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January 2020
MOST Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement (GASE) , Taiwan
A Message from the Minister of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan
Biophotonics has become an important enabling technology for facilitating developments in biotechnology and health care. Photons are attractive for medical applications because of their penetrability as well as the fact that they can probe through various light-tissue interactions and eventually carry the information back for following optoelectronic detection. Biophotonics has a major impact on health care since it offers great potential for the early detection of diseases, which is especially important nowadays because the increasingly aging world population is resulting in unique health care problems. Hence, the science of biophotonics is finding numerous point-of-care applications.

In this month’s newsletter, we focus on the research of biophotonics applied in medical devices. There are eight researchers from various fields of expertise who have proposed novel applications in optical coherence tomography, micro/nano-fluidics, optical coherence tomography, cone-beam computed tomography, hyperspectral imaging and Raman scattering. With these issues, we aim to find novel technologies in every aspect of the biomedical industry to make life healthier for human beings.

Liang-Gee Chen, PhD
Ministry of Science and Technology

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