TAG Optics Press Releases


April 2015 - TAG Optics Wins Highest Award in Annual Vision Innovation Competition - Vision Systems Design announced the results of their first annual Innovation Award Competition for the best new products related to the machine vision industry during Automate 2015. Nearly 40 products were recognized with either a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum award. TAG Optics' TAG Lens 2.5 received one of only three Platinum Awards. Link to the award ceremony slideshow.


June 2015 - Biophotonic Imaging for Medicine: A Digital Conference - On June 11th 2015, Photonics.com will be hosting a digital conference featuring a talk by Dr. Lingjie Kong of HHMI Janelia describing the latest results in deep-tissue imaging by combining IMPACT and the TAG Lens to enable real time in vivo, multicolor volumetric imaging of fast biological processes. Link to the Photonics.com webinar. Update: The work has been published in Nature Methods!


November 2014 - Lenses and Optics: Variable focus lenses uses sound to shape light - Vision Systems Design recently published an article highlighting the TAG Lens' advantages in machine vision and particularly for industrial inspection of semi-conductors. The article describes how the TAG Lens can enable end-users to image multiple spacial locations simultaneously. Link to the article.


October 2014 - Focusing at the Speed of Sound - In its October edition, inVision has published an article describing how thanks to the addition of TAG Optics' technology it is now possilbe to increase the depth of field of countless machine vision systems. Link to the article.


September 2014 - TAG Optics' TAG Lens 2.5 Shortlisted for the Vision Award:
Messe Stuttgart has announced that TAG Optics' TAG Lens 2.5 is part of this year's shortlist for the International Vision Award. The prize for applied machine vision is to be presented at the Vision show in Stuttgart when the trade fair takes place in November 2014. Sponsored by Imaging and Machine Vision Europe, the award recognizes excellence in applied machine vision. Link to the article.


June 2014 - TAG Optics to Present at LDV Vision Summit
TAG Optics was selected as one of 6 startup to present on stage at the 2014 LDV Vision Summit's Startup Competition. The event, taking place on the NYU Campus, brings together entrepreneur, academic, and investors across the entire computer vision industry to discuss latest advances and future directions.


February 2014 - "The Future of Optics"
In its February edition, R&D Magazine has published an article hailing the TAG Lens and the TAG Technology as a breakthrough innovation that "turns traditional optical focusing on its head" thanks to its innovative mechanism of action that uses sound to shape light. In 2013, the TAG Lens 2.0 was chosen as one of the top 100 innovations of the year by the magazine's multi-disciplinary panel of judges. Link to the article.


January 2014 - TAG Optics is proud to announce the launch of its latest addition to the TAG Lens line of ultra-high speed varifocal lenses.
After the successful completion of its NSF Phase I SBIR, TAG Optics will be launching the TAG Lens HP at this year's Photonics West Exhibition. Geared towards laser material processing the TAG Lens HP possesses all the advantages of the TAG Lens 2.0 but can achieve power densities greater than 100 W/cm^2. Contact us for more information in advance of the trade show.


August 2013 Princeton NJ - TAG Optics' TAG Lens Recognize as a R&D 100 Award Winner
TAG Optics' TAG Lens has been named a winner of the prestigious R&D 100 Awards. Presented by R&D Magazine, the award recognizes the best breakthrough innovations of the year across sectors ranging from chemistry to medical devices. The R&D 100 Awards have a 50+ year history of recognizing excellence in innovation, earning the name: the “Oscars of Innovation”. See the R&D 100 Article here.


July 2013 Princeton NJ - TAG Optics Wins NSF SBIR Award
TAG Optics has been awarded an NSF Phase I SBIR grant for its proposal titled “Ultra High Speed Z-Scanning Optics for Laser Manufacturing”. The project is expected to translate into an expansion of TAG Optics' product offering in the material processing sector. This award administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) validates the commercialization potential for the TAG Lens and will help support the positive impact of the product within emerging markets.


June 2013 San Jose CA - Laser Focus World Publish Technology Showcase Video
Laser Focus World magazine has released the product showcase videos for this year's CLEO/LFW Innovation Award recipients. You can watch TAG Optics’ video here. The 2013 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Awards program honors the most timely, groundbreaking products in the field of photonics and laser science. The awards are sponsored by Laser Focus World and the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO).


May 2013 San Jose CA - TAG Lens Selected as Innovation Award Winner by Laser Focus World / CLEO
Laser Focus World in conjunction with the CLEO Conference has singled-out the TAG Lens 2.0 as one of this year's top innovations. TAG Optics' TAG Lens was the only optical component on this year's awardee on a list that was dominated by fully integrated systems. Awardees are selected based on several key criteria, including significant impact to the photonics industry, unique functionality and long life expectancy, secure patent position, and above all, an exceptional level of innovation.


