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Posted: April 18, 2008

European Photonics Innovation Village Awards 2008: 5 excellent teams rewarded

(Nanowerk News) The European Photonics Innovation Village Awards Ceremony took place during Photonics Europe in Strasbourg. Among 12 prototypes of high quality, the Jury distinguished 5 excellent teams and bestowed 5 prices. Winners also received 3000 euros and advertorials (13400 euros worth) to support the emergence of their projects.
The European Photonics Innovation Village 2008 is organised by Rhenaphotonics Alsace and SPIE Europe, under the patronage of the Photonics Unit of the European Commission.
The Innovation Village Judging Panel was chaired by Gustav Kalbe (European Commission, Photonics Unit, Belgium) and its members were : Dr Kevin Harding (President of SPIE), Hugo Thienpont, (Vrije Universiteit, Belgium), Giancarlo Righini (CNR, Italy), Paul Smigielski (Rhenaphotonics Alsace President, France), Patrick Meyrueis (Rhenaphotonics Alsace & Laboratoire des Systèmes Photoniques (ULP/INSA), France) and Bernard Kress (Laboratoire des Systèmes Photoniques (ULP/INSA), France).
Awards

Best Overall Product : Diffractive / refractive endoscopic UV-imaging system

René Reichle

Institut fuer Technische Optik (ITO) - Universitaet Stuttgart, Germany und Institute for combustion and gas dynamics of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Best Marketability: Femtosecond-pulse fibre laser for microsurgery and marking applications

Jean-Bernard Lecourt

Multitel, Belgium

Best Design: Flexible Artificial Optical Robotic Skins

Thomas Geernaert

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Best Application: Micro-optical detection unit for lab-on-a-chip

Sara Van Overmeire

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Dept. Applied Physics and Photonics, Belgium

Best Technology: 3D Tomographic Microscope

Vincent Lauer

Lauer Microscopie, France

Source: RhenaPhotonics Alsace