Ocean Optics Grows Sales Organization with Executive Appointments

Henry Langston promoted, Christine Stannard joins spectral sensing product developer
Largo, Florida, USA (December 22, 2017) – Ocean Optics has appointed two new executives to its sales and marketing team. Henry Langston has been promoted to Vice President of Strategic Marketing, and Christine Stannard has been appointed Vice President of Global Sales.

Henry Langston

Henry Langston, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Ocean Optics

Langston will head up the company’s marketing team, developing brand initiatives to support the promotion and sale of the company’s optical sensing products. Stannard is responsible for leading sales staff based at the company’s locations in the United States, Europe, China and India, and managing its worldwide distributor network.

Christine Stannard

Christine Stannard, Vice President of Global Sales Ocean Optics

Both Langston and Stannard are responsible for accelerating development of the company’s range of spectrometers, multispectral sensing and imaging products, chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, and accessories. They will collaborate closely with customers, Ocean Optics Application Engineers, and partner companies to identify health, safety and environmental market-specific applications for the company’s existing products, and to develop new, disruptive technologies.

Langston joined Ocean Optics’ parent company, Halma, as part of the Halma Graduate Development Program. After completing rotations at several Halma companies, he accepted a position as Product Manager at Ocean Optics in 2016. He was subsequently promoted to country manager for the UK and Ireland. Most recently, Langston lead the development of the Wave Illumination (www.waveillumination.com) internal start-up. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney, with degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Art History. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA degree at the University of Cambridge.

Stannard brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience to her new role. Prior to joining Ocean Optics, she held executive titles at Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America, responsible for sales and marketing of the company’s laboratory equipment and service solutions for life science, pharmaceutical, clinical and industrial markets. Her early career included marketing leadership roles at NEC Technologies and Double Time Corporation. Stannard holds an MBA degree from Dominican University, where she is now a member of its Board of Advisors for the Brennan School of Business at Dominican. She completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University.

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Ocean FX Spectrometer Delivers High Acquisition Speed for Light Measurement

Characterize frequency, amplitude and chromatic variation of lighting
Largo, Florida, USA (October 24, 2017) – The Ocean FX miniature spectrometer from Ocean Optics offers high-sensitivity CMOS detector performance, acquisition speed of up to 4,500 scans per second, and integration times as low as 10 µs. With flexible features to manage saturation intensity, it is ideal for high-intensity LED and light source measurement, laser characterization, spectral analysis of rapid events, and plasma monitoring.

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The Ocean FX spectrometer characterizes frequency, amplitude and chromatic variation of lighting.

Depending on the performance of the operating system to which it is connected, Ocean FX can acquire up to 4500 scans per second. This speed allows users to collect more spectral information over shorter periods of time, contributing to better results. The high speed is also useful to capture rapidly occurring modulation of light output, such as flicker in LEDs and other sources (see Ocean Optics Application Note: https://oceanoptics.com/ocean-fx-high-speed-applications-in-home-lighting/). The powerful onboard processor holds up to 50,000 spectra in its memory and can perform averaging of up to 5,000 spectra, significantly speeding transfer times and reducing bandwidth requirements.

Ocean FX is anchored by a high sensitivity CMOS detector that is responsive from 200-1100 nm. To account for varying light intensity, its adjustable integration time ranges from 10 seconds down to 10 µs. This ability to integrate over much briefer periods – microseconds instead of milliseconds – avoids saturating the detector in even extremely high-intensity applications. Ocean FX’s interchangeable slits give users the ability to further adjust for differences in light source intensity.

Users can operate the Ocean FX via Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB and now SPI communication protocols. The addition gives OEM users greater design flexibility, eliminating the need for cables or additional circuitry to convert signals. Ocean FX is available in versions optimized for the UV-Vis (200-850 nm), Vis-NIR (350-1000 nm) and extended (200-1025 nm) wavelength ranges. Enhanced-sensitivity, and custom and OEM configurations are also available.

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Ocean Optics Moves Corporate Offices

New location supports addition of spectral sensing products
Largo, Florida, USA (August 22, 2017) – Ocean Optics has moved its corporate headquarters to a new location in Largo, Florida.