May 2013 San Francisco CA - Prims Award Product Showcase Video Now Available
SPIE and Photonics Media have released the product showcase videos of this year's Prism Award winner which included the TAG Lens 2.0 in the category of optics and optical component. Awards were presented by industry leaders in nine categories for photonics products that are poised to change the future of our industry. You can watch the video here.


Feb 2013 Princeton NJ - New Paper Explores Advantages of Using a TAG Lens in Laser Material Processing
A new paper published in the February edition of Applied Physics Letters demonstrates the use of the TAG Lens 2.0 to enhance the depth of field of laser manufacturing systems by an order of magnitude without compromising the x-y resolution resulting in faster and more efficient material processing.


Feb 2013 San Francisco CA - TAG Lens 2.0 Selected as the Best New Optical Component of the Year
TAG Optics' President & CEO, Christian Theriault, was featured in a segment of Light Matters where he gave an interview describing the company's unique technology and its applications to optical micrsocopy and laser manufactruing industry. Light Matters, produced by SPIE, is the photonics industry only weekly newscast covering the latest industry news and trends. The interview took place following at Photonics West 2013 in San Francisco. See the interview


Feb 2013 Princeton NJ - TAG Lens 2.0 Selected as the Best New Optical Component of the Year
The TAG Lens 2.0 was singled out as the best new optical component commercialized in 2012 by winning the Prism Award in the category of optics & optical components. It is the first commercial device to take advantage of TAG Optics technology that shapes light by using the interaction between sound waves in a liquid. Regarded as the highest international recognition conferred in the optics and photonics industries and administered by SPIE and Photonics Media, the TAG Lens 2.0 was chosen by a panel of both industry and academic leaders; providing external validation of TAG Optics' new technology. Read the Press Release


Dec 2012 Princeton NJ - TAG Optics' Ultra High Speed Varifocal Device, the TAG Lens 2.0, selected as a Prism Award Finalist
TAG Optics' is pleased to announced that its ultra high speed varifocal device, the TAG Lens 2.0 has been selected as a finalist for the PRISM Award for Photonics Innovation. This prestigious international photonics industry award is presented each year by SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics) to the three best new innovations to be marketed in the preceding year. Finalist will be recognize at a gala ceremony during the Photonics West Conference on February 6th, 2013 during which the winning product of each category will also be announced. The TAG Lens 2.0 was selected as a finalist in the Optics and Optical Component category.


June 2012 Princeton NJ - TAG Optics Selected by Siemens' TTB for their New Venture Forum
TAG Optics was selected as one of nine winners of Siemens' Technology To Business center's national business and innovation competition. As a results TAG Optics participated in the second edition of Siemens' TTB New Venture forum.


Feb 2012 Princeton NJ - TAG Optics wins best pitch at the NJEN’s Poster and Pitches Competition
TAG Optics wins best pitch at the 3rd annual New Jersey's Entrepreneur's Network Poster and Pitches Competition. The event which was held at Princeton University's Friend Center brought just under 40 companies from all over the state of New Jersey in all stages raining from early stage start-ups to established companies. After two rounds of judging by panels of venture capitalist and technology transfer professional, TAG Optics was given the top prize for its innovative technology and sound corporate strategy.

External Link: NJTech Weekly Article about the event


Jan 2012 Princeton NJ - TAG Optics’ Co-founder Prof. Craig Arnold wins Princeton University’s Technology Transfer Innovation Award
TAG Optics' technical co-founder and the inventor of the technology, Dr. Craig Arnold has been awarded a $100,000 grant to further translate the latest laboratory innovations into commercialized products. The award sponsored by Princeton University's Technology Transfer Office was one of five awarded to promising technologies created in the Princeton's laboratories and marks the first time in over 3 years since it was last awarded.

External Link: Princeton University Official Announcement


Nov 2011 New Brunswick NJ - TAG Optics wins second place in the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day Business Plan competition
TAG Optics Inc was chosen as one of 10 companies out of a field of over 100 to participate in Rutgers University annual business plan competition sponsored by the law firm of SNR Denton and held in conjunction with Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day. The participants in this years Entrepreneurship Day came from all over the tri-state areas and ranged from early-stage start-up to fully established entities. Christian Theriault, President & CEO of TAG Optics, had four minutes to delivered the company's pitch encompassing the latest technology innovation, corporate strategy, and commercial development to a panel of judges consisting of investors, business executives, and represents from Rutgers University.

