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Using optics and photonics to develop innovative technologies

INO is the largest centre of expertise in optics and photonics in Canada and is among the best technological research centres in the world. Through multiple light applications, from laser and fibre optics technologies to imaging systems, INO controls light to capture, identify, predict, decide or transform the real world.

Its innovative solutions support Canadian businesses in several key industries through four business units: Biomedtech; Defense, Security and Aerospace; Sustainable Resources, Agriculture and Infrastructures; and Advanced Manufacturing.

With our ISO 13485 certification, we specialize in custom solutions designed to your specifications, from medical device design through to prototyping and fabrication.

Both advanced medicine and point-of-care medicine—now often connected—shape how we view traditional medicine. Innovations like early diagnosis and microsurgery help improve quality of life.  These changes come with significant challenges that keep our teams on the lookout for new possibilities and drive them to innovate.

Not only do we design cutting-edge medical devices, but our experts can also help pharmaceutical industries by providing tools to help with new drug discovery. The society we live in faces major challenges ranging from population aging to new viruses and pollution. Healthcare costs have exploded, and we are often in a race against time to find new vaccines, treatments, or medications. With INO, you get a technological leg-up that allows for more effective monitoring during the discovery phase and increasingly advanced clinical testing, so you can take full advantage of the commercial opportunities that arise.

We develop highly advanced systems for a variety of specialized fields, including:

  • Drug development
  • Ophthalmology
  • Diagnostics
  • Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Surgical navigation
  • Neurosurgery
  • Dentistry


Thanks to the skills and knowledge of our experts, we provide support in numerous areas of specialty:

  • Microscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Calibration
  • Light-tissue interactions (Diffusion, absorption)
  • Systems engineering
  • Advanced 2D and 3D image processing
  • Light delivery of samples and tissues
  • Fiber optics for sensing and probes
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