Archive for November 2017

Arizona’s Optics Valley Hosting Event Prior to Photonics West

November 21, 2017

ARIZONA PHOTONICS DAYS – 24/27 January 2018 – Tucson, Arizona Presented by Optics Valley in partnership with UA Tech Parks and the Global Photonics Alliance.

Join us as the Optics Valley Committee of the Arizona Technology Council hosts our Global Photonics Alliance partners for two days of technical discussions and business-to-business meetings:

  • Connect and Network with your global peers in the quiet intimate environment of Tucson, Arizona.
  • Learn about the amazing optics technology form Optics Valley companies and the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences as well as that from our Global Alliance attendees.
  • Discuss global optics issues with the ability to formulate coordinated positions and ideas.Conference Chairman: Jack Schumann

Conference Fee:  $200.00 – covering participation, materials, welcome reception, meals, local group transportation

Conference Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Williams Centre 201 S Williams Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711

>Learn More & Register for Arizona Photonics Days<<

 

Adam Dunn Tapped for Operations Manager at Rochester Precision Optics

November 15, 2017

Rochester Precision Optics (RPO) has announced the appointment of Adam Dunn to Operations Program Manager. Reporting to the Vice President of Operations and working closely with RPO’s engineering and design teams, Adam will manage production and procurement operations to champion project completion and ensure customer success.

“Adam’s proven expertise in business development and client acquisition provides the Operations department key subject matter knowledge to ensure our clients receive the exceptional service and timely end design products RPO is known for,” said Randy Shaw, President of RPO.

Having joined the company in 2013 in Business Development, Adam quickly rose to several management positions encompassing RPO’s Consumer Electronics Solutions and international lines of business. Most recently, Adam served as Director of Business Development and Marketing for RPO where he cultivated new lines of business and managed a robust portfolio of client innovation.

In commenting on his new role, Adam remarked that, “this new position affords exciting challenges where I can best utilize my expertise to ensure our Operations department is more in touch with customer needs and expectations, bringing more value to RPO as a whole.”

Adam received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from St. John Fisher College in 2011 and an Associate’s of Liberal Arts in Business from Monroe Community College in 2009.

LUMINATE Accelerator: Final Fast Pitch Lightning Round

November 13, 2017

Luminate, the largest Optics, Photonics and Imaging (OPI) start-up accelerator program in the nation hosted its first ever competition in Rochester this week, nearly twenty years after New York Photonics began its statewide advocacy mission for the industry.  It was a really good event, and this is only year one.

OPI was recognized in 2014 by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council as one of the region’s key strategic industries.  It became an important component of the Council’s Finger Lakes Forward plan that was funded through New York State’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative two years ago.  As part of that plan Luminate was created.

The region has  been recognized as an innovation hub in optics for about 150 years, starting with Bausch & Lomb.  During the late twentieth century decline in employment at Eastman Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox, a network of small, innovative OPI firms emerged that today employ more than 5,000 people.  When combined with firms employing more than 500 people, that job number is greater than 17,000, supporting one in 14 families in the region.  Of the roughly 120 OPI companies in the Finger Lakes Region, nearly all have been experiencing growth, some in double digits during the past three years.

Last year Rochester hosted the Centenary Celebration of the OSA, an organization founded in Rochester, and two weeks ago hosted the biennial SPIE Optifab, the largest optical fabrication conference in the nation.  In October, Optifab hosted more than 2,000 attendees at a sold-out Riverside Convention Center.

“Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, Rochester is at the vanguard of photonics and imaging once again, building on a rich optics legacy,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul, who attended the competition. “The Luminate NY competition is evidence of the economic growth taking place. The region is quickly becoming a world hub in this arena due to a rich supply of workforce talent and potential, moving the “Finger Lakes Forward” with great momentum.”

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul addresses a packed house of optics, photonics and imaging companies and fans.

The competition received interest from more than 100 applicants from around the world during this first round, including teams from Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, India, China, Russia, Qatar, Lebanon, Israel and the United States.

The 10 selected finalists (three from Rochester) include:

In the fields of Photonic Devices, Lasers, Materials and Display:
Arovia, Inc. – Houston, TX
Lumotune – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Molecular Glasses, Inc. – Rochester, NY

In the fields of Spectroscopy and Medical Devices:
LighTopTech Corp. – Rochester, NY
Intelon Optics, Inc. – Boston, MA

In Augmented and Virtual Reality, Sensors, Instrumentation, Image Recognition:
Bounce Imaging – Boston, MA
Double Helix LLC – Boulder Colorado
Think Biosolution – Dublin, Ireland
Positive Science – Rochester, NY
Tarsier Optics, Inc. – Baltimore, MD

>The contestants for the elimination round can all be found here<<

Dr. David Kleinman gives the Lightning Round pitch for Accuret LLC.  Accuret did not make it to the final round.

Each company will receive an initial investment of $100,000 and will be a part of the initiative’s first cohort, which will launch in January 2018 at the newly renovated Sibley Building in downtown Rochester. The 6-month program will assist these teams with their ideas to accelerate their commercialization. At the end of the program, the teams will compete on Demo Day, where they will vie for over $2 million in follow-on funding. Funding for the $10 million program is being provided through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative award, and is being administered by High Tech Rochester.

The Luminate NY initiative will support the selected innovators as they grow their ideas in Rochester with help from industry experts, businesses and local universities. The program aims to assist entrepreneurs who are interested in solving challenging industry problems, including, but not limited to: machine vision, inspection, biophotonics, security, surveillance, augmented and virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles.

Luminate NY Managing Director Sujatha Ramanujan said, “We are so pleased to be able to work with 10 such promising companies. With the creativity, energy, and capabilities of these start-ups and the guidance and support of the optics industry headquartered in Rochester, NY, we expect great success from the Luminate NY cohort. From innovation comes growth and promise.”

 

Rochester: Toptica Photonics Opens New U.S Corporate Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility

November 7, 2017

Toptica Photonics (Farmington, NY) has opened its new U.S corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility, including new clean room facilities and laboratories. The expansion allows Toptica to continue meeting customers’ needs with photonics and laser applications as well as supporting applications in the company’s growing quantum technologies, biophotonics, and materials markets.

Mark Tolbert, CEO of Toptica USA, said, “Expanding another manufacturing facility ensures we can bring technology closer to the market at a faster pace. With double digit year-over-year growth and the upcoming 20th anniversary of its founding in Germany, Toptica Photonics is proud to have grown within the community and to contribute to the growing Rochester photonics cluster.”

Congratulations to New York Photonics members in the Rochester Top 100 this year!

November 2, 2017

 

New Scale Technologies #18
Optimax Systems #41
Optipro Systems #48
Bristol Instruments #74
Sydor Optics #80

and sustaining member Harris Beach at #54

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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