The UK Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is going to establish a new National Centre for Healthcare Photonics. The Centre will open in 2017 and will enable companies of all sizes to develop related technologies and bring them to market.
Light can be used to diagnose and treat several medical conditions and illnesses. The UK believes this area offers a huge potential, with applications ranging from wound, skin and cancer care to niche applications in neurology and ophthalmology. The CPI hopes that OLED will be one of the technologies used in the new centre.
A CPI company called Polyphotonx is using OLED lighting panels to create a sleep mask that treats Diabetic Retinopathy, and the company will take part and use the new centre and its facilities. Hopefully this is only the first company to use OLED for healthcare applications.