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Startup Challenge 2013 Finalists

Our team of expert volunteer judges have selected the following pitches to advance in the SPIE Startup Challenge competition:

Acoustically tunable DFB laser for mass-market applications
Mr. Michael Engelmann
MACH8 Lasers, Noord Brabant, The Netherlands

fastCHECK: a revolutionary 3D surface inspection system that is amazingly fast, accurate and easy-to-use.
Mr. Arun Chhabra, Mr. Erik Klaas
8tree, Colorado, USA

IRSee: an add-on for a camera visualizing chemicals in infrared spectrum
Dr. Jeppe Seidelin Dam, Mr. Peter Tottrup
DTU Fotonik, Copenhagen, Denmark

Rapid Pathology at the bedside
Mr. Sanjee Abeytunge
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA

Compact, Low cost, High Performance Optical Biosensors for Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Mr. Ryan Denomme
Nicoya Lifesciences Inc., Ontario, Canada

A low-cost ($5000 retail) device for non-invasive screening of oral cancers worldwide
Dr. Christopher Glazowski
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

Silicon chip-integrated high throughput highly sensitive and specific diagnostic microarrays for the detection of cancers, allergies and infectious diseases
Dr. Swapnajit Chakravarty
Omega Optics Inc., Texas, USA

Double Helix Optics: See More, See Clearer
Ms. Leslie Kimerling, Prof. Rafael Piestun
Double Helix LLC, Colorado, USA

Remote Image Guided Endoscopic Surgery (RIGES) Platform
Mr. Frank Palmer
ColdSteel Laser, Inc., New York, United States

Laser Optoacoustic Ultrasonic Imaging System, LOUIS-3D
Dr. Alexander Oraevsky
TomoWave Laboratories, Inc.

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