Baltic Photonics 2021 MedLife

Virtual B2B event

“Baltic Photonics 2021 MedLife” is a virtual B2B (business to business) event, which focuses on medical life sciences with the aim to promote Baltic photonics and laser technologies, life science and medical research and innovations, to present them to the potential end-users and partners and to stimulate cross-sectoral cooperation in Northern Europe.

“Baltic Photonics” is the annual platform that brings together the photonics technology experts and leaders to discuss technology developments, applications, and challenges as well as attracts representatives of cross-sectorial industries to discuss key challenges and needs.

Date: 16 September, 2021

Location: virtual platform (registered participants will receive a link close to the event date)

Register until 14 of September.
Registration is free of charge.

Program (EEST time):

16 September, 2021

09:50 – 10:00

Joining event channel

10:00 – 10:50

Baltic Photonics Sector, Challenges & Opportunities
Gediminas Račiukaitis, President of Lithuanian Laser Association (LT)

The Photonics industry is growing much faster than other economies despite the dynamic situation in world politics and economics. That offers new opportunities to expand the laser and photonics sector in the Baltic countries. However, challenges remain on critical mass and new directions where to go.

Horizon Europe. Opportunities for Photonics
Brigita Serafinavičiūtė, Head of the Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office LINO (LT)

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. Through competitive calls it tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. Photonics can be instrumental in many of these challenges, but this requires collaboration and active engagement with various sectors.

10:50 – 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:20
Session 1: Photonics for Medical Applications (PART 1)

Multimodal spectroscopic imaging for optical histopathology
Christoph Krafft, Work Group Leader at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (DE)

Raman and infrared spectroscopies are coupled with microscopes, fiber optic probes and other optical modalities to address needs in histopathology. The presentation will describe the progress in instrumentation and data analysis towards pre-, intra- and post-operative imaging of tissues.

Tunable femtosecond laser sources for life science applications
Lukas Kontenis, R&D Engineer at Light Conversion (LT)

Modern biomedical imaging applications rely on femtosecond lasers. As the ambition of these applications increases, so do the requirements on laser features, performance, and reliability. In this talk the speaker will go over some of the imaging challenges from the laser source standpoint, and some of the solutions available from Light Conversion.

Camera-based in-vivo skin diagnostics
Janis Spigulis, Head of Biophotonics Laboratory at University of Latvia (LV)

Designs of lab-developed prototype devices comprising CMOS cameras, intended for skin condition assessment, will be discussed: multimodal imaging concept-device „SkImager“; three smartphone-based devices with spectrally specific illumination units; multispectral-thermal imaging device for early sepsis diagnostics; multispectral-fluorescence imaging device for skin melanoma screening; multi-spectral-line imaging device for skin chromophore mapping; photoplethysmography imaging devices for remote monitoring of anesthesia efficiency during surgeries.

GaSb-based photonic microsensors for industrial and biomedical applications
Augustinas Vizbaras, Co-founder & CTO at Brolis Sensor Technology (LT)

Presentation of the company activities of generic spectroscopic sensor platform based on hybrid GaSb/Si platform and highlight potential application markets.

12:20 – 13:20
Lunch Break

13:20 – 14:00
Session 1: Photonics for Medical Applications (PART 2)

Femtosecond laser made medical 3D microstructures
Linas Jonušauskas, Chief Scientific Officer at Femtika (LT)

Femtosecond lasers have become one of the main go-to tools in ultra-precise micro- and nanomanufacturing. In this presentation capabilities to use this tool in medical device manufacturing will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the flexibility and multimaterial nature of the approach, highlighting how it can help to solve various challenges prevalent in the field.

Photonic sensor for real-time monitoring of H2O2 vapor decontamination process
Ott Rebane, Project Manager at LDI Innovation OÜ (EE)

During the age of multiresistant bacteria and fast spreading viruses, decontamination of any room – but especially medical rooms – needs special focus. One particularly effective method for decontamination is using hydrogen peroxide vapour to decontaminate the air and all the surfaces of a room. In this presentation LDI Innovation presents their photonic sensor development for online monitoring of hydrogen peroxide vapour decontamination procedures.

