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Sydor Instruments Receives $1 Million SBIR award from the Department of Energy, Office of Science

September 8, 2017

Grant funds the commercialization of a specialized Sydor Spectro CCD detector, designed for Soft X-ray Spectrometers.

Sydor Instruments, a Sydor Technologies Company, announced today that it has been awarded a $991,741 SBIR Phase IIA grant from the Department of Energy, Office of Science to commercialize the unique Sydor Spectro CCD. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The CCD includes specific features to improve resolution in soft X-ray spectroscopy. This improved resolution allows spectrometers to be shorter, which is critical for cost savings as well as achieving the high tolerance positioning when moving the spectrometer during experiments.

The Phase 1 award developed the concept and the Phase II award developed a prototype detector. The prototype detector was demonstrated in a test at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) on the RIXS beamlines 8.0.1 and 6.3.2. The Phase IIA will increase the sensor size, plus repackage the system into a commercial offering. Sydor will add this product to the suite of soft and hard X-ray detectors and beam monitors that are used globally for synchrotron and XFEL applications.

Mark Katafiaz, VP of US Operations at Sydor Technologies notes: “The SBIR support letters and strong customer demand verify that the Sydor Spectro CCD solves a significant problem. Results at ALS further confirm that our 5 micron pixel resolution, ultra low noise, and the highest ultra-soft X-ray QE will enable beamlines to fully utilize their source capabilities for years to come.”


NIST observes that Rochester, New York is bursting with energy, photonic energy

July 1, 2014


Rochester, New York is bursting with energy, photonic energy! The New York (NYSTAR) MEP Center, aka High Tech Rochester, is a key player in the revitalizing this industry, along with various economic and business development entities in the Rochester region.

To strengthen and grow this industry the Rochester region has received three grants; the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator, (AMJIAC) the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia Program (AMTECH), and the Investing in
Manufacturing Communities designation (IMCP). They are also gearing up to apply for a more significant and larger scale program, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, in order to further grow the optics and photonics industry.

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Sydor Instruments wins DOE SBIR grant

June 5, 2014

Acquisition of data in complex x-ray studies could improve 100-fold over existing technology with the help of an $833,000 federal grant awarded this week to Sydor Instruments.

sydorlogoIIThe company will use the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy, to complete the technology transfer of a novel microstrip detector,  in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory. The detector is designed to be highly effective at acquiring count rates, energy resolution and spatial resolution data. Commercialization of the detector will allow researchers to advance discovery in a number of areas, among them nanoscale material science, structure-based drug design and environmental remediation of contamination sites.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this SBIR Phase IIB grant and would like to thank Brookhaven National Lab for its partnership and collaboration during this process,” said Sydor Instruments President Michael Pavia.  “This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the importance of completing the technology transfer of this microstrip detector and positioning it for immediate commercial deployment.  By acquiring data at many points, the quality and quantity of data will be improved 100-fold from the current state-of-the-art.”

The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development  that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. According to the Small Business Administration, 11 federal agencies currently participate in the program, which is open to businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

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Nation’s R&D Budget Can’t Compete

April 2, 2014

The President’s R&D Budget for FY 2015: A Summary and Charts

In a year in which discretionary spending is effectively standing still, increased R&D investments appear hard to come by.  aaas_logo

Officially released March 4, the President’s budget makes clear the challenges currently posed by the Budget Control Act spending caps for R&D support. With hardly any additional room available in the discretionary budget above FY 2014 levels, and with three-quarters of the post-sequester spending reductions still in place overall, many agency R&D budgets would effectively stand still. Some R&D areas that have been featured in past budgets, including climate research and support for fundamental science, would not make much fiscal headway in this year’s request. Nevertheless, the Administration has still managed to shift some additional funding to select programs in a reflection of recurring priorities, including renewable energy and efficiency, advanced manufacturing, and technology for infrastructure and transportation.

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SBIR Discretionary Technical Assistance

July 1, 2013

Additional Assistance for Companies with SBIR Funding

The 2011 SBIR Reauthorization made it possible for companies to request Discretionary Technical Assistance from vendors of their choice in their Phase I and Phase II proposals to some agencies. These agencies include the Navy, DARPA, the Missile Defense Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institutes of Health. One of the purposes of Discretionary Technical Assistance is to commercialize the product or process and move it from R&D into the marketplace. Companies can request a maximum of $5000 per year above the baseline amount of the SBIR award. Agency solicitations contain detailed instructions.

High Tech Rochester offers a unique opportunity for Finger Lakes area optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) companies to increase the amount of Discretionary Technical Assistance provided using grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. HTR is this area’s NIST affiliate for the Manufacturing Extension Program designed to help small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. The MEP network provides a variety of services for manufacturing firms, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in position to develop new customers, expand into new markets, and create new products.

