Optics and photonics technologies are the keys to bolstering and expanding the economy and stimulating new solutions to challenges in energy, healthcare, and other important areas of life, says a study released today by the U.S...August 13, 2012
Optics and photonics technologies are the keys to bolstering and expanding the economy and stimulating new solutions to challenges in energy, healthcare, and other important areas of life, says a study released today by the U.S. CEO Eugene Arthurs. “The technologies enable applications ranging from the internet and the equipment it is both sent across and received on, to new tests for cancers and treatments for stroke and other brain disorders that transmit data from the body using beams of light. Very large numbers of direct and enabled jobs for the future depend on mastery of optics and photonics.”
Because of the role as an enabling technology in multidisciplinary applications with electronics, chemistry, and other fields, the exact economic impact of optics and photonics is hard to measure, the report noted. Conservative estimates start at more than $500 billion in revenues and 1.5 million jobs in the U.S. that are directly related to or enabled by optics and photonics technologies. Board of Directors.
“State-of-the art photonics research is driving remarkable advances that will make personalized medicine a practical reality,” Tromberg said. “Light-based technologies will help us discover more effective drugs, optimize how individuals respond to medications while minimizing side effects, restore vision and reverse damage to sensitive neural tissues, and provide ‘guide stars’ that dramatically improve surgical accuracy. These advances will help reduce health care costs by providing better methods for patient management that minimize costly procedures and extended hospital stays.”
Tromberg emphasized that the successful commercialization of research requires a strategic focus such as the National Photonics Initiative proposed in the NA report.
“Our continued strategic investment in photonics is essential for maintaining a robust pipeline of new discoveries that fuels both commercialization and clinical translation,” he said.
Dennis Matthews, director of the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis, also stressed the economic impact of optics and photonics, along with the importance of new technologies for diagnosis in the field.
"Harnessing light for the life sciences and medicine has grown into a multi-billion-dollar worldwide industry and a strategic thrust of government sponsored research on every continent,” Matthews said. “Modern optical techniques now provide microscopes that rival the resolution only thought possible using electrons or x rays a few short years ago, enabling early detection and efficacious treatment of disease from analyzing a drop of blood with field-portable rapid-assay instruments."
Significant potential lies in the area of manufacturing, the “Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies” report notes...The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/8/prweb9793096.htm