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SPIE announces finalists for 2023 Prism Awards

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The annual awards celebrate the best of photonics innovation in areas such as lasers, biomedical devices, augmented and virtual reality, and quantum.

PITTSFIELD, Mass., Nov. 15, 2022 — Cutting-edge technologies and companies ranging from exciting and emerging startups to longtime industry stalwarts are among this year’s finalists for the SPIE Prism Awards. The 24 companies, across eight categories, will be honored during a 1 February 2023 gala evening at SPIE Photonics West. The annual event, which recognizes industrial innovation in photonics, will also be celebrating its 15th year. For consideration in the 2023 Prism Awards, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, received 76 applications from 19 countries.

Dynamic technology areas — encompassing augmented and virtual reality hardware, quantum, healthcare, and lasers — showcase the range and variety of this year's entries and finalists. Newer companies such as Dotphoton, QuiX Quantum, Magic Leap, and Philophos, will share the gala stage alongside previous Prism champions, including 4D Technology, EKSPLA, Norlase, Kyocera SLD Laser, and NKT Photonics. Fifteen years in, the Prism Awards continue to recognize and honor the best optics and photonics products and technical innovations being brought to market.
The 2023 Prism Awards will be awarded at a gala ceremony Feb. 1 at Photonics West in San Francisco.
The 2023 Prism Awards will be awarded at a gala ceremony Feb. 1 at Photonics West in San Francisco. 
"The 2023 Prism Award finalists represent the most innovative technologies and developments in the optics and photonics industry," said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. "The scientists, engineers, and companies bringing these exciting products to market are impacting our daily lives and prospective futures in transformative ways, whether they are working on healthcare, augmented and virtual reality, quantum technologies, or any of the other categories. I’m very much looking forward to congratulating all of our nominees – as well as recognizing the winners, of course – at our 15th annual in-person gala celebration at Photonics West in February.”

“The Prism Awards is the pre-eminent international competition for showcasing photonics innovations around the globe,” said Tom Laurin, president and CEO of Photonics Media. “We’re proud to once again showcase this year’s finalists, a mix of familiar names and dynamic startups, whose innovations are driving advances in the areas of quantum, AR/VR, along with familiar categories that include cameras and imaging, lasers, sensors, and test and measurement. We wish all of the finalists the best of luck as we anticipate the Feb. 1 gala when the winners will be announced.”

The Prism Award finalists and their competing products:


• Magic Leap, Magic Leap 2

• Porotech, DynamicPixelTuningTM

• TriLite Technologies, Trixel 3



• InnovaQuartz LLC, MegaJOULE LDD

• Norlase, ECHO

• Philophos, Inc., KUOS-O100


Cameras and Imaging

• Metalenz, PolarEyesTM

• Neurescence, ChromatoneTM

• Printoptix GmbH, PTX90-f42




• Kyocera SLD Laser, LaserLight LiFi System

• NKT Photonics, Koheras HARMONIK


Quantum Tech

• QuiX Quantum, 20-mode Quantum Photonic Processor

• Qunnect, Quantum Memory

• Vexlum, VALO SHG



• NIL Technology, diffractive optical element fan-out with integrated collimation

• Ocean Insight, SpeedSorterTM

• Stratio, Inc., BeyonSense



• Dotphoton, Jetraw

• LightTrans International GmbH, VirtualLab Fusion

• Synopsys, MetaOptic Designer


Test and Measurement

• 4D Technology, 4D SurfSpec

• Gamma Scientific, NED-LMD Rx Tester

• Precitec Optronik GmbH, Flying Spot Scanner FSS310

Photonics Media is the media sponsor of the SPIE Prism Awards. For more information on the Prism Awards — and to buy tickets for the 15th anniversary gala celebration  please visit the official website:

About SPIE

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, brings engineers, scientists, students, and business professionals together to advance light-based science and technology. The Society, founded in 1955, connects and engages with our global constituency through industry-leading conferences and exhibitions; publications of conference proceedings, books, and journals in the SPIE Digital Library; and career-building opportunities. Over the past five years, SPIE has contributed more than $22 million to the international optics community through our advocacy and support, including scholarships, educational resources, travel grants, endowed gifts, and public-policy development.



Daneet Steffens

Public Relations Manager

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About Photonics Media

Photonics Media publishes print and digital business-to-business magazines, buyers' guides, websites, e-newsletters, webinars, virtual conferences, and podcasts for individuals working with light-based technologies in the photonics industry. A pioneering publisher in the discipline of photonics, Photonics Media has built a large global audience comprising academics and researchers, manufacturers, and end users. Over the past six decades, the company has fostered a tradition of innovation that has defined the industry. As its publications grow — following the technology into an ever-widening range of applications — the company adheres to a philosophy of editorial quality and integrity, maintaining an international reputation for leadership in photonics.
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