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National Photonics Initiative, Edmund Optics Host US Congresswoman Martha McSally 21/09/2017

(Tucson, AZ) – The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, and Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components, today welcomed US Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) to the company’s Tucson Research and Design Center to showcase Southern Arizona’s strength in optics and photonics – the science and application of light.

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AIM Photonics’ Ed White Named Chair of National Photonics Initiative 01/08/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – August 1, 2017 – Today, the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, formally announced that Edward (“Ed”) White, associate vice president of Test, Assembly and Packaging and corporate outreach for AIM Photonics, will succeed Alan Willner as chair of the NPI Steering Committee. White, who has served on the NPI Steering Committee since December 2015, will assume his new role as chair effective immediately.

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NATIONAL PHOTONICS INITIATIVE STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF SCIENCE AMENDMENTS TO NDAA 14/07/2017

WASHINGTON, DC – July 14, 2017 – The leadership of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, released the following statement today in support of two amendments – one amendment introduced by Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and another amendment by Reps. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) – included in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Friday:




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National Photonics Initiative Commends Congress for Bipartisan Effort to Pass American Innovation and Competitiveness Act 19/12/2016

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today applauded the US House of Representative for passing by unanimous consent S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act – a bill to invest in innovation and improve United States competitiveness through research and development. The bill includes a provision that calls on federal science agencies, industry, and academia to seek partnerships to advance optics and photonics technologies and capabilities. Earlier in the month, the US Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent; it now awaits President Obama’s signature.

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National Photonics Initiative Applauds Senate for Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act 08/12/2016

Washington, DC— December 7, 2016 — The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today commended the US Senate for passage of H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act — a bill that will provide $1.8 billion, including $1 billion over the next three years, to support Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot and $1.5 billion in support of the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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National Photonics Initiative Commends Senate Commerce Committee for passage of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act 05/12/2016

Washington, DC – December 5, 2016 – The National Photonics Initiative, an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today applauded the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for passing S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act – a bill to invest in innovation and improve United States competitiveness through research and development. The bill includes a provision that calls on federal science agencies, industry, and academia to seek partnerships to advance optics and photonics technologies and capabilities.

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National Photonics Initiative Applauds House Leaders for Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act 02/12/2016

The National Photonics Initiative, an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today commended the US House of Representatives for passage of H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act — a bill that provides $4.8 billion for the three key research programs over the next 10 years: Cancer Moonshot, the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, and the Precision Medicine Initiative.

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Photonics-led Consortium Leverages $3B in Private Cancer Research for Early Detection Technologies in Support of National Cancer Moonshot 29/06/2016

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today unveiled a white paper and cancer technology road map that identifies the most promising existing and new technologies for increased and concerted private and public investment to achieve the goals of the National Cancer Moonshot – accelerate the early detection of cancer and save lives.

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National Photonics Initiative Commends Senate Commerce Leaders on Introduction of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act 24/06/2016

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today applauded Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD), Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) for introducing S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act – a bill to invest in innovation and improve United States competitiveness through research and development. The bill includes a provision that calls on federal science agencies, industry, and academia to seek partnerships to advance optics and photonics technologies and capabilities.

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Leading US Defense Contractors, Laser Companies Call for a Coordinated Strategy to Manufacture High Power Lasers 23/06/2016

Members of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) High Power Lasers (HPL) Task Force, comprised of leading defense contractors, commercial laser companies and academia, today announced recommendations to improve US defense operations and regain our nation’s manufacturing stronghold. The recommendations, unveiled in conjunction with today’s Directed Energy Summit in Washington, DC, call for the establishment of a directed energy program office that will serve to coordinate US manufacturing of high power lasers.


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National Photonics Initiative Commends LIGO Scientists, National Science Foundation on Greatest Physics Discovery of the Century 11/02/2016

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today celebrated the discovery of gravitational waves arising from a binary black hole merger as observed by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). Confirming Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, this discovery – one of the most significant in physics within the last century – was made possible by the creation of photonics-enabled ultra-precise laser-based interferometers used to measure gravitational waves. The advanced LIGO instrument is capable of making the most precise distance measurements ever recorded; it can detect the change in spacing between two mirrors separated by over 2.5 miles to a precision of much less than one trillionth the diameter of a human hair.

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National Photonics Initiative Congratulates Industry Partner Hamamatsu on Contributions to Nobel Prize-Winning Research 16/10/2015

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, today congratulated Takaaki Kajita, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and NPI Photonics Industry Neuroscience Group member Hamamatsu on the technology it contributed to Kajita’s Nobel Prize-winning research.

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National Photonics Initiative Congratulates New York Consortium on Securing Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation 22/07/2015

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) congratulates SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other members of the New York consortium on their selection as the country’s first Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Proposed as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI was established to bring government, industry and academia together to advance state-of-the-art photonics technology and better position the United States relative to global competition in this critical field.

