RIT announces strategic investments in four research areas including OPTICS, PHOTONICS & IMAGING

Posted February 12, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics

Read more about this story on the RIT University News website.

Source: RIT announces strategic investments in four research areas

Rochester Precision Optics: PRISM Award Finalist

Posted February 9, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York State Optics, NYPhotonics


Rochester Precision Optics has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, a leading international competition that honors the best new photonics products on the market.  The PRISM award is the “Oscars of Photonics”, receiving applications from more than 35 countries across the globe.

Winners will be announced in February 2016 at a gala event held during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California.




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Harris Beach Represents Greatbatch Ltd. in Successful Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Posted February 6, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Intellectual Property, New York Photonics

New York Photonics member and supporter, Harris Beach has achieved a successful jury verdict for Greatbatch Ltd. following a two-week trial in which Greatbatch claimed patent infringement by AVX Corporation cost Greatbatch $37.5 million in lost sales, price erosion, and other value. The trial was held January 11 – 25, 2016 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. The jury awarded Greatbatch the $37.5 million in damages it was seeking.

“We are pleased with the jury’s decision as it supports the argument we have made since we filed our complaint in April 2013,” said James R. Muldoon, Harris Beach partner and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Also representing Greatbatch were Harris Beach partners Neal L. Slifkin and Laura W. Smalley, Harris Beach senior counsel Brian J. Gerling, and Harris Beach associates Steven P. Nonkes and Brendan M. Palfreyman.  Slifkin is a director of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster Board.

The New York Photonics March Networking event will be held at Harris Beach.  The discussion will be about how to write and effective non-disclosure agreement.

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February New York Photonics “Second Tuesday”

Posted January 27, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, RRPC Calendar


Please join us on Tuesday, February 9th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for February 2016 New York Photonics networking. The event will take place at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC).

There will be a bar and plenty of hors d’oeurves to sustain your networking and science inquiry fervor.

This time we will have a facilitator on hand for the Science On A Sphere exhibition. The exhibit explores the paths of storms, changes in ocean temperature, the surface of Mars and other geospatial information, none of which would be possible without the numerous aerial, satellite-based or mission-based payloads supported by New York State OPI research and manufacturing.

Science On a Sphere is an interactive globe and three-dimensional data projection system that transforms real-time data from our Earth and other planets into striking graphic representations with stunning detail and accuracy. It is the focal point of the RMSC’s new Data Theater, the re-invented Schuyler C. Townson Research Library reading room, where geographical tools and other artifacts will be featured as the exhibit progresses.

Has your company played a role in the science behind Science On A Sphere?  Come share your experiences with colleagues.






Immediately adjacent to the bar will be Illuminations: The World of Light and Optics exhibition, sponsored by:

  • AccuCoat
  • Apollo Optical
  • Applied Image Group
  • EMF, a Dynasil Company
  • FluxData
  • G-S Plastic Optics
  • Harris Corporation
  • JML Optical
  • LaserMax
  • Navitar
  • Optimax
  • Rochester Precision Optics
  • RPC Photonics
  • Sydor Optics
  • TOPTICA Photonics
  • Vincent Associates

These companies are helping children and their families discover the true wonders of light by sparking a passion for science in their lives. The exhibition includes more than 15 interactive components that demonstrate exciting scientific concepts from reflection and refraction to radio waves and color temperature. Visitors crank, spin and illuminate to make light bend, sound emanate and shadows dance.

2016 New York Photonics Map Will Debut at Photonics West

Posted January 20, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, NYPhotonics

We will be distributing the 2016 Map with our members at select SPIE conferences in 2016.

SPIE Startup Challenge Semi-finalists Head To Photonics West in February

Posted January 12, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Nanotech, Optics, Photonics

Contestants will hone pitching skills to gain backing for new photonics products

Semi-finalists have been named in the annual SPIE Startup Challenge, where new entrepreneurs pitch their light-based technology products to a panel of venture capitalists and business development experts. Semi-final and final rounds are held at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco in February, with finals open to the public.

Semi-finalists seeking support for their new photonics-based product proposals have been selected to pitch their ideas to business development and venture capitalists, in the 2016 SPIE Startup Challenge next month in San Francisco, California. The contest is held annually at SPIE Photonics West, sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

A panel of judges will select six finalists after hearing semi-finalist pitches on 16 February. In the final round on 17 February, judges will announce their picks for the top three pitches. The final round is open to the public with free registration.

Cash prizes, including $10,000 for the first prize, $5,000 for second prize, and $2,500 for third are funded by Founding Partner Jenoptik. Additional support comes from Lead Sponsors Axsun Technologies and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Supporting Sponsors Edmund Optics, Trumpf, Open Photonics, and Knobbe Martens. Edmund Optics also will award the first-place winner $5,000 in products.

