16 October 2008

AILU Workshop: Industrial innovation with lasers in the medical sector

  • Sector: Medical Group
  • Location: Photonex08, Stoneleigh Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Nr. Coventry, CV8 2LZ
  • Attendees: All Welcome

AILU meeting October 2008: Medical Group Event

A Photonics KTN event organised by the Association of Laser Users (AILU) Medical Group


TITLE: Industrial innovation with lasers in the medical sector

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This one-day meeting at Photonex 08 is to highlight developments in the application of laser technology to the burgeoning medical and biophotonics sectors. The scope of the meeting includes developments in laser sources, beam delivery, monitoring and control, auxiliary equipment, safety and standards.

Laser technology is vitally important in the micro and emerging nanoengineering fields, providing high-resolution, accuracy, speed and flexibility; in particular, its utilisation in the engineering of micro features is key to the technical and commercial success of many mass-produced components ranging from production of bone saws, cutting of hypotubes for catheters and stents, heart pacemakers, etc. Laser technology is a key technology in innovative products used in the medical and biophotonics fields.

Four presentations in each session are given by experts in their field.


Photonex Industry Breakfast, Strollers Restaurant, Exhibition Hall,
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry

Thursday 16 October 08.45 – 10.00

The Association of Laser Users (AILU) would like to invite you to an informal light breakfast as part of its support of Photonex. During the breakfast you will have the opportunity of reviewing AILU’s ‘Power Photonics’ activities within the Photonics KTN and its plans for the coming year.

This will be an excellent opportunity to meet up with other individuals involved in the application of lasers in industry.

Start the day with breakfast on us! Then visit the exhibition and join us to hear the presentations in our Seminar Programme taking place during the day.

The breakfast is sponsored by Messe Stuttgart who organise Germany’s premier Laser Engineering event LaSys and will take place on Thursday 16 October between 08.45 and 10am.

Please register by emailing the AILU office at


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Session 1: Lasers in medicine and biophotonics

10:30 - 12:30

Chair introduction & Welcome – Paul Harrison, Powerlase

Mike Osborne, OpTek SystemsLaser Processing - An enabling technology in the production of medical devices

Seamus Murphy, Oxford LasersThe Application of Advanced Laser Based Imaging Techniques in the Development of Medical Devices

Simon Andrews, The Institute of PhotonicsApplications of photonics to life sciences

Paul French, GERI, Liverpool John Moores UniversityDevelopment opportunities for laser technology in medical device manufacture

Mike Barrett, Pro LaserSafety when using lasers and IPL in the healthcare and beauty therapist establishments

12:35 - 13:55        Networking

Session 2: Innovative products

14:00 - 15:40

Andrew King, PacerLasers for medical and diagnostic applications: the cut and thrust of cells and photons

Ian Stansfield, Pro LiteNew lasers for medical/industrial applications

Jack Gabzdyl, SPI LasersFibre lasers for medical applications

Bob Startup, JenoptikLaser welding of plastics



To be kept abreast of developments regarding this meeting please register to attend PHOTONEX. Details can also be found on the events pages within the AILU website at Contact the AILU Office or more information about the event or to join the Medical Group (


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