Finalists Named for 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

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Finalists have been named for the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, a competition recognizing new products and inventions that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the generation and application of light-based technologies, optics and photonics. SPIE and Photonics Media sponsor the annual awards, with winners selected by an international panel of expert judges.

Finalists have been named for the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. Winners will be announced 6 February during SPIE Photonics West.

Finalists have been named for the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. Winners will be announced 6 February during SPIE Photonics West.

The broad range reflects the extensive reach and power of photonics in our lives, and is a tribute to the creativity of our extraordinarily entrepreneurial community.

New products that solve problems in healthcare, food and drug safety, manufacturing, and other important areas are among finalists in nine categories for the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The awards are sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media.

Winners will be announced by industry leaders on 5 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco at a gala banquet that has become one of the largest gatherings of CEOs and other VIPs in the photonics industry. Past presenters include industry leaders such as Bikash Koley, Principal Architect and Manager, Network Architecture, Google; Waguih Ishak , Vice President and Director, West Coast Research, Corning; Michael Mertin, President and CEO, JENOPTIK, and President, Photonics21; and Allison Lami Sawyer, CEO of Rebellion Photonics, winner of this year’s Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year competition.

Entries are judged by an independent panel of experts including industry executives, leading academic researchers, venture capitalists and past Prism Award winners.

“With such impressive products and such varied applications, selecting finalists was indeed challenging for the judges,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “Competitors include larger, well-established companies as well as newer and smaller firms from throughout the world working in a wide variety of sectors. These new products can improve our ability to diagnose cancer without invading the body, navigate our world with more accurate GPS systems, save money and resources with more efficient solar energy generation, and advance the manufacturing revolution with the ability to print even micro-sized parts using 3D printers – and much more. The broad range reflects the extensive reach and power of photonics in our lives, and is a tribute to the creativity of our extraordinarily entrepreneurial community.”

The Prism Awards were developed to recognize innovative products that are newly available on the open market. Each category is meant to isolate a specific contribution in photonics, in a technology area or sector of the industry. Categories have been added, removed, and updated over time to reflect trends in the industry. One winner will be selected from among the three finalists in each category.

Finalist companies and their products by category are:

Advanced Manufacturing

  •     Haas Laser Technologies, Inc.: BWA-MON (Beam Waist Analyzer MONitor)
  •     Innolite GmbH: ILENTRIC
  •     Nanoscribe Gmbh: Photonic Professional GT

Defense and Security

  •     Hubner GmbH & Co. KG: T-COGNITION
  •     Infrasign: SPoT
  •     Ocean Optics Inc.: IDRaman mini

Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras

  •     BaySpec, Inc.: OCI-1000 Handheld Hyperspectral Imager
  •     Stanford Computer Optics, Inc.: XXRapidFrame framing camera
  •     Tornado Spectral Systems: OCTANE-860

Industrial Lasers

  •     DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH: Fiber-Coupled, Multi-Single Emitter Module
  •     PolarOnyx Laser, Inc.: Uranus mJ
  •     V-Gen ltd.: VPFL-ISP-1-40-HE-50000

Life Science and Biophotonics

  •     AccuVein Inc.: AV400 Vein Viewing System
  •     Holomic LLC: Rapid Diagnostic Reader (HRDR-200)
  •     Optofluidics: NanoTweezer

Optics and Optical Components

  •     Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation: Non-contact optical fiber connector
  •     Compass Electro-Optical Systems: r10004 Router
  •     Si-Ware Systems: MEMS FT-IR Spectrometer

Other Light Sources

  •     CoolLED Limited: pE-4000
  •     Necsel: Frequency Converted Green Laser Array
  •     QDLAser: Compact 561nm laser module

Scientific Lasers

  •     Amplitude Technologies : PULSAR PW
  •     Hubner GmbH & Co. KG: C-WAVE
  •     Lockheed Martin: Argos Orange

Test, Measurement, Metrology

  •     Pie Photonics Ltd.: PieX™
  •     Si-Ware Systems: MEMS FT-IR Spectrometer
  •     Zygo Corporation: Nexview™ Optical Profiler

Many of the finalists will exhibit in the Photonics West exhibition (4-6 February) and BiOS Expo (1-2 February).

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012. Learn more at http://www.spie.org.

About Photonics Media

Photonics Media, a business unit of Pittsfield, Mass.-based Laurin Publishing Co. Inc., publishes Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics, EuroPhotonics, Photonics Buyers’ Guide and Photonics.com. With a collective subscriber base of more than 150,000 worldwide and more than 2 million website visits per year, Laurin Publishing’s Photonics Media products and publications lead the photonics industry with editorial excellence and integrity―fostering a tradition of innovation and progress by sharing knowledge, insights and visions for the future. Learn more at http://www.photonics.com.

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