The semi-finalists are:

  • 3D nanoscale imaging (Leslie Kimerling, Double Helix LLC): imaging at the single-molecule level inside the individual cell.
  • Advanced Silicon Group (Fatima Toor, Advanced Silicon Group Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Iowa): low-cost technology to manufacture silicon nanowire arrays in a controllable process, with applications in next-generation solar PV, biosensors, batteries, and more.
  • Bold Biometrix, LLC (Kyle Miller, Northwestern University Center for Device Development/ Bold Biometrix, LLC): monitoring patches to help patients and their physicians understand their true blood pressure by recording trends over a seven-day period.
  • Circulating tumor cell diagnostics (Eric Strohm, Echofos Medical): a diagnostic instrument that uses sound waves to listen for the presence of cancer cells in a patient’s blood sample.
  • ColorSpritz (Timothy Jones): “part art, part science, totally cool.”
  • Diagnostic anSERS, Inc. (Sean Virgile): a “marijuana breathalyzer” to answer the question, “How high is the suspect right now?”
  • Disease Diagnostic Group (John Lewandowski): What if we told you we could save one million lives every year with just refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer?”
  • Eta Diagnostics, Inc.. (Michael Cumbo): massively parallel flow cytometry for fast, efficient analysis of rare biological cells and particles.
  • FabriXense (Zeev Zalevsky): smart clothing providing active, continuous measure of biomedical parameters such as heartbeat rhythm, breathing and blood pressure without the need of having tight contact between the fabric and the body of the wearer.
  • Guaks: virtual reality you can wear (Carmen Lastres, Limbak): a 1/2 weight and volume VR headset keeping all performance features, with freeform optical system as key enabling technology.
  • Holographic module for microscopes (Paolo Pozzi, Holobe s.r.l.): patented technology allowing conversion of standard microscopes in cutting-edge multiphoton spatial light modulation microscopes, with a simple, plug-and-play device.
  • Leverage the Future of Electronics (Supriya Jaiswal, Astrileux Corporation): revolutionary advanced optical technologies that enable high-volume manufacturing of next-generation integrated circuit chips at 14 nm and smaller at significantly less cost.
  • Multicore Photonics, Inc. (Darren Engle): drawing together cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, and the Internet of Services to monitor physical processes, communicating and cooperating with each other and with humans in real time.
  • Optoacoustic Patient Monitoring (Graham Randall, Noninvasix): using light and sound for the safe, accurate and noninvasive monitoring of fetal welfare during labor and delivery.

  • Patented Neural Stem Cells Harvest ( P. Lui, OPER Technology Limited): innovative neurodegenerative disease therapy, able to safely and specifically harvest neural stem cells from the brain of a live subject by strategically designed magnetic nanoparticles, allowing repeated neural stem cell extraction from the same live subject without raising ethical issues nor threatening life.

  • PixelEXX Systems, Inc. (Renee Carder): cameras the size of a grain of sand with 62% more pixels to capture the critical details.

  • Reflective displays for wearables (Peiman Hosseini, Bodle Technologies): ultrahigh-resolution, colorful, flexible reflective displays for wearables.

  • Rubitection (Sanna Gaspard): a low-cost optical diagnostic tool for hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home-care agencies.

  • Solchroma Technologies, Inc. (Roger Diebold): electroactive polymer-driven displays for sunlight-readable, large-area digital signage.

  • Spectral Camera Lens (John Murphy, Stream Technologies Inc.): spectral Lens lets users see the chemicals in the scene, bringing the “off-the-shelf” camera to a new level.
  • TheWhollySee (Dan Yanson): a system for marking and remote identification of multiple objects and people with high position accuracy in real time.

  • Think Biosolution (Shourjya Sanyal): mobile application PulseR allows users to take a video of the face using the smartphone camera to visualize blood flow in real time as well as measure heart rate and respiratory rate; Android application QuasaR allows users to measure their heart rate, respiratory rate, blood-oxygen level, and blood hemoglobin content using an armband.

  • Vibronix, Inc. (Pu Wang): MarginPAT system is a photoacoustic/ultrasound tomography system that can provide highly sensitive intraoperative margin assessment during lumpectomy within 5 minutes.

  • Wearable Vital Sign Monitor (Jyh-Chern Chen, Taiwan Biophotonic Corporation): finger-free wrist-worn pulse oximeter that measures pulse rate and blood oxygen with a micro-structured reflective optic sensor.

More information is at www.spie.org/startup.

NIST Issues Notice of Intent to Fund New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes | Department of Commerce

Posted January 6, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today it has issued a Notice of Intent to fund up to two institutes as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). For its first institutes, the Commerce Department will provide up to a total of $70 million per institute over five to seven years. Commerce funding must be matched by private and other non-federal sources. The institutes are expected to become self-sustainable within the time period of the award.

Source: NIST Issues Notice of Intent to Fund New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes | Department of Commerce


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