The Lightsense handheld spectrometer platform provides unique solutions to the challenges of identifying substances in multiple markets needing quick and accurate identification. Our spectrometers are lightweight, easy to use, and highly accurate as well as faster and less expensive than competing products.

Illicit Drug Detection
The opioid epidemic, along with recently reported increasing consumption of other illicit drugs, in particular methamphetamine, remains a critical public health issue in the United States. Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug in the United States, resulting in more than 28,000 cases of fatal overdose in the US in 2017 out of a total of more than 70,000 deaths. Lightsense has developed a unique and patented technology platform for the detection of illicit drugs with point and shoot handheld optical scanners that can detect all the major categories of illicit drugs: methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, with high sensitivity and accuracy.
Industrial Process  Monitoring

The efficient control and regulation of process parameters in industrial processes, such as in a semiconductor fabrication facility, is a fundamental requirement in detailed manufacturing processes, along with environmental releases and control, to provide both a healthy working environment for employees and reduction of environmental and greenhouse gas emissions. Lightsense miniaturized spectrometers can be used for real-time in-line process control of process steps. Gases, liquids, and solid substances can be continuously monitored with Lightsense Technology’s spectrometers to optimize yields and production efficiency, while also allowing for control and minimization of emissions and serve as a warning system for potential issues or hazards.

Pathogen Detection

For detection of viral pathogens, in particular Coronavirus, the source of Covid-19, there is a critical need for tools that can provide real-time, point-of-need results by untrained operators. Current technology is either slow (hours and days for PCR) and expensive, or uses blood samples (antibody), often requiring clinical settings. Lightsense has developed a new spectroscopy architecture with extraordinary sensitivity, Enhanced Photoemission Spectroscopy (EPS), a technology platform that provides solutions that are simple, fast and low-cost detection of viral pathogens in saliva with a handheld scanner and is expected to take about ~2 minutes.

Food Safety

Food safety is a large and growing problem with 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths yearly in the US. A new spectroscopy architecture developed by Lightsense, Enhanced Photoemission Spectroscopy (EPS), as a handheld scanner, can quickly and easily detect bacterial pathogens and is expected to become an important tool for safeguarding the food supply in processing plants, supermarkets, and restaurants (especially fast-food chains, and the new “delivery” supply chains).

Medical Diagnostics and Hospital Use
The patented Lightsense spectrometer architecture, Enhanced Photoemission Spectroscopy (EPS), form the basis for analytical instruments for use in non-invasive medical diagnostics to analyze bodily fluids, such as saliva, sputum, urine, and sweat. Combined with AI analytics, patterns in the spectra can be used to detect biomarkers indicative of disease and recognize the current disease progression. In hospitals, EPS spectroscopy will be used as QC/QA tools to verify the composition of drug mixtures in hospital pharmacies and provide a control system for the return of unused medication, providing narcotics diversion control, a large problem in hospitals.