Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (CNR-IFAC)

Brief Description

The Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (IFAC, is part of the National Research Council (CNR), which is the main public organization pursuing research and innovation in Italy.

IFAC carries out research activities, experimental development and technological transfer in many areas of Applied Physics and ICT, such as space, aerospace, earth observation, health, nanomedicine, safety environment, food quality monitoring and cultural heritage.

IFAC is the larger institute of the CNR Florence Research Area located at the “Polo Scientifico di Sesto Fiorentino”.
Chemical & biochemical optical sensor group (, led by Dr. Francesco Baldini, is active since the beginning of 90’s in the field of Optoelectronics and Photonics and has been mainly devoted to the design and development of optical sensors for the detection of chemical and biochemical parameters.

In the last ten years, the group focused its attention on biophotonic diagnostics for both invasive/minimally invasive applications and point of care testing (POCT) devices.

Some of the running or past activities of the group are: DNA-based biosensors, immunosensors for the detection of sepsis biomarkers in intensive care unit patients and of immunosuppressant drugs in transplanted patients, optical devices for the continuous monitoring of gastric carbon dioxide, of bile and of interstitial pH, and fluorescence-based and label-free optical biosensing platforms.


Dr. Francesco Baldini, e-mail:


Florence Research Area – CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy.

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz-IPHT)

Brief Description

Photonics, the key light-based technology of the 21st century, is at the center of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology’s (Leibniz IPHT) research activities (

In line with its motto “Photonics for Life”, the scientists at Leibniz-IPHT are investigating photonic and biophotonic processes and systems to address issues in the fields of medicine and the life and environmental sciences.

The insights gained from research are converted into application-oriented procedures, instrumental concepts, and laboratory samples at Leibniz IPHT.

Leibniz IPHT is involved in research and development at the interface of three focal points in research: fiber optics, photonic detection, and biophotonics. Biophotonics serves as the link to all research activities at the institute.

In the Fiber Optics research, focus fundamental studies are performed on the propagation characteristics and the efficient and flexible control of fiber-guided light as well as on fiber modules and fiber systems for a wide application range.

On an international level, the Institute is particularly strong by maintaining a closed chain of production – from material preparation to the development of fiber preforms as well as to the manufacture, functionalizing, and integration of fibers, and to fiber system application. Recent developments in this respect include smaller and smaller structures into the nanometer range, in particular more complex structuring in the core and cladding area of optical fibers, as well as to the use of unconventional materials and material combinations.

Important applications include active fibers and fiber laser sources for multi-contrast imaging as well as biological and chemical sensor technology for fiber-optical solutions in the life and environmental sciences and medical diagnostics. Material processing with novel, efficient light sources, the implementation and study of fiber grating structures, and the fiber-optical measurement and sensor technology with high resolution and sensitivity also play a large role.


Dr. Manfred Rothhardt, e-mail:


Leibniz IPHT, Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena, Germania

Careggi University Hospital (AOUC)

Brief Description

Careggi University Hospital ( has a public legal personality and is empowered with entrepreneurial, organizational, administrative, patrimonial, financial, managerial and technical autonomy.

It is a Trust integrated with the University of Florence and is characterized by the health care activities of hospitalization, specialized outpatient services and Emergency Room /Urgent care services.

It pursues the development of high standard specialization and is a Reference in the Florentine Wider Area as well as on a regional and national scale.

Careggi University Hospital performs unified and indivisible functions of joint patient care activities, education, didactics and research, and is a structural element of the National Health Service, in particular of the Healthcare System of the Tuscany Region, and of the University System. Moreover, it pursues the development of high expertise activities and fosters innovation in organizational and clinical care ambit, also by means of introducing advanced technologies for the diagnosis, the treatment, and the translational research.

The ward of the lower digestive tract tumor, led by Prof. Antonio Taddei, is part of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Group (GOM) and is made up of specialists belonging to Simple Departmental and Complex Organizational Structures of the Careggi University Hospital that deal with: gastroenterology, radiological diagnostics, histology and pathological cytology, general surgery, radiotherapy and medical oncology.

They participate in specialized meetings in gastroenterology, radiological and molecular diagnostics, pathological histology, general surgery, radiotherapy and medical oncology.


Prof. Antonio Taddei, e-mail:


Careggi University Hospital, Largo Brambilla 3, 50134 Florence, Italy

Cecchi S.r.l. (CECCHI)

Brief Description

CECCHI Srl ( was founded in 1968. The company has developed over the years to reach the current size of 5,000 square meters (3,600 covered) and with a staff of 30 people including managers, employees and workers. The company has diversified its activity over the years, adding to the production of springs and small metal parts/components, to the marketing of industrial supplies. Our products are designed for the mechanical, electronic, textile, aeronautical and automotive industries where there are technical and qualitative requirements, stated by international regulations, and our technicians are able to assist you in the design of your equipment and your elastic components with the possibility of make drawings and prototypes. Furthermore, as partners NTS, Odoo and Zucchetti, we are specialized in the installation and customization of company management and international ERP. In 2001, the company has absorbed Prodotec Srl, which had as a main commercial activity the design and production of biomedical instrumentation and devices, inheriting all its know-how and expertise. From January 2002, the company is certified according to the UNI EN ISO 9001: 2015 standard.


Dr. Piero Cecchi, e-mail:


Cecchi S.R.L., Viadotto del Ponte all’Indiano 20, 50142 Florence, Italy


Brief Description

OSCOMED GmbH ( is is specialized on precision technology and manufactures plastic components, injection molds, prototypes, assemblies and OEM products.

The company is engineering partner for well-known industry companies in the medical device industry. An experienced management team with competent employees is focused on efficient solutions to fulfil the product requirements of the customers. Moreover it develops own medical devices in the area of endoscopic gastroenterology and urology.

The main processes operated at Oscomed are microinjection molding, silicone rubber injection molding, gas injection molding, two component molding, extrusion and cleanroom assembly.

The company operates under clean room environment class ISO 5-9 to guarantee low bioburden levels with state-of-the-art technology at its Sonneberg site in Germany (1.400 square meters) and at a joint venture facility of Osypka s.r.o. in Odry (Czech Republic).

The company is certified at all sites according to ISO 13485 and the quality system complies with the guidelines of GMP (21CFR820 of FDA).


Oliver-Marc Rados, e-mail:

Martin Hahn, e-mail:


OSCOMED GmbH, Am Lindenbach 3, 96515 Sonneberg, Germany

JETI Technische Instrumente GmbH (JETI)

Brief Description

JETI Technische Instrumente GmbH ( was founded in January 1998 by three former Zeiss coworkers with the aim to develop, produce and sell spectroscopic equipment under the slogan “Economic and easy to use”.

It has currently 14 employees. The main fields of activity are optics, electronics, mechanics and software development.

So JETI can offer measuring systems developed “under one roof”. JETI GmbH wants to follow the traditions of Spectroscopy in Jena.

It is situated in the south of the city near the University of Applied Science. The company established a close cooperation to many institutes and other companies in Jena.


Dr. Steffen Goerlich, e-mail:


JETI Technische Instrumente GmbH, Tatzendpromenade 2, 07745 Jena, Germany