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Cash Infusion For Photonics-Focused Biosensor Startup Delta Diagnostics

14 July 2022 – Biosensor R&D start-up Delta Diagnostics has received a seed investment from two leading innovators: research organisation TNO – The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – and PhotonDelta, an ecosystem of photonic chip technology organisations. This investment enables Delta Diagnostics to further develop and validate its biosensor systems in preparation for a Series A investment round later this year. Read the complete news item here.

New website Delta Diagnostics

11 July 2022 – Start-up Delta Diagnostics has a fantastic new website!
Check it yourself!.

QuiX Quantum lands €5.5 million for development of world’s most powerful photonic quantum computer

6 July 2022 – The funding will take QuiX a step closer to creating the world’s most powerful photonic quantum computer. It also marks the first major investment by PhotonDelta since it secured €1.1 billion in investment to expand the Dutch photonics ecosystem.
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Inaugural speech Steven van den Berg

8 June 2022 – Steven van den Berg has been a professor of Photonics at The Hague University of Applied Sciences since 1 January 2021. On June 8, 2022, he will give his inaugural speech 'Fascinating Photonics'.
You are invited to join his inauguration.

QuiX Quantum delivers a quantum photonic processor for Europe

11 May 2022 – QuiX Quantum, the market leader in photonic quantum computing hardware, has realized the largest quantum photonic processor compatible with quantum dots for the European project PHOQUSING. The project aims to realize a quantum sampling machine that will push the potential of photonic quantum computing forward in showing a European quantum advantage. The processor realized by QuiX Quantum is the core component of the quantum sampling machine.
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Optics11 has a new home

14 February 2022 - Optics11 is growing, they therefore moved to a new building, to be prepared for the future
Meet Optics11 on the Hettenheuvelweg 37 - 39 in Amsterdam.

NOS at SMART Photonics

9 February 2022 - On 8 February the European Union announces the European Chips Act in which they invest 43 billion Euros to strengthen its position as a technological leader in the semiconductor value chain. For this reason Dutch broadcasting foundation NOS came to SMART Photonics and asked CEO Johan Feenstra for his opinion on the chips act and what it means to SMART Photonics and our ecosystem.
Watch this news item here.

PhotonFirst appoints Nick Singh CTO

8 February 2022 - Dutch photonics scale-up PhotonFirst has appointed Fiji born, Toulouse educated, and Bristol based Nick Singh (1970) its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to succeed Founder and CTO Pim Kat who retired in December. Nick brings over 25 years of experience and track record of consistently delivering innovative and commercially successful new technology products and services to customers in the UK, Europe, China, South Korea and the USA.
Meet this experienced global optics & photonics veteran.

MIT R&D grant provincie Zuid-Holland for Delta Diagnostics

2 February 2022 - Delta Diagnostics, together with project partner SensUR Health, obtained a MIT R&D grant from the Provincie Zuid-Holland for the development of a Chronic Kidney Disease test. This development will rely on a combination of the photonic biosensor technology of Delta Diagnostics and the Chronic Kidney Disease assays of SensUR Health to ultimately improve kidney patient care.
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PHIX partners with Nanoscribe to drive industrial innovation in the photonics packaging market

26 January 2022 - The photonics assembly service provider PHIX builds on Nanoscribe’s high-performance 3D printing solution with alignment capabilities to offer 3D-printed standard lensed fiber arrays.
Find more informatin on the webiste of PHIX.

CITC and AntenneX join forces to characterize antenna-in-package applications at mmWave frequencies

20 January 2022 - Chip Integration Technology Center (CITC) and AntenneX signed an agreement to formalize their collaboration. Both organizations are active in the RF domain, especially in 100 GHz+. Together, they address the characterization needs for next generation high-frequency packaging applications.
Read more about this announcement on the CITC webiste.

Te Lintelo Systems is growing

10 January 2022 - Te Lintelo Systems (TLS) has expanded their team with two new colleagues.
Meet them online or in person on a physical meeting!

PhotonFirst founder Pim Kat receives royal decoration

16 December 2021 - On his retirement, Pim Kat, founder of PhotonFirst and pioneer in integrated photonics sensing was presented the insignia belonging to the Royal Honour of Officer Orange-Nassau by Deputy Mayor Jasper Nieuwenhuizen of Langedijk on behalf His Majesty Willem Alexander The King of the Netherlands.
Read the complete press release about the honouring of this pioneer.

