Curadel’s mission statement may be simple, but the technology we’ve developed isn’t. As we like to joke, “It may not be rocket science…but it is brain surgery”.
FLARE® stands for FLuorescence-Assisted Resection and Exploration and is a unified platform technology that combines near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent contrast agents with devices that can see the otherwise invisible NIR light. NIR light is everywhere but is invisible to the human eye. In fact, FLARE® systems have been engineered to use less NIR light than that found on a bright sunny day.
Working seamlessly together, FLARE® permits two independent targets to be highlighted in living subjects simultaneously and with high sensitivity and specificity. These targets might be tumors, blood vessels, nerves, lymph node, glands, or whatever else the researcher, veterinarian, or surgeon needs to see in order to do a better job.
FLARE® contrast agents can be thought of as Anatomic Enhancers™. Most objects in the body are hard to see because they are covered with blood, are similar in color to nearby structures, or both. FLARE® contrast agents create high levels of contrast in their targets so that they can be seen through blood and even overlying tissue. Objects that would otherwise be invisible are made visible using FLARE®. Seeing is curing®…and FLARE® is lighting the way.
FLARE® technology empowers researchers to make discoveries unthinkable just a few years ago. Because Curadel originated from the laboratories of academia, we also pride ourselves on helping our clients set ambitious goals and then reaching them.
FLARE® technology is essentially an Anatomic Enhancer™ that induces contrast in any desired tissue, tumor, or organ in the body. This contrast, in the form of otherwise invisible NIR fluorescence, provides surgeons with an unparalleled ability to discriminate one tissue type from another, even if obscured by blood and tissue. FLARE® devices and drugs work seamlessly together to extend the surgeon’s vision into the near-infrared and in so doing will revolutionize human surgery. In fact, FLARE® technology has the potential to impact every stakeholder in the healthcare continuum.
Curadel’s mission statement is “We exist to alleviate suffering.” While Curadel ResVet Imaging focuses on basic research and veterinary applications of FLARE® technology, Curadel Surgical Innovations is focused solely on alleviating human suffering.