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Winners of the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge

Founding Partner Jenoptik once again supported the pitch competition at Photonics West, hosted by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Taking first place at this year’s pitch competition for young entrepreneurs was Cellino, a Harvard university team presenting nanodevices for cellular therapy, using lasers and nanotechnology to cure viral or genetic disease that affects the blood. Marinna Madrid (presenter), Nabiha Saklayen and Jakub Florkiewicz accepted the 10,000 USD cash award for first place from Jay Kumler, who is an SPIE Fellow and as President responsible for the optics business of Jenoptik in the USA, on February 1, 2017 (see picture).

The second place was awarded IC Touch which allows blind or visually impaired people to “see” by translation of visual information captured by a camera to spatial tactile stimulation of their cornea. The startup Lumedica came in third place with OQ Eyescope, an accessible and affordable medical imaging technology.

At this year’s Photonics West from January 31 to February 2, a total of 22 semi-finalists were selected for the competition. The entrepreneurs presented their light-based products to an expert team including Jenoptik business development manager and SPIE Fellow Marc Himel. Six finalists were selected to pitch their business ideas in only a few minutes each.

Founding Partner Jenoptik once again supported this annual competition hosted by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, with cash prizes and expertise. Jenoptik also sponsored the 5,000 USD cash award for second place and 2,500 USD for third place.

At the trade fair in in San Francisco, Jenoptik exhibited various products and solutions for photonics, medical technology and industrial applications, for example new beam expanders and F-theta lenses as well as customized imaging systems, sensors and polymer-based optics.

Picture, from left: Jakub Florkiewicz, Nabiha Saklayen and Marinna Madrid (presenter) accepted the 10,000 USD cash award for first place from Jay Kumler. ©Marc Himel for Jenoptik.

Jenoptik Opens Dome Theater for Laser Projector Lens Testing

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The new theater will be used to demonstrate new laser projection lenses for digital cinema, planetarium and theme park attractions.

Jenoptik Optical Systems, Jupiter (Fl.), is pleased to announce the completion of the new Jenoptik Dome Theater. The Jenoptik Dome Theater was designed and constructed in Jupiter for testing and demonstrating laser projection lenses for digital cinema and theme park applications.

The screen of the Jenoptik Dome Theater is 24 feet in diameter (12 feet dome radius). The hemispherical screen is elevated five feet above the audience, which is perfect for testing digital planetarium lenses. The screen is coated with a proprietary high performance surface treatment to match our customer’s preferred 3D projection screens. The Jenoptik Theater also has a 30 feet wide by 16 feet high flat screen for testing digital cinema lenses that Jenoptik produces for flat screens.

Jay Kumler, President of Jenoptik Optical Systems LLC remarked: “Having a dome theater in production facility gives us the ability to show off our lenses to our customers and visitors. It also gives our engineers the test facility they need to make the laser projection experience even better.” Jenoptik will be inviting guests to Jupiter for laser projection lens demonstrations starting in August.

From digital customer desktops to the largest stage and movie theater projector in the world – Jenoptik develops 2D and 3D projection objective lenses for a wide range of systems. They can be used for innovative wide-angle and high-aperture objective lenses for soaring rides, 3D movie theaters, dark rides and simulators.  Jenoptik’s products are used in world class attractions in the USA, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Japan and China.

Jenoptik presents product highlights of its Optical Systems and Healthcare & Industry divisions at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016 from August 30th to September 1st in San Diego, hall of San Diego Convention Center, booth 123.


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JENOPTIK Announces ISO-13485:2003 Medical Device Registration

JUPITER, FL   March 01, 2016 – Jenoptik Optical Systems, LLC. (JOSI) is pleased to announce the registration of its Quality Management System to ISO-13485:2003 for Medical Device manufacturers or service providers.  The certification covers both design and manufacture of medical devices.

13485 border3The company successfully obtained the registration through Intertek on its first audit attempt, complementing existing registrations to ISO 9001:2008. JOSI completed the audit in late January, 2016 and received the official certificate of registration in March, 2016.

“JOSI has a history of providing reliable, cost effective products to a highly regulated customer base. In addition, with manufacturing locations worldwide, Jenoptik allows for immediate access to high quality, low cost components. JOSI also offers vertical integration of optical design, manufacturing and system testing.   Achieving this milestone is a tribute to our team and its commitment to growth in diagnostic instruments for life sciences,” remarks, Jay Kumler, President of Jenoptik Optical Systems. “This registration paves the way for expansion into medical markets where exceeding customer and regulatory expectations is a prerequisite,” said, John Racette, JOSI Quality Director.

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New Quality Director joins JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC team

John Racette joins the Jenoptik team to fortify the Jupiter location’s quality program.

Mr. Racette has over 15 years of experience in the field of quality management systems, quality control and continuous improvement programs.  His industrial experience includes Healthcare/Medical device, Aerospace and Automotive fields.

John will direct and further develop the quality program to incorporate ISO13485 into the Jupiter facility, in addition to Jupiter facility’s current ISO 9001:2008 system.  He will also be responsible for supplier qualification, quality audits (internal and external), as well as initiating programs and procedures for continuous improvement in quality management.

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Corrado Brancato Joins Jenoptik Engineering Team

Corrado Brancato joins the Jenoptik team to strengthen the Jupiter location’s sustaining manufacturing engineering.

Mr. Brancato has over 21 years of experience in the mechanical design and development of advanced camera lenses and systems.  At Jenoptik, he will provide the primary mechanical and electro-mechanical product engineering support for products currently being manufactured.  The company will benefit from his expertise in a wide range of mechanical and electrical design as well as in manufacturing technologies.  

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Congressman Patrick Murphy visits Jenoptik and witnesses quality jobs the photonic industry is creating in Florida

(Jupiter, FL) – Representative Patrick Murphy visited Jenoptik today and witnessed first-hand the impact of the photonics industry in his district. On display were the world class optical systems produced by Jenoptik and the infrastructure required to design and manufacture these products. The congressman also took time to meet with employees, answer questions and discuss his concern for a sensible tax code that promotes business growth and allows for the investments to fuel job creation.

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Ying Zhao joins Jenoptik

Jenoptik Optical Systems is pleased to welcome Ying Zhao as Business Development Manager, Health Care & Life Sciences.

Zhao brings an extensive background and expertise in optical systems, imaging systems and bioanalytical instrumentation for the healthcare and life science markets. Before joining Jenoptik, she contributed in sales, marketing and product management positions at Thorlabs, Newport, Alpha Technics and AOT.

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Jenoptik sponsoring entrepreneurial challenge at Photonics West

This year eight entrepreneurial finalists will present three-minute pitches to a panel of judges live in front of an audience at Photonics West 2014 during the SPIE Startup Challenge. At stake is their share of $17,500 cash prize and more importantly a week long entrepreneurial boot camp with professionals to assist them in further refining their ideas.

“We are pleased again to sponsor the SPIE Startup Challenge,” said Jay Kumler, President of Jenoptik Optical Systems. “This event is a lot of fun and allows us to promote entrepreneurship within our industry and within our company. For the participants, it’s opportunity to hone their investor pitch.   For the audience, it’s a mix of interesting technology with a hint of your favorite reality TV challenge.”

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