A culture of caring.

When an unexpected health issue arises, it is not just the individual who is affected, but their family and their community as well. As surgeons, our mission is to develop the best possible way to serve our patients, and to give hope to their families and communities by helping them understand and participate in the process. Many of our colleagues have shared with us their vision for how the ability to target and illuminate nerves might one day help their patients - and their stories both inspire us and help us to evolve this technology.

From our colleagues:

endquoteWorking around critical nerves is 90% of head and neck surgery. Identification and preservation of these nerves is the sine qua non of any good head and neck surgeon. Injury to the cranial nerves can result in life debilitating deficits such as facial paralysis, hoarseness, voice problems, and shoulder weakness. Unfortunately, with increasingly complicated cases involving tumors, cancer, re-operations, and previous radiation the possibility of such deficits increase. The potential of nerve illumination is that it will augment the surgeon's capacity to preserve these nerves and ultimately result in better function and quality-of-life outcomes for our patients. Jeremy Richmon, MD
Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Clinical Associate, Division of Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Head and Neck Robotic Surgery


endquoteThe technology being developed by Alume Biosciences is interesting, and has real potential to improve the accuracy of resections and reconstructive procedures. Neural imaging could be envisioned to aid in the conduct of numerous procedures, and the underlying approach will likely have application extending beyond the initially anticipated uses. This is definitely a technology to watch.Allan D. Kirk, MD, Ph.D.
Duke University School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Surgery
David C. Sabiston, Jr. Professor of Surgery
Professor, Department of Immunology
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

endquoteNerves are small and can be quite hard to identify during surgery, especially if there is cancer invasion, infection or trauma. The ability to see nerves using fluorescence during surgery would be a significant advance and has the potential to improve outcome in patients.
Eben Rosenthal, MD
Stanford University Medical School
Medical Director, Stanford Cancer Institute
Associate Director, Clinical Care

endquoteNerve injury during surgery can be quite debilitating for patients. The use of a nerve illuminating compound during surgery would be a significant advance and has the potential to improve outcome in patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures.
Justin M. Brown, MD
University of California San Diego
Director, Neurosurgery Peripheral Nerve Program
Co-Director, Center for Neurophysiology and Restorative Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery


"I didn't think I would ever be able to smile again. Thank you for all that you and your staff have done to make this surgery a success."

"John's surgery was one of the hardest things we have ever faced together. Thank you for taking such great care of him. We are looking forward to beginning his recovery."

"Our lives were turned upside down 6 months ago. If someone had told us then what our father is able to do today, we would not have believed it."