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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 Consortium

The consortium includes 17 partners selected because of their unique, yet complementary specialties that are critical to the success of the proposed research programme. This interdisciplinary group consists of basic research and development in photonics, imaging system development and biomedical engineering, i.e., translation from research environments into clinical environments, computer science, and pre-clinical validation.

The FAMOS consortium partners can be divided into three groups subject to their major role.

Photonics research and technology supply partners, comprising:

Biomedical and translational research partners (including clinical expertise), comprising:

Medical instrument manufacturers, comprising:

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

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Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

The Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has approximately 200 employees; outstanding fully equipped state-of-the-art photonics labs and access world-class cleanroom. Within light sources and biophotonics, the core competencies include development of light sources for biomedical optics, development and characterization of light sources for OCT including frequency swept sources, OCT system design and development, and clinical studies of OCT in dermatology and ophthalmology.

DTU has long-standing relationships with local hospitals for clinical testing within dermatology (Roskilde Hospital) and ophthalmology (Glostrup Copenhagen University).

The role of DTU in FAMOS is to further develop compact, high-performance pump sources for Ti:S applications, develop and integrate sources into biomedical imaging system, including optical coherence tomography, coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy, multi-photon tomography and photoacoustic tomography.

DTU will also lead the FAMOS dissemination activities.


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Peter Andersen

Peter Andersen
Research Professor

Department of Photonics Engineering (DTU Fotonik)
Technical University of Denmark
Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde, Denmark

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The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Hoechstfrequenztechnik (FBH)

FBH researches electronic and optical components, modules and systems based on compound semiconductors. These devices are key enablers that address the needs of todays society in fields like communications, energy, health, and mobility. In optoelectronics, FBH develops light sources from the near infrared to the ultra-violet spectral range: high-power diode lasers with excellent beam quality, UV light sources and hybrid laser modules. Applications range from medical technology, high-precision metrology, and sensors to optical communications in space.

The FBH has a strong international reputation and ensures rapid transfer of technology by working closely with partners in industry and research. The institute has a staff of 250 employees and a budget of 22 million Euros.


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Dr. Bernd Sumpf

Bernd Sumpf
Senior Researcher

Leibniz-Institut fuer Hoechstfrequenztechnik
Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 4
12489 Berlin, Germany

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EXALOS is a technology driven Swiss company focusing on the design, development and sales of advanced light sources based on Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes (“SLEDs”) and Swept Laser Sources (“Swept Sources”). EXALOS’ swept laser technology has the potential to radically impact the way lasers are used in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). The great flexibility of the laser with respect to center wavelength, sweep bandwidth and linewidth will impact the next generation of OCT-based medical instruments. Founded in 2003, EXALOS is today one of the key supplier for light sources in the field of optical coherence tomography. The company is headquartered in Schlieren, Switzerland with sales and support offices in USA, Switzerland and China.


Marcus Dülk

Wagistrasse 21
CH-8952 Schlieren, Switzerland

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NKT Photonics A/S (NKT)

NKT Photonics A/S is the result of a merger in 2009 between Crystal Fibre A/S – the largest commercial supplier of microstructured specialty fiber and Koheras A/S – the leading company within ultra precise fiber lasers and SuperK Supercontinuum White Light Lasers. We focus on commercial optical solutions that simplify the value chain and bring enhancement for the end-customer.

Our vision is to continuously increase the functionality embedded in the fiber and thereby provide robust and simplified system architectures for our customers.

The company is headquartered close to Copenhagen, Denmark with sales and support offices in Germany, France and USA.


Lasse Leick
Project Manager

NKT Photonics A/S
Blokken 84
DK-3460 Birkerød, Denmark

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Femtolasers Produktions GmbH (FL)

Femtolasers is the world leading manufacturer of commercial ultra-fast laser systems generating very short light pulses that last only a couple of femtoseconds, i.e. one millionth of one billionth of a second. The Vienna-based company, founded in 1994 and globally represented by 19 distributors, uses highly innovative mirror technology to develop and produce very compact turn-key laser devices that serve a plethora of applications in the fields of spectroscopy, microscopy, biology, chemistry, medical imaging or quality assessment.


