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TAG Optics' ultra-high speed variable focus TAG Lens 2.0 wins Prism Award

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- TAG Optics Inc. is pleased to announce that its ultra high-speed variable focus device, the TAG Lens 2.0, has been selected as this year's Prism Award winner in the category of Optics and Optical Components.  This prestigious international industry award is presented each year by SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics) and Photonics Media to the best new innovations marketed in the preceding year as judged by a large panel of industry experts and key opinion leaders.  Now in its fifth year, the Prism Award received a record number of applications for 2013, and has grown to become the premier recognition for innovation and new product development in the photonics industry.  Other finalist in the category of optics and optical components included the HyperFlux spectrometer from Tornado Spectral Systems and an anti-reflection surface treatment by TelAztec.


"We are thrilled to have received this international recognition, validating our technology and showcasing the TAG Lens 2.0 as a revolutionary innovation in the field of optics and photonics," said Christian Theriault , President and CEO of TAG Optics Inc.  Theriault went on to say, "We are very proud of what we have accomplished and excited to be expanding the opportunities for the diverse markets supported by the optics industry."

The TAG Lens 2.0 is the first commercial device to take advantage of TAG Optics' proprietary technology that establishes a variable focus lens by sending sound into a liquid, creating a low aberration optical element with no moving parts and exceptional high-speed scanning ability.  Capabilities include increasing the depth of field of conventional optics and providing user-specified focal lengths and z-scanning with sub-microsecond temporal resolution.  Thanks to its patented mechanism of action, the TAG Lens 2.0 can be incorporated into almost any optical system to increase its capabilities but without compromising the original functionality. The Company's technology has been shown to provide tremendous advantages across multiple verticals including laser materials processing, high-throughput industrial scanning, and biomedical imaging.  

About the 2013 Prism Awards

The Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation is a leading international competition that honors the best new photonic products on the market and recognizes cutting-edge technologies that break conventional ideas and improve life through photonics.  Currently in its fifth year, the awards are presented each year by SPIE and Photonics Media and have received applications from more than 35 countries since inception. Applications are judged by a panel of leading industry experts, venture capitalists, luminaries, and key opinion leaders. To find out more about the Awards, visit their website at

About TAG Optics Inc.

TAG Optics Inc., headquartered in Princeton NJ, is a leader in innovative adaptive optics technology and solutions.  Its flagship product, the TAG Lens 2.0, is a novel optical element that uses sound to shape light and provides variable enhancement of the depth of field and ultra-fast z-scanning abilities to existing system.  The Company was founded in 2011 as a spinout of Princeton University and its technology is covered by both pending and granted patents.  TAG Optics exhibited during SPIE Photonics West 2013 in San Francisco which takes place every year in conjunction with the Prism Award banquet and ceremony.  The Company will also be exhibiting at Pittcon 2013 in Philadelphia at booth #1111. For additional information, please visit

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