ERC Leads Early Stage Technology Commercialization Workshop

Achievement date: 
2013
Outcome/accomplishment: 

Under auspices of the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), which is headquartered at Princeton University, a wide range of panelists discussed ways to speed commercialization and deployment of applications focused on mid-IR technologies.

Impact/benefits: 

The specific applications were for Defense and Homeland Security uses. The workshop provided an opportunity to listen to and interact with leaders from government, investment, and mid-IR research communities. Attendees could also view early-stage product demonstrations from MIRTHE-affiliated companies. 

Explanation/Background: 

The workshop took place during 2012 in connection with the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland; SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics. MIRTHE's Executive Director moderated the workshop. Panelists included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Battelle Ventures, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Start-ups and small companies showcased their latest technologies deemed ready and available for commercialization. During the event MIRTHE small companies demonstrated transition of mid-IR technologies from the research and development (R&D) stage to commercialization (see accompanying figure).