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Leaders from top research universities in India are in Western New York for a three-day materials science workshop at UB focusing on the development of joint projects relating to nanomaterials. The UB-Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) UB-Indo Workshop, which began Monday and concludes today, centers on the design, synthesis and data-driven discovery of nanomaterials for electronics, photonics and biotechnology. Activities include presentations, strategy sessions, laboratory and facility tours, and many...
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Despite the pandemic cloud that hung over the economy, Excell Partners had much to celebrate in 2021. Companies in its portfolio made big strides and its Finger Lakes Fund posted a banner year. “It has only been three years since the inception of the Finger Lakes Fund and yet it is already showing strong performance with a 49.5 percent (internal rate of return) since inception,” says Theresa Mazzullo, CEO of Excell,...
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Two new awards will help the University of Rochester prepare a more diverse pipeline of optics professionals. Two recent awards will enable the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester to help address a pressing need for highly trained PhD graduates, including women and underrepresented minorities, in industry, research labs, and academia. A $900,000 GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) grant from the US Department of Education will pay for six...
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Contact Lens Manufacturer Will Expand its Distribution Center Operations in West Henrietta and Manufacturing Operations in Scottsville  Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that CooperVision will expand operations at two separate locations in Monroe County, creating to up to 173 new jobs. Citing an increase in global demand for its contact lenses and a...
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AIM Photonics has announced the release of a new process design kit (PDK) developed specifically for advanced photonics applications using silicon nitride waveguides. The new PDK gives AIM Photonics members and multi-project wafer (MPW) customers access to even more leading-edge technology to design, manufacture and package their photonic integrated circuit (PIC) prototype devices at the institute’s state-of-the-art fabrication facility at Albany Nanotech in Albany, NY, and Test, Assembly and Packaging...
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As highly-contagious Covid-19 subvariants proliferate, two U.S. researchers are using photonic biosensors on a chip to fight back with a wider scope of immunity testing. “What we are doing,” said Ben Miller, professor at the University of Rochester, “is showing how to quickly adapt a test assay to a new variant.” “Rather than just test for one protein from one virus, we can look at several different variants, and find...
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The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) executed a trade secret license to a silicon-nitride-based photonic component library to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY), the administrator of AIM Photonics. By working closely with AIM Photonics’ foundry, the NRL’s Optical Sciences Division is developing photonic components with functionalities targeting Department of Defense (DOD) priorities such as analog signal processing, quantum information and computing, data remoting,...
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A Wayne County optics manufacturer is spending $20 million to expand its operations in the town of Ontario and create up to 50 jobs, Empire State Development announced Thursday. ESD said Optimax Systems Inc. is adding a 36,000-square-foot addition to its existing facility on Dean Parkway off Route 104. ESD, the state’s economic development agency, said the expanded operations, with support from ESD, “will allow Optimax Systems to raise the...
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Funding to support the development of inexpensive, point-of-care testing and diagnostics using photonic biosensing technology The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced that AIM Photonics has been awarded $5,273,779 as a part of an overall grant package totaling more than $54 million for high-impact projects for research, development and testbeds for pandemic response. The funding, which was provided by the American Rescue Act,...
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Some 900 Rochester jobs—scientists, engineers, technicians and staff—remain secure with $83 million in federal funding for the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The funding is critical to the groundbreaking work being done at LLE to help support the science-based stewardship of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, officials say. Established in 1970, LLE began as a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter. The lab is funded by...
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