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A Look into the Body
[ Issue 159 Page 3 ] Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 22:13:04 Kum Seok Nam Staff Reporter snam2015@kaist.ac.kr

Professor Pilhan Kim of the Graduate School of Nanoscience and Technology has developed a high speed IntraVital Microscope (IVM) that is expected to have resounding effects in the biohealth market. Through research conducted in collaboration with the Medical Bioconvergence Research Center (Biocon) and Seoul National University Professor Sung Hoon Kim, Professor Kim was able to develop a three-dimensional, laser-scanning biomicroscope. Using this new technology, Professor Kim has created a startup by the name of IVIM Technology, Inc.

The IVM technology can be used to scrutinize the interactions between cells across the body and explore the infection and mutation stages for various diseases, giving it high potential to be a next-generation medical imaging technology. The IVM distinguishes itself from its imaging counterparts such as X-rays through its ability to create a three-dimensional visual that depicts individual cells in various vital areas inside the body. The IVM is able to look at the internal cell movement through an interface outside the body. In addition, the IVM is able to use multicolored lasers to distinguish specific areas, internal walls, and proteins on a single monitor.

The uses for the IVM have also been receiving attention from the pharmaceutical industry. Recent medical advancements require more than simple synthetic drug development. Many new pharmaceutical products such as immunotherapy drugs utilize synthesis on a cell-by-cell scale. Professor Kim and his research team are continuing development on the basis of this technology with Biocon in order to make IVM a critical technology in the pharmaceutical industry.

Professor Kim commented, “IVM is a technology made to advance from a physical phenomenon to an overall analysis. In a society with an aging population, IVM will transform the biotechnology market by acting as a key technology in pharmaceutical and medical research.”

IVM visuals for a rat
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