Coherant Scotland Ltd
For the development of a range of table-top, ultra-fast tuneable lasers which have underpinned advances in the biological and medical research sectors.
Advanced laser imaging has opened up new possibilities in the field of biomedical research, allowing scientists to see cellular processes as they happen, to image organs as they function, and enabled a greater understanding of how the body works.
The specialised equipment needed has until recently been restricted to dedicated facilities or to laser research labs. Coherent Scotland’s Chameleon laser has allowed these technologies to move into the biology labs themselves. The key innovation was in bringing together the physics of wavelength-tunable lasers with user-oriented design to create a system fit for purpose: a one-box, table-top, tunable laser suitable for use in biological imaging systems in non-specialist laser laboratories.
The lasers are now being used to make new discoveries in a wide range of areas of bio-medical research, including in-vivo brain imaging for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Based on West of Scotland Science Park, Coherent Scotland was originally a spin-out of the University of Strathclyde and is now a business unit of Coherent global. Research and development, production and marketing are undertaken at their site in Glasgow, where the Chameleon laser was developed.