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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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80 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Biophotonics and Ophthalmic Optics Brandenburg has been running from the very beginning, it has proven to be beneficial for the development of the company. www.kaps-vision.com Diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases There is hardly no area in medicine and life sciences in which companies or research institutions in Berlin are working on. The broad range of competencies and its excellence reflects the dynamics of the region. Scientists are already working on future technologies to enable those with diseases to be cured by pushing the limits of what is feasible. Oculentis GmbH, for example, specialises in intraocular lenses, artificial corneas that are implanted in the event of illness. Applications for the lenses, marketed under the Lentis name, include such diseases like cataracts, corneal curvature, and presbyopia. Since its foundation in 1995, the family-owned company has made an international name for itself with its innovative ophthalmological products. Nocturne GmbH uses the eye as a window to the brain. The start-up is developing software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to evaluate images of the retina. These images support the diagnosis, therapy and assessment of the course of neurological diseases. The technology combines complex image processing methods with mathematical 3D modeling to compute quantifiable parameters for the smallest disease-related change of the retina’s shape. They call this 3D morphometry. http://nocturne.one/ The Berlin-based start-up company Dopavision GmbH is currently developing a method that will use a digital, clinically proven therapy to reduce myopia in children and adolescents. The technology delivers light stimulation to specific photosensitive cells on the retina which in turn modulate dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is important for the regulation of eye growth. www.dopavision.com www.oculentis.com Together with partners and ophthalmologists, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm have developed an artificial cornea for patients who cannot receive a natural cornea due to a lack of suitable donors. ArtCornea® is especially suitable for complicated care situations in clouded corneas. The implanted prostheses can be anchored clearly and tightly in the eye and were proved to heal without irritation over six months without rejection. Clinical tests are running. Rayner Surgical GmbH is located in Adlershof. Rayner is a British company and the only manufacturer of intraocular lenses in the United Kingdom. In Berlin, Rayner operates a sales and marketing office for the German and Austrian market. Rayner develops and manufactures intraocular lenses and proprietary injector systems for use in cataract surgery. When Sir Harold Ridley developed the world’s first IOL in 1949, he chose Rayner to manufacture his groundbreaking invention. www.iap.fraunhofer.de/en/fraunhofer-iap.html www.rayner.com Carl Zeiss Meditec AG is also a major player in the field of surgical ophthalmology in Berlin. At its Berlin site, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG develops and manufactures intraocular lenses (IOLs) that are implanted in patients to restore vision during cataract surgery. A new training centre for cataract surgeons has also opened here. www.zeiss.com/meditec/int/home.html

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Biophotonics and Ophthalmic Optics 81 The examination and diagnosis of eye movements and the corresponding disorders provide important information on various diseases in addition to ophthalmology. The Chronos Eye Tracker (C-ETD) from CHRONOS VISION GmbH enables a comprehensive analysis of all three rotatory eye movements. In refractive surgery such as Lasik procedures, precise real-time measurements of the eye position are required. During the laser operation, the eye position determined by the eye tracker is transmitted to the laser control system in order to optimally achieve the intended lens correction. Due to the very fast tracking, the result of the intervention is optimised and the treatment time is shortened in the patient’s favour. OD-OS GmbH is specialised in retinal lasers with its Navilas laser system. The system provides laser photocoagulation to cover treatments for the entire spectrum of retinal diseases, from diabetic macular edema to the treatment of retinal tears and holes. Australian company Ellex Deutschland GmbH (with a branch in Adlershof) also offers laser systems for the treatment of a variety of eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal diseases. www.od-os.com www.ellex.com www.chronos-vision.de/en/index_en.html Contact: Prof. Dr. Justus Eichstädt Oculid UG is a Berlin-based technology company that was founded in 2015. Based on eye-tracking technology and machine learning routines, they have developed a technology to track attention and perception of mobile device users. Using the selfie camera, they can follow eye movements of the user. This way they can provide precise data of what screen areas receive attention. Spokesperson Focus Area Biophotonics and Ophthalmic Optics Phone: +49 (0)3381 355380 E-mail: justus.eichstaedt@th-brandenburg.de www.oculid.com Roland Consult Stasche & Finger GmbH, meanwhile, is a specialist in electrophysiology and imaging. The company’s instruments can be used to clarify eye diseases and vision problems, among other uses. www.roland-consult.com ALCON Pharma GmbH (Novartis AG) offers a wide range of solutions for the treatment of eye diseases. Laser systems for eye surgery are developed and produced by its subsidiary WaveLight GmbH. Special diagnostic systems and innovative eye tracking solutions are among the competencies of the company’s location in Teltow. www.alcon.com www.wavelight.de/en

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