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  • Ti:sapphire Laser “Pallas,” Side Effects↓ Benefits↑

    Applicable for psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, etc. [Prof. Huh’s Talk on Dermatologic Medical Devices] LaserOptek ② Phototherapy Lasers In ancient Egypt and India, treating skin diseases with materials found in nature was tried even though there were no accurate treatments. These methods had passed on via Ebers Papyrus, and some parts were reinterpreted and are being used today. Light has been used to treat skin diseases 3,500 years ago. Vitiligo has been treated by sunbathing with eating certain plant extracts or seeds and psoralen, a photosensitizer (light-sensitive compound), is isolated later and used as a main phototherapy remedy today. Modern phototherapy had been advanced by Niels Finsen, who used phototherapy for scrofuloderma and won the Nobel Prize in 1903. Then phototherapies with tar by William Goeckerman, anthralin by John Ingram, and psoralen (PUVA) have been applied. Diseases proved efficacies of phototherapy are vitiligo (skin became white because of the local pigment loss), psoriasis (characterized by hyperkeratosis and scales due to abnormal multiplication of skin cells), cutaneous T cell lymphoma, atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, etc. After Parrish and Jaenicke discovered that 313nm wavelengths are the best for treating psoriasis, the narrowband UVB, which uses the wavelengths of 311-313nm, has begun to be standard phototherapy. Phototherapy is beneficial to various skin diseases; however, long-term irradiation of UV rays increases the possibility of skin cancer and photoaging. To minimize these problems, irradiation of narrowband UV rays on the only affected lesion is ideal, but routine phototherapy irradiates all parts of the skin within a certain area, thus those adverse effects are hard to avoid. Hence, irradiating a strong light only on the affected lesion is the ideal phototherapy, and the best tool for this is a laser. The first laser used for these purposes was an excimer laser, which emits 308nm wavelengths of xenon gas and treated many patients with psoriasis and vitiligo. But, a problem of its maintenance cost because of the gas used, and the wavelengths are a little shorter than 311nm—the best wavelength for the treatment—were often pointed out from excimer laser. LaserOptek is reporting many clinical effects by inventing the world’s first “Pallas,” a laser device that is closer to existing UV rays therapy theory, and maintenance cost is much less as a solid-state. Pallas is a titanium sapphire laser, creating 933nm wavelengths of laser beams but reduce 1/3 of its wavelength by third-harmonic generation technology. 311nm wavelengths are not only even closer to the 313nm wavelengths, which are well known as the most effective wavelengths on psoriasis, but also it can penetrate deep into the skin. Moreover, Pallas has 1.7 times more minimal erythema doses (MED) than other lasers, and that it can irradiate stronger with more benefits and fewer side effects. Just like conventional NBUVB treatments, indications of this laser include various autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and alopecia areata. These clinical effects have been reported on leading SCI journals such as the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Lasers in Medical Science, JAMA Dermatology, Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, and others. https://www.k-health.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=49188

    2020.07.07

  • LaserOptek Presents Innovative Medical Devices Created by Professional Laser Engineers

