View OIDA recommended resources for managing through the Coronavirus crisis here.
OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA), a division of The Optical Society (OSA), was founded in 1991. OIDA serves and represents organizations engaged in the business of optics and photonics - from start-ups to Fortune 500s. In support of its member companies, OIDA promotes and protects the business of optics and photonics in driving innovation, creating jobs, and accelerating growth in the U.S. and around the world. OIDA provides exclusive roadmap reports and market data for the industry, serves as the voice of the industry to government and academia, acts as a liaison with associations worldwide and provides a network for the exchange of ideas and information within the optics and photonics community.
Our sympathy goes out to those caring for family and neighbors through this pandemic; to companies and their workers struggling to keep operations open; and for anyone experiencing anxiety as we all hope for a swift and safe global public health response.
Source: OIDA (2020)
Source: OIDA Quantum Photonics Roadmap: Every Photon Counts (2020)
It will take leadership and teamwork to get through this pandemic, and now is the time to put others first and demonstrate how we can help. It’s worth noting that the optics and photonics industry plays a positive role in many ways in this crisis. Genome sequencing instrumentation is used to identify and understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Ultraviolet LED equipment may be helpful to eradicate the virus from surfaces. Videoconferencing and telecommunications technology today makes it far easier to send workers and students home than even a few years ago, for those who are in a position to do so. And there is much more. All of this helps, and it will take all of us to stem this crisis.
See also perspectives in recent issues of the OIDA newsletter (here) and recent articles in OSA’s Optics & Photonics News (here, here, and here).
Click here for OSA’s message on COVID-19.
OIDA’s new report, OIDA Quantum Photonics Roadmap: Every Photon Counts, is available to members (see here). The report was launched on 10 March at OFC 2020, and created in collaboration with Corning Incorporated. See also articles about the roadmap in recent issues of the OIDA newsletter (here) and the April 2020 issue of OSA’s Optics & Photonics News (here).