Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI)- Helmholtz Zentrum München

Contact:Vasilis Ntziachristos (Coordinator)


The Helmholtz Zentrum München, the German Research Center for Environmental Health, pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle. The Helmholtz Zentrum München is headquartered in Neuherberg in the north of Munich and has about 2,300 staff members. It is a member of the Helmholtz Association, a community of 18 scientific-technical and medical-biological research centers with a total of about 37,000 staff members.               

The Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) is a world-leading research institute in the field of medical imaging and optoacoustics with strong focus on translation of in vivo imaging technologies to life sciences.

The institute consists of eleven (11) laboratories integrating Fluorescence Molecular Imaging, Optoacoustic Imaging, Microscopy, Cell Engineering, Molecular Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Theory and Computation of Inverse Problems and Image and Signal Processing.

The aim is to provide innovative tools for biomedical laboratories, for diagnosis and for the therapeutic monitoring of human diseases.


Contact:Thilo Förster


Ascenion GmbH is a leading technology transfer organization in Europe and is external technology transfer partner to numerous research institutes of the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations, the Hannover Medical School and associated organizations for translational research with a clear technology focus on life science technologies, also including innovative drug formulations, diagnostics or medical devices.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the LifeScience Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Research, Ascenion acts on behalf of inventors, their institutes and the general public. The proceeds from commercialization and other revenues generated by Ascenion are reinvested into research.

Ascenion has been the external technology transfer partner of the Helmholtz Zentrum München for more than ten years.

Technical University of Denmark

Contact:Peter E. Andersen


The Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has approximately 225 employees including approximately 80 graduate students. The department participates in a large number of EU programmes as partner or coordinator.

Within Biophotonics, the core competencies lie in the development of light sources for biomedical optics including compact diode laser systems, development of light sources for OCT including frequency swept sources, OCT system design and development, ultrafast lasers for nonlinear microscopy, and clinical studies of OCT in dermatology and ophthalmology. DTU has long-standing relationships with local hospitals for clinical testing within dermatology (Roskilde Hospital), ophthalmology (Glostrup Copenhagen University), and urology (Frederiksberg Hospital).

Medical University of Vienna

Contact:Wolfgang Drexler


Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) was originally developed at the Center of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (CMPBME) at MUW and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA) in the early 1990s, and the MUW is still a leader and pioneer in the development of state-of-the-art OCT technology. More than 3% of all OCT publications (around 6000) have been published by current and previous members of this Center, leading in Europe and the second-best scientific OCT output worldwide.

The Center of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (CMPBME) at MUW provides a whole set of research infrastructures dedicated to basic and translational research in biomedical imaging. Several optical labs are dedicated to patient studies. Its central location within the General Hospital of Vienna allows for collaborative research projects focused on improved medical diagnosis and treatment with clinical departments of the AKH including the Departments of Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Ophthalmology and Clinical Pharmacology and has access to large animals (swine) for testing the endoscopes in human similar situations.

University of Cambridge

Contact:Rebecca Fitzgerald


The Medical Research Council (MRC) Cancer Unit is located within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which includes the Addenbrookes Hospital campus. It is part of the University of Cambridge and the Biomedical Campus houses several world-class research institutions in the medical and basic scientific field especially in the area of cancer.

MRC has an endoscopy research unit where advanced endoscopic imaging and trials on endoscopic therapeutic techniques can be performed. This allows a unique and flexible environment to undertake in vivo and ex vivo imaging sessions in the same clinical environment. MRC has widespread experience and a proven publication record in several aspects of imaging, including standard endoscopic imaging, confocal endomicroscopy, molecular imaging, experimental imaging techniques both in an ex vivo tissue setting as well as in vivo in animal models.


Contact: Guillaume Pierre


SONAXIS is a French ultrasound probe manufacturer, founded in 2002, specialized in phased array and high frequency ultrasound probes. In 2010, SONAXIS has acquired a small company dedicated to electronic acquisition hardware that now allows it to propose complete ultrasound solutions. SONAXIS has been involved in the high frequency ultrasound domain since the beginning of its activities. It is a domain where the technological expertise is very rare and very few actors exist.


Contact:Anne Legain


STATICE is a French SME supplying micro-technical services in biomaterials for the medical industry. The company provides expertise from feasibility study to production for innovative products. STATICE is a reference for the development and manufacturing of implants, catheters, medical instruments and laboratory equipment from Class 2A to Class 3. The company is certified ISO 9001 and ISO 13485.

The R&D department has over 30 staff, including Doctors and Engineers, a mechanical and electronics laboratory as well as a testing area. The production team has 70 staff who work in a controlled and secure environment with ISO5 and ISO7 certifications. The manufacturing projects are ensured by a team of 4 who design and produce the required tools, check and control the ability to manufacture and produce a product via pre-testing under IQ/OQ/PQ, VMP, Gage R&R. They also prepare and edit the ²DMR (²Production Reference File). The production line is guided by an ERP Enterprise Resource Planning that ensures traceability with a barcode.

Amplitude Systems



Amplitude Systèmes develops and manufactures advanced ultrafast lasers. Amplitude Systèmes has been one of the first companies to introduce industrial femtosecond lasers on the market, is recognized as a world leader in its field, and has pioneered many new products over the years. The company offers a unique combination of scientific expertise and industrial background.

Markets include scientific applications such as cellular imaging, and high-end industrial applications as well as medical applications, such as eye surgery. Products include ultrafast Ytterbium diode-pumped lasers, using crystals or fibers as the amplifier medium. The company is pursuing active R&D in fiber and solid-state lasers, and frequency conversion.

Moreover, the company belongs to a large industrial group gathering 270 employees worldwide, including Continuum Lasers, recognized as a world leader in nanosecond lasers and OPOs for scientific and industrial applications, including optoacoustics.

RayFos Ltd.

Contact:Vassilis Sarantos


Rayfos Ltd is a UK-based company founded in 2012, active in the area of optical engineering and real-time processing solutions. The core staff expertise is based on more than a decade of R&D in optics and metrology system design and the corresponding analysis associated with large data processing operations, in particular large arrays of detectors such as video cameras etc. Rayfos is developing OEM solutions based on optical sensors and systems, advanced real time data acquisition and signal processing algorithms and high speed, scalable computing architectures. The company designs and produces integrated system-level solutions based on state-of-the-art sensor technology, enhanced with advanced data acquisition and novel signal processing algorithms.