Competing against 33 other startups, Lumedica won Third Place in SPIE’s 2017 Startup Challenge at Photonics West! The cash award and giant check was greatly appreciated, the recognition by the judges — all leaders in the photonics and optics space — was even better. But most of all, it was rewarding to meet with so many other scientific entrepreneurs and go through a “startup boot camp” together. Special thanks to SPIE, Dirk Fabian for keeping the competition running smoothly), USC’s Andrea Belz for her insights during our bootcamp sessions.