On February 5, at the Prism Awards, an invitation-only event held during the Photonics West Symposium in San Francisco, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media honored the best new optics and photonics products on the market.
At the 12th annual ceremony showcased a plethora of emerging companies won in each of their respective categories, besting some of the more established semi-finalists. From WaveOptics and Pendar Technologies, to Innolume and PhotoniCare – the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge champion – all of the winners are creating and innovating photonics-driven technologies, finding solutions in rapidly evolving areas such as healthcare, transportation, communication, and security.
Each year, the Prism Awards reflect the exponential growth, exciting developments, and rich technical innovations across photonics and photonics-enabled industries. For consideration of this year’s Prism Awards, SPIE received 105 applications from 18 countries. Finalists and winners were selected by a panel of international judges that includes leaders from both the technology commercialization and funding sectors.
The distinguished presenters of the Prism Awards included an expansive range of industry leaders: Fraunhofer Director Constantin L. Häfner; President and CEO of Spectrum Scientific Daphnie Chakran; PI Vice President and General Manager Dave Rego; QuantIC Programme Manager Sara Diegoli; JENOPTIK President and CEO Stefan Traeger; Thorlabs Crystalline Solutions Technology Manager Garrett Cole; Photon Fund Partner Zhenlin Li; FEMTOprint CEO and President Nicoletta Casanova; and Partner Optical Architect at Microsoft HoloLens Bernard Kress.
“The SPIE mission, to partner with researchers, educators, and industry to advance light-based research and technologies for the betterment of the human condition, shines bright during this exciting, industry-focused event,” said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. “It’s an absolute pleasure to recognize and celebrate our Prism Award winners, finalists, and applicants every year. These are the scientists, innovators, and engineers who are bringing a critical range of photonics-driven solutions to vibrant life.”
“It’s wonderful to see firsthand the innovative spirit in action with this year’s Prism Award winners,” said Photonics Media President Thomas F. Laurin. “This year’s honorees – from emerging and established companies alike – have made significant contributions to the world in which we live. It is our great pleasure to play a part, along with SPIE, in recognizing their work.”
Below, is the complete list of the award categories, the winners, and their winning products:
Communication: Innolume, CW Datacom Laser
Energy: Prisma Photonics, PrismaSense
Healthcare: PhotoniCare, TOMi Scope
Life Sciences: TERA-print, TERA-Fab E Series
Manufacturing: Inspekto, Inspekto S70
Quality Control: CloudMinds, Smart MEMs Handheld Raman XI2
Safety & Security: Pendar Technologies, Pendar X10
Transportation: Outsight, 3D Semantic Camera
Vision Technology: WaveOptics, Waveguides
To find out more about the Prism Awards, please visit our website.
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