II-VI segments the life sciences instrumentation market into three categories based on core functional use – biotechnology, medical, and scientific. Biotechnology platform examples include sequencing for drug discovery, microbiology, virology, cellular biology research for pharmaceutical development, and whole-animal studies. Medical systems typically deliver solutions at or near the patient, with examples spanning from laser treatments, endoscopy procedures, ophthalmic surgery, and internal fluorescence imaging to some point-of-care platforms. Lastly, the scientific segment targets air, water, food, and pharmaceutical monitoring and testing and even extends to astronomical imaging applications. Overall, this type of market segmentation allows suppliers who support life sciences instrumentation manufacturers to design and deliver ideal segment-specific solutions.
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Biotechnology instrumentation, which involves analyzing living organisms or parts of organisms, is used in research and commercial applications such as genetic sequencing, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) analysis, flow cytometry, and diagnostics. A common design theme involves integration of a light source, optics for signal propagation, and final delivery to a detector. Most platforms rely heavily on materials, optics, lasers, and thermoelectrics, and the combined integration of these components and subassemblies is critical for overall platform performance.
For instance, most biotechnology instrumentation includes a light source to direct and propagate light through an optical system, which often integrates filters, lenses, windows, gratings, flow cells, and other components. The light ultimately reaches and interacts with the sample, and emission signals are directed to detectors for signal processing and data output. Despite similarities in overall system architecture, the ultimate requirements for any given platform can vary significantly in terms of design, integrated optics and lasers, thermoelectrics, and other critical system parameters. In turn, the instrumentation can bring more value when suppliers drill down further to design application-specific solutions.
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The medical instrumentation segment is quite diverse; however, medical laser platforms are widespread and do share architectural similarities. Laser illumination is typically targeted at, near, or inside the patient for treatment, measurement, or observational purposes. Medical laser applications enable cosmetic and ophthalmic treatments as well as dental and other surgical procedures. They are also used in imaging applications such as endoscopy and optical coherence tomography, and in therapeutics. Clinical laser applications can be invasive or noninvasive but often require clinical laser system developers to match materials and tissue absorption characteristics. Overall, for optimal laser system results, it is critical to choose an optics and laser supplier who offers a broad, high-performance portfolio designed for medical use.
The scientific instrumentation market segment includes air, water, food, beverage, and pharmaceutical testing and monitoring, which will drive development of field-deployable and rugged instrumentation as environmental and safety concerns become more prevalent. Scientists working in this field rely heavily on molecular spectroscopy, which helps them understand critical information about sample characteristics and molecular interactions. The technique relies on illuminating samples with light and analyzing the emission signals. Platform examples include spectrofluorometers, filter fluorometers, FT-NIR, and fluorescence-lifetime systems. These instruments rely on a light path that delivers efficient illumination of the sample, collection of the signal, and low-loss propagation of the emitted signal, along with sensitive low-noise detection.
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