Andreas Stingl

FEMTOLASERS Produktions GmbH
Fernkorngasse 10
1100 Wien, Austria

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Elforlight Ltd (EL)

Elforlight Limited is a manufacturer of leading edge Diode Pumped Solid State Lasers. The Company’s short pulse nanosecond lasers have found favor among researchers in the field of Optical Resolution Photo Acoustic Microscopy, enabling high resolution imaging in dermatology and ophthalmology. Elforlight also supplies high repetition rate UV lasers for MALDI-MSI (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging), greatly reducing the time required to acquire large area high resolution images mapping chemical distribution by molecular mass, for example in drug discovery and proteomics.


Keith Oakes

Elforlight Ltd
4b Brunel Close
Drayton Fields Daventry
Northants, NN11 8RB United Kingdom

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InnoLas Laser GmbH (IN)

InnoLas Laser GmbH (INL) was founded in 1995 and develops and manufactures highest quality laser sources for scientific and industrial applications. It is one of very few laser manufacturers worldwide with the ability to develop specialized laser technology for all pulsed YAG lasers. The company has around 30 employees, with 8 working on research and development. In the field of lasers for research, InnoLas delivers systems that are exactly tailored to their applications. The lasers are either diode- or flash lamp pumped, with repetition rates from 1Hz up to 1kHz, and pulse energies from a few milijoules to several joules.


Christian Menhard
Scientific Laser Group

InnoLas Holding GmbH
Justus-von-Liebig-Ring 8
82152 Krailling, Germany

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Medical University Vienna (MUW)

Since more than two decades the Center of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is one of the pioneers in the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) with the vision to establish this technique as a high speed ultrahigh resolution volumetric imaging modality but with microscopic resolution enabling non- to minimally-invasive optical biopsy of (sub)cellular tissue microstructure and depth resolved tissue function. To further enhance resolution/contrast and tissue penetration of OCT, synergistic imaging modalities (multiphoton/ CARS microscopy / endoscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging and photoacoustic imaging) are interfaced to state-of-the-art OCT technology to establish unprecedented multimodal imaging at the molecular, (sub)cellular, tissue biopsy, animal model (preclinical) and patient level in the field of regenerative medicine, neurosciences, cancer and ophthalmic diagnosis.

MUW coordinates FAMOS and in addition is taking leading roles in several workpackages.


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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

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University College London (UCL)

UCL is one of the UK’s leading multidisciplinary universities with a long tradition of internationally renowned research expertise (its academics and graduates have won 18 Nobel Prizes) across the physical, engineering, clinical and life sciences.

The UCL Photoacoustic Imaging Group is based in the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering and has over a decade of experience in the development and application of biomedical photoacoustic imaging techniques. The group’s research encompasses non invasive and endoscopic imaging devices, modelling optical and acoustic wave propagation in tissue, image reconstruction methods, quantitative spectroscopy and the preclinical and clinical application of the technique. It pioneered the award winning Fabry Perot based photoacoustic scanner and was responsible for the development of a widely used open source photoacoustic signal modelling and image reconstruction Matlab toolbox (“k-wave”).


Paul Beard

University College London
London, United Kingdom

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Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU)

The Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) is a joined research facility of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health, in close collaboration with the Technical University Munich (TUM).

IBMI is a highly interdisciplinary institute with focus on the development of imaging technologies in basic research, pre-clinical research, drug discovery and in clinical applications. It employs about 70 scientists and engineers with focus on imaging technology development, image processing and reconstruction and the development and use of animal models for developing in-vivo imaging applications, with a view towards improving understanding on disease development and treatment and clinical translation.


