PhAST brings Market Focus to CLEO

BALTIMORE, MD--The Photonics Applications, Systems, and Technologies (PhAST) program, to be held in conjunction with the 2009 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC) in Baltimore (May 31-June 5), will be the venue for something new and different this year:

BALTIMORE, MD--The Photonics Applications, Systems, and Technologies (PhAST) program, to be held in conjunction with the 2009 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC) in Baltimore (May 31-June 5), will be the venue for something new and different this year: A series of PhAST Market Focus sessions will explore business and commercialized applications topics in the areas of energy, biophotonics, and security--some of the hottest application areas in photonics today. And to be sure that all CLEO/IQEC attendees benefit from the information, the Market Focus sessions will take place on the PhotonXpo exhibit hall floor and are free to all attendees.

Though the intended audience ranges from CEOs and venture capitalists to applications-oriented engineers and product managers, the information is geared to offer broad industry appeal. We all know that photonics is increasingly playing a role in sustainable energy practices, medical therapeutics and disease diagnosis, as well as homeland security and surveillance, but how well do we know the details of the market opportunity in each of these areas and the technologies that will insure success for photonics companies worldwide? These are just some of the questions that the Market Focus sessions will attempt to answer.

Energy, Biophotonics, Security

Tuesday’s 10:30–12:30 pm and 2:30–4:30 pm ‘Photonics for Energy’ Market Focus presentations consist of two sessions. The first session focuses on laser sources and processing in photovoltaic manufacturing and will be moderated by Finlay Colville from Coherent. And the second session, to be moderated by entrepreneur Steve Eglash, centers around renewable energy and energy efficiency in lighting, displays, and in other lesser-known areas of photonics.

On Wednesday from 1:15–3:15 pm and 3:45–5:00 pm, Marco Arrigoni from Coherent and Wolfgang Petrich from Roche Diagnostics GmbH will moderate two sessions in the ‘Biophotonics’ Market Focus category, Diagnostics and Therapy, respectively.

And on Thursday, moderator Mark Tolbert from Toptica Photonics will present Terahertz – Imaging and Surveillance from 10:30–12:30 pm in ‘Photonics for Security and the Environment’, while moderator Tim Day from Daylight Solutions will moderate the session from 2:00–4:00 pm on mid-infrared environmental monitoring solutions.

These well-known industry moderators have already assembled an impressive list of presenters for each of their sessions, and hope that you will find time during CLEO/IQEC to attend one or more of the sessions on the show floor. For more information on the PhAST Market Focus, go to www.phastconference.org/about_phast/default.aspx.

--Gail Overton


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