, Nov. 19, 2013
/PRNewswire/ - Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSXV: ZMS) (OTCPK: ZMSPF) (Frankfurt: W1I),
a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for medical,
industrial and scientific markets, today announced that its wholly
owned subsidiary Zecotek Imaging Systems Pte. Ltd. has received a
order for its patented Lutetium Fine Silicate (LFS)
scintillation crystals from its strategic partner Hamamatsu Photonics
: 6965) of Japan
. This second order of LFS scintillation
crystals is generated to be used by a third party OEM of positron
emission tomography (PET) medical scanning devices.
"Hamamatsu is actively marketing Zecotek's patented LFS scintillation
crystals," said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of
Zecotek Photonics Inc. "PET manufacturers are recognizing the
cost/performance/IP advantages of using the LFS scintillation crystal.
I am very pleased with the efforts of our strategic partner Hamamatsu.
The LFS technology was well covered at the recent Nuclear Science
Symposium and IEEE conference in Seoul, Korea and in front of thousands
of Hamamatsu's customers at the November Photon fair in Japan. Our
joint imaging projects are well on their way."
On July 16, 2013 Zecotek and Hamamatsu announced a strategic partnership
to commercialize existing imaging technologies and to collaborate on
the upgrade and manufacture of photo detectors, integrated detector
modules and associated electronics and data acquisition modules for the
imaging markets at large. Hamamatsu is the world's leading supplier of
optoelectronics components including photo multiplier tubes and
photo-diodes used in positron emission tomography (PET) medical
scanners, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
projects and other industrial and scientific applications.
Zecotek's patented (US patent No. 7,132,060) LFS series of scintillation
crystals are known for their high light yields and ultra-fast decay
times which allow for faster and higher-resolution operation of medical
and industrial imaging devices including PET medical scanners.
Zecotek's line of LFS crystals also cover a wide range of emission
wavelengths which can be tailored to match the spectral sensitivity of
various photo detectors including the solid-state MAPD photo detector
The LFS scintillation crystals are manufactured under contract by the
Beijing Opto-Electronics Technology Company (BOET), a subsidiary of
North-China Research Institute of Electronics-Optics and an industry
leader in growing, cutting, polishing and large scale production of
scintillation crystals grown by the Czochralski method. Zecotek's
manufacturing process permits the growth of large-diameter boules with
uniform properties and without cracking (a problem with many competing
scintillation materials), resulting in high element output and lower
About Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan) is a leading manufacturer of devices
for the generation and measurement of infrared, visible, and
ultraviolet light. These devices include photomultiplier tubes,
scientific light sources, opto-semiconductors, cameras, and specialized
imaging systems. Hamamatsu Photonics is dedicated to the advancement of
photonics through extensive research. This corporate philosophy results
in state-of-the-art products which are used throughout the world in
scientific, industrial, and commercial applications.
Zecotek Photonics Inc (TSX-V: ZMS; Frankfurt: W1I) is a photonics
technology company developing high-performance scintillation crystals,
photo detectors, positron emission tomography scanning technologies, 3D
auto-stereoscopic displays, and lasers for applications in medical,
high-tech and industrial sectors. Founded in 2004, Zecotek operates
three divisions: Imaging Systems, Laser Systems and 3D Display Systems
with labs located in Canada, Korea, Russia, Singapore and U.S.A. The
management team is focused on building shareholder value by
commercializing over 50 patented and patent pending novel photonic
technologies directly and through strategic alliances and joint
ventures with leading industry partners such as the European
Organization for Nuclear Research (Switzerland), Beijing
Opto-Electronics Technology Co. Ltd. (China), NuCare Medical Systems
(South Korea), and National NanoFab Center (South Korea). For more
information visit www.zecotek.com, follow @zecotek on Twitter and "like" us in Facebook at www.facebook.com/zecotek.
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