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Industry leaders announced winners from five countries on 17 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco at a gala banquet. (Source: SPIE)

Industry leaders announced winners from five countries on 17 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco at a gala banquet. (Source: SPIE)

Nine new products providing valuable new capabilities such as more effectively identifying drugs to target specific diseases, enhanced detail-rich portable imaging and sensing tools for applications from medical diagnostics to astronomy, and 3D-printing of precision glass have been named winners of the 2016 Prism Award for Photonics Innovation. The awards are sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media.

Industry leaders announced winners from five countries on 17 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco at a gala banquet that has become the largest global gathering of CEOs, VIPs, and entrepreneurs in photonics.

“This year’s winning products ingeniously deploy key photonics technologies such as quantum cascade and terahertz lasers, infrared sensing, and 3D printing, placing powerful new capabilities in the hands of users,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “They address pressing issues such as the world’s need for sustainable energy and light, and clinicians’ needs for quickly identifying the best drugs to target challenging diseases in time to saves lives and staunch outbreaks before they become epidemics. Products such as these provide highly effective means of demonstrating the vast potential of photonics technologies to serve humankind as well as to help grow world economies.”

Winning companies and products are:

Biodesy Delta, Biodesy (Source: Biodesy)

Biomedical Instrumentation: Biodesy Delta (Source: Biodesy)

Biodesy wins in the category “Biomedical Instrumentation”. The Biodesy Delta utilizes an ultrafast mode-locked Ti:S laser to enable real-time protein analysis with greater sensitivity, lower cost, and high throughput. The optical system is effective in identifying first-in-class medicines against any protein target and enabling drug discovery against protein targets thought to be intractable.

In the category “Displays and Lighting” wins the Dolby Vision Cinema Laser Projector. The three companies Dolby, Christie, and Necsel have combined their expertise to create a greatly enhanced premium cinema experience with high contrast, high brightness, a wide color gamut, and excellent 3D performance.

Wireless IR Analyzer, Spectral Engines (Source: Spectral Engines)

Detectors and Sensors: Wireless IR Analyzer (Source: Spectral Engines)

The Wireless IR Analyzer from Spectral Engines is a miniaturized, robust infrared spectrometer capable of covering IR ranges above 1.7 µm with no loss in performance and wins in the category “Detectors and Sensors”. Fast and stabile operation, integrated data analysis algorithms, and a Bluetooth connection make this device a pocket-sized infrared spectroscopic lab.

First Light Imaging is winner in the category “Imaging and Cameras”. The C-RED One SWIR camera improves noninvasive detection and diagnostics for diseases and research, and opens a new era in astronomical, biomedical, industry, and defense imagery.

LightFab 3D, LightFab (Source: LightFab)

Industrial Lasers: LightFab 3D (Source: LightFab)

In the category “Industrial Lasers” wins LightFab. The LightFab 3D enables true 3D structures in pure glasses without design limitations, making possible the mass production of micro 3D glass for fields as diverse as optics, precision mechanics, electronics, chemistry, and medicine.

Winner in the category “Optics and Optical Components” is Boulder Nonlinear Systems. Large-aperture, low- size, weight, and power wide-angle beam steering enable electro-optics technologies for defense, aerospace, energy, automotive, and telecommunications, in applications from small satellites to agile long-range laser systems.

Non-toxic, cadmium-free quantum dots, Nanoco (Source: Nanoco)

Materials and Coatings: Non-toxic, cadmium-free quantum dots (Source: Nanoco)

Nanoco wins in the category “Materials and Coatings”: Non-toxic, cadmium-free quantum dots enable a broad range of new applications in display and lighting, from high-end televisions and horticulture lighting to bio-imaging and solar.

FlexCam, 4D Technology (Source: 4D Technology)

Other Metrology Instrumentation: FlexCam (Source: 4D Technology)

The FlexCam from 4D Technology wins in the category “Other Metrology Instrumentation”. It is is a compact, vibration-insensitive, high-resolution 3D metrology module that meets the need for fast, scalable, cost-effective defect and roughness metrology for flexible electronics, including wearable health/fitness monitors, organic LED displays, thin-film solar devices, and low-cost mobile devices.

TeraCascade, Lytid (Lytid)

Scientific Lasers: TeraCascade (Source: Lytid)

Lytid wins in the category “Scientific Lasers” with TeraCascade. It is a compact, user-friendly, easily transportable, high-frequency terahertz laser source that transforms state-of-the-art quantum cascade laser technology into a user-friendly tool that works with nearly every terahertz detector on the market.

“In memory of our founder, Teddi Laurin, who passed away last November, and on behalf of everyone at Laurin Publishing, I’m pleased to join SPIE in recognizing and celebrating the 2016 Prism Awards winners, and sharing their innovations with our global audience,” said Laurin Publishing President and CEO Thomas Laurin. “As we contemplate Teddi’s impact on our business and on the photonics industry, we are reminded that she understood the need to recognize innovation and to applaud the companies that achieved it.”

The Prism Awards were developed to recognize innovative products that are newly available on the open market. Each category is meant to isolate a specific contribution in photonics, in a technology area or sector of the industry. Categories have been added, removed, and updated over time to reflect trends in the industry. An independent panel of experts including industry executives, leading academic researchers, venture capitalists, and past Prism Award winners, judged entries. (Source: SPIE)

Links: SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, California, USA • Photonics Media, Laurin Publishing Co., Inc., Pittsfield Massachusetts, USA • Prism Awards • Biodesy, Inc., South San Francisco, California, USA • Spectral Engines Oy, Helsinki, Finland • Necsel IP, Inc. Milpitas, California, USA • First Light Imaging SAS, Meyreuil, France • LightFab GmbH, Aachen, Germany • Nanoco, Technologies Ltd, Manchaster, UK • Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Lafayette, Colorado, USA • 4D Technology, Tucson, Arizona, USA • Lytid SAS, Paris, France

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