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Prism Awards Highlight Photonics Innovation

Jan 2016
Avotec, Biodesy and Convergent Dental are among 27 finalists in nine categories for the 2016 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 February 17 during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco at a gala banquet that has become the largest gathering of CEOs, VIPs and entrepreneurs in photonics. Entries are judged by an independent panel of experts including industry executives, leading academic researchers, venture capitalists and past Prism Award winners.

Winners of the 2015 Prism Awards.

Winners of the 2015 Prism Awards. Courtesy of SPIE.

Prism AwardFinalist companies and their products are:

Biomedical Instrumentation
Company: Avotec Inc. (Florida, U.S.)
Product: Real Eye Nano
The Real Eye Nano is designed to offer visual presentation and eye tracking in high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications. The device represents an order of magnitude reduction in size from previous technology, which allows it to be positioned and operated in very confined MR head coil spaces, dramatically increasing eye-tracking performance. It works by illuminating a patient’s eyes with NIR (980 nm) light supplied by an IR LED/fused fiber cable/fiber bundle system. The reflected IR is collected by a miniature multi-element lens and imaged onto a wound bundle image guide, which is then coupled to an MR-compatible IR camera. The output of the camera is relayed over a fiber optic link to an eye-tracking computer to a speed of 240 Hz.

Company: Biodesy Inc. (California, U.S.)
Product: Biodesy Delta
The Biodesy Delta — comprised of an optical instrument with liquid handling robotics, a custom 384-well microplate with integrated prism optics, proprietary reagents and software — is an optical system based on a Second-Harmonic Generation (SHG) nonlinear optical process. The system reveals static protein structures in motion in their native environment, as an ultrafast mode-locked Ti:S laser excites the SHG signal and detects protein conformation instantaneously. The system’s full automation enables real-time detection following ligand injection with throughput of thousands of measurements per day.

Company: Convergent Dental (Massachusetts, U.S.)
Product: Solea
The Solea CO2 laser system is designed for use on all tissue (soft, hard and osseous) and is the first computer-aided preparation system for dentistry. The laser’s 9.3-µm wavelength can be highly absorbed by hydroxyapatite, improving speed and precision for dentists. Unlike other traditional dental experiences, Solea offers “virtually soundless, painless and sensationless” procedures, and essentially replaces the drill as the primary tool for tissue procedures. This represents a major step forward as the system can execute multi-quadrant dentistry in a single appointment.

Detectors and Sensors

Company: Alakai Defense Systems Inc. (Florida, U.S.)
Product: PRIED

Company: Hamamatsu Corp. (Massachusetts, U.S.)
Product: MEMS-FPI Spectrum Sensor

Company: Spectral Engines (Helsinki, Finland)
Product: Wireless IR Analyzer

Displays and Lighting

Company: Crystal IS (New York, U.S.)
Product: Optan SMD

Companies: Necsel IP Inc. (California, U.S.),
Christie Digital (California, U.S.),
Dolby Laboratories (California, U.S.)
Product: Dolby Vision Cinema Laser Projector

Company: QD Laser Inc. (Kanagawa, Japan)
Product: Retinal Imaging Laser Eyewear

Imaging and Cameras

Company: First Light Imaging (Meyreuil, France)
Product: C-RED One

Company: Rochester Precision Optics (New York, U.S.)
Product: CNOD (CMOS Night Observation Device)

Company: Stream Technologies (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Product: ColorFlow Lens

Industrial Lasers

Company: Coherent (California, U.S.)
Product: Diamond J-3 Series 5 µm CO laser

Company: LightFab (Aachen, Germany)
Product: LightFab 3D Printer

Company: Onefive (Regensdorf, Switzerland)
Product: Katana–06 HP

Materials and Coatings

Company: Element Six (Luxembourg)
Product: Diamond PureOptics

Company: Nanoco (Manchester, England)
Product: Nanoco CFQD quantum dots

Company: Shasta Crystals Inc. (California, U.S.)
Product: All-Crystalline Cladded Single Crystal Fibers

Optics and Optical Components

Company: Boulder Nonlinear Systems (Colorado, U.S.)
Product: Large Aperture LCPGs

Company: GLOphotonics (Limoges, France)
Product: Kagome Hollow Fiber

Company: OZ Optics (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Product: Directional Fiber Optic Power Monitors in Specialty Fiber

Other Metrology Instrumentation

Company: 4D Technology (Arizona, U.S.)
Product: FlexCam Metrology Module

Company: Neaspec (Munich)
Product: Neaspec nano-FTIR

Company: PI (Physik Instrumente)(Massachusetts, U.S.)
Product: Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment (FMPA) Engine

Scientific Lasers

Company: KMLabs (Colorado, U.S.)
Product: XUUS4

Company: Lasertel Inc. (Arizona, U.S.)
Product: Megawatt-Class Laser Diode Module

Lytid (Paris, France)
Product: TeraCascade

The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
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