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A Korean manufacturer of optical lens is looking for German and Swiss company that can provide designing and manufacturing technology of optical fiber and LED module for subminiature camera below 2.0mm used in disposable arthroscope. The company has made prototype for optical fiber and would like to develop the product further by cooperating with overseas partners. Commercial agreement with technical assistance, manufacturing agreement and research cooperation agreement are considered.
A Korean company which was established in 2002 is specialized in developing and manufacturing optical element and lens. During the early years of its establishment, the company’s main products were camcorder, digital camera and DVD pickup lens and mobile lens assembly.
The company’s business started to expand further as they developed high resolution optical lens and entered smartphone optical parts (camera module for cellphone) business. However, as the mobile camera lens module market becomes more and more competitive, the company has started developing disposable diagnostic endoscope for arthroscopy (joint treatment using a thin scope which is introduced into the damaged joint), and currently looking for an overseas partner who’s capable of designing and manufacturing module of optical fiber used for the endoscope.
Designing and manufacturing optical fiber as a light source is necessary to extend FOV (Field of View) and closely observe a subject in a short distance. FOV for light of the optical fiber’s first prototype is limited to 70 degrees. By considering the FOV of camera lens, image should be lighted up to 120 degrees with a consistent lighting. The company’s R&D team has developed camera module that’s below 2mm in diameter by using camera sensor below 1mm, and now on testing the image outputs. Based on this, the company wishes to develop the most suitable optical fiber for their product.
* Technical Specification:
1) Optical Fiber FOV 90~120 degrees
2) Diameter < 0.3mm
3) Length 180~230 mm
4) As for LED Module: Wire bonding type >0.5㎜
The company is seeking a technology cooperation with Germany and Switzerland optical fiber company, institute or university lab in medical and healthcare field for developing optical lens module of endoscope, under commercial agreement with technical assistance, manufacturing agreement, and research cooperation agreement. The company has applied for patent in Korea and PCT for the technology.
1. Optical fiber module for camera used for ultra-small disposable endoscope
- The materials and components should satisfy standard for high temperature and high-pressure sterilization of medical device (The product will be tested in high temperature and high-pressured sterilization of 135 degree Celsius within 30 minutes for more than 10 times)
2. Technical specification
1) Optical Fiber FOV 90~150
2) Diameter <0.3㎜
3) Length 180~230㎜
4) As for LED module: Wire bonding type >0.5㎜
- Design rights: 3 Korean rights are registered
- Patents: 6 Korean patents and 2 PCT(for Germany and US) are applied but not yet granted.
- Trade mark rights: 3 of Koreans and 2 of German trade marks are registered
- Type of partner sought : company, institute, university lab
- Specific area of activity of the partner : optical instruments and medical, healthcare products
- Task to be performed: design & manufacture of optical lens module for endoscope