MADISON – OnLume Inc., a medical device company developing novel surgical lighting technology in collaboration with researchers led by Kevin Eliceiri at the Morgridge Institute for Research and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, today announced support from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to accelerate work on a fluorescence image-guided surgery (FIGS) system.

OnLume received the $300,000 Phase I SBIR grant through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the development of imaging and lighting systems for transient lighting in fluorescence image-guided surgery.

The SBIR program is highly competitive, encouraging small businesses to engage in federal research and development with the potential for commercialization.

FIGS systems use fluorescent dyes for real-time intraoperative imaging of subsurface blood vessels, perfusion, and cancer, in which residual cancerous cells give off light that surgeons may use to guide the removal of additional tissue. But the light-sensitive technology typically requires a darkened operating environment, limiting its use to surgeons and disrupting the treatment process.

OnLume transient lighting technology enables fluorescence-guided methods to work in the operating room without any discernible loss of light for surgeons. Read the full story here.