Zecotek Photonics Inc. has signed a joint collaboration partnership agreement with Hamamatsu Photonics to commercialize existing imaging technologies, and to collaborate on the upgrade and manufacture of photo detectors, integrated detector modules (IDM) and associated electronics and data acquisition modules for the imaging markets at large.
Hamamatsu is a leading Japanese supplier of optoelectronics components with approximately $1 billion of annual sales. Zecotek, based in Canada, develops custom components and lasers for applications in medical, high-tech and industrial sectors.
The agreement combines Zecotek's custom imaging technologies with Hamamatsu’s technological expertise and marketing. Hamamatsu will take over the manufacturing and marketing of most of Zecotek's proprietary imaging technologies, including the commercialization of crystals, solid-state photo detectors and any other photodetector variants innovated by Zecotek.
Hamamatsu becomes the exclusive sales channel for Zecotek' patent protected Lutetium Fine Silicate (LFS) series of scintillation crystals distinguished by their combined high light yields and ultra-fast decay times. Hamamatsu will take the lead on the technological enhancement, large-scale manufacturing and marketing of all Zecotek's imaging technologies.
Zecotek and Hamamatsu will establish a joint program to both improve existing versions of photodetectors and imaging modules, for immediate commercialization and to develop newer versions. Both parties will retain full ownership to all their respective patents and intellectual property brought into the collaboration. The manufacturing and commercialization of existing and new technologies will be performed by Hamamatsu.
Zecotek Imaging Systems has research laboratory facilities in Singapore and Russia. Zecotek Photonics is a wholly owned subsidiary that has established close working partnerships with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, NuCare Medical Systems in South Korea and University of Washington in Seattle.