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January 25, 2005  

Semrock Wins Photonics Spectra's 2004 Circle of Excellence Award

Rochester, NY – Semrock, Inc., (www.semrock.com) a leading provider of high-performance optical filters for the biotech & analytical instrumentation markets, announced today that its BrightLine™ Multiband Fluorescence Filters were selected for the 2004 Photonics Circle of Excellence Award. Each year the Award honors the 25 most technically innovative products in the photonics marketplace. Semrock representatives were presented with a crystal award at the ceremony on January 24 in San Jose, California, held on the eve of the Photonics West conference.

BrightLine™ Multiband Fluorescence Filter sets simultaneously provide unprecedented brightness, striking contrast, and superb color balance in a simple one-piece and highly reliable filer construction. The result is brilliant colors against a very black background, combined with extreme durability. This state-of-art performance has been recognized as a significant improvement over conventional filters, and was made possible by Semrock's highly advanced ion-beam sputtering deposition process, combined with unique filter designs and proprietary control technology.

The recently patented BrightLine filter technology has set a new standard for fluorescence filters for the Biotech & Analytical Instrumentation markets. Semrock's superior coating technology – combined with its expertise in designing optical filters specifically for fluorescence systems – has resulted in the simplest, most durable, and highest-performance fluorescence filters available anywhere.

"We are honored to be receiving the Photonics Circle of Excellence award for the second year in a row. This award further confirms our position that our BrightLine fluorescence filters offer unprecedented levels of performance and reliability that are significantly advancing the Biotech industry" commented Dr. Victor Mizrahi, CEO and president of Semrock.

In January 2004, Semrock was presented with the 2003 Photonics Circle of Excellence Award for the MaxMirror® Ultrabroadband Laser Mirror.




About Semrock:
Semrock manufactures reliable high-performance optical filters that are setting the standard in optics for the biotech and analytical instrumentation markets. Semrock products include the highly acclaimed BrightLine™ series of fluorescence filters for microscopy, flow cytometry and other fluorescence-based instrumentation, exceptional filters for Raman spectroscopy, and unique biomedical laser system optics. Semrock's innovative products are made possible by combining modern ion-beam sputtering with Semrock's proprietary technology. Founded in September 2000, Semrock is based in Rochester, New York, a well-known center of optics, and has sales offices throughout the United States. For additional information about Semrock, its products, and its team of international distributors, visit the company website at www.semrock.com.