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Startup Challenge 2017 Semi-Finalists

2017 Semi-Finalists

Thanks to our team of expert volunteer judges, the following 23 Semi-Finalists were selected to advance in the SPIE Startup Challenge competition.

These entrepreneurs competed in the Startup Challenge Semi-Finals that took place Tuesday, 31 January at Photonics West 2017, each vying to be one of the six Finalists.

Track 1: Biophotonics, Point of Care
Track 2: Imaging, Displays, Lasers, Semiconductors
Track 3: Sensors, Wearables, IoT

Track 1: Biophotonics, Point of Care

An optoacoustic guide with augmented reality technique for precision breast conserving surgery.
Lu Lan, Purdue University

CancerView: Helping surgeons perform better breast cancer surgery
There's a need for better tools to help surgeons to remove all cancer tissue in a single surgery, and CancerView is a product that can help.
Erik Schartner, Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, The University of Adelaide

Cellino Biotech
Nanodevices for cellular therapy: Using lasers and nanotechnology to cure any viral or genetic disease that affects the blood..
Nabiha Saklayen, Harvard University

d'Biomager: 4D Microscope Camera
The world’s first true 4D microscope camera that can be attached to any existing light microscope.
Rachel Wang, d'Optron Pte Ltd

EarID/Computational Ear Imaging
Computational ear imaging for accurate detection of ear infections.
Anshuman Das, MIT

Lumedica "OQ" EyeScope
It's time for medical technologies to become as accessible and affordable as consumer electronics. Lumedica OQ EyeScope: Elegant in its simplicity. Accurate in its imagery. Affordable to all.
Scott Whitney, Lumedica Inc.

At NU-RISE, we’re innovating breast and prostate cancer. NU-RISE dose it well!
Luis Moutinho, University of Aveiro, and NU-RISE

Raydiant Oximetry, Inc.
Noninvasive fetal oximetry during labor and delivery.
Nicole Hlava, Raydiant Oximetry, Inc.

Track 2: Imaging, Display, Lasers, Semiconductors

Faster 3D vision with a LIDAR system on chip.
Claude Florin, Fastree3D

LightOn's processors address the issues of scalability and sustainability of Artificial Intelligence. We use light to build the future of computing.
Laurent Daudet, LightOn

MicPulse offers cutting edge and affordable short pulse lasers to support research and industrial personnel to perform advanced multi-photon processes at their desired wavelength.
Florian Emaury, MicPulse

Microspherical Nanoscopy
Low cost method for increasing resolution on a traditional optical microscope without resorting to complicated methods like NSOM or STED. It is compatible with any microscope, taking up no space, and without altering lab procedures.
Vasily Astratov, UNC-Charlotte

Nanolayered GRIN Optical Lenses
GRIN polymer lenses offer high contrast, color corrected, wide field of view (+30°) while simultaneously decreasing optical system weight of glass configurations by 30 – 60%.
Adin Pfeuffer, Peak Nano Optics

Real time display of several depths
Real time multiple OCT slicer.
Adrian Podoleanu, University of Kent/Optopod Ltd

RGB Laser Light Module for AR/VR
Ultra-compact RGB MEMS laser scanner for AR and VR applications.
Joerg Reitterer, TriLite Technologies GmbH

Track 3: Sensors, Wearables, IoT

Fresh Strips
Ensuring quality for food.
Koen Nickmans, Fresh Strips

IC Touch
Allows blind or visually impaired people to “see” by translation of visual information captured by a camera to spatial tactile stimulation of their cornea.
Zeev Zalevsky, Bar Ilan University, and IC Touch

An optical wireless communication middleware for Internet of Things in connected cars market.
Gloria Eisman, Lightbee SL

A "smoke detector" for drinking water. LiqWiz is an in-line IoT based spectrophotometer and analysis platform for automatic detection of EPA-specified chemicals and contaminants in drinking water.
Ivan Maleev, LiqWiz LLC

The nutrition expert in healthy and scientific breastfeeding management for every mom and baby.
Qiaochu Li, Sensii, Inc

Personal Sun Assistant
Uzisio - your personal sun protection expert. Enjoy the sun. Safely.
Larisa Kryuchkova, uvisio

Portable Precision Profilometer
We are developing portable high precision 3D scanners with a low-cost to bridge the current commercial scanner market gaps.
Renjie Zhou, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Think Biosolution
QuasaR - the world's first camera powered multi-parameter fitness tracker.
Koushik Kumar Nundy, Think Biosolution Limited

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