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SPIE Professional July 2012

Innovation Rewarded in Brussels

Five projects won awards at the Photonics Innovation Village competition at SPIE Photonics Europe.

Logo for SPIE Photonics EuropeA low-cost LED-based device that improves wound healing processes and a noninvasive device for monitoring blood vessels won top honors in the Photonics Innovation Village competition this spring at SPIE Photonics Europe.

Prizes provided by the Brussels Capital Region and SPIE were awarded for five projects in individual and multilateral categories along with a special-category prize for a project to provide science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education materials to secondary-school students.

The Photonics Innovation Village competition, designed to support and encourage the transfer of optics/photonics research and technology into new and useful products, was organized by B-PHOT (Brussels Photonics Team, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) with the support of SPIE.

Light4Tech (Italy), associated with Photonics4Life, won first prize in the multilateral category with “Low-cost and easy-to-use photohemostatic device based on LED technology.”

  Domenico Alfieri, center, explains Light4Tech’s LED-based device.

Winner in the individual category was Humboldt University (Germany) and its spinoff company Delta Vision, with “Table-top setup for time-resolved detection of singlet oxygen luminescence in solutions and cell suspensions.”

Runners-up were École Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (Switzerland), associated with MEGAFRAME and SPADnet; Resolution Spectra Systems (France), a spinoff of Joseph Fourier University; and Bilkent University (Turkey), affiliated with NanoDev Scientific. Belgium’s EYEST (for Excite Youth for Engineering Science and Technology) won a special prize for developing Photonics Explorer program and creating novel optics kits for secondary schools.

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4201207.10

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