Horiba Acquires Photon Technology International Business
Horiba Scientific (Edison, New Jersey) has acquired Photon Technology International (PTI) (Birmingham, New Jersey). PTI is
a supplier of research spectrofluorometers, serving the university and research laboratories as well as industrial and biomedical
The acquisition of PTI's worldwide business assets is aimed at increasing Horiba's market share in fluorescence spectroscopy
through PTI's established network in the biomedical field and leadership position in techniques such as intracellular ion
imaging. These techniques are considered crucial in areas such as understanding cellular processes for regenerative medical
therapies and developing next-generation food and agricultural products. All of these application areas have expectations
for rapid growth.
Eighth International Conference on LIBS to be held in Beijing, China
The Eighth International Conference on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS 2014) will be held September 8–12, 2014,
at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). The conference is organized by the Chinese LIBS community, hosted by the Department
of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University, and supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
As in previous international LIBS conferences, LIBS 2014 will provide a platform for scientists and researchers in the
field, engineers from industry, and graduate students to exchange ideas, experiences, and achievements in the research, development,
and applications of LIBS.
The conference will feature invited speakers, oral and poster presentations, and a technical exhibition of recent developments
in LIBS instruments and related products. LIBS experts from around the world will be invited to deliver short courses before
the opening of the conference.
Gabriel Orsinger Wins 2014 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award
Ocean Optics (Dunedin, Florida) has named Gabriel Orsinger of the University of Arizona (Tuscon, Arizona) as the winner of
the 2014 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award.
The award is presented to a researcher who is a graduate student or has completed their graduate work in the last five years
and is the primary author of the best juried paper submitted as part of the "Colloidal Quantum Dots for Biomedical Applications
IX" conference at the 2014 BiOS/Photonics West Symposium. The honor includes a $1000 investigator reward and a company grant
to the investigator's advisor.
Orsinger was honored for his work with advisor Marek Romanowski, a research assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering
at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, as presented in the paper "Intracellular Light-Induced Release of Signaling Molecules
from Gold-Coated Liposomes." Their work describes the use of gold-coated liposomes as a tool for studying cellular behavior
as it relates to cancer and other diseases.