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Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | October 25, 2007
Boston firm sees SBIR funds for eye tests

Boston Micromachines Corp. has garnered a federal grant to support its efforts to improve research and diagnosis of eye diseases, the firm reports.

The National Eye Institute has awarded the Watertown company a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to develop an instrument intended to enable high-resolution retinal imaging. The firm plans to conduct the research with partners at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

The imaging system features a mirror made with micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS, technology, as well as an adaptive-optics, scanning-laser ophthalmoscope. The instrument could be used to diagnose and study eye diseases such as macular degeneration, according to Boston Micromachines.

Founded in 1999, the company is a privately held provider of MEMS-based mirror products used in adaptive-optics systems.

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