University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) physicist Sergey Mirov, Ph.D. has secured a range of patents for his laser technologies and founded his start-up company Photonics Innovations in 2007.

The Optical Nose's ability to distinguish particular molecular compounds, for example, could give battlefield soldiers the ability to detect explosive devices from a safe distance or help doctors diagnose life-threatening diseases long before symptoms could be diagnosed by today's traditional methods.

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