President Biden awards "National Medal of Technology and Innovation" to OCT inventors

Prof. James Fujimoto (MIT Boston), Eric Swanson (University of Michigan) and Prof. David Huang (Oregon Health & Science University) were honored with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for the development of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) by Joe Biden at a White House ceremony on October 24, 2023.

 The National Medal is the  highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the United States on America's leading innovators.

Since three decades, Prof. James Fujimoto has been collaborating with the Institute of Biomedical Optics. He was already a speaker in the Oberseminar in 1997 and 2011 and was awarded the European Inventor Award for the development of OCT together with Institute Director Prof. Robert Huber in 2017. Robert Huber himself was a postdoctoral researcher in the Fujimoto group at MIT from 2003 to 2007. Their scientific exchange to date has led to a large number of joint publications and is the basis for further joint research work.

We congratulate Prof. Fujimoto, Prof. Huang and Eric Swanson on this outstanding award.