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June 12, 2019 – Light-Powered Nano-Microbial ‘Factories’ Could Help Reduce Carbon

Using light-activated quantum dots to activate specific enzymes within microbial cells, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder  created nanobio-hybrid organisms that can consume harmful gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and convert them into biodegradable plastic, gasoline, ammonia, and biodiesel. According to the researchers, the technique could improve CO2 capture and one day potentially replace carbon-intensive manufacturing for plastics and fuels. See full article.

April 2 – Boulder’s Southwest Research Institute has been awarded the largest Hubble Space Telescope solar system program ever by NASA, with 206 of Hubble’s orbits around Earth to be devoted to the project.  See full article.  CPIA’s May 15 Quarterly Meeting is being held at SwRI.  To learn more and register, go to register.

Feb 28 – Photonics Spectra Article highlights Part Colorado Pair Played.  Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane were among the earliest to realize the potential for Ti:sapphire. In 1994, not long after Sibbett developed the self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser, Kapteyn and Murnane founded the company KMLabs to meet the demand for their femtosecond laser design. KMLabs now focuses on building ultrashort-pulse lasers for high-harmonic generation that are essentially tabletop x-ray and extreme-UV laser sources capable of delivering attosecond pulses. Read more.

February 26 – Denver-based BridgeSat forms new partnership to build laser-based broadband network across Middle East. Read more

February 21 – Boulder NIST’s “astrocomb” to help Texas telescope find more exoplanets. Read more

February 7 – CPIA Member Double Helix Optics honored in the Diagnostics and Therapeutics category the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation.Read more

January 30 – ColdQuanta Sponsors Research at University of Wisconsin to Accelerate Neutral Atom Quantum Computer Commercialization. Executive Chairman Tim Day to Present at Photonics West Marketplace Seminar.  Read more

January 12 – Front Range to Build $8M Manufacturing Lab with Optics Technology Component.  See CBS coverage of ‘wall breaking’ for new center including your very own CPIA Coordinator swinging a sledgehammer.  Read more

January 5 – Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program Now Accepting Applications for Proof of Concept and Early Stage Grants through March 1, 2019. Read more

December 11 – Technology Review: Laser Focus World’s top 20 photonics technology picks for 2018 include three Colorado-based innovations from NIST, CSU and Nuburu.  Read more

December 5 – 2019 Prism Award Finalists Announced, Double Helix finalist in Diagnostics & Therapeutics category.  Read more

December 10, 2018 – The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) today named two members of the CU Boulder research community to its class of fellows for 2018 including John “Jan” Hall, a fellow and senior research associate at JILA. He is renowned for his work to develop and apply innovative laser techniques to the study of fundamental physical constants and theories, and to advance measurement science. Read More

November 27, 2018 – New Device Widens Light Beams, Broadening Possibilities In Science And Technology. Working with a team led by John Kitching of NIST in Boulder, Colorado, scientists have now developed a highly efficient converter that enlarges the diameter of a light beam by 400 times. Read More

November 16, 2018 – Newest CPIA member, 3D at Depth, receives grant. A Colorado company providing underwater liDAR technology and services to the subsea oil-and-gas market was among 24 Colorado startups approved for funding as part of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program. Read More

October 26, 2018 – FRCC in Longmont, area businesses team up to create optics tech program, which will begin next semester on Jan. 22. Read More.

October 12, 2018 – CU Boulder awarded $57.4 million contract with NASA. CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics will build an instrument in partnership with Langley on its the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory Pathfinder mission that will measure sunlight reflected from the Earth and will calibrate satellite sensors that monitor the Earth system. Read More.

September 27, 2018 – NIST electro-optic laser pulses 100 times faster than usual ultrafast. Read More.

September 23, 2018 – Free webinars from Photonics Media coming up including Imaging Applications in Quantum Research and Green Light on Lidar.  Have you thought about submitting a topic?  Read more.

September 12, 2018 Nite Ize moves operations from Boulder to Longmont

Nite Ize Inc., a Boulder-headquartered manufacturer that makes products from flashlights to cellphone accessories, has taken over a 160,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, according to a company news release. The property at 6303 West Dry Creek Parkway will serve as Night Ize’s global distribution hub, the release said. The company’s headquarters will remain at its Central Avenue location in east Boulder.  Read more.

