Asylum Research Makes Advanced Technological Solutions Ltd. Exclusive Israeli Distributor SANTA BARBARA, CA—As part of its ongoing expansion, Asylum Research, the technology leader in scanning probe and atomic force microscopy, announced today that it has appointed Advanced Technological Solutions Ltd. (ATSL) as its exclusive distributor in Israel. ATSL managers have served nanotechnology and surface science markets in Israel for more than eleven years and offer sales, service and technical support across the country. CARL ZEISS LICENSES DIGITAL PATHOLOGY PATENTS FROM OLYMPUS JENA, GERMANY—Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH and Olympus America Inc. have signed a nonexclusive worldwide licensing agreement allowing Carl Zeiss to access an extensive portfolio of patents held by Olympus in the field of digital pathology and virtual microscopy. The patents included in the licensing deal cover methods and equipment for creating, storing and delivering virtual microscopy slides. The technology enables individuals to view and share high-resolution virtual microscopy images over the Internet. “The handling of digital data has become a major driver of the development of modern microscopy,” says Dr. Bernhard Ohnesorge, member of the board and general manager, BioSciences Division of Carl Zeiss Microscopy. “Integrating the virtual slide functionality into our research microscope systems will enable our customers to become more efficient and to explore new scientific approaches. This will help them to better understand the root causes of the most challenging diseases.” “Global adoption of digital slide scanning continues to expand into new medical and scientific applications,” says Brad Burklow, executive director, business development, Scientific Equipment Group, Olympus Corp. of the Americas. “Olympus is the holder of many important patents in this area, and we feel it is vital to allow broad access to these technologies in order to advance the field of pathology and medical research. We are confident that leveraging these tech nologies will enhance healthcare for patients around the world.” The companies are not making specific terms and conditions of the agreement public. FINALISTS FROM 22 COUNTRIES SELECTED FOR EDMUND OPTICS GRANT PROGRAM BARRINGTON, NJ—Edmund Optics, a provider of optical components to both industry and academia, announces the finalists for its 2012 Higher Education Global Grant Program. The potential grant recipients were chosen from more than 750 applications received globally from candidates representing 53 countries. This year, the Higher Education Global Grant program will be awarding more than $80,000 in products to the winners plus an additional $5,000 to the program that best embodies the legacy of Edmund Optics’ founder Norman Edmund. That’s 28% more in free products than were awarded last year. The 45 hopeful finalists, representing 22 different countries, submitted applications ranging from non-invasive optical systems for cancer detection and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) techniques for macular degeneration to remote laser sensing of insects for malaria detection and optical probing of glacial ice for climatic analysis. Finalists can look forward to joining EO’s elite group of grant recipients who continue to accelerate optical innovation. After securing more in-depth information about the programs, EO’s global grant team will select three award recipients for each region, the Americas, Asia and Europe respectively, based on technical merit and the Innovative use of optics in a lab or research setting. To meet the finalists, please visit www.edmundoptics.com/grant. SURPHASER AND RAPIDFORM SIGN 3D SCANNING SOLUTIONS AGREEMENT SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—INUS Technology Inc., a 3-D scanning software company, announces a strategic agreement with Basis Software Inc., a developer of the Surphaser line of portable 3-D scanners. This agreement enables Surphaser to globally distribute a complete reverse engineering solution combining Surphaser mid- and long-range 3-D scanners with Rapidform’s 3-D scanning software. “We feel the world market is definitely turning to accuracy now,” says Nick Zintchenko, Basis Software vice-president. “By combining the accuracy of our systems with Rapidform’s ability to create CAD models of scanned objects, our customers in aerospace, automotive and facilities management can depend on their 3-D scanning solution results with the best hardware and software combination.” FOR MORE BREAKING NEWS, VISIT WWW.VISIONSENSORSMAG.COM
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