Agency: Department of Energy
State: California
Type of Government: Federal
FSC Category:
  • A - Research and development
NAICS Category:
  • 238990 - All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Posted Date: Jul 16, 2019
Due Date: Aug 16, 2019
Solicitation No: FBO444-19
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  • Original Synopsis
    Jul 16, 2019
    12:54 pm
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Added: Jul 16, 2019 12:54 pm




Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), operated by the Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS), LLC under contract no. DE-AC52-07NA27344 (Contract 44) with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is offering the opportunity to secure a license to exercise patent rights for commercializing its adaptive optics for retinal imaging technology.

Understanding and visualizing the interior landscape of a patient’s eye can be critical in both the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases. Visual information on the health of key disease and injury indicators such as the optic nerve, blood vessels, and retina can be derived from methods such as optical coherence tomography (OCT). Thus, the more accurate and reliable the OCT results are, the better they can aid optometrists and ophthalmologists in treating a patient. Like most imaging methods, current OCT methods are subject to the twitching and otherwise non-still nature of the human eye, resulting in decreased accuracy and resolution of the tomographic image.

LLNL scientists have developed a method to ensure the accuracy of that tomographic image by applying adaptive optics (AO) to OCT in a single instrument (AO-OCT). AO stabilizes the image being captured by the OCT device by utilizing a Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor and a deformable mirror, a type of mirror designed to compensate for detected waveform abnormalities (such as ones caused by a twitching eye) to produce a constant waveform image resulting in a sharp instead of a blurry image. The lateral resolution of the image is further improved by means of a second deformable mirror. Together, the sensors and mirrors stabilize and sharpen the image using the same light source as the OCT, where the sensors “instruct” the mirrors to deform to reflect the best image, thus enabling in vivo visualization of 3D cellular features. The AO-OCT system is further improved by insertion of a Badal Optometer and rotating cylinders to correct large spectacle aberrations such as myopia, hyperopic, and astigmatism. LLNL scientists have found this technology to be so effective that even test subjects without any head restraints (e.g. chin rest, head straps) can produce accurate and clear AO-OCT results.


· Produces clear and consistent tomographic images of patients’ eyes, specifically of microscopic blood vessels and the cone photoreceptor mosaic

· Use of a single light source reduces the complexity of the invention, improving commercial applicability

· Dual deformable AO mirrors build image quality assurance into the technology

· Real-time processing of AO-OCT images

Potential Applications

· Use by optometrists and ophthalmologists in reliably charting the retina and anterior segments of a patient’s eye

· Research applications for more clearly understanding how diseases affect the eye

· Use for OCT imaging of other areas of the body

· Veterinary use in non-sedated, non-fully restrained animals

Development Status

LLNL holds patents 7,942,527 and 8,123,354 both titled “Compact Adaptive-Optical Coherence Tomography System” for this technology (LLNL internal case numbers IL12006A and B), and co-owns a patent 7,791,734 “High-resolution retinal imaging using adaptive optics and Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography” with the Regents of the University of California. (LLNL internal case number IL-11647).

Please visit the IPO website at for more information on working with LLNL and the industrial partnering and technology transfer process.

Note: THIS IS NOT A PROCUREMENT . Companies interested in commercializing LLNL’s adaptive optics for retinal imaging technology should provide a written statement of interest, which includes the following:

1. Company Name and address.

2. The name, address, and telephone number of a point of contact.

3. A description of corporate expertise and facilities relevant to commercializing this technology.

Written responses should be directed to:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Innovation and Partnerships Office

P.O. Box 808, L-795

Livermore, CA 94551-0808

Attention: FBO 444-19

Please provide your written statement within thirty (30) days from the date this announcement is published to ensure consideration of your interest in commercializing LLNL’s adaptive optics for retinal imaging technology.

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Posted Date:
July 16, 2019
Description: Diagram of Optical Imaging System
Contracting Office Address :
7000 East Avenue
Livermore, California 94550
Primary Point of Contact. :
Connie L Pitcock,
Phone: 925-422-1072
Fax: 925-423-8988
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Jul 16, 2019
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General Information
Notice Type:
Special Notice
Posted Date:
July 16, 2019
Response Date:
Aug 16, 2019 11:59 pm Eastern
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Archive Date:
August 17, 2019
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A -- Research & Development
238 -- Specialty Trade Contractors/238990 -- All Other Specialty Trade Contractors

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