MedLumics names Wolfgang Drexler as advisory board president

Aug. 24, 2012
Medical imaging diagnostics company MedLumics, which specializes in advanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology, has appointed OCT expert Prof. Wolfgang Drexler as president of the company's Scientific Advisory Board.

Medical imaging diagnostics company MedLumics (Madrid, Spain), which specializes in advanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology, has appointed OCT expert Prof. Wolfgang Drexler as president of the company's Scientific Advisory Board. In his new role, he will help drive strategic decision-making related to the development of the company's proprietary microchip-based OCT platform and its product application in different clinical areas.

The company's OCT imaging technology integrates all optical and electrical components in a compact, microchip-based system that can that can produce dynamic, real-time, high-resolution diagnostic images with a tissue penetration capability of up to 2 mm. The proprietary technology is designed to allow physicians to perform a noninvasive optical "digital biopsy" of tissues that avoids damage to vulnerable structures, reduces procedure time, and eliminates the invasiveness of conventional biopsy tissue sample extraction in medical specialties such as cardiology and oral surgery.

Currently head of the Center of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria, Drexler brings more than 15 years of expert focus in OCT. His pioneering work began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA), where, as a Max Kade grant holder, he devised and built the first ultra high-resolution OCT unit. Drexler later received his qualification as lecturer in medical physics at the University of Vienna and went on to become the director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Laser Development and their Application in Medicine. In 2001, Drexler won a prestigious START Award from the Austria Science Fund, allowing him to build an international scientific reputation. In 2006, he became head of the Biomedical Imaging department at the University of Cardiff in Wales, where he had been serving as one of the members of the governing research council with responsibility for 80 employees as the director of Investigation of the Optometry and Vision Science Department.

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