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New products, technologies eligible for 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

25 June 2013

Prism Awards for Photonics InnovationBELLINGHAM, Washington, and PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts, USA -- Entries are being accepted for the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, an international competition honoring new technology and product inventions from the multi-billion-dollar optics and photonics industry. The program is sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and industry publisher Photonics Media.

Products sold, delivered or launched between 1 January 2013 and 6 February 2014 are eligible. Entries are being accepted online through 20 September at the Prism Award website: www.photonicsprismaward.com/application.

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

Finalists will be announced in November. Winners will be announced 6 February during SPIE Photonics West 2014 at a gala banquet in San Francisco that has become one of the largest gatherings of CEOs and other VIPs in the photonics industry.

Presenters of 2013 awards included 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, Rebellion Photonics.

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. Prism categories have been added, removed, and updated over time to reflect trends in the industry. For example, Green Photonics/Sustainable Energy category was changed to Energy in 2013. Three finalists from nine categories will be selected, with one winner per category.

The categories include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Defense and Security
  • Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras
  • Energy
  • Industrial Lasers
  • Information and Communication
  • Life Sciences and Biophotonics
  • Optics and Optical Components
  • Other Light Sources
  • Scientific Lasers
  • Test, Measurement, and Metrology.

"The Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation is a leading international competition that honors the best new photonic products on the market," SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "Over the years, the program has received applications from more than 35 countries around the world, with each entry judged by a panel of leading industry experts, venture capitalists, luminaries and visionaries. The finalists and winners that are ultimately chosen, from the well-established General Electric to newer tech transfer companies such as Verisante Technology, reflect the diversity of the program and of the field of photonics. I greatly admire the work that the selection panel does and thank those who have participated over the years. The panel members are presented with so many impressive new products to judge, and the applications of these are so diverse, that they usually want prizes for several in each category. The final selection is challenging. The annual competition is a tribute to the creativity and execution of our extraordinarily entrepreneurial community."

"Since 2008, Photonics Media and SPIE have been working together on this award with the goal of bringing attention and recognition to companies that are creating products that make a difference," said Photonics Media CEO Tom Laurin. "Each year, the award program continues to grow and bring greater distinction to all participants, finalists, winners, judges, and presenters. The Prism Awards banquet, dubbed the 'Photonics Oscar' by OptecNet Deutschland, is truly a celebration of the best of the industry."

About SPIE

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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 www.photonics.com.


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