Ocean Optics names Phase I winners of Blue Ocean Grants program

Oct. 19, 2011
Ocean Optics has named the Phase I winners of its first Blue Ocean Grants and Challenges program, which seeks novel optical sensing ideas and technologies with the ultimate potential to change the world for the better and eventual market commercialization.

Dunedin, FL--Ocean Optics has named the Phase I winners of its first Blue Ocean Grants and Challenges program, which seeks novel optical sensing ideas and technologies that could change the world for the better and lead to eventual market commercialization. Due to the quantity of quality applications, the company issued more grants than planned and created an additional category of developmental grants.

The Blue Ocean grants are divided into two phases. Phase I grants are issued to fund initial evaluation and development of ideas and technologies to the proof-of-concept phase. The company originally planned to award up to 10 Phase I grants of up to $10,000, but expanded that number to 13 grants in five different countries when the grant committee, made up of Ocean Optics' chief technology officer Jason M. Eichenholz and independent photonics experts, felt strongly compelled to find funding for an additional three worthy recipients.

In addition, another seven strong submissions were awarded development grants. Development grant recipients will be given or loaned Ocean Optics equipment to facilitate progression of their grant ideas, enabling them to be submitted for either Phase II of this year’s program or next year’s Phase I funding. Phase II grants will be issued to nurture a proposed technology through proof of concept in a way that enables the potential of market commercialization. Up to two Phase II grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded in early 2012.

Recipients were chosen based on ability to change the world for the better, out-of-the-box thinking, technical merit, and potential commercial viability.

Phase I grant winners are:

Jarkko Antila, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, MEMS-based mid-IR spectrometer
Christopher Fraker, Diabetes Research Institute, Tailored oxygen levels for cell culturing
Matthew Gunn, Aberystwyth University, Economical hyperspectral imager
Guifang Li, CREOL/The School of Optics at the University of Central Florida, The College of Optics & Photonics, Novel tunable mid-IR laser sources
Zhiwen Liu, The Pennsylvania State University, G-Fresnel optical spectrometer miniaturization
Hans-Peter Loock, Queen’s University, Fiber-optic mercury probe
Robert Pal, Durham University / FScan LTD, Handheld rapid prostate cancer screening instrument
Bill Parker, Creative Microsystems, Nanoliter optical sensing
Nadia Pervez, Chromation Partners, Novel photonic crystal spectrometer
Scott Rowe, Ocular Prognostics, LLC, Macular pigment measurement
Maurizio Tormen, CSEM SA, MEMS wavemeter
Ian White, University of Maryland, Inkjet-printed SERS dipsticks
Liang Zhang, University of Washington, Detection system for early childhood caries

Development grant winners are:

Kristen Maitland, Texas A&M University, Spectrally encoded depth scans for early cancer detection
Dominic Murphy, Fusion Photonics Ltd., Fiber fourier transform spectrometer
Dustin Ritter, Engineering World Health organization – Texas A&M chapter, Medical oxygen concentrator measurement system
Frank Rutten, Keele University, Rapid on-site detection of asbestos
Eric Smith, FMIP, Real-time spectroscopy for the produce industry
Kate Sugden, Aston University, Fiber Bragg grating sensing using new Ocean Optics spectrometers
Bo Yang, USF College of Marine Science, Low-cost optical pH sensors

For more information, please visit http://blueoceangrants.com/.


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