Zecotek Receives United States Patent Allowance for its MAPD Solid-State Photo Detector
SINGAPORE, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX-V: ZMS) (Frankfurt: W1I), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for medical,
industrial and scientific markets, today announced that the United
States Patent Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for its
Micro-channel Avalanche Photodiode (MAPD) solid-state photo detector.
The Company is focused on strengthening its patent portfolio specific
to imaging technology and associated components, and this patent
allowance represents another important step is securing intellectual
property related to all key elements for a high performance PET
“The US patent allowance for our MAPD solid-state photo-detector is
important to our strategic alliance with Hamamatsu Photonics and our
relationship with the prestigious science institution CERN,” said Dr.
A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc.
“The MAPD solid-state photo detector is a key alternative component for
the development of a new generation PET scanner, and having protection
of the underlying MAPD technology is very important to our Company and
our shareholders. The MAPD is now patented in the United States,
Russia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and China, and patents are
pending in other countries. We will continue to be vigilant with
respect to the security of our technologies patent portfolio.”
Zecotek’s proprietary MAPD-3N is a design upgrade of the previously
announced MAPD. It offers significant performance-cost advantages over
competing photomultiplier tubes (PMT) and other solid-state, silicon
based photo-detectors. Its good recovery time, unique radiation
hardness and display of the highest possible linearity make it a prime
component for the improved detector designs required in the next
crucial phase of high energy experiments at CERN. Its low manufacturing
cost, excellent timing resolution and Photon Detection Efficiency are
key characteristics for the new configurations of high resolution PET
(Positron Emission Tomography) scanners.
The MAPD-3N is supplied to customers through Zecotek Imaging Systems
Pte. Ltd., Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zecotek Photonics
Inc., and manufactured under contract by the National NanoFab Center,
Daejeon City, South Korea.
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
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