SMART Photonics in NRC: Casus Smart Photonics

16 December 2021 - Government money is the engine behind the new Dutch industrial policy. How do the cabinet and Noord-Brabant finance the ASML of the future? A case study of the Eindhoven photonics company Smart Photonics.
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New investment MicroAlign

8 December 2021 - A new investment by PhotonDelta and the Smart Industries TTT Fund that is managed by Innovation Industries will help TU Eindhoven spinoff MicroAlign speed up its technology and product development. MicroAlign will use the funds to optimize the quality of optical fiber-to-chip connections at packaging and start exploring the market opportunities.
Read more about this new investment.

PhotonFirst successfully closes 11M Series A funding

8 December 2021 - PhotonFirst International, a leading pioneer in integrated photonics sensing solutions for advanced applications, announced to have successfully closed its Series A funding. The majority of the investment will be used for next generation technology & product development and expansion of the commercial footprint worldwide. The deeptech company plans for an IPO in 2025 as global innovation leader based on its 15-year heritage in integrated photonics.
Read more about this Dutch photonics scale-up

Minverva Prize

6 September 2021 - The new version of the Minerva Prize is a joint award by the DPC and NNV with the aim to support gender diversity in the Dutch physics community. This € 5,000 prize is awarded to an outstanding young female or non-binary physicist in the Netherlands with an overall performance that scientifically excels in any subfield of physics. Both experimental and theoretical scientific physics research carried out at Dutch universities, research institutes (incl. TO2 institutes), university medical centers, or at universities of applied sciences are taken into account.
More information about the prize and its procedure on this website.

Ehrenfest-Afanassjewa thesis prize

6 September 2021 - The Dutch Physics Council (DPC) is proud to have opened the second edition of the Ehrenfest-Afanassjewa thesis prize. The € 5,000 award recognizes an outstanding PhD thesis in the field of physics, defended at a Dutch university in the previous year (1 Sept 2020 – 31 August 2021).
More information and detailed instructions on this website.

QuiX delivers its processor to Germany!

5 August 2021 - QuiX Quantum, the worldwide market leader in quantum photonic processors, has delivered a 12-mode quantum photonic processor to Germany, for a collaboration with researchers from Paderborn University. This photonic processor is the most powerful in the world. ion monitoring, SHM, underwater acoustics, and more.
Read more on their website.

French quantum industry chooses photonics –
QuiX delivers!

19 May 2021 - QuiX, the Twente-based worldwide market leader in quantum photonic processors, has sold one of its devices to Quandela, the leading French quantum technologies firm. With this purchase, Quandela anticipates the French national quantum technologies program that was recently announced by president Macron, which will include a strong photonics component.
Read more on their website.

PHIX start Qmode project with QuiX

21 April 2021 - PHIX and QuiX started a collaboration in this project to overcome the packaging challenges of connecting large-scale quantum photonic processors to the outside world. QuiX and PHIX work together to connect a large quantum photonic processor of ≥ 50 input/output modes to the outside world, requiring new techniques in integrated photonics packaging and assembly.
Read more on their website.

Quix makes first sale

1 April 2021 - QuiX, the Dutch quantum photonics company, announced that it has sold its first quantum photonic processor. The customer is Qontrol, a quantum technologies company from the UK. QuiX provides unique quantum photonic processors that are not only large-scale and fully reconfigurable but also low loss and widely transparent to all suitable quantum light sources.
Read more on their website.

PhotonFirst is born from Technobis IPS

1 January 2021 - To enable fast and focused growth, the integrated photonics sensing activities of Technobis will change their name to PhotonFirst and operate independently from its ‘mothership’ Technobis Group as of January 1st. Daan Kersten will be heading PhotonFirst as its first CEO. As he announced when he joined the team three months ago, the photonics activities will be expanded aggressively, both in scope and size, as well as geographically. Besides the renowned interrogator systems, PhotonFirst will expand its value chain position to include sensors and application development, essential to be able to offer end-to- end solutions to its worldwide customer base. The company will continue to focus on demanding end markets like aerospace, medical, mobility and high-tech equipment, where innovation is key to stay in the lead.
Read more on their website.

