Supporting the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic with photonics instrumentation

James Butler, Manager, Business Development Group, Hamamatsu Corporation
Moderator - John Wallace, Senior Editor, Laser Focus World
August 6, 2020

About this webinar

Well-known for photonic components and instruments, we manufacture a wide range of off-the-shelf and custom OEM photonics currently employed in the global effort to detect, monitor, treat, and ultimately defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. From complete slide-scanning systems to ultrasensitive cameras to single point detectors, we are committed to providing the medical and life sciences community with reliable, high-quality photonic instrumentation.

We are profoundly aware of our obligation to participate in the amazing worldwide collaboration battling this devastating disease. Currently we are prioritizing our response to help our partners in research and instrumentation development, and ultimately the frontline workers, fight the pandemic with increased testing, diagnostics, and research tools.


In this interview with Laser Focus World, James Butler from Hamamatsu discusses these efforts in relation to specific photonic applications that are making a difference, including real-time PCR, antibody testing, x-ray and CT imaging, digital pathology, and broader research applications such as genotyping and next-generation sequencing.


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About the presenter

James Butler is the Manager of the Business Development Group at Hamamatsu Corporation. He has been involved with life science instrumentation of one form or another for almost thirty years and has always been drawn to the applications of photonics and light in research and diagnostic equipment. Beginning with roles in biotech and university research after his undergraduate degree in Physics, he subsequently earned his PhD in Biophysics from the University of Rochester. More recently James moved on to become a recovering scientist in sales and marketing roles at several startups and larger instrumentation companies including Nikon Instruments and Hamamatsu. At Hamamatsu he is proud to be a part of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.