ESI's micromachining system to aid in the battle against Parkinson's disease

April 17, 2009
Electro Scientific Industries (ESI) announced that Lund University selected ESI's LaserMill micromachining system for the production of micro-wires and circuitry.

Electro Scientific Industries (ESI; Portland, OR), provider of photonic systems for microengineering applications, announced that Lund University selected ESI's LaserMill micromachining system for the production of micro-wires and circuitry. It is believed that the wires and circuitrywhich could eventually be implanted into the human brainconduct electrical current to specific areas of the brain to lessen the impairment of motor skills associated with Parkinson's (see also "Nanoparticle silences drug-addiction gene, promises treatment of other diseases (like Parkinson's)").

"We are thrilled to be aiding Lund University with such revolutionary research and development," said Michael Stubelt, director of marketing for ESI's New Wave Research Division. "This is an unusual application for our LaserMill system, but it underscores the tool's wide versatility and remarkable accuracy. The system offers significant flexibility by allowing users to switch between two wavelengths (532 nm/355 nm), while performing micro-precision cutting of various materials and surfaces." While the average human hair has a diameter of between 17 and 181 microns, the tool's high precision, says ESI, will enable Lund's researchers to work with wires as small as 5 microns in diameter.

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is an international center for research and education with approximately 38,000 students. Lund University is respected as one of the best universities in Sweden. For more information about Lund University, go to

In related news, a recent merger of ESI and Zygo was terminated; see "Zygo Board withdraws recommendation for ESI merger."

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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