MIRTHE Showcases Latest Mid-Infrared Technologies at Industry Conference

Achievement date: 
2014
Outcome/accomplishment: 

Investment and research leaders generated greater awareness for the potential application of mid-infrared technologies for defense and homeland security at an industry workshop organized by the Center on Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) headquartered at Princeton University. 

Impact/benefits: 

The September 2013 workshop enabled a number of MIRTHE start-ups and small companies to demonstrate new mid-infrared technologies that provide unprecedented optical and chemical sensing capabilities. Panelists including company executives and venture capitalists discussed how to speed the development, commercialization, and development of the technologies for enhancing public defense and homeland security.

Explanation/Background: 

The workshop took place at the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing 2013 conference in Baltimore, one of the industry's most important scientific conferences and exhibitions to feature the type of optical and chemical technologies that are developed at MIRTHE. Besides encouraging discussions among investors and researchers, the workshop enabled companies to demonstrate products derived from MIRTHE projects that are ready and available for commercialization.

MIRTHE organized the workshop in connection with its Investment Focus Group, organized by the Center in 2010 and comprised of leaders from industry, financing, and entrepreneurship. The group arose from the Center’s work in integrating strong partnerships across a broad spectrum of commercial applications, adding the technology investment community to support taking its technologies from testbeds to the marketplace.