Looking Back at 2017
By Dr. Kelly O'Connell, Applications Scientist
As the weather cools down and the lights go up, it’s a great time of year to reflect on some big moments of the previous twelve months. 2017 has been an eventful year for almost every department here at FUJIFILM VisualSonics but this is especially true for us Applications Scientists.
Our VisualSonics family grew when two of our fellow Applications Scientists, Kristiina and Magdalena, welcomed baby boys earlier this year. We also expanded our personnel by welcoming Melissa and Sarah to our North American team and Joost to our European team.
As our group grew, we had a bittersweet moment in June when we wished “Happy Retirement” to our colleague, Ben Deeley, who worked with VisualSonics for over 10 years and helped grow our team of Application Scientists into the strong scientific support group that our customers know today.
From a North American perspective, we had an exciting year of travel! We visited well over half of the United States and Canadian provinces this year, traveling to nine states and 2 provinces in the first month alone. We were able to help our customers with all of their exciting, ground-breaking work in cardiology, oncology, photoacoustics and more, visiting labs in cities all over the world. This became even more exciting when our Engineering and Development teams helped create our new Photoacoustic imaging system, the Vevo LAZR-X.
We launched our new product at the World Molecular Imaging Congress in Philadelphia in September. Our new system can now be used without the LAZR Tight enclosure and has flexible light delivery that allows us to perform whole body bio-distribution imaging with updated handling tables.
This method was highlighted in a webinar by Jonathan Lavaud from Plateforme OPTIMAL, Institute for Advanced Bioscience in the same month.
Once again, our customers continued to display ingenuity and scientific rigor as they presented webinars for us throughout the year. Photoacoustic imaging was a big winner this year with 5 researchers presenting webinars ranging from targeted breast cancer imaging to placental oxygenation and more. In the cardiology world, Dr. Craig Goergen from Purdue University also gave an exciting talk on validating a new imaging and measurement tool on the Vevo3100: 4D Imaging. I also covered some detailed analysis of VevoStrain for our customers in October. We have had many exciting Speakers present on a variety of topics over the past 12 months. Be sure to check them out here!
We also had a blast with our marketing team in Toronto this year. After winning “Innovation of the Year” award at WMIC in 2016, the World Molecular Imaging Society came to visit our headquarters and help us film “This is Our Lab,” a corporate video promoting our company and the amazing work all of our employees do.
Our marketing team also helped Applications create training videos! Our customers told us that they wanted more access to hands-on imaging lessons and we responded with videos about proper animal set up and basic echocardiography imaging. Simply register on our website to view these training videos. Keep checking our newly updated website for additional videos in the New Year.
At FUJIFILM VisualSonics, we love traveling the world to help our customers (You!) get the best, most reliable information to advance their field of study. With 2018 just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what you’ll think up next!