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Tornado Medical Systems And A*STAR's Institute Of Microelectronics Partner To Commercialise Nanospectrometers For Optical Coherence Tomography Applications
Date:8/28/2012

TORONTO and ITHACA, N.Y., and SINGAPORE, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tornado Medical Systems is pleased to announce a partnership with the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, to commercialize nanospectrometers for optical coherence tomography (OCT) applications. OCT is a technique for obtaining high-resolution sub-surface images of translucent or opaque materials based on light, rather than sound or radio frequency.

This collaboration brings together Tornado's industry-leading nanophotonics capabilities with IME's deep expertise in silicon photonics fabrication to provide the first commercial nanospectrometers for OCT applications. The commercial availability of small, robust, high performance on-chip spectrometers will meet the needs of the current OCT market and open up exciting new commercial opportunities for low-cost, high-performance OCT applications.

"This partnership builds on Tornado's deep experience with conventional OCT and nanophotonics to deliver an affordable, high performance and robust spectrometer optimized for OCT applications," said Stefan Larson, PhD, President and Chairman of Tornado Medical Systems. "This partnership, along with our recent announcement regarding the acquisition of the spectroscopy assets of Arjae Spectral, will streamline our commercialization efforts significantly and position us for an exciting 2013."

"Tornado's collaboration with IME will ensure that we have a robust commercial product for delivery to our customers in 2013," said Frederic Sweeney, PhD, Tornado's VP of Business Development & Strategic Alliances.

"The partnership demonstrates tremendous potential for IME's silicon photonics technology platform being applied beyond the traditional communications domain," said Prof. Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director of IME, "This collaboration also exemplifies our continuous commitment to hel
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