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21 Oct

Dr François Lacombe - "Mauna Kea Technologies : From stars to cells … through hell and heaven"

by Benedetta Biffi
Evening Seminar – industry
6pm, Tuesday 21 October 2014

Abstract: Introducing a novel imaging modality in clinical practice is not an everyday business. If the founders of Mauna Kea Technologies had known, back in 2000, how long the road to success was to be, they might have decided to continue observing … stars. But they never renounced, and history ruled in their favour. Fourteen year later, the company has become the leader in the field of in vivo diagnosis. The presentation will recount the story of the young company who once invented Optical Biopsy, the challenges it faced, its accomplishments but also, sometimes, its failures. We’ll show how collaborations have always been key in our developments, how shared vision can meet tenacity, and how new paradigms may emerge in the course of the adventure.

Speaker Bio: After fourteen years working on major international astronomy projects such as ISOCAM, the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) satellite’s on board camera, ADONIS, the first multi-user adaptive optics system and most recently NAOS, an adaptive optics system for the Very Large Telescope in Chile, François Lacombe started collaborating with Mauna Kea Technologies right from its inception. He joined the company in 2005 as its Chief Scientific Officer. Since then, he has been in charge of fostering innovation, coordinating the intelligence activity and developing the intellectual property, three strategic activities to help the company develop its market, invent tomorrow’s revolutionary products and improve patient care.


Benedetta Biffi

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