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CNP Partnerships with industry

Scientifica Centre of Excellence

Launched in June 2017, the Scientifica Centre of Excellence at the Neurophotonics Centre in Quebec City has provided Summer School students with on-site technical support from Scientifica experts, thereby ensuring all Scientifica multiphotonic microscopes used during this event work optimally.

Additionnally, the center is hosting visits for scientists interested in learning more about these systems and ​their capabilities.

Another objective of the Scientifica Centre of Excellence is to allow an unrestricted customization of the Scientifica equipment to match the needs of neuroscientists, who often cannot find the right tool for their investigation when relying solely on standard commercial equipment. This unparralleled customization capability offers neuroscientists of the Canadian Neurophotonics Platform the best of both worlds, giving them the type of flexibility they need, while maintaining the support of Scientifica’s engineering team.

Doric Lenses

Involved in technological development of miniature portable instruments for imagery in mice (microendoscopes), photometry, and wireless devices for multisite measurement of neuronal electrical activity.

Doric Lenses is also involved with the CNP to train highly qualified personel through MITACS internships for graduate students, and during the Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School.

In addition, Doric Lenses has hired many students from the Biophotonics program at Université Laval at the end of their studies.

Bliq photonics

Bliq photonics is a spin-off of the CNP, specialized in the development, production and marketing of new solution in optic microscopy. In collaboration with Yves De Koninck’s team, it works to deploy the technologies of the axicon and SLAM by using exclusive operating licenses for these patented technologies and incorporating them in microscopes it develops and produces.

Bliq photonics also employs researchers that have graduated from the Biophotonics Graduate Program.  These graduates possess the necessary experience to work efficiently on the advanced optical systems destined for research in biological sciences.


In partnership with Professor Daniel Côté from the CNP, Zilia combines imagery, spectrometry and artificial intelligence to detect biomarkers involved in eye, neurological and systemic diseases.

LumiSTAR Biotechnology

LumiSTAR has licensed red and near-infrared Ca2+ biosensors developed by the team of Robert E. Campbell. These biosensors are being used for characterization of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), high content all-optical phenotypic screening, drug discovery, and toxicity testing.