical Engineering in Potsdam-Golm, the Charité, and various regional companies. It is primarily concerned with molecular imaging, therapy research and with diagnostics accompanying treatment. The center bundles basic research, technology development, clinical research and industrial application for the development and production of innovative diagnostics in Berlin-Brandenburg. In the industry network OpTecBB, optical methods in medicine are also among the main topics. Surgical instruments for fiber surgery © Frank Optic Products GmbH The sum of all parts – components from Berlin-Brandenburg There are also companies which develop and produce peripherals and components for lasers, spectroscopy and other diagnostic and therapeutic applications of optical principles in medicine. Suitable fibers and other components for medical laser optics are offered by Frank Optic Products, for instance. They manufacture product lines that have been developed with reusability and automatic sterilization in mind. Beam delivery systems can, therefore, be completely sterilized in an autoclave with a single movement. Applications are in minimally invasive and dental surgery, for example. Light source for endoscopic use © Berliner Glas KGaA, Herbert Kubatz GmbH und Co. 70

5.1.4 Optical Technology in Biomedicine and Pharmaceuticals The Berlin Glas Group is one of the leading companies in Europe for precision optical components, opto-mechanical and electrooptical modules, components and optical systems. With about 1,000 employees world-wide, they manufacture for use in medicine and analytics. The portfolio of Berlin Glas extends from the cylinder lens to complete assemblies for integration at the medical device manufacturer. Their components are used as eye diagnostics just as well as for hair removal. They produce cameras, cold-light and fluorescent light sources for endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. Rathenow; for example at MOM Mechanisch-Optische-Metallverarbeitung, a company which produces titanium spectacle frames using latest laser technology. Polyamide fibers for applications in odontology, ophthalmology and dermatology © FCC FibreCableConnect GmbH FCC FibreCableConnect also manufactures laser cables and other fiber-optic connectors, for example for spectroscopy and biotechnology. They specialize in the development of prototypes according to specific customer requirements, and in the transfer of technology into mass production. Their portfolio includes singleand multimode fibers for wavelengths 190-2,300 nm, polarization maintaining fibers, as well as bundles, cables and probes made from such fibers. Loptek from Berlin is also one of the regional companies dealing with fiber optics, optical probes and measurement heads for use in medicine and biotechnology. Birthplace of an industry – ophthalmic optics with a long tradition Probably nowhere else, the connection between optical components and treatment is closer than in ophthalmic optics. Rathenow is the cradle of the German optical industry. More than 210 years ago, Johann Heinrich August Duncker invented the multigrinder. Today, about 1,500 people work in Rathenow in this area – an industry that is growing at double digit rates in Berlin-Brandenburg. 3-D grinding system for machining eye glass materials © Optotec Optotechnischer Gerätebau GmbH The network OABB optic alliance brandenburg berlin e.V. bundles competencies from a large number of regional companies, educational and research institutions. Joint projects exist with the universities in Brandenburg, Potsdam and Jena or the Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) in Potsdam-Golm, where research on intraocular lenses, contact lenses and artificial cornea is conducted. In 2009, the Golm artificial cornea was implanted successfully for the first time. In cooperation with the ophthalmic clinics of the universities of Regensburg and Halle, the Fraunhofer scientist Dr. Joachim Storsberg and his team developed a prosthesis based on a water-repellent polymer which coalesces with the natural cornea. In 2010, Storsberg was awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for this development. Industry transfer offices in Potsdam-Golm and at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences enable the connection between research and industry. The manufacture of ophthalmic implants, research and development in the field of optical technologies, microscopy and industrial as well as laboratory applications are represented in OABB. About 600 of them are working for Fielmann. The eye glass giant is the parent company of Rathenower Optik GmbH, and is represented at the site with a production and logistics center. In twoshift operation, an average of more than 14,000 glasses is produced and more than 35,000 jobs handled daily. With the French Essilor group, another industry giant produces glasses in Rathenow. But Rathenow is also defined by smaller, specialized companies. Optotec, for examples, specializes in manufacturing ophthalmic workshop technology. Even the discerning customer is served in Mplus intraocular lens in capsule © Oculentis GmbH 71

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