    Key technologies of Laseroptek: laser resonators, short-pulse laser, harmonic generation, regenerative amplifier, and power supply An export-focused company that strives to broaden oversea markets [Prof. Huh’s Talk on Dermatologic Medical Devices] LaserOptek ① Company Exploration So-called “Homo Hundred” era, the skin beauty market gained momentum as the social atmosphere has turned to pursue a healthy, vibrant life. Particularly, dermatologic medical devices have made remarkable progress by expanding into various areas including diagnosis and treatment. Health Kyung Hyang would like to start to explore the evolved dermatologic medical devices through a column titled “Prof. Huh’s Talk on Dermatologic Medical Devices.” Prof. Chang-Hun Huh is a professor at the dermatologic department of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, and he visited related sites to get a better quality of data, wishing for further development of the Korean dermatologic medical device industry. Readers can see the present and future of the medical skin device industry through more vivid and meaningful information achieved from on-site.<editor's note=> Last May 16 was the 60th anniversary of the world’s first laser invention by the genius scientist named “Theodore Maiman” in California. Lasers look like a deadly murder weapon in science fiction movies, but they are essential equipment in real life like a barcode scanner and a CD player. In the medical field, especially in the dermatologic field, we can’t address medical devices without mentioning lasers. █ LaserOptek = Hong Chu, a founder and chairman, had been a professor teaching about laser optics in KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology). With a start-up foster policy for professors by the government, he founded the company in 2000 to make the best laser system with Korean technologies. The company name "LaserOptek" stands for "laser optics technology." They developed a laser system with their technology shortly after the company’s establishment. In the beginning, they also developed industrial lasers in parallel, but now they pay more attention to the research, development, and manufacturing of medical lasers. At the background of the advanced technology, there was a firm research team led by Sang Hyuk Kim, Ph.D. (Chief of R&D center) and Aleksandr Tarasov, Ph.D. (Principal Research Scientist) who were former researchers at KIST. With great efforts of these two men, LaserOptek can get numerous patents and be able to design their own core parts including a laser resonator. In 2019, they also won “the Korea Technology Award” by “the Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy” for the first time in the beauty laser field with “An ultra-fast switching laser-based treatment system with variable wavelength.” Since 2018, Mr. Chang Jin Lee, MBA, has been joined as a president to support marketing, which was relatively weak compared to its high technology and good reputation and to make it stand as a global laser company. With his help, LaserOptek could achieve more certifications of the oversea market and over 30% increment in annual sales. █ Product Line = There are four major product lines and they produce all core parts by themselves: Q-switched Nd:YAG product line of nanoseconds or picoseconds for pigment diseases (Helios, PicoLo), Solid-state UV laser line for vitiligo or psoriasis(Pallas), Er:YAG laser line for peeling or tissue removal (Lotus), and long-pulsed laser line for hair removal, vascular lesion, et al. (Hyperion, Zelos). Their key technologies are ▲Design of laser resonators (gas, liquid, solid) ▲Short-pulse laser design (Q-switch, mode-locking, pulse compression) ▲Harmonic generation design ▲Regenerative amplifier design ▲Power supply design. With these technologies, the company could secure developing new lasers, maintaining high stability, and improving beam quality. █ Challenges = Exports account for more than 70% in LaserOptek. Currently. The main export countries were Asian countries including Taiwan and Southeast Asia, but exports to the United States, Europe (Turkey, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, etc.), and the Middle East have begun since last year. The most difficult challenges in exploring overseas markets are ▲lack of local information ▲time and cost to get and maintain certifications of each country ▲excessive competition within Korean companies in Southeast Asia ▲establishment of brand values in North America and Europe ▲service problems in remote areas, etc. Besides, medical devices, especially beauty medical devices, have a short trend cycle and that a new device should timely come out in the market, but it is not easy due to the long period for certification in Korea. Because a large-scale clinical trial is not available before getting approval for sales, there is a slight lack of time for market development, too. It will be a great help to an export-oriented company like LaserOptek if the government pays more attention and deregulate macroscopically in the future. █ Future Plans = Although it is one of the top three laser companies in Korea in terms of sales, currently, they set goals to develop 2~3 innovative products annually with their own leading technology and to become one of the Big 5 global laser companies within next five years. Recently, they succeeded in getting 10 billion KRW investment. With this, they will enforce research capabilities to develop and release on the market with various product lines. They also have a plan to strengthen marketing and branding as well as continuous R&D investment. If the plan is successfully carried out, it is likely that products of LaserOptek, a Korean laser company, will replace the foreign laser devices in Korea. https://www.k-health.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=48828

    2020.06.09

  • PicoLO received CE approval ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    PicoLO received CE approval -Picosecond Nd:YAG laser(1064&532nm) -Gold Standard for Tattoo Removal -High STability for Optimal Results ⠀

    2020.03.04

  • LASEROPTEK Co. Ltd., and Gale Force Aesthetics, LLC Sign a Multi-Year Exclusive Distribution Agreement

