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Luminate NY, the state-funded competition designed to help startup companies in the optics, photonics and imaging industries in Rochester, announced the first 10 finalists chosen on Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the inaugural class includes optics, photonics and imaging start-ups, which were selected after pitching ideas to an advisory panel comprised of industry experts. The list includes two non-U.S. companies; 7 out-of-state companies and 3 Rochester companies.

The 10 selected finalists include:

The Eastman Business Park is welcoming a new tenant, a company involved in photonics. It's actually the first independent photonics company to locate at the business park.

There is a research hub being developed at the park, called a Testing, Assembly and Packaging or ‘TAP’ facility which will serve a number of photonics firms in the area.

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The Rochester Museum and Science Center is getting a boost in its effort to get more young people interested in math and science, as well as look to a possible career in photonics.

With the Rochester area recently named a photonics hub, RMSC President Kate Bennett says the facility is trying to do more to encourage area students to consider pursuing employment in photonics as those companies expand in this region.

She says last year, the museum opened up an Illumination Gallery to talk about light and optics.

RIT Studies Photonics Workforce Development

Dec 7, 2015
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Researchers at RIT are using a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to learn how to better prepare students for jobs in the photonics and optics industry.

Post-doctoral researcher Anne Leak said the team is interviewing more than a hundred technicians, engineers, supervisors and human resource personnel to find out what skills are used on the job at small to mid-sized photonics companies in Rochester.        

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A day after a group of business leaders labeling themselves as the “Rochester Business Leaders Photonics Working Group” suggested that Legacy Tower, the former B + L building, might be easier to use as a headquarters buildling for the new photonics initiative, another group of business and political leaders issued a statement to say they still think the Sibley Building is the wisest choice.

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A group of local business leaders is pushing for a photonics headquarters to be located at the former Bausch + Lomb building in Rochester.  There seems to be general support for the concept because of  one central desire among the various officials, and that is to make sure the operation is somewhere in the downtown Rochester area.

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer says  he has spoken with a top military official to urge that the Department of Defense select the Sibley Building in Downtown Rochester as the administrative headquarters for the new photonics center. Schumer says he spoke with Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work.

LISTEN: Speeches From The Photonics Institute

Jul 27, 2015

If you missed Monday's speeches regarding the photonics institute coming to Rochester, you can hear them here.

Vice President Joe Biden


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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  A $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the science of photonics _ the use of light in technology _ will be developed in western New York, federal and state officials said Monday, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region. 

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Proponents of the optics and photonics institute that Vice President Joe Biden will formally announce during a visit to Rochester Monday have been working for years to achieve this result.

They can be forgiven then, if they sometimes get into the weeds when it comes to explaining what optics and photonics are all about. So here's a quick elevator speech to help.

Optic and photonics technologies drive computer and smartphone displays and are used in virtually every sector including medical research, engineering, aerospace and the automotive industry.

(Watch the great video explainer after the jump.)

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