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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.


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


Lumetrics Wins Transparent Armor SBIR Phase One

October 17, 2017

Lumetrics, Inc., a leading metrology design, engineering and manufacturing company, has been awarded a Phase One Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant through the US Army and Department of Defense.

Lumetrics’ proposal addresses the need of developing a specialized measurement system capable of measuring a critical component to many armed forces vehicles, transparent armor.Lumetrics

Transparent armor, colloquially referred to as “bullet-proof glass,” is comprised of many layers of glass and plastics which must be non-destructively measured for quality control and layer identification purposes.

A device like this has the potential not only to lower the cost of  transparent armor manufacturing, but will most importantly help ensure our US forces receive the highest quality transparent armor for their vehicles and aircrafts.

Supported by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter ( NY25th District), this grant may lead to further development and commercialization of this technology for broader applications in the automotive, space exploration, and commercial window industries.

The development team comprising Dr. Filipp Ignatovich, Dr. Michael Marcus, Donald Gibson, and Kyle Hadcock are aiming to have a functional prototype system early next year.


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.

Read more here…

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.