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July 9, 2013

Wasatch Photonics to attend The Innovation Showcase, launch new OCT imaging system

Spark OCT

The Spark OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) system from Wasatch Photonics Inc. captures an image of the retina's anterior chamber. Wasatch Photonics' executives will present the technology at The Innovation Showcase, which will be from 1-8 p.m. Thursday (July 11) at Dallara IndyCar Factory, 1201 Main St., Speedway. (Wasatch Photonics photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., LOGAN, Utah, DURHAM, N.C. - Executives from Wasatch Photonics Inc. will attend The Innovation Showcase to present an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging system that provides new information for diagnostics and modeling of disease. The Innovation Showcase will be 1-8 p.m., Thursday (July 11) at Dallara IndyCar Factory, 1201 Main St., Speedway, Ind.

OCT is a 3-D optical imaging technique that can provide much higher resolution compared to ultrasound. William Brown, vice president of business development, said the technology applies to many facets of research and has clinical applications.

"Spark OCT has a deeper imaging range and higher speed compared to other OCT systems on the market," he said. "Further clinical development aims to provide physicians with images to support diagnosis and treatment of patients in many health-care sectors."

Brown described the specifications that differentiate the Spark OCT system from ones currently on the market.

"The 1310 nm wavelength provides better penetration into samples such as skin, and sees through materials such as silicon that are opaque at visible wavelengths," he said. "This system has an imaging range of 10 millimeters with a resolution of 15 microns."

While OCT is customary in many procedures now, Brown said Spark OCT opens up opportunities to enter new areas of medical application.             

"OCT is established as the standard of care for retinal ophthalmology," he said. "With our Spark OCT technology, we can move into new markets such as anterior chamber ophthalmology, dermatology, oncology, image-guided surgery and others."

Brown said Wasatch Photonics is looking forward to attending The Innovation Showcase, where exhibitors have an opportunity to win $60,000 in cash and professional services.

"Wasatch Photonics is looking for investors to support the OCT technology in a spinoff company that will focus exclusively on the medical markets. We are pleased The Innovation Showcase invited us to exhibit and pitch our new OCT system to potential investors," he said. "The development of this device to aid in the diagnoses and treatment of vascular disorders will continue our legacy and goal of developing innovative imaging products."

Wasatch Photonics is headquartered in Logan, Utah, has a division in the Research Triangle Park in Durham, N.C., and opened an office in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette in April.

About Wasatch Photonics Inc.

Founded in 2002, Wasatch Photonics Inc. designs, manufactures and markets high-performance Raman spectrometers, Optical Coherence Tomography systems, enhanced holographic optics for optical networking, spectroscopy, test and measurement, and medical imaging applications. Their high-performance Volume Holographic Optic Elements (HOEs) and gratings are used in a diverse set of industries, including those in the defense and security, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical, energy, education, computer, and electronics markets. Their products are based on proprietary holographic recording media and Dickson grating technologies.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park, with four locations across Indiana, has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park network is home to about 200 companies that employ 4,000 people and are located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.

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Source: William J. Brown, 919-237-5350, wbrown@wasatchphotonics.com