Characterized by extensive licensing, partnering, and other collaborative
activities, with home-based health care as a key driver. First Principals
experience in the Biomedical fields includes: medical devices,
robotic endoscopy, cancer detection with MRI, drug delivery systems, wound
dressings, and biomedical polymers.
The phenomenal growth of the
telecommunications industry in recent years is global in scope. In 10 years,
the U.S. mobile communications business alone could be worth as much as $100
billion a year. The rapid convergence of telecommunications, computing, and
information-content industries will be seen in: speech recognition, digital
television, data security, encryption and medical telemetry.
Battelle Memorial Institute and
other technology forecasters see tremendous challenges and opportunities in
robotics and automation of certain manufacturing technologies. Advances
such as artificial intelligence, smart materials, and user friendly
interfaces overlap FPI's expertise in: robotics and automation, laser
applications, sensors, guidance optics and positioning systems.