Seven researchers in Lannion are working on the UV4life project, approved by Images et Réseaux and Atlanpole Biotherapies and supported by Oxxius, a Lannion-based business specialising in laser technology, together with Ixblue for fiber optics and INSERM’s Institut NuMeCan laboratory. UV4life consists in the development of a highly innovative, ultra-compact laser that combines high performance with a competitive price offer.
The origins of the UV4life project go back to the Lannion Engineering School (ENSSAT) and the Foton laboratory that first had the idea of developing a laser used in conjunction with Raman spectrometry imaging that works like an illuminated bar code. The sought-after matter (i.e. a bacterium, a cell or a molecule) is identified by changes in the dispersion patterns of the scattered light. This technique offers an alternative to standard sampling techniques, enables the elaboration of tailored treatment plans and limits the risk of relapse.
The development of this compact laser diagnosis support tool will harness the talents of several different professional communities (universities, businesses, public institutions) over a 3-year period. In addition to cancer detection, this technology may also prove useful in areas such as environmental monitoring, food safety (detection of bacteria on a piece of meat) and large-scale drug control.
This exclusively made-in-Lannion laser will receive funding amounting to 1 M€ from the Lannion-Trégor Community, the Region and Europe.