Finalists named for 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

Product innovations include new tools for healthcare, food and drug safety, additive manufacturing

26 November 2014

2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

[Note: This release was updated on 30 December 2014 to reflect a change in finalists in the category of Materials and Coatings. TelAztec, with their product Anti-Reflection Microstructures (ARMs), has relplaced Element Six Technologies.]

BELLINGHAM, Washington, and PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts, USA -- Biomedical devices that detect and pinpoint cancer cells with more accuracy, additive systems to enable 3D manufacture at the micro-nanoscale, and sensors that improve highway safety by analyzing road conditions are among finalists in nine categories for the 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The awards are sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media.

Winners will be announced by industry leaders on 11 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco at a gala banquet that has become one of the largest gatherings of CEOs and other VIPs in photonics.

Past presenters include industry leaders such as Amazon vice president Babak Parviz, one of the inventors of Google Glass; Mario Paniccia, General Manager of Intel's Silicon Photonics Operation; Mary Lou Jepsen, currently head of the Display Division at Google X as well as founder and former CEO of Pixel Qi and co-founder and first CTO of One Laptop per Child; and Michael Mertin, President and CEO of JENOPTIK AG and President of the Photonics21 Executive Board.

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

"Once again this year, some of the very creative innovators in our dynamic field have presented the Prism Awards judges with the distinct challenge of choosing a few finalists from among a large field of impressive products," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "These new products bring valuable new capabilities, and the wide range of applications illustrates the ubiquitous influence of photonics in our lives."

This year's finalist products include devices to identify bacteria in much smaller concentrations than previous methods; to help identify food-safety threats such as E. coli sooner; to monitor and quickly analyze even trace-level chemicals in environmental, manufacturing, or agricultural applications; and to enable new levels of scalability and new 3D capabilities in manufacturing, to list a few.

The diversity of companies, from well-established industry leaders to university-industry startup collaborations, illustrates the influence of photonics on the economy, Arthurs said. "The photonics industry, which annually accounts for around $480 billion in global revenues, serves as both a stabilizing force and as an inspirational disruptor, illuminating the path toward new markets, new revenues streams, and new job creation."

The Prism Awards provide a welcome opportunity to celebrate photonics-enabled innovation, said Laurin Publishing CEO Thomas Laurin.

"From our great vantage point -- on the receiving end of daily research and product launch news -- we see the endless innovation from photonics industry companies. We take pride in supporting these organizations and sharing these advances with the industry and the world," Laurin said. "On the threshold of the International Year of Light 2015, we are once again proud to collaborate with SPIE to present the Prism Awards, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the 2015 finalists."

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. Categories have been added, removed, and updated over time to reflect trends in the industry. One winner will be selected from among the three finalists in each category.

Finalist companies and their products are:

Additive Manufacturing

  • LUXeXcel: Printoptical Technology
  • Multiphoton Optics: LithoProf3D

Biomedical Instrumentation

  • BacterioScan: Laser Microbial Growth Monitor
  • Clearbridge Biophotonics: Fourier Ptychographic Microscopy
  • TomoWave Laboratories: Laser Optoacoustic Imaging System (LOIS-3D)

Detectors and Sensors

  • Hamamatsu: Micro-spectrometer (C12666MA)
  • Lufft: MARWIS
  • OndaVia: OndaVia Analysis System

Imaging and Cameras

  • Advanced Scientific Concepts: Peregrine 3D Flash LIDAR Camera
  • ESPROS Photonics: OHC15L
  • Seek Thermal and Raytheon: Seek Thermal Camera

Industrial Lasers

  • Cobolt: Cobolt Odin
  • IPG Photonics: GLPN-500-R
  • JDSU: PicoBlade

Materials and Coatings

  • ALPhANOV: Laser-engineered surfaces
  • Inrad Optics: Stilbene Scintillation Crystals
  • TelAztec: Anti-Reflection Microstructures (ARMs)

Optics and Optical Components

  • Intel, Corning, and US Conec: MXC Connector
  • Varioptic, a Business Unit of Parrot: Visayan 80S0
  • Vescent Photonics: SEEOR (Steerable Electro-Evanescent Optical Refractor)

Other Metrology Instrumentation

  • Mahr: TWI 60
  • Polytec: MSA-100-3D Micro System Analyzer
  • WITec: RISE Microscopy

Scientific Lasers

  • Fianium: WhiteLase SC400-20
  • Northrop Grumman -- Cutting Edge Optronics: 7.5 Joule Laser Amplifier
  • Optonicus: Intelligent Fiber-Collimator Array (INFA)

Many of the finalists will exhibit in the Photonics West exhibition (10-12 February) and BiOS Expo (7-8 February).

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 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided more than $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.

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