Archive for March 2010

Optimax Collaboration with Brookhaven Yields One-of-a-Kind Mirrors

March 24, 2010

Optimax has been successful in learning to make synchrotron mirrors — creating a new niche for the New York business and for the U.S.

This work came about during the development of a new, high-tech x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) microscope prototype being conducted by a methods and instrumentation development team (MIDT) at the NSLS. The MIDT is led by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is a collaborative effort with the NIST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-funded company called R. Browning Consultants.

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Optics in Rochester Helps Semrock and Others Succeed

March 21, 2010

The Gates optical filter manufacturer started in 2000 with a crew of optics experts looking to use their know-how in telecommunications industry applications, said co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Turan Erdogan. When that industry collapsed, the company shifted its focus to biotechnology instrumentation.

Now those filters — glass coated with ultra-fine layers and typically costing hundreds of dollars each — are carving out a niche in biomedical research and diagnostics.

The company expects to ship its 500,000th filter any day now.

In 2008, Semrock’s revenues reached $20 million and it was acquired by Illinois-based industrial products maker IDEX Corp.

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