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OSA announces finalists of Enabled by Optics Contest.

Press Release Summary:

Feb 22, 2016 - Finalists of the Enable by Optics Contest include Consumer Physics for world's first molecular scanner that fits in palm; Consemi Technologies for hybrid OptoHD cable that harnesses power of copper and optical fiber; Double Helix, LLC for 3D super-resolution imaging used in disease discovery and drug development; and Nanolive SA for 3D Cell Explorer microscope that enables exploration of living cell in 3D without damaging it. Winner will be announced in April 2016.

The Optical Society (OSA) - Washington, DC

Original Press Release

The Optical Society (OSA) Announces Finalists of Enabled by Optics Contest

Press release date: Feb 19, 2016

The impact of optics is all around us.
Everything is connected to light  and enabled by optics.
But what will be the next breakthrough technology?

Discover the power of optics with the Enabled by Optics Contest finalists

THE FINALISTS:

1. Consumer Physics – for SCiO, the world’s first molecular scanner that fits in the palm of your hand, enabling applications in health/fitness, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, agriculture and beyond
2. Cosemi Technologies – for its hybrid OptoHD cable that harnesses the power of copper and optical fiber to rapidly transfer large quantities of high-definition audio and video data for the ultimate user experience
3. Double Helix, LLC – for 3D super-resolution imaging for use in disease discovery and drug development
4. Nanolive SA – for the 3D Cell Explorer, a revolutionary microscope that enables the exploration of a living cell in 3D without damaging it, including performing precise measurements of the impact of stimuli and drugs on individual cells

SELECTION:

Contest entries will be judged by members of the OSA Industry Development Associates Committee (OIDA) and select media representatives. The committee will evaluate entries on the impact to society, the uniqueness of the technology and the creativity of the entry.

The Enabled by Optics winner will be announced in April 2016.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS:

OSA spokespeople are available to comment on finalists’ technologies and their impact on daily life. Finalist organizations also are available for interviews.

The Enabled by Optics winner will be honored at the plenary keynote session of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), 05-10 June, 2016, in San Jose, California, USA. Media and analysts receive complimentary registration to CLEO. For more information or to register, visit cleoconference.org.

About Enabled by Optics:
The OSA Enabled by Optics Contest seeks to raise public awareness of the importance of optics and photonics technologies in furthering innovation and positively impacting society. For more information on Enabled by Optics, visit the OSA website and follow the conversation on Twitter via #EnabledByOptics.

About OSA
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org/100.

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