Bellingham, Washington (PRWEB) January 02, 2014
Panel discussions on what startups need for success, promising technology commercialization prospects, and insights on funding biophotonics ventures are among new elements of an expanded industry track at SPIE Photonics West 2014. Already the largest and most influential international laser and photonics meeting of the year, Photonics West will provide even more for entrepreneurs, investors, and technology business leaders during its 1-6 February run at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Photonics West is presented by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
The industry program and two major exhibitions are open to all conference attendees, exhibitors, and exhibition visitors at no charge.
“Photonics West is widely acknowledged as the industries’ leading annual event bringing together business leaders, suppliers, customers, funders and researchers from the global photonics marketplace. This year’s added events enrich an already-strong program that is designed to drive economic growth in the photonics industry, stimulate new ideas, accelerate technology transfer, foster new partnerships, and spark innovation,” said SPIE Senior Director Andrew Brown. “Leveraging our strong connections to, and knowledge of, the photonics industry SPIE has developed a program to meet the business, marketing and education needs of our constituents from industry, government and academia to help them grow their companies, develop new solutions, expand their products, find new markets and foster business creation.”
Biophotonics is as an example of current opportunity, said Linda Smith (Ceres Technical Advisers), moderator of one of the new panels for business management. Smith characterized the field as a fertile ground for investment and economic growth, with a robust market for private placements in development-stage and high-growth biophotonics businesses.
Presentations will feature John Dexheimer (Private Equity Investing) on startup financing, David Krohn (Light Wave Venture) on commercialization, and SPIE’s Anderson on the economic impact of the industry and growth trends in photonics.
Workshops will cover ITAR, intellectual property management, inbound marketing, and careers in photonics.
Recruiters from more than 40 companies will be at the SPIE Job Fair on the Photonics West exhibition floor to meet with prospective applicants on Tuesday and Wednesday, 4-5 February.
The Photonics West exhibition, with nearly 1,300 exhibiting companies and over 240 product launches, will run 4-6 February. Exhibitors are suppliers and developers of lasers, fiber optics, imaging, metrology, and more.
The BiOS Expo, running 1-2 February with approximately 235 exhibiting companies, is the world’s largest biomedical optics and biophotonics exhibition. Featured technologies include therapeutic lasers, molecular imaging, biosensors, and spectroscopic and microscopic imaging.
Competitive awards presented at Photonics West for innovative new products and a startup pitch contest will also support photonics commercialization.
The annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media, will recognize the best new photonics products at a gala banquet. Advance tickets are required.
The SPIE Startup Challenge, hosted by SPIE with support from Founding Sponsor JENOPTIK and others, will give venture capital exposure and mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs working to bring new products to market — and the winners will leave with cash prizes and equipment donations. Top prize is $10,000 and $5,000 in credit for equipment from Edmund Optics.
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 $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.