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Life Science

The Life Science team develops new technologies to improve people’s well-being and health through light. Our most recent activities are in the field of photobiomodulation — the utilization of red and near-infrared light to trigger photochemical effects in cells. These photochemical effects cause a major positive impact on people's health and well-being.

Seaborough Life Science

Our Life Science program focusses on inventing and developing lighting technologies that actively contribute to improved health and well-being. In the past, we have developed materials to enable novel light therapies to treat skin diseases . As of 2018, we have been conducting ground breaking research in the field of photobiomodulation. This is where our focus point currently lies. Building on the expertise of our staff and (scientific) collaborators, Seaborough is constantly following scientific developments in the field of lighting in order to find new solutions to contribute to human health and well-being. Our most recent innovation is SunLED.

Light & health

Light is a vital source for life and for human health and well-being, just like food, water and air. We need visible light to see the world around us, to enjoy the beauty of nature or arts and to do our job. But we don't only need light to see; an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence has been published about the importance of light for human health and well-being.  (Read more)

The human body – and in particular the skin and the eyes – interacts with light in many different ways. Sunlight is essential for vitamin D3 generation in the skin, and is associated with many health aspects like blood pressure and bone strength. Light also strongly influences our circadian rhythm, which helps us sleep, and helps us recover well; both physically and mentally. 

Both the visible and invisible parts of the solar spectrum affect our physical and mental health. Unfortunately, indoor lighting is of much lower intensity and quality compared to outdoor lighting. One of the invisible parts of the solar spectrum is the near-infrared light. Referred to as ‘photobiomodulation’ (PBM), a variety of positive effects of exposure to near-infrared (NIR) light has been reported, including but not limited to, wound healing and an improved immune system. Even though this near-infrared light has all kinds of positive effects on the human body, it is currently absent indoor lighting.

Seaborough’s life science program focusses on bringing these healthy aspects of sunlight inside, and can therefore make a true difference for people that spend their lives indoors; most of us!

Our SunLED technology

The beneficial effects of photobiomodulation are well recognized by scientists around the world. The effects of red and near-infrared light are often applied directly on the problematic area, e.g. the skin for wound healing or the head for brain trauma. As we know that near infra-red light can travel deep into the skin, we hypothesized that photobiomodulation can be a systemic effect: the whole body benefits.  

Our hypothesis was tested in an independent clinical study performed by research & consultancy company Chrono@Work with advice from Prof. Roelof Hut from the University of Groningen and Prof. Praveen Arany from the University of Buffalo. The results of these trials were very positive! Read more on our SunLED page.

With SunLED, we have developed a technological solution to include the right wavelengths and intensity of near-infrared light in everyday products, to generate photobiomodulation and to deliver great health effects to people spending most of their time indoors. Our highly skilled engineers have ensured this technological solution is most energy efficient and sustainable, and have made it possible to use this technology in any conceivable product. 

Seaborough is currently seeking partnerships (manufacturers, lightlingbrands) in integrate and market the SunLED technology!

Our People

Tom Hilgerink

Product Designer

Tom is a product designer with a background in industrial design engineering and experience in (LED) lighting design. He’s passionate about working on innovative and user-centered proucts to make everyday life more enjoyable. As per 2023, Tom returned to Seabourough after working in the E-mobility industry for several years (fun fact, he drives his “own” bike to work now).

Mike Krames

Senior Advisor

Mike is a recognized world authority on visible-spectrum LEDs and their applications for lighting and displays, with more than 20 years of experience in both startups and large companies in the LED industry. He is currently President and Founder of Arkesso, LLC, based in Silicon Valley, California.  Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer at Soraa, Inc., an LED product company founded by Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura.  Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President at Philips Lumileds, where he ran the Advanced Laboratories and pioneered programs in LEDs and luminescence, focusing on materials, devices, and systems for applications to lighting and displays. He has served on numerous roundtables and panels for the U.S. Department of Energy and Basic Energy Sciences. He is an IEEE Fellow, IES Fellow and Chair of the SPIE Photonics West Conference on Light-Emitting Diodes.

He has been an advisor to Seaborough since 2015, where he is supporting technical and intellectual property development, project management, business development and the establishment of new partnerships.

Anne Berends

Program Director Life Science

Anne likes to work in a dynamic and multidisciplinary team and that is exactly what she found in the Life Science program at Seaborough. Translating fundamental scientific insights to products that improve human wellbeing and health, require skills and insights from so many viewing angles that true teamwork is a must. Being challenged and achieving ambitious goals with a team is where Anne gets her energy from, both at work and outside, at a rowing course.

What we are working on

In the past couple of years we have made incredible progress in our research into the effects of  photobiomodulation and we intend to keep on researching these effects long-term.

We have already seen some amazing results and would very much like to learn more about this mechanism and broaden our understanding of this subject, in order to keep on optimizing our technology for a healthier world. 

Clinical trials
Hypothesis of systemic photobiomodulation proven
Strategic partnership
SunLeD product on the market