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Congratulations 2019 Finalists and Winners
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2019 Winners
Official Announcement:
Congratulations 2019 Winners

SPIE and Photonics Media would thank to thank all our applicants. The team reviewed a broad range of products from companies both large and small. To quote one of our judges, “this was an exceptional year of exceptional products”.

11th Year of the Prism Awards

The Prism Award program is celebrating 11 years of recognizing products that are changing our lives for the better. Past finalists range from small startups (TAG Optics) to large multi-national corporations (OSRAM). Winners include small tech transfer accelerators (ALPhANOV) to global conglomerates (General Electric).

Prism recognizes particularly outstanding examples of the imaginative range and innovation reach of photonics R&D. We are grateful to help move the development of laser, illumination, scanning, and other technologies into the applications used in everything from your phone to automobile.


2019 Ceremony

The 2019 winners were announced on Wednesday 6 February 2019. The Prism Awards ceremony is held annually in San Francisco during SPIE Photonics West.


2019 Prism Award Ceremony

2019 Red Carpet

2019 Presenters

John Lee, MKS Instruments; Melissa Orme, Morf3D; Markus Arzberger, Osram Opto Semiconductors; Loucas Tsakalakos, GE Global Research; Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich; Magnus Bengtsson, Coherent; Andre Wong, Lumentum; Jonathan Waldern, Digilens; John Ling, Hitronics; Jerry Panagrossi, Renevo Capital Limited.

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2019 Finalists
2019 Judges

Prism Award Judges

This group of expert judges will devote many hours to review more than 150 applications for design and technology; novelty and innovation; need, market opportunity, and impact. Two rounds of scoring, expert external judging, and a final review will highlight the top 3 finalists in 9 categories.

Many thanks to the Prism Judges

"The Prism Awards give well-deserved recognition to technical teams in the industry who have climbed over one of the most challenging walls, bringing a leading-edge product from an R&D lab to the market." -Laura A. Smoliar, Managing Director at Berkeley Catalyst Fund, and 2018 Prism Award judge.

Thank you to the following judges for their generous support: Uri Abrams, Zane Arp, Manuel Aschwanden, Joel Bagwell, Rosalie Clemens, Simi George, Ed Gooding, David Hardwick, Qitao Lue, Randy Heyler, Marc Himel, Jian Liu, Jason McClure, Nishant Mohan, Sujatha Ramanujan, Ryszard Romaniuk, Christopher Rowan, Linda Smith, Laura Smoliar, Ferechteh Teherani, Mark Tolbert, and Aaron Weinroth.

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