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NDT.net Issue - 2008-10 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2008-10
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

Michelson Diagnostics Diversifies into Non-Medical Markets

Michelson Diagnostics Ltd3, Orpington, United Kingdom

Reacting to strong customer demand, Michelson Diagnostics Ltd (MDL) is broadening the commercial application of its unique ‘multibeam’ Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) technology into markets outside its core target of cancer diagnosis. These include such diverse areas as industrial metrology, product inspection, tissue engineering and developmental biology.

“We are reacting to customers who have realised that the superior image definition provided by our patented multi-beam OCT technology is very advantageous in their applications”, said MDL CEO Jon Holmes. “For a given depth of focus, you get twice the resolution, (or, for a given resolution, four times the focal depth), compared with single beam OCT systems – which means crisper, clearer images.” He cited applications such as MEMS metrology, inspection of ceramic composite materials and industrial coatings, fine art conservation, gemstone quality, stem cell research and dentistry as examples.

The company currently markets the EX1301 OCT microscope, the only commercially available OCT product with < 10 ìm lateral resolution, by virtue of its multi-beam optical design. Holmes is keen to emphasise that medical imaging remains a central objective of MDL. “We are developing clinical products for launch in 2009,” he said, “and we are looking for business partners with experience in other fields to collaborate with or license to, allowing us to maintain our focus on cancer.”

MDL, which has offices in Kent and the West Midlands, was founded in 2006 by Jon Holmes and four other ex-employees of Sira, the photonics instrumentation company.

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