The Two Biomedical Markets

Tom Hausken

The optics technologies used in both patient care and medical research provide an opportunity to help underserved populations.

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Biophotonics is broad, spanning human and veterinary medicine, agriphotonics and ecosystem management, food and water safety and more. This article examines the human health care aspect of the field—biomedicine. The area is notable for its substantial research funding, which supports a parallel market for scientific research alongside the market for patient care, and for the opportunity it presents for optics to help underserved populations.

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