SPIE and Photonics Media Announce 2019 Prism Award Finalists

Best new products will be recognized during a gala dinner on 6 February at Photonics West

03 December 2018

Prism Awards 2018 Class 5 Photonics Lasers Category Winners

CLASS ACT: 2018 Prism Award winners in the Lasers category, Class 5 Photonics 

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK - Established industry stalwarts will compete with disruptive startups at the Prism Awards ceremony and banquet during SPIE Photonics West 2019 in San Francisco. The awards ceremony, now celebrating its 11th year, recognizes industrial innovation in photonics in multiple categories. For the consideration of the 2019 Prism Awards, SPIE received 120 applications from 15 countries. 

Newer companies such as RedShiftBioAnalytics, Ajile Light Industries, and Double Helix Optics - a 2016 SPIE Startup Challenge champion and recent winner of Luminate's accelerator program and $1 million prize - will share the distinction of being finalists alongside photonics giants such as Nikon, Trumpf, Leica, and Hamamatsu. With two new categories - Transportation and Vision Technologies - added to the award-lineup, the Prism Awards continue to reflect the rich growth, exciting developments, and technical innovation in optics and photonics.

"This year's Prism finalists represent the savviest and most innovative companies from the growing optics and photonics industry," said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. "Bringing a product to market is a huge achievement, and we applaud all the applicants for the many years of research and development necessary to create a sellable technology. The benefits that photonics provides to society are more critical than ever, and the products showcased by the Prism Awards mark an exciting glimpse into the high-level and wide-ranging accomplishments in the field. I look forward to hearing the winners announced at Photonics West."

"Photonics Media is once again exceedingly proud to join in presenting the international competition that has become the benchmark for innovation in photonics around the globe," said Thomas Laurin, president and CEO of Laurin Publishing. "For more than a decade now, the Prism Awards have recognized the people and companies that are driving the remarkable pace of product innovation and technology application in our burgeoning field."

A full list of the Prism Award finalists and their competing technologies:

Detectors & Sensors

• CloudMinds; XI AI Raman Spectrometer
• Hamamatsu Photonics; C14384MA Mini-Spectrometer (SMD series)
• ImpactVision; Real-time Food Quality Decisions

Diagnostics & Therapeutics

• Convergent Dental; Solea CO2 Dental Laser
• Double Helix Optics; SPINDLE
• RedShift BioAnalytics; AQS Protein Analyzer

Imaging & Cameras

• Ajile Light Industries; DepthScan
• Leica; BLK3D
• RDI Technologies; Iris MX

Industrial Lasers

• Civan Advanced Technologies; HP Laser & CBC Technology for Material Processing
• nLIGHT; Corona Fiber Laser
• TRUMPF; TruPrint 5000

Light Sources

• Gamma Scientific; RS-7-SWIR
• SLD Laser; LaserLight MicroSpot Module
• Smart Vision Lights; NanoDrive

Optics & Optomechanics

• Dover Motion; DOF-5
• Modular Photonics; Omplex Passive Silica Chips
• Nikon; 4D Free-Form SG

Scientific Lasers

• Chromacity; OPO-CX
• Spark Lasers; ALCOR 920 nm, 2W
• TOPTICA Photonics; DLC TOPO Automated Widely Tunable MIR Laser Source

Test & Measurement

• 4D Technology; 4D InSpec XL
• InterOptics; OptoFlat
• SmarAct; PicoScan Vibrometer


• Alta Devices; AnyLight Gen4 Solar Cell
• Blackmore; Automotive Doppler Lidar System
• OFS; FlightLinx® PLUS Fiber Optic Cable

Vision Technology

• AlphaMicron; CTRL Eyewear
• Optotune; Extended Pixel Resolution Beam Shifter XPR-25
• QD Laser; RETISSA Display

For more information and to register for SPIE Photonics West 2019, please visit: https://spie.org/pw
Editors: In 2019, SPIE's Photonics West will host an estimated 23,000 registered attendees, 1,350 exhibitors, and more than 5,200 papers. Along with 14 professional-development sessions and 70+ courses covering everything from Laser Sources to Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics, PW also hosts the largest job fair for optical engineering, 5-6 February.

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