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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.

13 January 2015

Photonics21 Student Innovation Award 2015 application period

Dear Fotonika21  partners,

we would like to inform you that the application period to the Photonics21 Student Innovation Award 2015 is still open.

The deadline for providing applications via e-mail to education@photonics21.org is the 30 January 2015. You will find any further information about the application process and participation rules on the Photonics21 website at: http://www.photonics21.org/TrainingEducation/innovationaward.php

20 December 2013

The United Nations proclaims an International Year of Light in 2015

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session during its 71st Plenary Meeting proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Indeed, the resolution was adopted as part of a more general Agenda item on Science and technology for development. This International Year will bring together many different stakeholders including UNESCO, scientific societies and unions, educational and research institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners to promote and celebrate the significance of light and its applications during 2015.

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