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Photonics Spectra
May 2012

CLEO:2012 is right around the corner, and Photonics Spectra will be there. This year, we are proud to be the media sponsor for the annual Technology Transfer Program, which will take place on Thursday, May 10. We have attended this event each year since its inception and are pleased to play a more active role this time around.

Working with OSA, we produced a webinar on May 2 about the CLEO 2012 Technology Transfer Program, to bring some additional attention to this important session, which will be held in the exhibit hall during show hours on May 10. While we understand that exhibitors and visitors are busy during the show, we believe that this is an important, informative event, and we hope they will make time to attend it. If you missed our webinar, please check it out online – much of the information shared there will not be covered during the CLEO program. Experience the webinar, “CLEO: 2012 Technology Transfer Program Preview,” at your leisure at

Mike Torrance, VP of business development at Electro-Optics Technology and a member of the CLEO: 2012 Technology Transfer Committee, was in the webinar lineup to talk about the May 10 program, which will include tutorials and a technology transfer showcase. Marcos Dantus, president of BioPhotonic Solutions, talked about his experience receiving a license-ready technology and lessons learned along the way in building a successful startup company. Offering insights on the University of Rochester technology transfer programs and license-ready technologies were Corine Farewell, U of R tech transfer office director, and her colleague Patrick Emmerling, technology licensing associate.

Technology transfer affects our industry deeply, and we want to cover it in a meaningful way in the pages of Photonics Spectra. So, we want to know what you think about the subject. I will be at CLEO this year with Melinda Rose, our senior editor and LightMatters Weekly Newscast host, and we look forward to speaking with you there.

Investing in the future

Laurin Publishing was founded in 1964 by Teddi and Fran Laurin, who invested time and money to give a voice to the young and growing photonics industry. The company has operated out of a number of buildings in Pittsfield, Mass., since then, growing beyond publishing Photonics Spectra to add BioPhotonics, Europhotonics, and LightMatters Weekly Newscast, as well as the industry standard Photonics Buyers’ Guide, published since 1954.

Today, our staff is growing to meet our readers’ changing needs, and Tom Laurin, Teddi and Fran’s son and the current company president, recently purchased a building near our current location to give our organization a home base from which to expand and keep pace with the changing technology demands of our audience. “This building allows us to physically expand as needed,” Tom said, “and is a serious commitment to the future of our company. It’s a sign of our confidence in the continued evolution and growth of the photonics industry.”

“We are pleased to be able to expand our operation while staying in downtown Pittsfield, which has been our home for so long, as well as to expand opportunities beyond the traditional print publications.”

Our mailing address will remain the same: PO Box 4949, Pittsfield, MA 01202-4949, and you can always find us at, where you can read industry news, watch Light Matters and other videos, and subscribe to our magazines and newsletters.

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