Photometrics® Prime™ Scientific CMOS Camera is Named a Finalist for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards

October 4, 2016

Tucson, Ariz.Photometrics, a manufacturer of high-performance scientific cameras for life science applications, announces that its Prime Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) Camera was named a Finalist in the 2016 R&D 100 Awards. The Prime camera is a 4.2 Megapixel sCMOS camera and is the first in the industry to actively defeat the negative impact of Poisson noise in low-light images. The awards honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services which will be recognized at the 54th Annual R&D 100 Awards on November 3, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

"The touchstone of our 30-year corporate history has been preserving excellent photometric performance, while pioneering the next generation of scientific imaging innovation," said Rachit Mohindra, Photometrics product manager. "We're honored to be recognized by an award that has been given to some of the most influential products of the past century, and look forward to continuing to provide our customers with products that advance research."

Prime is the first sCMOS camera to go beyond imaging with its sophisticated built-in mathematical intelligence, which quantitatively restores signals that are buried in photon noise. The camera's FPGA-based Embedded Signal Processing (ESP) engine enables powerful signal restoration significantly increasing low-light image clarity. The ESP engine also includes feature detection for localization-based super-resolution microscopy providing new ways to address data glut, a common problem when imaging at high frame rates. Prime's intelligent features include:

  • PrimeEnhance: Reduces the negative effects of photon shot noise and provides a three to five times increase in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This allows for lower-light life science imaging, which extends cell lifetimes and enables capture of higher quality data.
  • PrimeLocate: Solves a common problem in localization-based super-resolution data glut. Prime uses PrimeLocate to selectively detect and transfer only those regions containing localization data, lowering data storage requirements on the host PC.

The R&D 100 Awards Finalists were selected by an independent panel of more than 50 judges and represent many of industry's leading R&D companies and national laboratories, as well as many newcomers to the R&D 100 Awards. Often referred to as the "Oscars of Invention," the R&D 100 Awards honorees will be recognized for exemplary accomplishments from across multiple categories.

"We are pleased to announce the R&D 100 Finalists who join a very exclusive community. By becoming an R&D 100 Award Finalist, these companies are being recognized for their excellent contributions to advancing science and technology," said Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director, ABM Science Group, R&D Magazine. "They should be very proud, indeed, of their notable R&D achievements and the teams that are responsible for these new products."  

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About Photometrics

Founded in 1978, Photometrics designs and manufactures high-performance CMOS, EMCCD and CCD cameras for life science research. The original architect of the world's first scientific-grade microscopy EMCCD camera, Photometrics continues to lead the industry with state-of-the-art imaging instrumentation for the scientific community. Researchers around the globe rely on these cutting-edge imaging systems to meet their most demanding application requirements. Photometrics also offers comprehensive OEM support, including fully characterized, cost-efficient imaging systems and components. Photometrics is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona and additional information is available at The latest news and updates from Photometrics are found on Twitter by following @Photometrics.

About the R&D 100 Awards

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards program has identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Widely recognized as the "Oscars of Invention," the R&D 100 Awards identify and celebrate the top technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics spanning industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.

For more information, please contact:

Product Management Contact:
Rachit Mohindra
Product Manager
+1.520.547.2576 office
+1.520.889.9933 main

Press Contact:
Dr. Dan Croucher
Applications and Marketing Communications Team Manager
+44.7887.456543 office
+1.520.889.9933 main