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New Prism Awards will honor innovation in photonics

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 8 July 2008 - SPIE and Laurin Publishing have announced the establishment of a new awards program for photonics innovation. The first annual Prism Awards, to be presented 28 January 2009 at SPIE Photonics West, will recognize the most innovative products and technologies for the photonics industry.

The global competition, with categories for innovations in optics, lasers, imaging systems, metrology and more, will be judged by a distinguished panel of technology experts in their respective fields.

"Innovation drives economic growth, advances our field, and the general quality of life. To encourage such innovation, SPIE is happy to create this award in cooperation with Laurin Publishing," said Kevin Harding, President of SPIE. "We invite companies to send their submissions for consideration and to join us at Photonics West 2009 to congratulate the winners."

SPIE Photonics West 2009 will be held 24-29 January in San Jose, CA, USA.

Applications for the 2008 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation must be received by 12 September to be considered. Finalists will be notified in late December and announced in the January issue of Photonics Spectra magazine.

Judging will be based on the problem that the innovation addresses, its novelty or uniqueness, and the depth of its practical results (for example, improved health potential resulting from a biophotonics technology or product). Judges will also consider the significant milestones that the product or process has achieved.

Awards will be considered in:

  • Optics
  • Lasers
  • Other Light Sources
  • Detectors, Sensing, and Imaging Systems
  • Analytical, Test, and Measurement
  • Photonics Systems
  • Photonics Processes
  • Sustainability and Green Technology
  • Life Sciences.

For more information, go to photonicsprismawards.com or send an e-mail message to innovation@spie.org.