SPIE Photonic West 2014, widely acknowledged as the industry's leading annual event bringing together business leaders, suppliers, customers, funders and researchers from the global photonics marketplace, takes place in San Francisco (4-6 February). 
Representatives of Toscana Promozione, within Invest in Tuscany project – which is a regional project to attract investments – will attend SPIE PW together with some companies and research centers to supply the world with a taste of Tuscan technologies.
The exhibition is the flagship event (1240 exhibiting companies and 20.000+ expected attendees) for research news and technological innovation. In addition to courses and special forums, there will be quite a number of technical conferences on Biophotonics, Laser, Optoelectronics, nano fabrication devices, and sessions where world opinion leaders will be discussing the most promising breakthrough.

Pecchioli Research S.r.l, one of the four companies attending SPIE PW, was established in 2009 in Pontassieve (Firenze) by Alfredo and Ernesto Pecchioli, both with a sound background in optics. The company is present today mainly in the domestic market and is focused on the designing and manufacturing of optics and optical systems for industrial, biomedical and aerospace application
Pecchioli Research will be exhibiting in San Francisco telecentric lens for industrial application as well as a recently introduced interferometer for calibration of instruments and systems for research (astronomy, applied physics, engineering, biology).

Light4Tech(L4T), will show its latest microscope prototypes and photonic based devices developed in its laboratories. The company was established in 2005 as a joint venture between a team of University of Florence researchers (including world wide prestigious LENS laboratory, www.lens.unifi.it) and industry. L4T supports its partners from the idea development stage to the actual product to be marketed. Its expertise include: patenting procedures; cost analysis; industrial engineering and design; technical support and advice regarding pre-series manufacturing and finished products servicing.
The company will attend SPIE PW to benchmark its know-how with the highest international level and to identify companies and research centers interested in cooperation.

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