High Use of Biophotonics in Medical Applications and Research to Drive Global Biophotonics Market

Published Date : Feb 11, 2016

Biophotonics refers to the amalgamation of principles of the two fields: biology and photonics. Photonics is the science of manipulation, detection, and generation of photons. On a whole, biophotonics refers to the application and development of optical techniques, majorly aimed at imaging and examination of cells, tissues, and a variety of biological molecules.

Over the past few years, the global market for biophotonics has seen an exponential growth in the past few years owing to the rising applications of biophotonics principles in the fields of agriculture, medicine, environmental science, and research. Additionally, the rising demand for quality healthcare practices and services on a global front is also emerging as a key growth factor for the global biophotonics market.

Some of the major application areas of biophotonics in the field of research and medicine are:

  • Diagnostics: Advances in biophotonics such as laser-induced fluorescence have come ahead as an active field of research in a number of countries. The technology is used for the early diagnosis of gastrointestinal and lung cancers.
  • Therapeutics: Techniques such as photodynamic therapy have been approved as a new treatment modality for a variety of early-stage cancers as well as for palliative care. Photodynamic therapy takes place with the help of administration of non-toxic drugs called as photosensitizers. The clinical utilization of this technique is currently available for cancers of the type skin, prostate, GI tract, lung, and brain.
  • Biotechnology: In biotechnology, the determination and analysis of DNA and mRNA are performed with the help of a number of optical methods so as to gain detailed information about these structures, primarily with the help of fluorescent-labeled antibodies. Although there are still a numerous limitations in certain optical techniques used in the fields of molecular biology and biotechnology, the limitations can be overcome by utilizing better wavelength selectivity on source and detection sites.

Thus the use of biophotonics in the fields of biotechnology, therapeutic applications, and diagnosis will rise at an exponential rate in the coming years, and the market for biophotonics will see significant growth