    LASEROPTEK Co. Ltd., and Gale Force Aesthetics, LLC Sign a Multi-Year Exclusive Distribution Agreement for the United States Market The Agreement covers sales, marketing and service for LASEROPTEK's entire line of FDA cleared laser systems to the U.S. aesthetic and medical dermatology markets. SEOUL, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- LASEROPTEK Co., Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of world-class laser devices for aesthetic and medical dermatology applications, is pleased to announce it has signed a nationwide, multi-year, exclusive distribution agreement with Gale Force Aesthetics, LLC. The agreement covers sales, marketing and service for LASEROPTEK's entire line of U.S. FDA cleared laser systems in the U.S. market. Gale Force Aesthetics, through a collaboration agreement with Laser Service Solutions, Inc., of Paulsboro, New Jersey will provide installation, warranty and extended warranty services to LASEROPTEK device users in the U.S. market. "The U.S. represents a significant market opportunity. A partnership with Gale Force Aesthetics and Laser Service Solutions allows LASEROPTEK to effectively cover the entire market, providing exceptional service and support.  We have built a synergistic team providing us the breadth and depth necessary to build LASEROPTEK's business base in this market. This partnership highlights our commitment to support the medical and aesthetic dermatology community with novel devices and ongoing support," this according to CJ Lee, CEO of LASEROPTEK.  "We look forward to showcasing our world class lasers to U.S. physicians via a collaborative effort between LASEROPTEK, Gale Force Aesthetics and Laser Service Solutions," added Mr. Lee. Commenting on the agreement, Jayson Jonsson, CEO of Gale Force Aesthetics said, "LASEROPTEK's devices provide the opportunity to introduce unique, high performance laser systems to our expanding customer base.  The Gale Force Aesthetics network of sales representatives and clinical educators is well-suited to further support the aesthetic device market.  Our collaboration with Ryan Koenig and his team at Laser Service Solutions is a key piece to the puzzle, ensuring that our customers have access to a strong technical service team critical to long-term customer satisfaction." Ryan Koenig, President of Laser Service Solutions adds, "We are pleased to provide the technical service component of LASEROPTEK's U.S. distribution agreement with Gale Force Aesthetics and I anticipate this business collaboration will continue to grow and expand.  I just returned from a detailed technical training program at LASEROPTEK and am thoroughly impressed with LASEROPTEK's technology and quality." To learn more about LASEROPTEK's world-class lineup of lasers for aesthetic and medical dermatology, please visit www.laseroptek.com.  To discuss purchasing or leasing a LASEROPTEK laser in the United States, please contact Jayson Jonsson at +1(925) 705-6206. About LASEROPTEK Co., Ltd.LASEROPTEK is a global technology-driven medical device company in the aesthetic and medical laser market. Founded in 2000 and with its in-house R&D capabilities, LASEROPTEK introduces safe, stable and high-quality laser systems merging advanced laser technology with clinical efficacy. About Gale Force Aesthetics, LLCGale Force Aesthetics partners with best-in-class manufacturers – deploying a nationwide team of independent sales consultants that drive sales while building a strong reputation of excellence for their partners. https://www.galeforceaesthetics.com/ About Laser Service Solutions, Inc.Laser Service Solutions is a laser technology company providing laser repair, rentals and parts manufacturing to the medical aesthetic market. LSS features both in-house technicians and a network of independent technical laser specialists fully trained to provide white glove service for a wide range of devices.  https://www.laserservicesolutions.com/ Media Contacts: Helena Lee227930@email4pr.com +82.31.8023.5150 Christopher Dalton227930@email4pr.com +1(619) 997-7905 SOURCE LASEROPTEK Co. Ltd. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/laseroptek-co-ltd-and-gale-force-aesthetics-llc-sign-a-multi-year-exclusive-distribution-agreement-for-the-united-states-market-300945138.html

    2019.10.25

  • Novel Titanium Sapphire 311nm UV Laser: An Efficacious Alternative to Excimer Lasers for Treatment of Localized Vitiligo

    Professor Jung Min Bae researched comparison between 308nm Excimer laser and 311nm Titanium: Sapphire UV laser (PALLAS). At a result, both of 308nm Excimer laser and 311nm Titanium: Sapphire UV laser (PALLAS) showed equivalent treatment effect and safety. Therefore, 311nm Titanium: Sapphire UV laser (PALLAS) can be alternative treatment for vitiligo treatment. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/novel-titanium-sapphire-311nm-uv-laser-an-efficacious-alternative-to-excimer-lasers-for-treatment-of-localized-vitiligo-300819967.html?fbclid=IwAR1oyVXbZrT8WVQzFsH5i8FlkfVgGbBhHlf7Bfdz7yZfucK-sau7gcMLn8o

    2019.03.18