Finalists Named for 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

BELLINGHAM, WA -- (Marketwired) -- Dec 03, 2014 -- Biomedical devices that detect and pinpoint cancer cells with more accuracy, additive systems to enable 3D manufacture at the micro-nanoscale, and sensors that improve highway safety by analyzing road conditions are among finalists for the 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The awards are sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media.

Winners will be announced by industry leaders on 11 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco at a gala banquet that has become one of the largest gatherings of photonics VIPs.

Among past presenters are Amazon vice president Babak Parviz, one of the inventors of Google Glass; Mary Lou Jepson, head of the Display Division at Google X, founder/former CEO of Pixel Qi, and co-founder/CTO of One Laptop per Child; and Michael Mertin, President/CEO of Jenoptik AG and President of the Photonics21 Executive Board.

Entries are judged by an independent panel including industry executives, leading academic researchers, venture capitalists, and past Prism Award winners.

"The wide range of applications represented by these new products illustrates the ubiquitous influence of photonics," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "They reflect the photonics industry, which annually accounts for around $480 billion in global revenues and illuminates the path toward new markets, revenue streams, and jobs."

The Prism Awards provide a welcome opportunity to celebrate photonics-enabled innovation, said Laurin Publishing CEO Thomas Laurin. "On the threshold of the International Year of Light 2015, we are once again proud to collaborate with SPIE to present the Prism Awards, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the 2015 finalists."

The Prism Awards recognize innovative products that are newly available on the open market. Categories acknowledge specific contributions in photonics, technology areas, or industry sectors. One winner is selected in each category. Finalists are:

  • Additive Manufacturing: FEMTOprint, LUXeXcel, and Multiphoton Optics.
  • Biomedical Instrumentation: BacterioScan, Clearbridge Biophotonics, and TomoWave Laboratories.
  • Detectors and Sensors: Hamamatsu, Lufft, and OndaVia.
  • Imaging and Cameras: Advanced Scientific Concepts, ESPROS Photonics, and Seek Thermal and Raytheon.
  • Industrial Lasers: Cobolt, IPG Photonics, and JDSU.
  • Materials and Coatings: ALPhANOV, Element Six Technologies, and Inrad Optics.
  • Optics and Optical Components: Corning, US Conec, and Intel; Varioptic, a Business Unit of Parrot; and Vescent Photonics.
  • Other Metrology Instrumentation: Mahr, Polytec, and WITec.
  • Scientific Lasers: Fianium, Northrop Grumman - Cutting Edge Optronics, and Optonicus.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.

About Photonics Media

Photonics Media, a business unit of Pittsfield, Mass.-based Laurin Publishing Co. Inc., publishes Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics, EuroPhotonics, Photonics Buyers' Guide and

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