Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar Conference Agenda 2017

January 30, 2017 · 8:00am - 5:00pm




8:15am – Welcome and Introduction
Conard Holton
Editor in Chief/Associate Publisher
Laser Focus World


8:25 – 9:00am – Next Generation Manufacturing: Industry 4.0 and Digital Photonic Production
Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT (Aachen, Germany)

Abstract: Laser-based production processes must meet the market’s requirements for higher component complexity and customization--while simultaneously reducing costs. To accomplish this goal, laser manufacturers and their customers must combine the opportunities found in the digital world with real-world materials processing technologies. This means taking advantage of the networking power in Industry 4.0 and the capabilities of new materials processing technologies, including ultrafast laser techniques and additive manufacturing processes such as selective laser melting. Prof. Reinhart Poprawe will describe how Digital Photonic Production, which combines the digital and materials processing worlds, enables laser users to lower costs and can lead to the development of new application-specific procedures, beam sources, and systems.


9:00 – 10:00am – Global laser markets: Insights and forecasts
Allen Nogee
Laser Analyst
Strategies Unlimited

Abstract: Allen Nogee will present the macroeconomic forces at work, supplier trends, and technology developments in the worldwide laser markets. His talk will provide a global market review and forecast of laser revenues by product and application, including industrial lasers and applications, communications, lithography, defense and security, sensing, additive manufacturing, and medical, and he will look ahead with insights gained from his research in specific market niches.

10:00 – 10:30am – BREAK


10:30 – 11:00am – High energy lasers for defense: DoD programs and opportunities
Mark Niece
Executive Director
Directed Energy Professional Society (Albuquerque, NM)

Abstract: High energy laser weapon systems are rapidly moving from research and prototype demonstrations into fully fielded systems for military environments. Mark Neice will provide the perspective of the Directed Energy Professional Society on the numerous programs in progress for the U.S. military services. He will explain the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office roadmap programs and goals for laser sources, beam control, atmospheric propagation, and effectiveness, and he will identify future needs and opportunities for laser and optical system developers.


11:00 – 11:30pm – Investment flows in photonics
Linda Smith

Ceres Technology Advisors (Needham, MA)

Abstract: Although photonics is now well-established as a key enabling technology for many applications, the business environment for component makers remains highly fragmented and fiercely competitive–and their OEM customers further up the value chain are earning the lion’s share of the profits. To understand what is happening, Linda Smith will explore recent acquisitions and private equity investments relative to business models for component-manufacturing companies who make the optics, lasers, and imaging equipment, and their customers serving markets such as biophotonics, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and solid state lighting.


11:30 – 12:00pm The still-dynamic Chinese laser markets
Bo Gu, PhD

Consultant (USA)

Abstract: Chinese economic growth has slowed, and is under pressure to change—by government policy and public demand--from an export driven economy to an internal, consumer-based economy. Dr. Gu will again try to answer the questions of how these changes are impacting Chinese laser manufacturers, international laser companies doing business in China, and international competition for laser sales. He will focus mainly on industrial applications and markets, identifying the latest trends in markets and the relevant laser technologies, and providing data about market developments from the Laser Processing Committee of the Chinese Optical Society.

12:00 – 1:30pm – NETWORKING LUNCH


1:30 – 2:10pm – Keynote: A conversation with John Ambroseo, President and CEO, Coherent
John Ambroseo, PhD

President and CEO
Coherent (Santa Clara, CA)

Abstract: Dr. Ambroseo will talk with Editor in Chief Conard Holton about Coherent’s roles as a leader in both laser markets and technologies. The conversation will explore Dr. Ambroseo’s views on the different global markets that Coherent serves, including microelectronics, materials processing, OEM components, instrumentation, scientific research, and government programs. They will discuss topics such as the most important and interesting applications for lasers, the competitive landscape for laser manufacturers, and the opportunities for new technologies and products. And they will also cover subjects such as Coherent’s long-term growth strategy, including acquisitions and global markets.

2:10 – 3:00pm – Roundtable: Advanced Laser Diodes for Scientific, Defense, and Commercial Instrumentation

Abstract: Recent generations of specialized diffraction-limited, low noise, narrow-linewidth lasers diodes, based primarily on DFB or DBR technology, have demonstrated their value in instrumentation ranging from cold atom optics and navigation systems to lidar, spectroscopy, and medical imaging. This Roundtable will ask: What is the larger opportunity here? What types of lasers are best suited for different applications? What do customers need and what will they pay for? How do these laser diodes compete with incumbent technologies? Are more commercial, even handheld, devices possible?


Tom Hausken, PhD

Senior Industry Advisor
OSA—The Optical Society (Washington, DC)


Wilhelm Kaenders, PhD
TOPTICA Photonics (Munich, Germany)


Nicholas Usechak PhD
Director of the Ultrafast Photonic Devices and Research Laboratory
U.S. Air Force Research Lab
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH


John Spencer, PhD

President and CEO
Photodigm (Richardson, TX)

3:00 – 3:30pm – BREAK


3:30 – 4:00pm – Trends in biomedicine drive opportunities in biophotonics
Brian Pogue, PhD

Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College
Professor of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine (Hanover, NH)
Co-founder, DoseOptics (Lebanon, NH)

Abstract: Photonics components and systems are vital technologies in biomedicine, needed to support many of the leading research and clinical fields, and providing tools for advances in neuroscience, surgery, therapeutics, and diagnostics. Dr. Pogue will identify the general trends within these fields and some specific goals of current biomedical research and clinical translation, and describe what capabilities are needed from vendors of photonics components and systems, and what opportunities exist for them to help serve research and clinical objectives. He will also provide his own “wish list” for photonics products and technologies to advance progress in biomedicine.

4:00 – 5:00pm – Technology and Markets Panel: What bioinstrumentation developers need from the photonics industry

Abstract:  Bioinstrumentation developers will discuss advances in capabilities enabled by light sources, sensors, optical components, and other photonics/optics tools—and what they see for the future, including research and clinical trends, and unmet customer needs. Panelist are engineering executives or business development managers from established companies and startups in promising arenas.


Barbara Gefvert
Editor in Chief
BioOptics World


Wayne H. Knox PhD
Professor of Optics, Physics, Materials Science and Vision Science; University of Rochester
Chief Scientific Officer, Clerio Vision Inc.


Eman Namati, PhD

Vice President of R&D
NinePoint Medical (Bedford, MA)


Eva M. Sevick, PhD

Professor and Cullen Chair in Molecular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center's Institute of Molecular Medicine
Director of the Center for Molecular Imaging
Founder & interim President, NIRF Imaging Inc. (Houston, TX)


Giacomo Vacca, PhD
Founder and President
Kinetic River (Mountain View, CA)



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