CLEO 2016 closes with strong attendance

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The 2016 Cleo Conference and Exposition came to a close on 10 June with 4,600 attendees, 210 exhibitors and more than 2,100 presentations from around the world.

Cleo 2016 took place 5-10 June at the San Jose McEnery Convention Centre in San Jose, California, USA.

More than 200 companies exhibited at the event, including companies such as Coherent, Edmund Optics, Menlo Systems, Thorlabs, Toptica Photonics, showcasing technology from a wide-variety of topical areas such as ultrafast lasers, spectroscopy, optical pulse technology and nanophotonics. Experts in lasers and electro-optics shared their insights on attosecond metrology, ‘multi’ technologies, gravitational waves, quantum nanophotonics and solar energy conversion efficiency. 

‘Each year Cleo is the industry platform for the leading minds in the science of laser and electro-optics to reveal their latest discoveries and in-depth research,’ said Valdas Pasiskevicius, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, general co-chair of Cleo. ‘Six days of technical sessions, five plenary speakers, special symposia, tutorials, business programming, exhibits and special events provided attendees with a level of insight and access not available at any other industry conference.’ 

The Cleo exhibit hall featured presentations on the state of the optics and photonics industry, precision manufacturing using ultrafast lasers and a special ‘Enabled by Optics’ session: ‘Building the World’s First Database of Matter: Spectroscopy in the Consumer’s Hand.’

The Cleo 2016 Technology Transfer Programme was kicked off by keynote speaker Dr Henry Kapteyn, CEO and founder of Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories (KMLabs), USA. His current work opens up a new region of the electromagnetic spectrum to fundamental studies. This interactive session offered startup companies the opportunity to hear best practices for taking their innovations from the lab into the marketplace, including: the licensing process; funding, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and intellectual property.

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