Laurent Duraffourg received his master and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from the University of Franche Comté, Besançon, France, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. He received the HDR degree (accredition to supervise research) in Physics from the University Joseph Fourier Grenoble in 2010.
Between 1996 and 2000, his work was focused on optical secure communication, quantum communication, and photon-counting integrated circuits. During 2000–2004, he worked for the start-up PHS-MEMS (Grenoble, France), as researcher on micro-optoelectromechanical systems (MOEMS) and biochemical sensors for biomedical applications. In 2004, he joined the research institute CEA-Leti, to work on micro and nano electromechanical systems (M/NEMS) and detection principles at the nanoscale. Between 2011 and 2014, he was co-director of the Alliance Caltech-Leti for nanosystems VLSI. Between 2014 and 2020, he led the Optical Sensors Laboratory in which he developed mid-infrared photonics. In 2020–2021, he was the head of the microsystems division at CEA-Leti.
He is currently CEA Research Director and CEO of the startup ADMIR. He has contributed to more than 115 publications, filed more than 35 patents and written 2 books.
In the talk, Laurent Duraffourg will present the ADMIR technology that uses a digital Mid-IR spectroscopic imaging system as well as Machine Learning algorithms to classify the types of cells according to the morphological and biochemical features revealed in the images. He will present how ADMIR passes a new milestone by releasing first prototypes and what is the remaining route towards to new generation of tools for tissue or cell analysis for cancer diagnosis.