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Prism Awards Mark Decade of Innovation

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BELLINGHAM, Wash., and PITTSFIELD, Mass., Nov. 22, 2017 — The world’s smallest FT-IR spectrometer, a lidar system for autonomous vehicles, and a smartphone add-on sensor for noncontact bioimaging — these products are among 30 finalists vying for Prism Awards in January. Marking its 10th year in 2018, the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation program recognizes the industry’s top innovators and groundbreaking technology.

The 2018 Prism Awards honor the photonics industry’s top innovators, products and technology.
The 2018 Prism Awards honor the photonics industry’s top innovators, products and technology.

The awards are co-sponsored annually by SPIE and Photonics Media. Winners will be announced during the awards gala on Jan. 31, 2018, in San Francisco.

“Ten years in, the Prism Awards are casting an even wider light on the photonics industry. Each year, categories for the awards are driven by the innovations entered, providing direct insight into thriving and emerging ‘hot’ markets,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “Significantly, this year there are 10, rather than the usual nine. Biomedical entries are featured in two categories — Life Science Instrumentation, and Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics — illustrating the vitality of that field. Also new this year are categories for inventions in Environmental Monitoring and for Illumination and Light Sources — very timely, as the world continues to work toward more sustainable energy sources and devices.”

The 2017 winners and event sponsors, Photonics Media and SPIE.
The 2017 winners and event sponsors, Photonics Media and SPIE.

Full details about all of the finalists and their award-nominated products will be featured in the upcoming January 2018 issue of Photonics Spectra. More information can also be found at

The 2018 Prism Awards finalists, by category:

Detectors and Sensors
NKT Photonics (Birkerød, Denmark)

Princeton Infrared Technologies (New Jersey, U.S.)

Xenics NV (Leuven, Belgium)
XLIN FC 2048

Environmental Monitoring
Block Engineering (Massachusetts, U.S.)

Blue Industry and Science (Paris)

Daylight Solutions Inc. (California, U.S.)
ChemDetect Mid-IR Liquid Analyzer

Illumination and Light Sources
Lumileds (California, U.S.)
LUXEON 3535L HE Plus

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH (Munich)
SFH 4735

SoraaLaser (California, U.S.)
LaserLight Fiber Module

Imaging and Cameras
Daylight Solutions Inc. (California, U.S.)

Luminar Technologies Inc. (Florida, U.S.)
Model-G 3D LiDAR

Teledyne DALSA (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
Piranha4 Polarization

Class 5 Photonics (Hamburg, Germany)
Supernova OPCPA

KMLabs (Colorado, U.S.)

OptoRes GmbH (Munich)

Life Science Instrumentation
neaspec GmbH (Martinsried, Germany)

Quantumcyte (California, U.S.)
Q1 ArraySeQ

Tomocube (Daejeon, South Korea)

Materials Processing and Additive Manufacturing
Han's Laser Technology (Shenzhen, China)
Multi-axis, High-Precision UV-Laser

LIMO GmbH (Dortmund, Germany)
Activation Line UV-L750

NUBURU Inc. (Colorado, U.S.)

Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics
ContinUse Biometrics (Tel Aviv, Israel)
SmartHealth Mod

Lightpoint Medical Ltd. (Chesham, England)
LightPath Imaging System

Lumedica (North Carolina, U.S.)
OQ LabScope

Optics and Optomechanical Components
AdlOptica Optical Systems GmbH (Berlin)

Optotune Switzerland AG (Dietikon, Switzerland)

Spectrolight Inc. (California, U.S.)
Flexible Wavelength Selector

Test and Measurement
Gamma Scientific (California, U.S.)

Si-Ware Systems (Cairo)
NeoSpectra Micro

Spheryx Inc. (New York, U.S.)

Among the presenters for the 2018 Prism Awards are Debbie Gustafson, CEO of Energetiq Technology; Eric Mottay, CEO of Amplitude Systèmes; Akira Hiruma, president and CEO of Hamamatsu Corp.; Ray O. Johnson, a member of the investment team at Bessemer Venture Partners (and former CTO of Lockheed Martin Corp.); and Peter Leibinger, CTO of TRUMPF.
Nov 2017
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