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Innovative photonics products named as Prism Awards finalists

Annual innovation competition sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media will mark 10th year

17 November 2017

Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation provide high-visibility recognition
in the photonics industry. Winners of the 2018 awards will be announced
31 January during SPIE Photonics West; above, a winning team from 2017.
Credit: Joey Cobbs Photography

BELLINGHAM, Washington, and PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts, USA — Disruptive technology for assessing chemical composition in real time, a LiDAR system for self-driving vehicles, and a smartphone-add-on sensor for noncontact blood pressure and other healthcare tests are among the impressive finalists for the prestigious 2018 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation competition.

Sponsored annually by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media to honor groundbreaking technology and product inventions within the high-impact industry of optics and photonics, the Prism Awards are celebrating 10 years of bringing recognition to life-changing products in 2018.

"Photonics Media has been a proud Prism Awards sponsor, with SPIE, since the beginning, and as we commemorate the Awards' 10th year, we celebrate the continued growth in optics and photonics," said Thomas Laurin, president and CEO of Laurin Publishing. "This year's nominees take the industry once again to new heights of technical achievement, and bring the promise of continued expansion of these technologies into new industries and applications. We applaud the nominees and wish them all continued success."

"Ten years on, the Prism Awards are casting an even wider light on the photonics industry. Each year, categories for the awards are driven by the innovations entered, providing direct insight into thriving and emerging ‘hot' markets. Significantly, this year there are ten categories rather than the usual nine. Biomedical entries are featured in two categories, Life Science Instrumentation and Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics, illustrating the vitality of that field. Also new this year are categories for inventions in Environmental Monitoring and for Illumination and Light Sources — very timely as the world continues to work toward more sustainable energy sources and devices," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs.

Winners will be announced on 31 January at a gala banquet during SPIE Photonics West (www.spie.org/PW) in San Francisco, California. With high-level presenters and an audience including the who's who of the photonics industry, the awards boost visibility, recognition, and brand equity for companies bringing innovative products to the market.

Finalist products and descriptions are detailed at www.photonicsprismaward.com. The field includes:

Detectors and Sensors

  • NKT Photonics: LIOS EN.SURE Long Range DTS and RTTR
  • Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc.: LineCam12
  • Xenics NV: XLIN FC 2048

Environmental Monitoring

  • Block Engineering LLC: LaserWarn Analyzer
  • Blue Industry and Science: X-FLR8 V2
  • Daylight Solutions, Inc.: ChemDetectTM Mid-IR Liquid Analyzer

Illumination and Light Sources

  • Lumileds: LUXEON 3535L HE Plus
  • OSRAM Opto Semiconductors: SFH 4735
  • SoraaLaser: LaserLight Fiber Module

Imaging and Cameras

  • Daylight Solutions, Inc.: Spero-QT
  • Luminar: Model-G 3D LiDAR
  • Teledyne DALSA: Piranha4 Polarization Line Scan Camera


  • Class 5 Photonics GmbH: Supernova OPCPA
  • KMLabs: Y-Fi OPA
  • Optores GmbH: NG-FDML

Life Science Instrumentation

  • neaspec GmbH: cryo-neaSNOM
  • Quantumcyte: Q1
  • Tomocube: HT-2

Material Processing and Additive Manufacturing

  • Han's Laser Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd.: Multi-axis and High-Precision UV-Laser System for PVD Ablation Processing
  • LIMO GmbH: Activation Line UV-L750
  • NUBURU Inc.: AO-150

Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics

  • ContinUse Biometrics: SmartHealth Mod
  • Lightpoint Medical Ltd.: LightPathTM Imaging System
  • Lumedica: OQ LabScope

Optics and Optomechanical Components

  • AdlOptica Optical Systems GmbH: foXXus -multi-focus optics
  • Optotune Switzerland AG: MR-15-30 dual axis vector scan mirror with position feedback
  • Spectrolight, Inc.: Flexible Wavelength Selector

Test and Measurement

  • Gamma Scientific: GS-1290-NED Near Eye Display Measurement System
  • Si-Ware Systems: NeoSpectra Micro
  • Spheryx, Inc.: xSight

Among presenters of the 2018 awards will be Akira Hiruma, President and CEO of Hamamatsu Photonics KK; Ray O. Johnson, former Senior Vice President and CTO of Lockheed Martin Corp.; and Peter Leibinger, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of Trumpf GmbH and Co.

Prism Awards applications are judged by a panel of leading industry experts, venture capitalists, luminaries, and visionaries who select finalists and winners in several categories for new products. Finalists and winners gain increased visibility, recognition, and brand equity through the awards program.

Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation 2017 winners, judges, presenters

Faces of photonics innovation: abvove, winners, judges, and presenters
of the 2017 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation.
Credit: Joey Cobbs Photography

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2016, SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs. www.spie.org

About Photonics Media

Photonics Media, a brand 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 4 million unique 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. More information at www.photonics.com


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