Located just 10 miles away from the previous location, the new facility brings more space dedicated to R&D, and better accommodates the recent addition of PIXELTEQ to Ocean Optics’ product portfolio. In addition, the new offices house the company’s sales, marketing, service, finance and administrative functions. Design and manufacturing of the company’s spectrometer and accessory products will continue at Ocean Optics’ Winter Park, Florida facility.

Ocean Optics’ modular spectroscopy products, together with the multispectral sensing and imaging offerings of PIXELTEQ, support research, development and OEM production across a wide range of optical sensing applications.

The relocated U.S. office will serve all Ocean Optics North American customers. No interruption to regular operations or customer service is anticipated.

The new address is:
Ocean Optics
8060 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL 33777

Phone, +1 727-733-2447 and website, www.oceanoptics.com, remain the same. A list of Ocean Optics’ global offices is available at www.oceanoptics.com/contact-us/office-locations/.

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New STEM Education Packs from Ocean Optics

Cost-effective spectral sensing kits bring the excitement of spectroscopy to the classroom
Dunedin, Florida, USA (May 24, 2017) – To inspire today’s tech savvy students, Ocean Optics has released two new Education Packs, built around its STS microspectrometer and Spark spectral sensor. With the kit hardware and commonly available samples, teachers can integrate absorbance, transmission, fluorescence, emission and pH measurements into their curricula, bringing spectroscopy concepts to life. Modular and flexible, the Education Packs are a budget-friendly option compared to the cost of purchasing all the included hardware individually.

Ocean Optics Education Kits

Ocean Optics STS-VIS (main) and Spark (inset) modular spectroscopy education kits.

The kits package a small-footprint spectral sensing system and illuminated cuvette holder (EDU-STS-VIS-PACK) or direct attach cuvette holder accessory (EDU-SPARK-PACK) with the ideal combination of accessories and software. The included components can be assembled in multiple configurations to perform several types of measurements. By purchasing Education Packs, educators can save up to 40% off the retail cost of the components if purchased separately.

The EDU-STS-VIS-PACK covers the wavelengths of 350-800 nm while the EDU-SPARK-PACK provides measurement over the range of 380-700 nm. Both are capable of multiple types of spectral measurements demonstrating several different spectroscopy concepts, including:

  • Absorbance: Beer’s Law
  • Emission: Atomic emission
  • Fluorescence: Excited state molecules
  • pH: Henderson Hasselbalch
  • Transmission: Color measurement

To support educators in using the kits, Ocean Optics has established an educational resource page at https://oceanoptics.com/educational-resources. The page contains experiments and teaching materials to help educators get started, and is expected to grow as members of the user community share their own experiments and materials. The range of experiments are geared from high school, to community college, and up to university level.

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Ocean FX Spectrometer Provides High Acquisition Speed

Newest spectrometer from Ocean Optics offers Ethernet operation, speed, sensitivity and spectral buffering
Dunedin, Florida, USA (March 7, 2017) – The latest miniature spectrometer from Ocean Optics offers high-sensitivity CMOS detector performance, acquisition speed up to 3,000 scans per second, and onboard spectral buffering to ensure data integrity during reaction monitoring. The Ocean FX spectrometer is ideal for high-speed sorting and grading in production environments, measurement of transient events, and reaction kinetics monitoring for drug development and similar applications.

Ocean Optics FX

Ocean FX is anchored by a high sensitivity CMOS detector with good response in the UV; is available with interchangeable slits; and captures up to 3,000 spectral scans per second, depending on the performance of the operating system to which it is connected. Its onboard buffer holds up to 50,000 spectra so users don’t miss a single data point during kinetics measurements. Also, Ocean FX allows users to operate the spectrometer via Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and USB.

Ocean FX is available in versions optimized for the UV-Vis (200-850 nm), Vis-NIR (350-1000 nm) and extended (200-1025 nm) wavelength ranges. Enhanced-sensitivity, and custom and OEM configurations are also available.

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Ocean Optics Launches Webstore

Online shopping for popular preconfigured spectrometers and accessories
Dunedin, Florida, USA (February 13, 2017) – Ocean Optics has introduced a new webstore, allowing customers to shop more conveniently for a select range of its preconfigured spectrometers and accessories. The webstore is embedded into Ocean Optics’ website at www.oceanoptics.com.

