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LASER World of PHOTONICS Awards: Prizes for viable solutions

February 5, 2019

  • Premiere for Innovation Award
  • Start-Up Award goes into the third round
  • Top-class jury picks winners


Two awards at once are being handed out at this year’s LASER World of PHOTONICS, the world’s leading trade fair, taking place in Munich from June 24 to 27: The Innovation Award, being conferred for the first time, honors the best product premieres by exhibitors, while the Start-Up Award, now being presented for the third time, is directed at young entrepreneurs offering innovative solutions. The awards are worth 5,000 euros apiece and are being bestowed in collaboration with British publishing house Europa Science.

A sensor capable of contactlessly measuring more than 20 vital patient signs—this solution won the Israeli-Spanish-American team from ContinUse Biometrics the Start-Up Award at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017.

“The Start-Up Award contestants are living proof just how many innovative ideas are being generated by photonics. Which is why it isn’t just the established Start-Up Award being conferred at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019 but the Innovation Award as well. This enables us to give innovation an even bigger platform”, says Katja Stolle, the trade fair’s Exhibition Director.

The application categories for the Start-Up Award and Innovation Award are:

  • Laser & Optoelectronics / Lighting and Energy
  • Optics
  • Laser & laser systems in production engineering
  • Biophotonics & Medical Engineering
  • Imaging / Sensors, Test and measurement technology and Optical measurement systems
  • Manufacturing technology for optics
  • Optical information and communication
  • Security

The closing date for both awards is March 29, 2019. A top-quality jury for each accolade will select the finalists for both the Start-Up Award and Innovation Award from among the innovation submissions. The announcement of the winners and presentation of the awards will take place at LASER World of PHOTONICS.

The Awards’ judges are:

  • Dr. Markus Bartram, Picolas GmbH
  • Jonathan Blackburn, Association of Industrial Laser Users / TWI Ltd
  • Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders, TOPTICA Photonics AG
  • Prof. Peter Loosen, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology
  • Jürgen Niederhofer, Newport Spectra-Physics GmbH
  • Dr. Andreas Olmes, High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
  • Dr. Andreas Popp, TRUMPF Lasertechnik GmbH
  • Prof. Jürgen Popp, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena
  • Gregory Quarles, The Optical Society (OSA)
  • Dr. Ronald Sroka, LIFE-Center, Hospital of University Munich
  • Prof. Falk Strascheg, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE)
  • Dr. Wenko Süptitz, SPECTARIS
  • Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering
  • Prof. Paul Urbach, TU Delft

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  • The Start-Up Award goes into the third round

    The picture shows the finalists in 2017; the innovation award is being conferred for the first time at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019