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Radical Innovation: Can It Be Cultivated, Or Is It Unintended Consequence?

June 6, 2016

People who want to seem smarter than the average researcher or business leader pretend that they can cultivate radical innovation.  Is there evidence that they can?  “Innovation,” “Scaling,” “Disruption” are all terms that are easy to apply in hindsight and toss around at cocktail parties but not so easy to engender.

Some people think that “breaking it” and then scrambling to fix it in a new way spurs radical innovation.  Doesn’t that sound a little like vandalism or clear-cutting?  Sure, something will always grow or be repaired.  Is that innovation?  We even see evidence of this theory in politics, but with very little evidence for the success of the model.

Peter Thiel has a model.  Does it work?

Addressing Critical Trade Compliance Issues

June 9, 2015

On Thursday, June 4th, OSA, SPIE and New York Photonics hosted a webinar with the Department of Commerce about proposed changes to the U.S. Munitions List.  These changes have the potential to greatly hamper the export of optics and photonics products from the U.S.

26 New York Photonics members participated in the Webinar.  The presentation is >>here<<



New York Photonics Annual Meeting

September 2, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014
3:30PM – 6:30PM
Rochester Museum & Science Center
Registration begins at 3:00PM

The registration landing page is here



Opening remarks by
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
Representative New York’s 25th District 

Speakers and Panelists

  • Kevin Füchsel, Head of Department Strategy – Marketing – Coordination, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering
  • Steve Anderson, Industry and Market Strategist for SPIE; former Editor-In-Chief, Laser Focus World
  • Susan Christopherson, Professor and Department Chair, Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Paul Ballentine, Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences University of Rochester

Panel moderator: Ryne Rafaelle, PhD, Vice President for Research & Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology

America’s Optics, Photonics, Imaging Innovation Culture:
Is a National Institute in New York’s Future?
The National Academies report, Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation; the National Photonics Initiative.  The Obama administration and the Department of Defense are looking to establish national manufacturing institutes for technologies that are key to America’s future. Successful global Optics and Photonics manufacturing institutes such as Fraunhofer in Germany have existed for years. Can New York help America catch up?

Panel Discussion: Innovation and Commercialization Institutes.  Do they work?  Is a U.S. institute in Optics and Photonics important to national security?  Is it important to New York?

Audience:    RRPC members, CEO’s and management;  economic development stakeholders; high technology entrepreneurs and service professionals; investment professionals, CPA’s, attorneys,
economic & workforce development professionals.

3:00 – 3:30    Sign-in
3:30 – 4:00    Introductory remarks
4:00 – 5:30    Panel Discussion and audience interaction
5:30 – 6:30    Networking / refreshments

ABVI invites developers, manufacturers to talk new tech for visually impaired

May 31, 2014

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is calling on local firms interested in developing the next generation of assistive technologies for the blind and low vision community.

ABVIResearchers and representatives from engineering services firms and manufacturers interested in developing and commercializing these technologies are invited to ABVI’s Low Vision Technology Industry Day on June 12.  Attendees will tour ABVI’s Rehabilitation Center and other facilities, and hear from Dr. Katherine White, OD, ABVI Managing Director of Low Vision Services, about current low-vision technologies and the unmet needs of the more than 25 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired.  The association’s Employment and Adaptive Technology Specialist Chris Frank will also be on hand.

The low-vision community represents a $30 billion marketplace, ABVI estimates, which could be helped by technologies including readers, scanners, magnifiers, video enhancers, audio assistants, sensors and apps. Current assistive technologies are often inadequate, expensive and have limited market penetration.

The Low Vision Technology Industry Day will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 12 at ABVI, 422 Clinton Ave. S.  Lunch will be provided.  Attendance is free of charge but limited.

Register online at



Kodak’s Fading Moment

July 31, 2013

“Matteson points out that there were four significant changes among four different chiefs between 1988 and 2012: Chandler bought Sterling Drug in 1988 to leverage the chemical wing by moving into pharma; Fisher said he could make digital cameras a success; Dan Carp touted a global model that pushed digital cameras but reemphasized the legacy film business; Antonio Perez, the outgoing head, steered the company in a completely different direction to printing as he came from the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) mold.

In each event, the company spun off significant resources and whipsawed employees into dizzying directions.”

Competing on the Photonics World Stage

February 6, 2013

All of the banners are attention-grabbing and colorful. Only one group has over 70 companies at Photonics West, more than any of the others.  Something else distinguishes that group. Can you guess what it is?








New York is a State, not a country! And yet we compete with countries to develop the optics, photonics, imaging and display technologies (and companies) of the future. And we do it on a shoestring, with innovation and collaboration.

Can we continue to expect the same results for the next 10, 20, 30 years, when other nations are investing billions of dollars into their own OPID industries and planning for future success?

New York State officials have told us that Optics, Photonics, Imaging, and Displays are markets that were lost years ago, so they are no longer interested in developing our industry.  Somewhat baffling, considering there is a national photonics initiative moving forward in Washington and that Senator Chuck Schumer is promoting legislation with the potential to establish a National Center for Optics and Photonics Innovation in Rochester.

State and federal staffers were in Rochester last September for the debut of Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. Perhaps Albany knows something that the rest of the world is missing.  Oddly, they are supportive of Nanotech, but fail to recognize that 90% of nanotech advances require Optics, Photonics and Imaging.

New York Photonics fielded 72 companies at Photonics West in 2013; more than any other state or any other country.

CEIS & RRPC cosponsored Workshop on December 17th at the University of Rochester

December 5, 2012

A workshop about the formation of a National Institute for innovation in Photonics and Optics Manufacturing Technology will be held at the University of Rochester on December 17th.  A preliminary agenda is attached.

The proposed Institute will be part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), a $1Billion program announced by the Obama Administration on March 9th to establish 15 Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation across the country.

We feel that an Optics, Photonics and Imaging Institute need to be part of this federal initiative.

Do you?

Seating is limited so please follow the link below to register.

Workshop Details

Workshop about the formation of a National Institute for Innovation in Photonics and Optics Manufacturing Technology

Monday December 17th, 2012
7:30am – 5:00pm
University of Rochester Alumni Center
300 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14627

The University of Rochester and the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster are hosting a workshop on the creation of a National Institute for Innovation in Photonics and Optics Manufacturing Technology (“POMATECH”).  The proposed Institute would be part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) announced by the Obama Administration on March 9th of this year and part of the National Photonics Initiative proposed in the report by the National Academy of Sciences entitled Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together leaders from industry, academia, and government to discuss potential areas of focus for POMATECH.  The potential areas identified so far are advanced optics, photonic integrated circuits, opto-electro-mechanical packaging, lasers and materials processing, displays, solid state lighting, integrated imaging systems, and biomedical devices.  Other areas may be proposed at the workshop and not all proposed areas may be carried forward.  We will discuss each of these areas and identify

  1. potential market size
  2. key manufacturing challenges
  3. precompetitive aspects
  4. potential sponsoring companies
  5. potential partnering universities
  6. synergies within the Institute
  7. synergies with the National Photonics Initiative
  8. synergies with other potential NNMI Institutes

We invite you to attend this meeting and share with us your perspectives.  More information on the workshop and the Agenda are available on the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences web site.

Register for the event here, and select the breakout sessions that most interest you.

For a map to the Alumni Relations Center on East River Rd. at the University of Rochester follow the following link and select the South Campus.   The center is immediately adjacent to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

For a list of hotels that are nearby the University, go to

For more information on the event, call or text Paul Ballentine at 585-748-1408 or send an email to