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October 30, 2012

Grant to support regional optics, photonics companies

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) at the University has been awarded a three-year $1.9 million grant from five federal agencies to accelerate the growth of small- and medium-sized optics, photonics, and imaging companies in the Finger Lakes region. The program, known as the Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Accelerator, is a partnership of the University, the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, and High Tech Rochester.

“This grant leverages the Rochester region’s collective strength in optics, photonics and imaging to address critical challenges that threaten our global competitiveness and economic growth,” says President Joel Seligman. “The project will adopt a comprehensive and coordinated approach that fosters innovation through university-industry collaboration, strengthens our education and workforce capacity, and builds on our area’s many assets. This will enable us to generate new ideas, continue to be at the forefront of emerging technologies, and accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing practices to ensure we remain an international center for optics and photonics.”

“This award represents the recognition by the federal government of the importance of the Rochester optics, photonics, and imaging cluster to the economy of the Finger Lakes region, New York State, and the nation,” says Paul Ballentine, deputy director of CEIS. “We are looking forward to working with our partners to strengthen the optics, photonics and imaging cluster and create more high quality jobs for our workforce.”

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