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Press Releases

Press releases featuring the latest activity about SPIE events, pro bono, policy and partnership activities are listed chronologically and archived by year.

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12 January 2017
Comment period opens tomorrow for Notice of Inquiry affecting optics and photonics export controls

Notice of Inquiry seeking public opinion about reinstating technical parameters where “specially designed” is used in export control regulations revised late last year was released today for public inspection via the Federal Register. Leaders of SPIE are advising the community that the level of public comment received will influence whether the wording is retained.

11 January 2017
Strong role for optics and photonics in American Innovation and Competitiveness Act hailed by SPIE

The photonics industry and STEM advocates associated with SPIE are commending the U.S. Congress and President Obama for their recognition of the importance of optics and photonics, following the signing Friday by the President of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA). 

10 January 2017
SPIE Startup Challenge semi-finalists' ideas span global, personal health to food safety, connected cars

Aspiring entrepreneurs will pitch their light-based technology business to an expert panel in a public competition on 31 January as semi-finalists in the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge, held during SPIE Photonics West.

06 January 2017
SPIE launches ‘Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch’ this month at Photonics West for experienced entrepreneurs raising funds

SPIE is launching a new lunchtime forum for experienced entrepreneurs to efficiently present their business pitches and value propositions to savvy investors. The Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch will be held on 31 January during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

03 January 2017
Wearables, cybersecurity, virtual reality among hot topics in expanded industry program at SPIE Photonics West

Insights on markets from healthcare to wearables relevant for startups to multinational corporations will be presented in industry-focused sessions at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco this month.

02 January 2017
SPIE 2017 awards honor biomedical, photonics achievements and dedication to education

Winners of the 2017 SPIE awards are being honored for achievements in cancer therapies, high-speed imaging for sensors, instruments for space exploration, and other fields, along with dedication to sharing knowledge through formal and information education in areas throughout the world.

02 January 2017
Katarina Svanberg honored with SPIE Gold Medal of the Society

Katarina Svanberg has been selected to receive the 2017 SPIE Gold Medal of the Society.