BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE has announced the establishment of a new award for biomedical optics. The Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award will be presented annually for extraordinary achievements in biophotonics technology development that show strong promise or potential impact in biology, medicine, and biomedical optics. The award targets achievements that span disciplines and may include elements of basic research, technology development, and clinical translation.
Last year the Society took another step in helping strengthen the biomedical community by creating the Britton Chance Biomedical Optics (BCBO) Award. As a result of the overwhelming response to the BCBO award, SPIE has now created a second honor: the Biophotonics Technology Innovator (BTI) Award. The BTI recognizes deserving members of the biophotonics community who have made outstanding technical contributions and may be at a relatively early career stage.
"SPIE has done a wonderful job supporting the growth of Biophotonics and Biomedical Optics over the past 25 years through the creation of dedicated conferences, proceedings, peer-reviewed journals, and scientific advocacy," said Bruce Tromberg, Director, Beckman Laser Institute. "The Society's decision to establish two new awards is an exciting development that will help ensure long-term growth in a field increasingly recognized not only for strong technical innovation, but for having practical value and impact in Biology and Medicine."
The first Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award will be presented in 2013.
SPIE presents several yearly awards that recognize outstanding individual and team technical accomplishments and meritorious service to the Society, and invites nominations from the community. Nominations may be made through 1 October of any given year and are considered active for three years from the submission date. Visit SPIE.org/x1164.xml for instructions and nomination forms.
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 nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.
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