New Circularly Polarizing Film to Help Detect Disease Biomarkers

hilite-filmResearchers at University of Michigan are investigating the use of circularly polarized light to help detect the presence of proteins and DNA strands that serve as biomarkers for cancer and other diseases. Their technique relies on tagging the target molecules with other molecules that are carrying a coating reflective of circularly polarized light. This kind of light being naturally rare is easily detected, but the equipment is large and expensive.

To overcome this problem The U of M team developed a special film that helps produce circularly polarized light, avoiding the use of traditional components and allowing for small devices that can be used at the patient bedside.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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