2018 Innovator of the Year — Richard Levenson

2018 Innovator of the Year — Richard Levenson
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    This is a slide. This is what we've used for a hundred and fifty years or so.
    We look at it with microscopes that also haven't changed and the making of a
    glass slide can be impossible in regions that have no histology laboratories.
    This whole process takes hours and hours. It's actually not cheap; it's not efficient;
    Without a slide you don't have a diagnoses
    and without a diagnosis you don't have treatment.
    MUSE is really a step in the evolution of microscopy.
    It has the great potential of speeding up diagnosis. Point-of-care diagnostics.
    MUSE microscopes which can be deployed in low resource settings can give almost
    instant diagnosis to people who really have no access to the kind of
    diagnostics that are enabled by making slides and imaging them on a microscope.
    I was very fortunate when I came to UC Davis my co-developer,
    Stavros Deimos, who was an old friend, came up to me and said I want to show you something.
    He had a tunable laser and as he changed the wavelengths from the visible range
    down into the ultraviolet range, we could simply look at fresh tissue with
    ultraviolet light, and everything suddenly snapped into focus.
    With MUSE you get a good sense of surface profile.
    That means you can see things that are still connected.
    So nerves stay intact, blood vessels as blood vessels.
    It really hits all the right notes in terms of simplicity, and cost and user friendliness
    and global application and honestly I'm thrilled to be part of this process.
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