PHIX welcomes new investor PhotonDelta

7 October 2020 - With the addition of PhotonDelta as a shareholder, PHIX further secures its position as a leading packaging and assembly foundry within the European integrated photonics ecosystem. PhotonDelta also provides PHIX with long term financing for equipment purchases necessary to ramp up production of optoelectronic modules.
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ficonTEC and PHIX partner to enable high-volume manufacturing of multi-chip photonic modules

30 September 2020 - Dutch photonics packaging foundry PHIX BV and German machine manufacturer ficonTEC Service GmbH have combined their expertise in a symbiotic partnership. While ficonTEC is supplying PHIX with automated machine tools for hybrid chip-to-chip (chiplet) assembly using active alignment, PHIX is offering process development and contract manufacturing to ficonTEC customers. This easy access to flexible automated photonics assembly services and process knowledge allows for a seamless scale-up to high volumes.
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Avantes appoints new CEO

14 September 2020 - Avantes B.V., world leader in the field of spectroscopy, has appointed Pierre Warffemius as CEO as of September 14 2020. With this appointment, the international company enters a new phase in which the focus will be on continuous growth in additional products and markets.
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SMART Photonics secures €35m new funding

30 June 2020 - SMART Photonics is excited to announce a €35M Series C investment from a Dutch consortium led by Innovation Industries, that will help us to accelerate growth for photonic chip...
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Tjarko Bouman to succeed Marc Hendrikse as the CEO of the NTS-Group

25 May 2020 - Tjarko Bouman (49, photo) will become the CEO of the NTS-Group in Eindhoven on 1 August 2020. He will succeed the current CEO, Marc Hendrikse, who will leave the group on the same date. Tjarko Bouman has extensive experience of...
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Dutch photonics guarantees safety of new bridge in Genova

19 May 2020 - End of July the new bridge of Genova will be opened. With the finishing of the bridge, an important throughfare of Italy is restored. The safety of this bridge is, amongst others, guaranteed by photonic sensors of Dutch...
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Dutch industrial partners in integrated photonics collaborate on PICs in space

11 May 2020 - At the end of April, the Dutch consortia of the PhotonDelta Flagship project jointly kicked off the project. The project addresses the realization of a robust and versatile hybrid integrated photonics platform that provides...
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Te Lintelo Systems presents you the new ACS 570 UV calibration LED

11 May 2020 - The calibration LEDs of the ACS series offers traceable absolute calibration of their measuring instruments. The new UV calibration LED UV-ACS 570 makes this possible down to the deep UV range. Here you can...
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perClass Mira 2.2 release brings interactive visualization

29 April 2020 - perClass is happy to announce the new 2.2 release with new interactive visualization of spectral indices, per-pixel regression, and snapshot support in perClass Mira Runtime. perClass Mira 2.2 packs a large set of ....
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UNIIQ investment

28 April 2020 - DeltaDiagnostics is thrilled to announce a UNIIQ-investment of €200.000 in Delta Diagnostics! With this investment they are able to validate our prototype instrument and show, among others, rapid and quantitative detection of various biomarkers in a complex matrix. This is an important ....
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Leading Dutch biochip companies accelerate development of fast and reliable COVID-19 test

23 April 2020 - Surfix B.V., together with its shareholders Qurin Diagnostics B.V. and LioniX International B.V., already successfully developing bio-photonic nanochips for cancer detection and other applications, today announce an accelerated development plan to allow mass-scale COVID-19 diagnosis and immunity detection with the....
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PHIX Photonics Assembly secures funding from Innovation Industries and Oost NL

21 April 2020 - Before PICs can be incorporated into products, the chips need to be connected to other components, such as optical fibers, amplifiers and electronics, with great accuracy. This photonics assembly activity is the core competence of PHIX. PHIX is the photonic equivalent of the outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) companies known from the electronics industry. By acting as a back-end foundry service, the customers of PHIX do not need to invest in their own equipment and assembly processes. This enables...
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TEGEMA Leverages PI Technology in Revolutionary Photonics Assembly Platform Partnership

14 April 2020 - The Dutch system integrator TEGEMA and Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG have started a cooperation to develop automated systems for assembly and packaging technology in the photonics industry. Novus LightCompared to microchips, the production of integrated photonic components is...
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Applications for NIR Spectroscopy in Agriculture and Food Production

23 March 2020 - Demands for increased agricultural production and sustainable farming methods are always growing. Consumers demand high-quality, convenience, and diversity of...
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