Ocean Optics online shopping

Ocean Optics online shopping

The webstore lets customers shop from anywhere around the globe, any time. Users can buy from the dedicated Shop Products page, or from the product pages of the main site. The products available from the webstore–select preconfigured spectrometers and accessories–display pricing, model options, any recommended or required accessories, and product availability, with estimated shipping time on their product pages.

While the webstore was designed to let users shop independently, live chat and order review are available for assistance. Convenient shipping features are built into the site, such as allowing the use of customers’ own shipping/carrier accounts and ability to add multiple shipping addresses under one account. Tax exempt customers can upload their documentation to be saved for future purchases. Purchase transactions are protected through the Authorize.Net Payment Gateway.

To shop the webstore, visit https://oceanoptics.com/shop-products/.

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Winner of Ocean Optics’ 2017 Young Investigator Award Named

Cash prize and grant awarded during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2017 conference
Dunedin, Florida, USA (February 1, 2017) – Ocean Optics has announced the winner of the annual Young Investigator Award sponsored by the company. Lauren D. Field of the United States Naval Research Laboratory was named the winner of the during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2017.

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Pictured (from left to right) at the presentation of the 2017 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award are Chair of the Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference Dr. Marek Osinski (University of New Mexico); conference chair Dr. Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-Universität Marburg), award recipient Lauren D. Field (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory), and Alan Wells, Director of Sales, U.S., Ocean Optics. Photo courtesy of SPIE.

The Young Investigator Award is presented to a researcher who is a graduate student or has completed their graduate work in the last five years and is the primary author of the best juried paper submitted as part of the “Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications XII” symposium. Cash prizes are awarded to the winner and runner-up, with grants of Ocean Optics equipment made to the laboratories where the work was performed.

Field was honored for the paper titled “Semiconductor quantum dots as Foerster resonance energy transfer donors for intracellularly-based biosensors,” coauthored by Scott A. Walper (U.S. Naval Research Lab), Kimihiro Susumu (Sotera Defense Solutions Inc), Eunkeu Oh (Sotera Defense Solutions Inc.), Igor L. Medintz (U.S. Naval Research Lab), and James B. Delehanty (U.S. Naval Research Lab).The award was presented by Ocean Optics’ Director of Sales, U.S. Alan Wells, and Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference co-chairs Dr. Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-University Marburg) and Dr. Marek Osinski (The University of New Mexico).

Thorben Badur (Philipps-University Marburg), lead investigator of the paper entitled “Photochemical generation of antimicrobial Ag-nanoparticles in intraocular lenses” was recognized as runner-up. That paper was coauthored with Hee-Cheol Kim (Philipps-University Marburg), and Norbert A. Hampp (Philipps-University Marburg).

Ocean Optics has sponsored the Young Investigator Award since 2005 and has long supported young scientists from around the world through sponsorships, grant programs and partnership.

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Ocean Optics BiOS and Photonics West Lineups

Young Investigator Award, Poster, Presentation and spectroscopy products
Dunedin, Florida, USA (January 26, 2017) – Ocean Optics will showcase its spectroscopy applications knowledge at Photonics West booth 1017. The company’s show lineup includes an interactive exhibit of its latest spectroscopy products, honoring the recipient of the Young Investigator Award, and technical presentations. The exhibition takes place from January 28 to February 2 at the Moscone Center (San Francisco, Calif.). The company will also attend SPIE BiOS prior to Photonics West, exhibiting in booth 8809.

Ocean Optics’ exhibit will showcase its spectral solutions for optical sensing applications in medical and biological research, environmental regulation, food safety and process control. Its comprehensive offering includes modular spectrometers for benchtop use, OEM and process integration; light sources; chemical sensors; Raman instrumentation; optical fibers; probes; filters and other accessories.

Ocean Optics’ Young Investigator Award is presented to a student researcher who is the primary author of the best juried paper submitted as part of the “Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications XII” conference at the BiOS/Photonics West Symposium. Cash prizes are awarded to the winner and runner-up, with equipment grants to the laboratories where the work was performed.

During the show, Ocean Optics spectroscopy products will also be highlighted in two papers as part of SPIE OPTO.

