ables individuals to view and share high-resolution virtual microscopy images over the Internet.
Specific terms and conditions of the agreement
will not be made public. The microscopy business group at Carl Zeiss manufactures light and
electron microscopes for the life and materials
in sales and marketing of solid-state lasers and
optical components. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Luceo Technologies
GmbH and, before that, at Klastech Laser
Technologies GmbH. Crystal Laser Systems’
products have applications in the life sciences,
optical metrology, research and development,
and original equipment manufacturing.
To increase its presence in the Middle East,
Imaging Diagnostic Systems Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has signed a distribution agreement with Mareen Group Co. to market and
sell its computed tomography laser mammogra-phy system in Jordan. Mareen Group is a medical and pharmaceutical distribution company
based in Kuwait. The noninvasive optical breast
imaging system uses patented continuous-wave
laser technology and computed algorithms to
create 3-D images of the breast.
Idex Corp. of Lake Forest, Ill., has acquired
Matcon Group Ltd. of Evesham, UK, a supplier
of materials processing solutions for high-value
powders used in food, pharmaceuticals, plastics
and fine-chemicals manufacturing. Matcon’s
products include the original cone valve powder
discharge system and filling, mixing and pack-
aging systems, all of which maintain clean,
reliable and repeatable formulations of
prepackaged foods and pharmaceuticals for
lean, agile manufacturing. With annual rev-
enues of approximately £ 22 million (about
$34.2 million), Matcon will operate within Idex’s
Health and Science Technologies Div. in the
materials processing technologies platform.
Medical device company SpectraScience Inc.
of San Diego has signed an exclusive five-year
agreement with Pentax Europe GmbH of
Hamburg, Germany, to distribute its WavSTAT
optical biopsy system for colorectal cancer
screening and diagnosis. Pentax provides minimally invasive surgical devices, including flexible
endoscopes that are used with the WavSTAT
system. The agreement, which includes the
company’s new WavSTAT4 mobile console and
disposable optical biopsy forceps, covers Europe, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. It
also provides for minimum purchase quantities
in specified countries and gives Pentax a “right
of first refusal” option for all other countries in
the Middle East and Africa.
Laser-based medical systems provider Iridex
Corp. of Mountain View, Calif., has announced
the success of its MicroPulse laser therapy in
surgery using an IQ 577 laser coupled with
EndoProbe instrumentation. This is the first time
that tissue-sparing laser therapy has been delivered through an intraocular fiber optic probe in
a surgical setting, the company said. Endo-Mi-croPulse is effective in cases of very thin retinas
because it preserves tissue rather than destroying it, as conventional laser therapy does. Dr.
Sam Mansour, who performed the surgery at
George Washington University School of
Medicine and Health Sciences, is medical director of the Virginia Retina Center and clinical professor of ophthalmology at the university.
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LensAR Inc. of Orlando, Fla., has received
510(k) clearance from the FDA for its next-generation LensAR Laser System for use in anterior
capsulotomy, with and without laser phacofrag-mentation during cataract surgery. The regula-tory action covers the new system, which is in
final preparation for commercial launch in the
US. The system combines the latest laser technology with product features intended to improve surgeon and patient interactions with it.
Enhancements include 3-D imaging measurement and beam-guided delivery that generates
a personalized surgical treatment plan.
Roger H. Brüggemann has been hired as head
of marketing and sales at diode-pumped solid-state laser manufacturer Crystal Laser Systems GmbH of Berlin. He brings to the role
more than 12 years of international experience