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Congratulations to the 2020 SPIE Startup Challenge Semi-finalists

Semi-finalists are organized by development stage and technology area:

  • Pre-Seed Stage Healthcare
  • Pre-Seed Stage Deep Tech
  • Seed Stage Healthcare
  • Seed Stage Deep Tech

The SPIE Startup Challenge is part of the Entrepreneur Program & Venture Summit taking place at Photonics West. This inaugural year offers access to informative sessions and important networking opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, and leaders developing the latest innovative products.

Pitches at Photonics West

Semi-Finals
4 February 2020

Finals
5 February 2020

Winners Announced
5 February 2020

Pre-Seed stage, Healthcare

BioPixS
BioPixS aims to save in millions by reducing unnecessary clinical trials and ethical approval process. Nurturing a new era in BioPhotonics Standards.
Sanathana Konugolu Venkata Sekar
https://biopixstandards.com/

Conzeb Limited
Conzeb develops ultrafast optical imaging technologies, aimed at revolutionising single-cell imaging assay for cancer screening and drug discovery.
Andy K. S. Lau

Dermadiagnostics
diapatchTM – a noninvasive, wearable patch that allows for better detection of high-risk biomarkers leading to malignant gynecologic cancer health.
Eydis Lima
https://www.dermadiagnostics.co/

Digiteyez Technologies LLC
The future of global eyecare
Brandon Zimmerman
https://www.digiteyez.io

Harmonigenic Corporation
OPTIM (Optical Prediction of Time Interval to Metastasis) will predict cancer recurrence, optimal Rx, & personalized outcomes from the initial biopsy
Robert Hill
http://www.harmonigenic.com

Kilo Medical Solutions
Brise-Solette is a system that attaches to incubators in the NICU and controls the light environment to improve health outcomes for premature infants.
Kashyap Venuthurupalli & Joshna Seelam

LASE Innovation
Commercializing nano-to-micron sized particle lasers with billions of spectral barcodes for massively multiplexed tagging and imaging of single cells
Sheldon Kwok
http://laseinnovation.com/

McFocal Bioimaging
McFocal Bioimaging offers a multiplexing confocal fluroescence lifetime imaging microscope for drug discovery as well as precision medicine.
Qiyin Fang
http://www.mcfocal.com

Odin Technologies, LLC
Odin is developing a wearable diagnostic that assesses extremity hemodynamics; allowing caregivers to identify perfusion injuries and complications.
Steven Hansen
https://www.odinhealthtech.com/

PediaMetrix Inc
PediaMetrix enables parents to detect, monitor, and treat Flat Head Syndrome at the point of care using patented AI-enabled mobile application.
Fereshteh Aalamifar
https://www.pediametrix.com

Summit Biomedical Imaging
Targeted Cancer Diagnostics
Andrew Riley
https://www.summitbiomedicalimaging.com

Pre-Seed stage, Deep Tech

Biomimetic
We sell a new way to produce bio-inspired antireflective glass with the use of laser light. We bring nature's ingenuity on surface engineering.
Emmanuel Stratakis
https://www.biomimetic.tech/

Devali Inc
On a mission to save lives, Devali's Oumen Industrial recognizes pre-symptomatic heatstroke, gas exposure and more from the comfort of a work boot.
Irene Brinker
http://devaliinc.com/

Kosmik Energy, Inc.
We are focusing the sun’s rays into optical fiber to enable an increase in yield while mitigating production cost in vertical farming systems.
Ricardo Ramirez
https://www.kosmikenergy.com/

Lucero
AI-automated, non-contact, single-cell micromanipulation system that is accessible to every biologist in the world.
Rich Zapata Rosas
https://lucerobio.com/

Momentum Optics
Affordable custom optics. Rapidly delivered.
Jeremy Goeckeritz
https://www.momentumoptics.com

Nanograss Photonics
We reduce $-per-bit of information for hyperscale data centers by leveraging our opto-plasmonic technology for communications beyond 5G.
Pouya Dianat
https://www.ngsph.com

ORCA Computing
ORCA uses proprietary, optical fibre-based technology as a new approach towards cheaper, more scalable and reconfigurable quantum computers.
Richard Murray
http://www.orcacomputing.com

QLM Technology Ltd
Natural gas leaks are a major source of global greenhouse gas. Quantum gas imagers to see the leaks will help save billions of dollars…and our planet.
Murray Reed
https://www.qlmtec.com/

