Cincinnati Children’s lighting technology receives licensing agreement

A lighting technology invented by developers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to influence eye development, circadian rhythms, and metabolism, has been licensed by California-based Bios and used in a new product, the company announced Thursday.

The violet light technology, which was developed over the past decade by Richard Lang, Cincinnati Children’s director of the visual systems group and his team, optimizes light exposures to influence sleep and daytime wellness. It was used to develop a tunable lighting system installed in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children’s recently opened Critical Care Building, the first full-spectrum system worldwide.

Over time, Lang and his colleagues worked to understand the role natural sunlight plays in fetal development, according to a news release, discovering along the way that the lights in the NICU could provide a full range of wavelengths found in natural sunlight and affect circadian rhythms. .

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