February 15, 2007

Photonics and ultrasound engineering researchers from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and George Washington University created a spinoff company in 2003 to market a novel optical scanner miniaturized enough to be inserted into the body, where its light beams could someday detect abnormalities hidden in the walls of the colon, bladder or esophagus. The experimental device is called an "electrostatic micromachine scanning mirror for optical coherence tomography." Memscept founders include Jason Zara, an assistant professor of engineering and applied science at George Washington, and Stephen Smith, a professor of biomedical engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering. Zara is a former graduate student of Smith.