Vasilis Ntziachristos

Helmholtz Zentrum München
The Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging

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Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS)

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to 2,600 scientists, students, technicians and supporting staff. WIS research covers modern molecular biology, mathematics and computer science, physics and chemistry.


Yaron Silberberg

Weizmann Institute of Science
234 Herzl St.
Rehovot 76100, Israel

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University of St Andrews (USTAN)

The University of St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries, it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. The School of Physics and Astronomy has an internationally recognised and vibrant set of research programmes including one in photonics. We benefit from strong activities in biophotonics and that the School of Medicine is adjacent (and linked) to the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The St Andrews team have pioneered new routes for shaping light and its use in manipulation and imaging over the last decade.


Kishan Dholakia

School of Physics and Astronomy
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
Fife, Scotland KY16 9SS

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XVUE is a privately owned company established in early 2004. The company's main focus is the development of innovative imaging and image processing platforms and their application to the fields of medical imaging and in broadcasting. The company attains significant R&D experience in image processing, image reconstruction, signal processing, acquisition and video processing using Matrox Hardware and GPU co-processing. Xvue is based in Artemis, near Athens Greece and is active in three continents, including Europe, with major countries of interest being Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Malaysia and the Midle East countries.


Vasilis Sarantos

Spetson 9 str. Artemida
19016 Attiki, Greece

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Michelson Diagnostics Ltd (MDL)

Michelson Diagnostics is a rapidly growing medical device company which has developed and brought to market a scanning device used to improve and accelerate care for patients suffering from non-melanoma skin cancer. Michelson Diagnostics’ core product – the VivoSight/ OCT scanner – is used by dermatologists to see below the surface of the patient’s skin, allowing them to gather additional information about their patient’s condition, and is the first of its kind available to dermatologists.

Founded in 2006, Michelson Diagnostics designs highly innovative instruments using multi-beam optical coherence tomography solutions. The company is headquartered in Kent, England with sales and support offices in Munich, Germany and Massachusetts, USA.


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Jon Holmes

Jon Holmes
FAMOS Exploitation Manager
Chief Executive Officer

Michelson Diagnostics Ltd
11A Grays Farm Production Village
Kent, BR5 3BD Tel: +44 20 8308 1695
United Kingdom

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Imagine Eyes (IE)

IE develops ophthalmic instruments that analyze the eye at the microscopic scale. Conceived from a revolutionary technology, adaptive optics, its products enable cellular-level retinal imaging, precision measurement of the eyes’ refractive errors and vision simulation. Founded in 2003 and based in Orsay, France the maintains its position as a technology leader thanks to its intensive R&D program, broad portfolio of patents and the marketing of cutting-edge products that have been rapidly adopted by its customers.


Mark Zacharria
Head of Global Communications

Imagine Eyes SA
Orsay, France

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iThera Medical GmbH (IT)

iThera Medical develops and markets a novel in vivo biomedical imaging technology, “MSOT” = multispectral optoacoustic tomography. MSOT utilizes the photoacoustic effect to visualize and quantify anatomical, functional and molecular information, in deep tissue and in real time. Today, MSOT allows the study of disease processes on a molecular level as well as the analysis of pharmacokinetic properties for new substances in small animals. For the future, MSOT also promises to become a valuable tool for clinical diagnostics. The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany with sales and support offices in Lancaster, UK and Connecticut, USA.


Christian Wiest

Thera Medical GmbH
Ingolstädter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg / München, Germany

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Jenlab GmbH (JL)

JenLab GmbH is a technology provider in the field of clinical multiphoton tomography for skin cancer detection and in vivo intra-tissue drug screening as well as in the field of femtosecond laser nanoprocessing in life sciences. The company was founded as high-tech spin-off of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 1999 in Jena (Germany) by a biophysicist, a chemist, an engineer, and a professor of medicine. JenLab has offices in Jena and Saarbrücken in Germany.


Karsten König

JenLab GmbH
Schillerstraße 1
07745 Jena, Germany

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