Specto
Specto develops next-generation miniaturized spectrometers to measure fundamental mechanical properties for life sciences and sensing applications
Giuseppe Antonacci
http://spectophotonics.com

Vyir Inc
Vyir Inc's Optical Infrared Imager will result in the technological and commercial realization of truly low-cost, high-performance infrared cameras.
James Scholtz

Seed stage, Healthcare

Adiuvo Diagnostics
Non Invasive, Label-free detection and classification of pathogens on wounds in real-time
Geethanjali Radhakrishnan
https://www.adiuvodiagnostics.com

AiDx Medical
A reliable, smart, optical instrument for automated, affordable, field-compatible malaria detection. For quick and high quality malaria screening.
Temitope Agbana
https://www.aidx-medical.com/

C. Light Technologies, Inc.
C. Light Technologies is an neurotech and AI company that has created a 10-second retinal eye-tracking scan that can objectively assess brain health.
Christy Sheehy
https://www.clighttechnologies.com

Eysz, Inc.
Leave no seizure undetected.
Rachel Kuperman
https://eyszlab.com/

iLoF - Intelligent Lab on Fiber
iLoF is enabling a new era of personalized medicine, by providing photonics and AI screening tools for the epidemic of our century: Alzheimer's.
Joana Paiva
http://www.ilof.tech

OptoGenTech GmbH
In our optical Cochlea Implant, light stimulates neurons of the ear, allowing deaf to hear with a frequency resolution superior to the electrical CI.
Ulrich Schwarz
https://www.optogentech.com/

PhosPrint
Advanced laser technology for precise cells printing and regenerative medicine applications.
Ioanna Zergioti
https://www.phosprint.eu/

Rubitection
The Rubitect Assessment System (RAS) is an optical skin health and wellness tool for diagnosis and monitoring with an initial application to early pressure ulcer (bedsore) prevention.
Sanna Gaspard
http://www.rubitection.com

SurgiVance Inc.
SurgiVance aims to provide instant bedside diagnosis of skin cancer indistinguishable from standard pathology.
Daniel Gareau
https://www.surgivance.com

Seed stage, Deep Tech

Circle Optics
Hydra is setting a new standard for 360° content capture by making it as easy as a regular point and shoot camera.
Madilyn Beckman
https://www.circleoptics.com/

Firefly Photonics LLC
Firefly Photonics’ mid-infrared LED microarrays are optimized for thermal scene generation supporting autonomous navigation testing and gas sensing.
Fatima Toor
http://fireflyphotonics.com/

Labby Inc.
Labby is a data company that is combining optical sensing with AI to help dairy farms become more profitable through real-time milk analysis.
Anshuman Das
http://www.labbyinc.com

Nicslab Pty Ltd
We create Xpow as a compact, scalable, and integrated photonic driver for faster internet.
Andri Mahendra
https://www.nicslab.com/

Optomel
Optomel enables photonics innovators to grow new markets through our precise, roll-to-roll optical filter technology
Damian Gardiner
http://www.optomel.com

Owl Autonomous Imaging Inc.
Owl’s 3D thermal ranging camera operates day & night, in most weather, to classify pedestrians, animals and vehicles for safe autonomous operation.
Skip Cusack

Monolithic Short-Wave Infrared Focal Plane Array
Making short-wave infrared technologies affordable for commercial machine vision and imaging markets with low-cost imaging arrays.
Matthew Ackerman

SaNoor
High-speed laser transceiver based LiFi system enables 100,000x faster wireless data communication between underwater and underground devices.
Chao Shen
http://sanoortech.com

Senorics GmbH
Senorics builds low-cost, mobile and robust spectroscopic systems which bring spectroscopy to the B2C mass market - detect. know. decide.
Ronny Timmreck
https://senorics.com/

SpectroClick Inc.
With an easy to use portable spectrometer, every person can test and obtain direct results for substances of concern in their home or the environment.
Alexander Scheeline
https://www.spectroclick.com

SurClean Inc.
Precise, Safe, Clean Surface Coating Removal and Preparation
Susan Sprentall
https://www.surclean.com/products/

Touchless Automation GmbH
Levio is the first contactless die sorter. Contactless pick up, automatic inspection and sorting. Perfect for MEMS and photonics.
Maurizio Migliore
https://touchless-automation.ch/