Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Institute for Instrumentation in Molecular Imaging (I3M)
The Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public multidisciplinary research organisation in Spain. CSIC collaborates with national and International universities, public RTD organisations, SMEs, companies and other institutions of a scientific/technological nature. It has a staff of more than 13,500 employees, among these about 3,500 are permanent researchers and more than 4,000 are pre- and post-doctoral researchers. The CSIC has 135 institutes or centres distributed throughout Spain, including 51 Joint Research Units with universities or other research institutions. There is also a delegation in Brussels. It has considerable experience in both participating and managing RTD projects and training of research personnel. Under the 6th Framework Programme CSIC has signed 404 actions (of which 37 coordinated by CSIC). CSIC has been the 5th organisation in Europe in project execution and funding in the 6th Framework Programme. Under the 7th Framework Programme CSIC has signed more than 440 projects (including 42 coordinated by CSIC as well as 22 ERC).
The Institute participating in the HISTO-MRI Project is the Institute for Instrumentation in Molecular Imaging (I3M – www.i3m.upv.es). I3M is a joint Institute of CSIC- CIEMAT and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) dedicated to molecular imaging devices development. I3M members have 15 years of experience in sensors and systems for medical imaging. The group has developed several PET and SPECT systems for biomedical studies with small animals, with innovative and patented designs. It has developed a PET mammograph of excellent resolution (bellow 2mm), within the framework of the EU project MAMMI (Mammography with Molecular Imaging-FP6-2005-LIFESCIHEALTH-7-037555). More recently, it is participating in FP7 coordinating a EU Project to develop a multimaging system PET-MR to accurately diagnose schizophrenia diseases, the MindView project.
The LUMC is a modern university medical centre for patient care and clinical research. It has 700 beds and 7000 co-workers. The Department of Radiology has 300 co-workers, and performs both clinical work on patients, as well as a number of imaging projects involving MRI, PET/CT, ultrasound and interventional imaging.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling more than 2.1 billion euros. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is one of the world’s leading application-oriented research institutions for microelectronic and IT system solutions and services. It ranks first among all Fraunhofer Institutes in size. With the creation of mp3 and the co-development of AAC, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. In close cooperation with partners and clients the Institute provides research and development services in the following areas: Audio & Multimedia, Imaging Systems, Energy Management, IC Design and Design Automation, Communication Systems, Positioning, Medical Technology, Sensor Systems, Safety and Security Technology, Supply Chain Management and Non-destructive Testing. About 950 employees conduct contract research for industry, the service sector and public authorities. Founded in 1985 in Erlangen, Fraunhofer IIS has now 13 locations
in 10 cities: in Erlangen (headquarters), Nuremberg, Fürth, Dresden, further in Bamberg, Waischenfeld, Coburg, Würzburg, Ilmenau and Deggendorf. The budget of 130 million euros is mainly financed by projects. 22 percent of the budget is subsidized by federal and state funds.
The Fraunhofer IIS Department of Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray Imaging developed from the Research Center “Magnetic Resonance Bavaria” (MRB) is an international expert in the research area of MRI and MRS ranging from microscopic, molecular and cellular MR to clinical diagnostics and its translation into biomedical and industrial applications. This is completed by the development and use of specialized spatial encoding and contrast strategies, advanced visualization techniques, hardware development and research concerning MR safety issues. The physics team is involved in the field of 1H morphological and functional lung imaging since 1998 and also has significant experience in training and teaching of students in the EU framework.
DANFYSIK are committed to finding solutions that meet customers’ needs in:
- Magnetic field calculations and measurements
- Ultra stable power supplies
- Beam diagnostics
- Insertion devices, undulators and wigglers
- Ion accelerators and ion sources
- Turn-key systems, electron & ion synchrotrons, and microtrons
Installation, commissioning and after-sales serviceDanfysik accelerator systems Our turn-key accelerator systems and injection booster synchrotrons can be found across the globe. In the near future, our know-how in accelerator systems will help treating cancer patients at ultimate precision with protons, carbon and/or light ions. At the cutting edge of technology our commitment to research and development ensures that we can supply state-of-the art accelerator technology to the highest industry standard. We recently added Green Magnets, to a range of magnets with close-to-zero energy consumption, to our product line. The ultimate in environmentally friendly magnets saves up to 80% in total ownership costs. At Danfysik we produce the most compact magnet systems on the market for synchrotron light sources, with considerable potential savings. Our superconducting magnets based on second generation High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) represent yet another technological breakthrough.
Ownership and workforce
Danfysik A/S is 100% owned by the Danish Technological Institute and have a staff of more than 100 Physicists, engineers, technicians and administrative. Danfysik A/S has been in business for more than 50 years.
The Company is a spin-off from two leading imaging device research centres, the Institute for Molecular Imaging Instrumentation (I3M), a publicly funded Spanish institution, and Weinberg Medical Physics LLC (WMP), a US company based in Bethesda, Maryland. The promoters decided to incorporate the spin-off in Spain in 2012 to exploit, in the medical imaging field, the patents and technologies that WMP had been developing over several years and in which 5 million dollars of federal funds had been invested. The goal of this company is to develop MR scanners, using additive manufacturing techniques, that provide extremely high spatial resolution (≤ 20 microns) using ultra-fast and ultra-strong magnetic fields.