One important basis for success is an efficient interdisciplinary collaboration between individuals of different backgrounds (medicine, biology, physics, engineering, industry) working in clinics, universities, institutes of technology and companies. Although many research groups are active in this field in Switzerland, interaction between them remains insufficient. The aim of the BMPN is to address this problem by organizing regular activities to promote the scientific exchange and create personal contacts. The BMPN will thus provide a platform to promote collaborative projects, stimulate fundamental and applied research and foster collaborations with SNF, KTI and industry.
Biomedical Photonics has a tremendous potential for innovation. Close collaborations with industrial partners will help to commercialise newly developed techniques and will ensure that development leads to useful, practical instrumentation.