September 5, 2018 – Fort Collins-based Advanced Energy Industries Inc., a provider of power and control technologies, has purchased LumaSense Technologies Holdings Inc., based in Santa Clara, Calif. The acquisition adds a line of photonic-based measurement and monitoring solutions that are synergistic with AE’s power control technologies in both semiconductor and industrial markets. Read More.

September 4, 2018 – A Q&A with New SPIE CEO Dr. Kent Rochford. Read More.

August 29, 2018 – Apple buys Longmont-based Akonia Holographics
(Reuters) Apple Inc has acquired a startup focused on making lenses for augmented reality glasses, the company confirmed on Wednesday, a signal Apple has ambitions to make a wearable device that would superimpose digital information on the real world. Read More.

August 29, 2018 – CSU Researchers Awarded $1M Grant from Keck for Nanoscale
The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded Colorado State University (CSU) a
three-year $1 million grant to make and measure nanoscale spin waves in the
quest to revolutionize nanoscale electronics as a means to transmit signals. Read More.

August 27, 2018 – Global drone-enabled services revenue will increase from $337.6 million in 2017 to $22.7 billion annually by 2026, according to a new report from Boulder-bases market intelligence firm Tractica. Read More.

Aug 22, 2018 – Laser Technology Inc., located in Centennial, announces new and improved TruPulse 360 laser featuring LTI’s TruVector 360

August 2018 – Double-Helix Point Spread Function Delivers Precise Extended-Depth Microscopy. Read More.

August 8, 2018 – NIST Shows Laser Ranging Can ‘See’ 3D Objects Melting in Fires. Read More.

August 8, 2018 – Left Hand Robotics raises $3.7M for snow-clearing robot. SnowBot Pro is GPS-controlled and connected to the cloud and follows a pre-programmed path unassisted to clear sidewalks and bike paths. The system includes LIDAR and RADAR sensors that detect obstacles and allow SnowBot to drive itself safely. Onboard cameras automatically take before and after pictures included in post-action job reports, and monitoring systems allow an operator to monitor the SnowBot in real-time from the Web or a mobile device. Read More.

July 26, 2018 – Boulder-based ColdQuanta raises $6.75M in seed round.  Read more.

July 20, 2018 – Innosphere Invests in Boulder endoscopy company, Aspero Medical.  Read more.

July 20, 2018 – September 7 is deadline for applications for Proof of Concept and Early Stage Capital & Retention grants from the state’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant programs. Read More.

July 19, 2018 – University of Colorado Boulder startup Double Helix  garners $1 million in investment funding. Read more.

July 10, 2018 – Excelitas Technologies acquires optical components maker Research Electro Optics. Read More.

July 2, 2018 – Luminate NY Names Double Helix Top Winner. Read More.

June 19, 2018 – A LiDAR technology patented by the University of Colorado Boulder made news this week. Read More.

May 1, 2018 – Laser Focus World 2018 Innovators Awards: Colorado Platinum-level Honorees KMLabs and Nuburu Read More.

May 1, 2018 – NIST and White House Ramping Up Effort to Redesign Technology Transfer Policies Read More.

April 17, 2018 – CU’s Light-Splitting Greenhouse Film Could Improve Photosynthetic Efficiency. Read More.

April 2018 – CPIA Member Avantes Publishes Paper of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Read More.

April 17, 2018 – Boulder’s Ball Aerospace, Honeywell partner on satellite communications Read More.

April 2018 – KMLabs Receives New Funding, Appoints Fahey as CEO. Read More.

April 2018 – SPIE Announces New CEO with Colorado Connections. Read More.

April 2018 – Nominations for SPIE Awards Due June 1, 2018. Read More.

March 6, 2018 – JILA Spectroscopy, Microscopy Allow Precise Imaging of Optical Frequencies. Read More.

February 2018 – Tom Baur receives SPIE GG Stokes Award. Press Release

November 2017 – Colorado Office of Economic Development awards over $3 million to support start-ups in Advanced Industries. Read more.

September 2017 – CU Boulder researchers honored with Governor’s Awards for high impact. Read more.

June 2017 – “Meadowlark Receives Colorado Export Award”  – Press Release

March 2017 – “Bach Research Corporation has been awarded a contract by the NIRPS consortium, to manufacture and deliver a custom R4 echelle grating and spares that will be used in the NIRPS (Near Infrared Planet Searcher) Instrument.” Read more.