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National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Applauds Finalists for Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) 30/01/2015

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance seeking to raise awareness of photonics and increase US funding and investment in key photonics-driven fields, today commended the three consortiums led by University of Central Florida, University of Southern California and the Research Foundation for the State University of New York selected by the US Department of Defense (DOD) to submit full proposals to secure the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Finalists were selected from respondents to a November 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the establishment of an IP-IMI that will advance the state-of-the-art in the design, manufacture, testing, assembly, and packaging of complex photonic integrated circuits that combine a variety of photonic and electronic components to achieve functionality. The NPI is not endorsing a specific IP-IMI proposal but is strongly committed to supporting the DOD’s ultimate selection.

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National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Applauds Federal Competition to Create an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation 06/11/2014

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, applauded today’s Funding Opportunity Announcement(FOA) issued by the US Department of Defense (DOD) , through the Air Force Research Laboratory, calling for concept papers for the establishment of an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI).

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The Optical Society of Southern California has largest National Photonics Initiative meeting to date 08/10/2014

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) attracted a full house of over 100 attendees, to The Optical Society of Southern California‘s (OSSC) first meeting of the 2014 - 15 term. The most attended meeting to date embodied the enthusiasm for the initiative not only in number, but also in diversity of attendees. Nicolaus Lambert, V. P. of Engineering at Precision Optical, welcomed members of the optics and photonics industry, scientists, students, and local elected government officials to a meeting truly celebrating “the power of the photon.”

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Obama Administration Announces $200 million in Public-Private Investment to Create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute 03/10/2014

Leaders of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, praised news that President Barack Obama will today unveil a new competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute. The announcement will be formally made as part of the President and US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s address at Millennium Steel in Princeton, Ind. in support of National Manufacturing Day.

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US Photonics Industry Leaders Commit Upwards of $30M to Support The President’s BRAIN Initiative 30/09/2014

Leaders of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, launched its Photonics Industry Neuroscience Group alongside officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) in conjunction with today's White House BRAIN Initiative conference. Members of the NPI industry group are committing to invest upwards of $30 million in existing and future research and development spending over the next three years to advance optics and photonics technology in support of the White House Brain Research through Advancing Imaging Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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NSF Seeks Innovative Optics and Photonics Proposals 22/07/2014

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, is greatly encouraged by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) recent identification of optics and photonics research and education as a key area of interest. Charged with keeping the US at the leading edge of discovery across a broad scope of scientific areas, the NSF is calling for innovative research proposals on optics and photonics that are relevant to one or more Divisions in the Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), or Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

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NPI Applauds the Department of Defense Request for Information in Photonics in Support of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation 02/06/2014

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) today applauded the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Request for Information (RFI) that would include photonics among the key technologies that could become the foundation for a new Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) within the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The NPI, a collaborative alliance of top scientific societies seeking to raise awareness of the importance of photonics and drive US private and federal investments in key photonics-driven fields, had been pushing for this step by DoD.

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NPI Commends Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics Recommendations 18/04/2014

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance seeking to raise awareness of photonics and drive US funding and investment in key photonics-driven fields, today applauded a report prepared by the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics (FTAC-OP) for the Committee on Science of National Science and Technology Council that outlined opportunities for federal investment and interagency cooperation in basic and early applied research in optics and photonics.

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Rep. Mike Honda Visits Directed Light Inc. 16/09/2013

Today, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) toured Directed Light Inc. to see first-hand the impact of photonics on San Jose, the state and the nation. During the site visit, the congressman met with employees, local business leaders and researchers to discuss the benefits of photonics and the role that Directed Light plays in solving the challenges of a modern world by harnessing the power of light.

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Rep. Slaughter and Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster Co-Host Event 05/09/2013

Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster – a nonprofit organization promoting and enhancing the regional photonics, optics and imaging industry – co-hosted an event at the Rochester Museum & Science Center highlighting the economic importance of optics and photonics to Rochester and the state of New York. Through the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster is taking a leadership role in raising awareness about photonics and uniting academia, industry and government experts to identify and advance areas of photonics critical to maintaining US competitiveness.

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National Photonics Initiative, University of Arizona Host Rep. Barber 14/08/2013

Today, Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ) toured the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences and learned about the myriad technologies and job opportunities the science and application of light makes possible. During his visit, the congressman met with students, faculty and local business leaders to discuss the benefits of photonics and the role that the University of Arizona is playing in solving the challenges of a modern world by harnessing the power of light.


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Photonics Societies Unite to Announce the National Photonics Initiative 23/05/2013

The American Physical Society (APS), IEEE Photonics Society, Laser Institute of America (LIA), the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, today announced the launch of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance seeking to unite industry, academia and government experts to identify and advance areas of photonics critical to maintaining US competitiveness and national security.
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