Photonics4Life gathers the human resources, the infrastructure, the capabilities, the expertise and knowledge of more than 50 top-research institutes in the field of Biophotonics. With its partners it spans across the value chain from photonic components to applications and from fundamental to applied research. P4L maps, structures and integrates the research and developments across the subdisciplines of photonics for

  • Analysis of cell processes,
  • Micromanipulation and therapy,
  • Non- and minimally-invasive diagnosis and therapy
  • Point-of-care diagnostics.

The network bridges the gap between basic research in physics and chemistry, evaluation of methods by biologists, application oriented development of biophotonic components and systems by engineers and medical or biological research and applications by medical doctors.
Although P4L is driven by academic institutes it has a close link to industry through its industrial user club (IUC). The IUC is the link between P4L and industry to exchange R&D results, to jointly start additional activities or novel projects and to create innovations, enhancing the competitiveness of Europe‘s biophotonics related industry. Through the IUC awareness is created of the added value which new developments in biphotonics offer in biomedical and health sciences. In collaboration with industry P4L strongly contributes to solve the biggest global problem of exploiding health care costs by providing means of a non-invasive, affordable and optimized health care.
Companies which become a member of P4L’s industrial user club will get access to all the information on biophotonics and on the expertise and collabortion opportunities in P4L as well as on related methodologies and technologies, continuously gathered by the network and provided through its knowledge management centre. Two membership possibilities offer flexible integration into Europe's biggest Biophotonics Network.

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Two P4L devices were honored with the Innovation Award

17 April 2014

The Bio Particle Explorer and the Optical Neuro-Monitor, two successful examples of interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of biophotonics, were 1st and 2nd runner up for the Innovation Village Award at Photonics Europe 2014 in Brussels. [more]

Biophotonics Wiki

Visit our wiki to consult our latest technologies and techniques. [more]


International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors OFS23

Jun 1 - Jun 5 2014 , Santander, Spain

The International Conference on 'Optical Fibre Sensors', OFS, is acknowledged as the world's leading conference on all topics related to photonic sensing technologies. OFS has provided a vibrant forum for reporting the latest advances in fibre-optic and photonic sensing technologies and related devices, as well as it has fostered the exchange of knowledge and ideas within the research and industrial communities. [more]

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