14:00 – 14:30
Coffee Break & Online Networking

14:30 – 15:30
Session 2: Medical Challenges for Photonics

High-speed microscopic particle analysis in high-throughput screening
Karolis Leonavičius, CTO at Droplet Genomics (LT)

Modern biological drug development is built on the high-throughput screening technologies, which allow to tests thousands of variants for the best functionality. Droplets play a significant role in this field, and laser-based fluorescence screening is one of the few non-contact droplet analysis options, making it possible to process 100s of particles per second. Being able to detect cell or protein function is crucial and expanding the throughput to million-sized libraries allows discovering rare and complex biomolecules.

Customizable SERS substrates and artificial intelligence for medical applications
Paweł Albrycht, Co-founder & CTO, and Joanna Borkowska, R&D Specialist at SERSitive (PL)

Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) is gaining popularity in life sciences as it allows to obtain the fingerprint of a specific substance or even of a cell type. Thus, SERS is now intensively studied as a promising tool for diagnostic and pathogen identification. SERS-based biosensors and microfluidic systems may be fast (a few seconds measurements) and accurate platforms for detecting cancer, food contamination, and even viruses identification. Combining Artificial Intelligence with our recently developed, sensitive and repeatable silver and silver-gold SERS substrates dedicated to potential use in biosensors and microfluidic systems might be a brand new way for medical diagnosis of pathogens and research in the field of life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Nonlinear Optical Microscopy for Cancer Diagnostics
Virginijus Barzda, Professor at University of Toronto (CA)

Novel optical microscopy techniques that provide new image contrast mechanisms have been successfully employed in histopathology imaging and cancer diagnostics. The multimodal nonlinear microscopy techniques will be reviewed, and examples of cancer tissue imaging, image analysis and high throughput machine learning assisted cancer diagnostics methods will be presented.

Photonics research in cancer therapy and industrial spin-off;
Interstitial Photodynamic Therapy and Gas Absorption Spectroscopy
Katarina Svanberg, Professor at Lund University (SE)

Laser based spectroscopic techniques can be used in the detection and therapy of human diseases. Worldwide challenges are the increasing incidence of cancer statistically evaluated to be doubled until 2040. Another alarming situation is the rapid development of antibiotic resistance. Has laser spectroscopy any possibility to meet some of these alarming challenges affecting the whole world. Examples from oncology, and pediatrics/neonatology will be discussed also in relation to research spin-off.

15:50 – 16:20
Coffee Break & Online Networking

16:00 – 17:30
Session 3: Medical Challenges & Photonics Solutions (Pitching)

UVIRESO and the revival of UV germicidal irradiation – pandemic and post-pandemic opportunities
Adomas Klimantas, CEO at UVIRESO (LT)

Submicron-precision laser micromachining solutions for medical & life sciences
Antanas Urbas, Chief Scientific Officer at Workshop of Photonics (LT)

Enabling laser technologies
Kristina Ananičienė, Cluster manager at Laser and Engineering Technologies Cluster – LITEK (LT)

Medical device miniaturization with SSAIL technology
Tadas Kildušis, CEO at Machine One (LT)

Smart cardiac monitoring device for home use
Žilvinas Jančoras, CEO at ZIVE (LT)

Innovative illumination for surgery and scientific applications
Tadas Lipinskas, CEO at Optogama (LT)

PhotonicSweden – A short review of photonics activities in Sweden
Dr. Lennart BM Svensson, Management, Co-Founder at PhotonicSweden (SE)

OptoSigma: Custom solutions for optomechanical product and assembly
Ugo DRIEUX, Area Sales Manager at OptoSigma Europe SAS (FR)