The Rochester Regional Photonics Accelerator (RRPA) is another resource for area OPI firms. The RRPA is a three-year, $1.7M grant from a group of five federal agencies intended to accelerate the growth of small and medium-sized optics, photonics, and imaging companies in the Finger Lakes region. HTR administers the NIST portion of the RRPA which is intended to increase revenues and result in increased or retained jobs for small and mid-sized manufacturing firms.

If you are a manufacturer and have active SBIR programs or want more information on starting an SBIR program, contact Mark Schrader at HTR Growth Services (, 585-327-7934) to see how HTR can help you commercialize the results of your SBIR program.

OptiPro Highlighted in Video for FLREDC Presentation

November 28, 2012

When Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Rochester New York for the finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council presentation on Tuesday, November 28, one of the video presentations he saw was about RRPC member OptiPro.

Wake up, Albany!  Optics, Photonics and Imaging are a key strategic economic advantage of Western New York!  Without OPI there is no such thing as Nanotechnology!

Lumetrics Announces Nearly $1 Million NIH Grant

October 9, 2012

Grant will fund cutting-edge research and development of hand-held eye scanner

Rochester, NY

LumetricsCongresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) visited Rochester-based medical technology firm Lumetrics today to announce a $973,000 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Eye Institute. The NIH grant will fund development of a digital hand-held diagnostic ophthalmic instrument that will dramatically improve access to vision related healthcare both in the U.S. and across the globe. The promising pen-sized device will provide an effective clinical tool for inspecting the human retina and documenting the findings.

“As a microbiologist and someone who has been an unwavering advocate of biomedical research, I am thrilled to be able to join with Lumetrics for this wonderful announcement,” said Slaughter. “The benefits that this innovation will provide both here in the U.S. and across the globe are immeasurable. The ability to provide comprehensive diagnostic eye care with a hand-held device is truly groundbreaking and represents a huge step forward in improved healthcare access for previously underserved populations. The fact that this innovation is being developed by a Rochester-based company further reinforces the fact that our region leads the way in science and technology. Congratulations to my good friends at Lumetrics.”

Lumetrics is a 20 person Rochester-based photonics manufacturing company founded in 2003. The company currently counts among its customers six of the top 11 medical device manufacturers in the world. The company is known for its OptiGauge system which reduces production time and enhances quality for manufacturers of medical devices, optics, and industrial materials.

“We are extremely pleased that the National Institutes of Health found our idea worthy of such a large and prestigious grant, said Lumetrics’ CEO John Hart. The collaboration with the University of Rochester and its Flaum Eye Institute is an incredible opportunity for Lumetrics and will lead to new jobs at our company and expanded purchasing for our local talented supplier community”

The development of the new camera has been led by Fillip Ignatovich, PhD, Chief Technology Officer for Lumetrics and David Kleinman, MD, MBA an academic retinal specialist at the Flaum Eye Institute. The camera is made possible through a key patent invented by Steven Feldon, MD, MBA, Director of the Flaum Eye Institute and Geunyoung Yoon, PhD, of the University of Rochester, both of whom will be assisting on aspects of the project.

Dr. Fillip Ignatovich is an expert in developing innovative strategies to leverage technology in improving the human condition. He defines and oversees the research and development efforts at Lumetrics with the emphasis on medical ophthalmic devices.

“I am fortunate to lead a great team of professionals in developing this instrument which has the potential to make a positive impact in health and vision care for all people,” said Dr. Ignatovich. “This funding exemplifies meaningful government initiatives designed to promote innovation, small business success and cost effective interventions advancing quality of life.”

Dr. Kleinman is widely considered an expert in the field of ophthalmology and serves as a consultant to both large and small ophthalmic pharmaceutical and device companies nationally. He has travelled to more than 40 countries championing the cause of providing vision care to underserved populations.

“When we applied for this grant we told a great story—there is no group better suited for this project than our team here in Rochester,” said Dr. Kleinman. “We have world renowned expertise in optical engineering, medical device development and manufacturing, and cutting edge research in ophthalmology and the visual sciences. As we advance this patented novel technology we hope it further establishes our community as a leader in bringing great imaging products to the global stage. ”

Lumetrics is one of nearly 140 technology firms in the Rochester area focusing on the field of photonics and optics. Organized as the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, these firms represent the largest manufacturing cluster in New York State. Firms from the cluster have been responsible for development of the optics currently deployed in the Mars Rover program.

“Lumetrics and the firms that compose the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster are developing the technologies of the future,” said Slaughter. “They will continue to play a crucial role in transforming our economy, creating high-paying jobs and distinguishing Rochester within the international scientific community. I am so proud and appreciative of their continued efforts and look forward to continuing my support for their good work both here and in Washington.”