After deliberation, the judges award TAG Optics the second place behind a start-up focused on a breast cancer screening algorithm, with a fully deployed nutritional application company for smart phones arriving in third place. The event which attracted over 500 people from the surrounding started with panels on the state of entrepreneurship in the tri-state was followed by a keynote address from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The afternoon portion started with the Business Plan contest and ended with a poster session open to the public.

External Link: NJTech Weekly article about the event


Nov 2011 Philadelphia Pa - TAG Optics's TAG Lens selected as one of the “Coolest” new technology in New Jersey
TAG Optics’ TAG Lens was awarded second place at the New Jersey Technology Council’s Cool Product Competition under the Electronics and Advance Material Subcategory. The annual competition which is open to all companies in the state of New Jersey recognizes unique and cutting edge products or services which were developed in New Jersey over the last four years across four categories: Communications/Media, Electronics/Adv. Materials, Information Technology, and Life Sciences.

In conjunction with the award, Christian Theriault presented the technology at the annual NJTC's Top Ten Technology Trends in Philadelphia on November 10th 2011.

External Link: New Jersey Technology Council's Announcement


Oct 2011 San Jose CA - TAG Lens featured in post-deadline presentation at the 2011 Frontiers in Optics Conference
TAG Optics' technical co-founder, Prof. Craig Arnold of Princeton University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department presented new results showing the use of the TAG lens in novel microscopy applications.

Titled Simultaneous Recording of Multiple Focal Planes for 3-D Microscopy using ultra-high Speed Adaptive Optics, the talk described how the TAG Lens can be used to provide simultaneous real-time imaging of multiple and selectable focal planes in a bulk specimen. For more information on this topic please contact us via email or via our web site.

External Link: Prof. Craig Arnold's Research Group Web Page


May 2011 Princeton NJ - TAG Optics Wins National Business Plan Competition
TAG Optics wins first place in the Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network yearly business plan competition which brings together Princeton University alumni every year during the Reunions weekend. This years event was held on May 27th in the Friend Center on the University campus.

The Alumni Business Plan competition is a national competition open to any start-up with ties to Princeton University. It culminates with a final round of presentation to a panel of industry experts and investors at the yearly Princeton Entrepreneur’s Network Conference hosted by Princeton University during its Reunions weekend.

This year over 60 entries were made from all over the US. Each entry, consisting of a 5 pages summary, was evaluated by seasoned entrepreneurs and investors who chose four finalist. This year’s finalists included two IT and two high-tech industrial start-ups. Each had 10 minutes to present their pitch followed by a 20 minutes question period during which both the judges and the audience were invited to ask questions.

External Link: Times of Trenton Article


April 2011 Princeton NJ - TAG Optics Inc. Takes Home the Gold at the 6th Annual Princeton University Keller Center Innovation Forum
On Thursday April 7th TAG Optics' CEO, Christian Theriault, presented the company's business strategy and technology to a panel of judges that included angel investors, venture capitalist, and industry veteran The Innovation Forum which was sponsored in part by the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network and the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is now in its sixth year and showcases Princeton University Technologies that have real commercialization potential. This year, eight teams competed for the grand prize of $25,000 in research funding by submitting an executive summary, video pitch, poster, and a live three minute pitch in front of the judges followed by two minutes of questions.

In his pitch, Theriault explained to the judges that "The beauty of our TAG Lens is its ability to increase the functionality and versatility of already existing devices, and as such has little competition. It fills the need for an ultra high-speed variable focus device that can do both high depth-of-field and high resolution imaging and processing." Potential end-user applications included live 3D imaging and refining laser-based manufacturing just to name a few, across multiple sectors such as health, environment, manufacturing and security

To read more about the Princeton University Keller Center Innovation Forum Click Here
To see the pre-recorded video pitch Click Here
To get a copy of TAG Optics' Innovation Forum poster Click Here
Other external links: US1 News Article, Times of Trenton Article, Princeton SEAS Article

TAG Optics Inc. is an emerging high technology company located in Princeton NJ. Spun out of Princeton University research, the Company's designs, manufactures, and distribute custom lenses based on its proprietary Tunable Acoustic Gradient technology which include the TAG Lens, a high speed variable focus device that is currently available as a plug and play module that adds functionality to existing optical set-ups.


Jan 2011 San Francisco CA - TAG Optics Inc. Presents its TAG Lens 1.0 at SPIE's Photonic West in San Francisco


December 2009 Princeton NJ - (News Archive) Celebrate Princeton Invention: Craig Arnold
Princeton University publishes a news article on TAG Optics' co-founder Prof. Craig Arnold and the Tunable Acoustic Gradient Lens. A link to the article is available Here.