The IACOBUS project integrates seven partners from four European countries. Each partner is specifically designated to provide the expertise needed for the achievement of the IACOBUS objectives. The partners are experienced in cooperative research and exploitation of research results. They are recognized internationally for their unique expertise in their fields and constitute altogether a well-balanced interdisciplinary pan-European consortium that will professionally implement the work plan elaborated. The consortium consists of the following three research facilities and four innovative SMEs.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT is one of 66 institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and offers solutions in areas such as biomedical/medical engineering, ultrasound technologies or health telematics. The development offer reaches from consultation and feasibility studies over development of research models and prototypes up to the certified product development and evaluation.

FRAUNHOFER will assure the overall scientific coordination of the IACOBUS project and will develop a suitable multichannel hardware platform allowing combined US/OA, as well as adequate software, signal processing and reconstruction algorithms.


Norsk Elektro Optikk AS

Norsk Elektro Optikk AS was established in 1985 as a privately owned research oriented company within the field of electro optics. The company is today one of the largest independent research and development organisations in electro optics in Norway and has established itself as a manufacturer of advanced electro optical products for an international market.

In IACOBUS, NEO will develop a hyperspectral imaging system for fast overview screening of the hands. Further, NEO will coordinate the certification of the hyperspectral imaging module for usage in a clinical setting.



VERMON SA is one of the world leading companies in Ultrasonic imaging devices for medical applications with focused on research, development and fabrication of ultrasound transducers and has a strong commitment in innovations: 20% of turnover devoted to research with activities in advanced transducer design, optimization of piezoelectric materials and CMUT sensor technology. 

In IACOBUS, VERMON will develop a combined US/OA transducer with integrated illumination.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology is Norway’s second largest university in number of students. NTNU has a staff of about 5000, with over 3000 in academic and scientific positions. Between 250 and 300 PhDdegrees are awarded yearly, within the fields of technology, science, arts and humanities, social sciences and medicine. NTNU has a broad range of contacts with International R&D actors, in academia as well as in industry.

In IACOBUS, NTNU will contribute to the development and testing of the hyperspectral imaging system and the algorithms for data analysis.



Justus-Liebig University of Giessen

The Chair of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology of the Medical Faculty of the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen (JLU) is affiliated with the Department of Rheumatology, Clinical Immunology, Osteology and Physical Medicine of the Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH in Bad Nauheim. The department represents one of the largest German rheumatology centers, providing acute care for approx. 1.500 inpatients and 8.000 outpatients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases per year. Members of the department take part in both self-initiated and third-party sponsored diagnostic and therapeutic trials covering the complete range of rheumatic diseases. In addition, the department runs a large basic research laboratory.

In IACOBUS, JLU together with its Third Party Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH is responsible for conducting the clinical trial to validate the diagnostic device developed within the project.



Ekspla is supplier of solid state lasers, laser systems, optics and other laser components. Its core business is the design and manufacturing of flash lamp and diode pumped solid state lasers, ultra-short-pulse lasers, spectrometers and auxiliary laser modules for scientific and industrial applications.

In IACOBUS, Ekspla is responsible for designing, manufacturing, optimization and integration of tunable wavelength laser source including fiber-optical beam transportation system


tp21 GmbH


tp21 and its interdisciplinary staff (scientific, medical and engineering) is specialized in the planning and management of European RTD projects. The TP21 management methodology considers all aspects of the scientific-technological value creation chain necessary to enable the implementation of research projects, technology transfer, dissemination and exploitation.

In IACOBUS, tp21 is responsible for project management, training, take-up preparation and dissemination activities




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