A Celebration of Innovation Contest
Montreal, Quebec – January 18, 2017 - MPB Communications Inc., a leading supplier of high-performance lasers and amplification products targeted at the Photonics Community, has announced a Celebration of Innovation competition open to universities and not-for-profit laboratories for the chance to have use of an MPB Visible Fiber Laser for their research facility for a three-year period. The purpose of this contest is to give younger researchers access to unique tools which will allow them to explore their own innovative ideas.
The contest is part of a year-long “Celebration of Innovation” initiative celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary.
MPB’s fiber laser series, introduced in 2006, have a reputation for unsurpassed beam quality, reliability, and stability. First developed in conjunction with Dr. William Telford for the NIH National Cancer Institute Core Flow Cytometry Facility, and expanded for customers that include Nobel Laureate winners Dr. Stefan Hell at Max Plank Institute and Dr. Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the series now covers twenty-six wavelengths from 488-nm to 775-nm, with powers from 0.2 to 5 Watts.
Researchers at universities and not-for-profit laboratories world-wide are eligible to participate. Key criteria for the contest includes need and expected impact, credibility, and novelty and innovation of the project. The winner of the Celebration of Innovation contest will have use of an MPB Visible Fiber Laser for up to three years.
“MPB has a history of working with pioneering researchers to help them develop new processes and techniques using novel fiber lasers,” explained Jane Bachynksi, president of MPB Communications. “We never could have guessed ten years ago all the different applications these Visible Fiber Lasers would find. Now, we are giving the opportunity to a deserving lab that may not be able to afford such cutting-edge technology a chance to think outside the box and come up with something new.”
Deadline for contest entries is June 30th, 2017. Submissions will be prescreened and sorted by MPB Communications Inc. Final selection of the winner will be done by an independent board of photonics professionals to be named June 1, 2017.
Contest applications will be available end of January, 2017.