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Functional Anatomical Molecular Optical Screening

Integrated Project funded by ICT-FP7 for the period 2012–2016


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FAMOS in brief

Biophotonics offers low-cost, non-invasive, accurate, rapid alternatives to conventional diagnostic methods and has the potential to address medical needs with early detection and to reduce the cost of healthcare. FAMOS will develop a new generation of light sources with step-changes in performance beyond the state-of-the-art to radically transform biophotonic technologies for point-of-care diagnosis and functional imaging. This will enable optical diagnostics with superior sensitivity, specificity, reliability and clinical utility at reduced cost, heralding an imaging renaissance in Europe.

FAMOS addresses optical imaging from molecular over (sub)cellular to individual organs, with no gap in the arsenal of diagnostic tools for medical end-users. The world-class multidisciplinary FAMOS team of 7 leading academic institutions and 10 top SMEs has unique complementary knowledge of optical coherence tomography, adaptive optics, photoacoustic tomography, coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering, multiphoton tomography as well as swept-source, diode-pumped ultrafast and tuneable nanosecond pulse lasers. Combinations of some techniques will offer multimodal solutions to diagnostic needs that will exploit and enhance the benefits of each modality. FAMOS technologies have wide applicability, but our specific focus is on diagnosis in ophthalmology and oncology. Partnerships with leading innovative clinical users will enable preclinical evaluation.

The objectives of FAMOS are:

Develop new light sources with a step-change in performance
  • more compact,
  • lower cost,
  • faster and wider spectral range
Integrate these with optical imaging for a step-change in diagnosis
  • better resolution,
  • larger field of view,
  • enhanced penetration,
  • increased selectivity
Perform preclinical studies to demonstrate novel or improved ophthalmic and skin cancer diagnosis with these technologies
Enable opportunities for SMEs to commercially exploit these new technologies
Provide academic training in the state-of-the-art of optical diagnostics

Funding and Co-ordinator

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FAMOS is an Integrated Project funded by the European Commission FP7-ICT for the period 2012-2016.

Co-ordinator and general enquiries

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Prof. W. Drexler

Wolfgang Drexler
Professor of Medical Physics
Head of Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Medical University Vienna Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
General Hospital Vienna, 4L
Waehringer Guertel 18-
20 1090 Vienna, Austria

E-Mail Icon wolfgang.drexler@meduniwien.ac.at

Phone Icon Tel.: +43 1 40400-1986

Phone Icon Secretary: +43 1 40400-1984 (Mrs. Pichler)
Phone Icon Secretary: +43 1 40400-39226 (Mrs. Hyee)