Finalists Named for 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

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Finalists have been named for the 2015 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.

The Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation are presented each year at a gala VIP banquet held during SPIE Photonics West.

The Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation are presented each year at a gala VIP banquet held during SPIE Photonics West.

These new products bring valuable new capabilities, and the wide range of applications illustrates the ubiquitous influence of photonics in our lives.

[Note: This release was updated on 30 December 2014 to reflect a change in finalists in the category of Materials and Coatings. TelAztec, with their product Anti-Reflection Microstructures (ARMs), has relplaced Element Six Technologies.]

Biomedical devices that detect and pinpoint cancer cells with more accuracy, additive systems to enable 3D manufacture at the micro-nanoscale, and sensors that improve highway safety by analyzing road conditions are among finalists in nine categories for the 2015 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 11 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 photonics.

Past presenters include industry leaders such as Amazon vice president Babak Parviz, one of the inventors of Google Glass; Mario Paniccia, General Manager of Intel’s Silicon Photonics Operation; Mary Lou Jepsen, currently head of the Display Division at Google X as well as founder and former CEO of Pixel Qi and co-founder and first CTO of One Laptop per Child; and Michael Mertin, President and CEO of JENOPTIK AG and President of the Photonics21 Executive Board.

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

“Once again this year, some of the very creative innovators in our dynamic field have presented the Prism Awards judges with the distinct challenge of choosing a few finalists from among a large field of impressive products,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “These new products bring valuable new capabilities, and the wide range of applications illustrates the ubiquitous influence of photonics in our lives.”

This year’s finalist products include devices to identify bacteria in much smaller concentrations than previous methods; to help identify food-safety threats such as E. coli sooner; to monitor and quickly analyze even trace-level chemicals in environmental, manufacturing, or agricultural applications; and to enable new levels of scalability and new 3D capabilities in manufacturing, to name a few.

The diversity of companies, from well-established industry leaders to university-industry startup collaborations, illustrates the influence of photonics on the economy, Arthurs said. “The photonics industry, which annually accounts for around $480 billion in global revenues, serves as both a stabilizing force and as an inspirational disruptor, illuminating the path toward new markets, new revenues streams, and new job creation.”

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 are:

Additive Manufacturing

  • FEMTOprint: FEMTOPRINT
  • LUXeXcel: Printoptical Technology
  • Multiphoton Optics: LithoProf3D

Biomedical Instrumentation

  • BacterioScan: Laser Microbial Growth Monitor    
  • Clearbridge Biophotonics: Fourier Ptychographic Microscopy    
  • TomoWave Laboratories: Laser Optoacoustic Imaging System (LOIS-3D)

Detectors and Sensors

  • Hamamatsu: Micro-spectrometer (C12666MA)    
  • Lufft: MARWIS
  • OndaVia: OndaVia Analysis System

Imaging and Cameras

  • Advanced Scientific Concepts: Peregrine 3D Flash LIDAR Camera    
  • ESPROS Photonics: OHC15L
  • Seek Thermal and Raytheon: Seek Thermal Camera

Industrial Laser

  • Cobolt: Cobolt Odin    
  • IPG Photonics: GLPN-500-R
  • JDSU: PicoBlade

Materials and Coatings

  • ALPhANOV: Laser-engineered surfaces    
  • Inrad Optics: Stilbene Scintillation Crystals
  • TelAztec: Anti-Reflection Microstructures (ARMs)

Optics and Optical Components

  • Corning, US Conec, and Intel: MXC Connector    
  • Varioptic, a Business Unit of Parrot: Visayan 80S0
  • Vescent Photonics: SEEOR (Steerable Electro-Evanescent Optical Refractor)

Other Metrology Instrumentation

  • Mahr: TWI 60    
  • Polytec: MSA-100-3D Micro System Analyzer
  • WITec: RISE Microscopy

Scientific Lasers

  • Fianium: WhiteLase SC400-20    
  • Northrop Grumman – Cutting Edge Optronics: 7.5 Joule Laser Amplifier
  • Optonicus: Intelligent Fiber-Collimator Array (INFA)

Many of the finalists will exhibit in the Photonics West Exhibition (10-12 February) and BiOS Expo (7-8 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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