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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.”

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>>Read More Here<<

 

 

 

Don’t Miss The Luminate Lightning Round

October 24, 2017


You are invited to the Luminate Lightning Round

Join us as 25 companies compete to win a spot in Luminate, the world’s largest optics, photonics, and imaging accelerator.

Each of  the 10 winning companies will receive admission into the six-month accelerator program starting this January, along with an initial $100K investment and a chance to compete for $2M more in investments that will be announced at Demo Day in June.  This Lightning Round event will host companies from around the world and will feature keynote speaker Paul Singh, noted investor and Entrepreneur.

When: Wednesday, November 8, 4:00-6:30 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel,
125 East Main St.,  Rochester, NY 14604

Click the link to register for the event.

>>Luminate Lightning Registration<<

Luminate,  administered by High Tech Rochester, is a $10 million program is being funded by Governor Cuomo and the State of New York through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative award. Click on Governor Cuome announces Luminate for details.

Luminate Lightning Round is also a feature of Rochester Innovation Week presented by High Tech Rochester. In addition to Luminate Lightning Round, Innovation week hosts Paul Singh at the Penthouse, Office Hours with Paul Singh, and Rochester Young Professionals 7th Annual Entrepreneurship Expo. For details and to register for these events, please click on the following link:

>>Rochester Innovation Week<<

 

RPC Photonics announces volume order for Engineered Diffusers™ for 3D Sensing

October 4, 2017

RPC Photonics today announced a large-volume order for Engineered Diffusers™ for a VCSEL-based, Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D Sensing application from a Fortune 50 company.  RPC Photonics’ Engineered Diffusers™ provides uniform illumination with high efficiency in a custom-designed solution.

G. Michael Morris, founder and CEO of RPC Photonics said “Our customers come to us for solutions to their most critical optical design challenges. In this case, we were able to provide our customer with a design that met all of their needs in a cost effective manner.” As a result of this engagement and many others, RPC Photonics is embarking on a significant capacity expansion to meet the needs of the rapidly growing 3D-sensing market.

300mm diameter diced Engineered Diffuser™ wafer

RPC Photonics has developed solutions for both ToF and Structured Light 3D sensing to address a broad number of product applications and holds a number of fundamental patents in the fields of micro-optics and laser beam shaping.

RPC Photonics, Inc. is a privately held C-Corporation located at 330 Clay Road, Rochester, New York 14623 USA Phone: (585) 272-2840, Website: https://www.rpcphotonics.com

Robert McCrory Stepping Down at LLE

September 29, 2017

Professor Robert L. McCrory, a physicist and scientific leader who has shepherded the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics to international prominence during the past 35 years, will retire from the directorship on October 1, the beginning of the federal government’s fiscal year.

McCrory, who holds the title of University Professor—one of just eight current or former members of the faculty to receive that distinction—and vice president and vice provost, will step down from the University as of December 31. Michael Campbell, deputy director of LLE, will become director of the lab, pending approval of the University’s Board of Trustees.

President and CEO Joel Seligman said McCrory’s record of scientific achievement represents an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach that are the hallmarks of Rochester’s approach to research and scholarship.

“Bob had a vision for LLE and he worked tirelessly to engage faculty and students in optics, physics, engineering, and other departments to explore some of the most important scientific issues of the 20th and 21st centuries,” Seligman says. “He’s been a leader in working with our congressional leaders and colleagues at other institutions to advocate for the unique strengths of LLE. He deserves our thanks and appreciation for his efforts to make LLE an internationally recognized research facility.”

University Provost and Senior Vice President for Research Rob Clark says McCrory’s leadership is synonymous with establishing Rochester as one of the preeminent sites for high-energy laser science.

“This is truly the end of an era,” Clark says. “Bob has been instrumental in the success of LLE from nearly the beginning of the facility. He set a standard for research excellence, fiscal management, and academic achievement that will be hard to replace.”

McCrory began his career at Rochester in 1976, arriving as a research scientist from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He became director and CEO of LLE in 1983.

>>Read More Here<<

Integrated Photonics: Challenges and Opportunities

September 29, 2017

Jaime Cardenas, University of Rochester
Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7:00 PM
Laboratory for Laser Energetics – East Lobby
240 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Abstract:
Integrated photonics, or optics on a chip, offers solutions to many of the challenges common to traditional optics such as element alignment, stability, and size. On-chip photonic devices are aligned during fabrication and thus can’t move during operation. Since the device is so small and the components are microns away from each other, the different components tend to “see” the same environment making the devices very stable. Leveraging the microelectronics industry and its fabrication techniques, integrated photonic structures can be sub-micron in size and can be densely packed in areas of only a few mm2. In this talk, we will discuss what is integrated photonics and how do you do optics on a chip. We will look at the current challenges and answer “how come I can’t buy some integrated photonics at the store?” Finally, I will give an overview of the newly established institute for photonics and how the Rochester community fits in it.

Professor Jaime Cardenas, University of Rochester

 

Prof. Jaime Cardenas is an Assistant Professor in The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Optical Science and Engineering. His research was in single air interface bends and waveguide microcantilevers. After two years as a process engineer, Jaime joined the Cornell Nanophotonics Group as a postdoc and continued there as a research scientist. Prof. Cardenas recent work is focused on high efficiency optical coupling of an optical fiber to a photonic chip that is low cost and suitable for high volume manufacturing.

Kevin Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award: Nominations Open Until October 11th

September 28, 2017

OSA is seeking nominations for a NEW award, named after Rochester’s Kevin Thompson, for early-career professionals in optical engineering, metrology or lens design. 

Who can you nominate??? 

Spread the word and help recognize innovators in optics!

Anyone who knew him just has to LOVE this logo of Kevin Thompson, right?

>>Read More and Nominate Here<<