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19 June 2015

VV Photonics Initiative Selected for Presentation at an Investment Conference on Developing Slovenia’s Smart Specialization Strategy

On 24 April, 2015, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GODC) invited Slovenia’s key economic and development officials to engage in the entrepreneurial discovery process and identify the country’s high-potential technology areas and product directions. Among the 170 groups that responded to the invitation, a partner of Fotonika21 submitted the initiative entitled “Fotonika VC”, which was chosen for presentation at an investment conference on developing Slovenia’s Smart Specialization Strategy. At the conference, which took place on the 15th and 16th of June at the Kino Šiška in Ljubljana, the participants were addressed by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Miro Cerar and the three Line Minister responsible for RDI and European Cohesion Policy, namely Alenka Smerkolj, Minister responsible for development, strategic projects and cohesion, Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister responsible for economic development and technology, and Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister responsible for education, science and sport. The participants were also addressed by representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, the Chamber of Craft and Small Businesses of Slovenia, the Slovenian Rectors Conference, KOsRIS (Coordination of Independent Research Institutions of Slovenia) and representatives of the OECD.

The “Fotonika VC” initiative was presented by Boštjan Podobnik of LPKF Laser & Electronics. In the last decade, new developments, such as femtosecond and fiber lasers, sensors and smart integrated devices have introduced new paradigms into the field of photonics. The Fotonika VC initiative will tap into these developments with the aim of producing a new generation of industrial and medical applications at a technology readiness level competitive with world-market manufactured products (TRL 7 - 9). The Fotonika proposal brings together world-class research groups from academia with market leaders in industry, within a focused value chain at the highest level of technology, spearheading the smart specialization program in the field of photonics. Fotonika’s technological challenges and synergetic efforts are defined by emerging solid and fiber lasers as well as the photonic devices developed in tight collaboration between R&D teams, leading to a large growth potential. The final products are focused toward the fields of medicinal devices and smart industrial production based on the photonics platform, with the technological work packages being closely linked to those of the Key Enabling Technology of Europe, Photonics21.

Link to original article: http://www.svrk.gov.si/en/media_room/news/article/12447/6039/8229cdaf91194e4c3e1173fd217f298e/

07 April 2015

Photonics21 Annnual Meeting 2015

28 - 29 May 2015 - Le Plaza Hotel, Brussels

The Photonics21 Annual Meeting 2015 entitled Photonics solutions for the European society will take place on the 28 & 29 May 2015 at the Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels. The event will be the community event highlighting the new Photonics Public Private Partnership in Europe. This cooperation model fosters photonics research and innovation under Horizon2020 by implementing the Photonics Multiannual Strategic Roadmap. The event will further focus on photonics solutions for the societal challenges of Europe such as energy-efficiency, the secure society and health to strengthen future research and innovation in Europe. Following the plenary session on the 29 May four parallel thematic sessions will focus on following topics:

  • Session 1: Photonics for smart cities and buildings
  • Session 2: Photonics for the secure society
  • Session 3: Photonics for resource-efficiency and green transport
  • Session 4: Photonics for health and food security

More information available on:


17 March 2015

The 5th International LA&HA Symposium in Portoroz, Slovenia

Lasers have become indispensable tools in medicine. The development of new laser technologies and applications has empowered medical professionals to address an exceptionally wide range of indications.

The LA&HA Symposium is organized to exchange research and education among medical professionals in the field of laser medicine, with a focus on practical instructions and in-depth presentations by LA&HA clinical experts.

Presentations by renowned international lecturers will be organized in three parallel sessions:
•    Lasers in Gynecology
•    Lasers in Dentistry
•    Lasers in Dermatology & Surgery

The detailed program will be announced at a later date. All lectures will be held in the English language.

Contact us at info@laserandhealth.com for detailed information.

12 February 2015

A new laser developed by the Slovenian high-tech medical laser company Optotek was recognized among the most successful achievements in Slovenia

The Slovenian high-tech medical-laser company Optotek has developed a new laser combining two compatible laser wavelengths, offering the option for treating two types of eye diseases, posterior capsule opacification (PCO) and open-angle glaucoma.  After the expiration of a US patent last year that prevented entry into the market of open-angle glaucoma treatments, the company managed to develop technological innovations enabling them to enter the US market. This new solution is also protected at the European Patent Office. The Slovenian company Optotek, owned by Canon, maintains about a 15 percent global market share of lasers for treating eye diseases. Due to the success of a new laser introduced last year, an increase of 31 percent was achieved, yielding seven million euros of income, and about half a million in profit resulting from ordinary activities. This led to the employment of 13 new people. An average 15-percent growth of revenue since 2004 is also expected for this year, and will allow for further employment growth. The company is also working on development of a diode pumped laser, which represents a new approach in laser technology since only flash-lamp pumping lasers are currently present on the market. This new approach will introduce smaller, more stable, efficient and more robust lasers to the market.

15 January 2015

LA&HA, a partner in new Horizon 2020 project – EuroPho21

The European Commission announced the results of Horizon 2020 ICT 26-2014 – “Information and Communications Technologies-Coordination and support actions” call.

The project Innovation and Implementation Strategy Photonics21 - EuroPho21   was excellently evaluated by The European Commission and was chosen for EU funding. The EuroPho21 project will be implemented under the Photonics Public Private Partnership. The aim of the project is to strengthen the collaboration between the photonics community and the end user industry by facilitating dedicated end user workshops in the regions. In addition to this the national technology platforms will focus on linking up regional, national and European funding for photonics in Europe to increase the participation of photonics SMEs in Horizon 2020 calls by organizing national photonics workshops on European funding opportunities. As part of the communication activities the EuroPho21 project will highlight and present various national and regional photonics impact stories which outline the enormous potential of this exciting technology which is funded under the Photonics Public Private Partnership

The consortium combines 12 national technology platforms for photonics from Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Greece, Finland, UK, Slovenia, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

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