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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.”

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>>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<<

 

Join Us for Digital Rochester’s Photonics Update on October 26th!

October 17, 2017

Digital Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster for an event designed for the non-photonics professional.  We will improve your understanding of the photonics industry, as well as some exciting updates on the recent wins in our area.  We’ve put together a panel of industry experts to give you a basic understanding of the industry, its impact on the Rochester region, as well as some exciting applications of photonics products that may surprise you!

Tom Battley – Executive Director RRPC & New York Photonics
Tony Amarel – President, Optics Professionals LLC
Alexis Spilman Vogt, PhD – Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics, Monroe Community College
Rick Plympton – CEO, Optimax Systems

Below is a short synopsis of what each panel member will be presenting:

Overview of ecosystem and distinction between AIM and the rest of the regional industry
 Tom Battley
When Vice President Joe Biden came to Rochester and announced that we would be leading AIM Photonics, a national manufacturing institute, the news was read around the globe.  In our region, the number one question became, “What is photonics?” According to the University of Rochester, Optics Photonics and Imaging companies employ over 17,000 people in our region, supporting one out of fourteen families.  The industries that these companies serve touch us all: biomedical, consumer, defense, aerospace, semiconductor, machine tools, gaming etc. The challenge for the Finger Lakes Region is how to use this advantage to grow the industry in the future.  Are we prepared, and what is being done?

National overview of job market
– Tony Amarel
Tony Amarel will provide a national overview of the photonics job market looking at where the photonics jobs, suppliers and manufactures are, and some of the influences driving the current hiring cycle. Rochester plays a major role as a central hub of the photonics industry on a national and international scale.

Monroe Community College Successes and Momentum
– Alexis Spilman Vogt
Monroe Community College is the only community college in the country awarding associate degrees in Optics and the global need for Optics technicians is dire. Alexis Vogt, PhD, Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics will discuss the successes and momentum of MCC’s Optical Systems Technology program.

What are the various Applications?  Challenges of rapid growth?
– Rick Plympton
Rick Plympton will share examples of photonic applications that are enabled by digital technologies.  Optimax manufactures precision optics for research and industry.  Modern advanced manufacturing facilities leverage digital technology for CNC machining, data analysis, production reporting and AI for improving processes.

Agenda:

Registration/Networking 7:30-8:00 am
Presentations/Panel Discussion 8:00-9:00 am
Q&As and Networking 9:00-9:30am

Venue Rochester Museum Science Center
Address 657 East Ave
Rochester NY 14607, US
Starts Thu Oct 26 2017, 7:30am EDT
Ends Thu Oct 26 2017, 9:30am EDT

REGISTER NOW!

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

Danforth Offering Free Cleanroom Design & Skills Training Across Upstate NY

October 4, 2017