23 April 2014 ICFO’s spin-off HEMOPHOTONICS wins European Innovation Award

Udo Weigel, CEO of Hemophotonics, SL. with SPIE President Philip Stahl (left) and SPIE Photonics Europe General Chair Ronan Burgess (right).

Project wins first runner-up in the SPIE Photonics Innovation Village. The Photonics Europe Conference is the annual European conference of SPIE - the international society for optics and photonics. The Photonics Innovation Village now in its 6th edition has become an integral part of this annual conference. Developed as a way to support and publicize research teams from universities, non-profit institutions and research centers who are working on research, new applications and product development, the Photonics Innovation Village brought together this year seven multi-lateral projects and six individual projects to showcase Europe\'s (and the world\'s) finest research programs and to encourage the transfer of optics and photonics research and technology into new and useful products. By taking part in the competition, innovative researchers were able to showcase their latest research to industry innovators and other photonics visionaries.

Prizes were awarded in the categories of \"Best Innovation by an Individual Researcher\" and \"Best Innovation by a Multilateral Project, Organization or Company\"

The first runner-up prize in the \"Best Innovation by a Multilateral Project, Organization or Company\" category went to Udo Weigel who represented both, the Medical Optics group led by Prof. Turgut Durduran at ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, and HemoPhotonics for their project, \"A portable diffuse optical Neuro-Monitor.\" This monitor which is now commercialized by ICFO spin-off, HemoPhotonics, is a diagnostic tool which will allow doctors to better care for many cerebrovascular diseases by non-invasively monitoring blood flow in the brain. Dr Udo Weigel, founder and CEO of HemoPhotonics, led the pre-commercial prototype development project during the last two years of his postdoc in the research group led by Prof. Turgut Durduran at ICFO. The project which led to the founding of the company was partially financed under the Prova’t funding scheme (DocNeuro, IU041780))which promotes the production of prototypes and the valorisation and technology transfer of research carried out in the centres that belong to the Research Centres of Catalonia (CERCA) system and by Cellex Foundation Barcelona .