Biophotonics is a newly developed and rapid growing discipline aiming to detect and control biological response and materials by employing photonic technology. Its applications in biology include the study of mechanism, function and structure at molecular level. In the medical field, its applications include tissue studies from a macro perspective and the detection, assessment and treatment of illness through non-intrusive means from a micro perspective. It is a new discipline that integrates biomedicine, biological technology, optics, electronics, electric engineering, informatics, precision machinery, physics and chemistry and targets the solving of problems in biotechnology and medical science.
The newly founded Institute of Biophotonics, together with the Center for Biotechnology, and NanoTechnology Biophotonics Center, is not merely a new approach but also an excellent interface and bridge between engineering and life science. The salient features of the Institute of Biophotonics are the use of the cutting-edge technology of photonics in biomedical research in order to open up new fields of study. At present, we have many advanced research projects and Industry-Academy Cooperation programs with the National Health Research Institute, University System of Taiwan, NSC NanoTechnology Center and Photonic Team and are using our integrated interdisciplinary collaborations as a foundation for mid- and long-term development at the cutting edge life science and biotechnology. Among them, the core imaging facilities of the University System of Taiwan is very special focal point for research equipment in Taiwan and it also serves as our foundation when entering the Asian-Pacific Area as well as the rest of the world.