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LaserLight news
February 2, 2023

SPIE Names Winners of the 15th Annual Prism Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2, 2023 — Yesterday, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recognized the top-rated new optics and photonics products with the industry-focused Prism Awards. The gala evening, held during SPIE Photonics West, also marked the Prism Awards’ 15th anniversary with a champagne toast, a timeline gallery of past winners, and a video showcasing a decade and a half of Prism highlights.

Each year, the SPIE Prism Awards reflect the rapidly growing trajectory, exciting latest developments, and rich technical innovations across photonics and photonics-enabled industries. This year, the annual ceremony honored a range of established and emerging companies applying innovative and creative solutions to critical problems in areas such as augmented and virtual reality, sensors, lasers, quantum technology, and biomedical optical solutions. For consideration in the 2023 Prism Awards, SPIE received 76 applications from 19 countries.

Finalists and winners were selected by a panel of international judges who leveraged their knowledge and acumen from across the technology commercialization and funding sectors. The distinguished judges’ roster included the FDA’s Zane Arp, iFocus’ Adi Diner, AXA-XL’s Simi George, MKS Instruments’ Marc D. Himel, Coherent’s Qiongying Hu, Chromacity’s Shahida Imani, Teledyne Princeton Instruments’ Jason McClure, Technology Scotland’s Alison McLeod, Tesseract Health’s Nishant Mohan, Engender Technologies’ Cather Simpson, Ceres Technology Advisors’ Linda Smith, TOPTICA’s Mark A. Tolbert, and Nanovation’s Ferechteh Teherani.

“The Prism Awards always showcase an impressive spectrum of innovative solutions based on optics and photonics technology,” said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. “By providing products powered by photonics, all of these companies — and I am including the finalists as well as tonight’s winners — are offering a terrific array of impactful technologies that will transform lives across the world. I am so excited to be here tonight to congratulate them in person.”

“The range of technology solutions presented at this year’s PRISM awards ceremony leaves no doubt that innovation in optics and photonics continues to chart a profoundly ambitious course,” said Tom Laurin, president and CEO of Photonics Media. “All the finalists and especially this year’s winners demonstrate our industry continues to provide the breakthrough solutions for cutting-edge applications in quantum, integrated photonics, data communications, and health care, among others. We offer our congratulations to the winners in recognition of their achievement.”

Below is the complete list of the award categories, the winners, and their winning products:

AR VR MR: TriLite Technologies, Trixel 3

Biomedical: Philophos, KUOS-O100

Cameras and Imaging: Metalenz, PolarEyesTM

Lasers: Kyocera SLD Laser, LaserLight LiFi System

Quantum Tech: QuiX Quantum, 20-mode Quantum Photonic Processor

Sensors: Ocean Insight, SpeedSorterTM

Software: Dotphoton, Jetraw

Test and Measurement: Precitec Optronik, Flying Spot Scanner (FSS 310)

Photonics Media is the promotional sponsor of the SPIE Prism Awards. For more information on the Prism Awards and the 2023 winners, visit