• A spectroscopic method of using CIE 1931 color space to determine color of petroleum products using LEDs; Authors: John Rodriguez, Matt Comstock, Bryan Auz, Ty Olmstead
February 1, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM; Paper 10110-60
• Miniature Raman spectroscopy utilizing stabilized diode lasers and 2D CMOS detector arrays; Authors: Bryan Auz, Ty Olmstead, Matthew Comstock, John Rodriguez
February 2, 2017, 4:40 – 5:00 PM; Paper 10110-44

Visit Ocean Optics website for full details of Ocean Optics’ BiOS/Photonics West 2017 technical events.

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The Buzz About NanoSponge SERS and Trace Level Detection

How sensitive spectroscopy tools can help identify substances linked to honeybee population decline
Dunedin, Florida, USA (December 16, 2016) – Ocean Optics enables highly sensitive, trace-level Raman spectroscopy measurements with its RAM-SERS-SP Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy substrates. The company recently demonstrated the power of the substrates’ proprietary gold-silver nanosponge alloy with a real world example related to the honeybee die-off problem. By comparing the ability of new gold-silver substrates to traditional substrates to detect imidacloprid, an insecticide suspected to be dangerous to bee colonies, Ocean Optics scientists were able to demonstrate the enhanced sensitivity that RAM-SERS-SP substrates bring to Raman measurements.

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Ocean Optics’ gold-silver nanosponge SERS substrates have the sensitivity to detect imidacloprid concentrations as low as 4 pg.

SERS substrates amplify very weak Raman signals by many orders of magnitude, with measurements of SERS-active analytes possible at even parts per trillion levels. Silver-only SERS substrates work best with 532 nm Raman excitation, and gold substrates are better suited to 785 nm Raman systems. By combining the silver and gold on one substrate, the new SERS nanosponge substrates perform well with either wavelength. When used with 638 nm Raman excitation, the nanosponge substrates are enhanced to an even higher level of sensitivity.

Recent high rates of honeybee loss have been investigated by government regulators and other researchers. According to ongoing U.S. EPA studies, the insecticide imidacloprid has been identified as a threat to commercial honeybee colonies, citing traces at concentration levels greater than 25 ppb as likely harmful to honeybees.

To test the effectiveness of Ocean Optics substrates in detecting imidacloprid at these harmful trace levels, Ocean Optics scientists set up a lab experiment using the company’s gold nanoparticle and gold-silver nanosponge SERS substrates. They made a series of measurements using the gold nanoparticle substrates, in a setup with 785 nm Raman laser excitation; and a series of measurements using the gold-silver nanosponge substrates, in a setup with 638 nm Raman excitation.

In the testing, the gold-silver nanosponge SERS substrates delivered the best results, able to detect imidacloprid concentrations as low as 4 pg (0.4 ppb; well within the 25 ppb concentration rate cited by the US EPA as harmful to bees). Their high sensitivity and low background noise made it easier to discern Raman peaks at these very low concentration levels.

Raman is a useful technique for fast, non-destructive analysis, with the enhanced sensitivity provided by SERS substrates allowing detection of trace levels of samples such as insecticides. Affordable and easy to use, the Ocean Optics SERS substrates are well suited to deployment in the lab or field. To read the full Honeybee Insecticide Detection application note, visit http://oceanoptics.com/sers-pesticide-detection-honeybee/.

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Ocean Optics Diffuse Reflectance Probe Provides Measurement Consistency

DR-Probe removes localized variance
Dunedin, Florida, USA (November 29, 2016) – The Ocean Optics Diffuse Reflectance Probe (DR-Probe) measures 45° diffuse reflectance, enhancing UV-Vis and NIR spectroscopy results. This sampling tool removes localized variance in reflectance measurements. It is ideal for applications such as color analysis, material identification and quality monitoring of foods.

Ocean Optices DR-Probe

Diffuse Reflectance Probe

The DR-Probe integrates a light source and collection optics into one unit to measure 45° diffuse reflectance. With the probe’s collection optics fixed in place relative to the light source, the measurement geometry is constant. An included standoff accessory ensures a consistent 40 mm focal length between the probe and the sample. Sampling uniformity increases the reliability and consistency of measurement results.

The DR-Probe has rugged, all-metal construction for durability in the lab or field. Its 6W tungsten halogen bulb has a 10,000-hour lifetime. Compatible with Ocean Optics Visible and NIR spectrometers and accessories, the DR-Probe integrates seamlessly into experimental setups.


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