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2011 MIRTHE IFG Conference
The 2011 MIRTHE Investment Focus Group conference gathered representatives from medicine, industry, academia, and the investment community to discuss market prospects and commercialization strategies for clinical applications of mid-infrared technologies

by Bernadeta Wysocka, MIRTHE Industrial Liaison, and Phillip Braun, MIRTHE Special Projects Manager

MIRTHE, in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, hosted its second Investment Focus Group (IFG) conference, "Workshop on Medical Applications of Mid-Infrared Technologies," on October 12, 2021 at Princeton University. The IFG was established in 2010 to facilitate the transition of mid-IR technologies from R&D to the marketplace by making prospective investors aware of potential opportunities, especially start-ups. This October's event, which featured presentations on topics such as breath analysis, environmental exposure, medical imaging, cancer detection, laser surgery, and glucose monitoring, familiarized venture capitalists and other investorswith a maturing, but previously underexposed, set of Dr. Raed Dweik of the Cleveland Clinic meets with William Heetdirks (NIH) and Tom Melzer (RiverVest Venture Partners)
Dr. Raed Dweik of the Cleveland Clinic meets with William Heetdirks (NIH) and Tom Melzer (RiverVest Venture Partners)

Jon Sobus of the U.S. EPA talks with Stephen So and Matthew Escarra, both of MIRTHE start-up Sentinel Photonics
Jon Sobus of the U.S. EPA talks with Stephen So and Matthew Escarra, both of MIRTHE start-up Sentinel Photonics
applications for mid-infrared technologies. Clinicians, investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and students came together to discuss these applications; presentations were given by the NIH, EPA, as well as MIRTHE researchers, industrial partners, and medical collaborators. The conference also included a poster session, providing additional networking opportunities.

City College of New York post-doctoral researcher Ihor Sydoryk was enthusiastic about the event: "First of all, it... helps to foresee and correlate research with current directions and needs of industries and [the] market. Secondly, [it] provides a lot of opportunities for fruitful cooperation and networking." Entrepreneur Stephen So
noted, "Attending the IFG [conference] provided many interesting contacts, and some useful feedback. It also helped us [at Sentinel Photonics] understand the development direction we need to take for medical applications."

The agenda with presentations as well as photos and videos from the event can be viewed here. We hope to host similar events focused on applications, investment, and commercialization in the future.

Sensor engineer and entrepreneur Patrick McCann (Ekips Technologies, University of Oklahoma) discusses mid-IR medical applications with gastroenterologist and breath analyst Steve Solga (St. Luke’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins) during a poster session at the IFG meeting
Sensor engineer and entrepreneur Patrick McCann (Ekips Technologies, University of Oklahoma) discusses mid-IR medical applications with gastroenterologist and breath analyst Steve Solga (St. Luke's Hospital, Johns Hopkins) during a poster session at the IFG meeting