Ocean Optics and Tornado Medical Systems Partner on New Line of Spectrometers

High-resolution, high-sensitivity spectrometers for OEM, distributor and retail customers
Dunedin, FL (April 16, 2012) – Ocean Optics and Tornado Medical Systems have formed a co-development, manufacturing and distribution partnership for a broad line of spectrometers based on Tornado’s High Throughput Virtual Slit (“HTVS”) technology. The HTVS will form the core of a new line of high performance spectrometers being co-developed by the two companies and sold by Ocean Optics.


The HTVS technology overcomes the fundamental trade-off between resolution and light throughput in spectrometer design, without the use of moving parts or electronics. It is adaptable to a multitude of spectrometer designs and easily adaptable to different detectors, gratings and other critical spectrometer components, allowing spectrometer manufacturers to customize their designs specifically to customer needs.

Combining Tornado’s technology and optical design expertise with Ocean Optics’ long-standing track record of reliable and cost effective manufacturing, will result in a full line of high performance spectrometers for Ocean Optics’ OEM, distributor and retail customers.

Tornado’s Chairman and CEO, Stefan Larson, Ph.D., stated, “We are very excited to partner with a proven market leader like Ocean Optics. Their world-class manufacturing capabilities and global market reach are a perfect match for our technology.”

HTVS technology routinely increases light throughput of spectrometers by 10-15 times without compromising resolution. Richard Pollard, Chief Revenue Officer at Ocean Optics explains the promise of this technology, “The spectrometers co-developed by the companies will be, by far, the best performing and most cost effective on the market. The new product offerings will enable a novel way of delivering application performance across the board in optical spectroscopy.”

Co-development work is already underway and the first units are expected to be available by Fall 2012. Ocean Optics and Tornado will be attending Analytica, with product information available during the show and shortly thereafter at www.oceanoptics.com and www.tornado-medical.com. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Ocean Optics Booth in Hall A1, # 127/224 at the New Munich Trade Fair Center in Munich, Germany from April 16-19, 2012.

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