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May 2005,
Presentation by Mesophotonics: Metallo-Dielectric Photonic Crystals for Reproducible Surface-Enhanced Raman Substrates
24 May 2020, 9:15am CLEO 2005 May 22-27, Baltimore convention center Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Presentation by Mesophotonics:Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering by 2D Photonic Crystals: Enhancement and Repoducibility
10 May 2020, 6:30pm 2005 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, May 8-12, 2005, Anaheim Convention Center, California, U.S.A.

April 2005,
Presentation by Mesophotonics: Chameleon Nano-Structured Metals for Molecular Detection
13 April 2020, 2:00pm Physics - A Century After Einstein, 10 - 14 April 2020 University of Warwick, UK

February 2005,
Mesophotonics Ltd named by Tornado Insider among Europe's top 100 private tech companies. More details.

January 2005,
Klarite substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy - new product release. More details.

July 2004,
Mesophotonics releases next generation white light continuum generation planar waveguides. More details.

July 2004,
Continuum generation chip mounts now available for most micro-positioners. More details.

26 January 2004,
Mesophotonics secures $10 million (£5.5m) in second round funding led by Quester. More details. Full press release in PDF format available here

January 2004,
Mesophotonics continuum generation chips now available. More details

18 September 2003, Southampton, UK. Mesophotonics announces new method of generating white light continuum.
Mesophotonics has demonstrated a new method of generating white light continuum. The continuum, with over 600nm of bandwidth, was produced from low power femtosecond ultrafast pulses using only a 10mm long waveguide grown on a standard silicon wafer. More details

11 August 2003, Southampton, UK. Mesophotonics re-launches Web site.
The new site includes more up-to-date news stories, such as this one, tracking important developments and future product launches. More details

2 April 2003, Southampton, UK. Mesophotonics Appoints CEO.
James McKenzie has been appointed to Chief Executive Office. More details

Press Release on BTG's Investment in Mesophotonics
http://www.btgplc.com/news/31072001Mesophotonics.html

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February 2005,
Mesophotonics Ltd named by Tornado Insider among Europe’s top 100 private tech companies
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Best Performing Companies of 2004

1 Feburary 2005, Mesophotonics Ltd has been selected as one of the best-performing and innovative high-tech private companies of Europe and Israel in the fourth annual Tornado100 list. Mesophotonics Ltd, headquartered in Southampton, England was founded in 2001 and specializes in ground breaking optical components using photonic crystal technology. This award coincides with the launch of their latest Klarite product range for enhanced detection of biological and chemical samples impacting a wide range of markets including homeland security, forensics, environmental monitoring, medical diagnostics and drug discovery.

“We are privileged that our efforts have been recognized by Tornado Insider in its ranking of the Top 100 start-ups in Europe and Israel,” said James McKenzie, CEO of Mesophotonics. “The award acknowledges the effort our world class team has made in developing this ground breaking technology that we anticipate will have a major impact with analytical chemists at the upcoming Pittconn exhibition in Florida.”

The 2004 Tornado100 list can be found on the website of Tornado Insider (www.tornado-insider.com), and includes a profile of Mesophotonics Ltd (www.mesophotonics.com) and the other 99 most promising and innovative emerging companies in the European IT and biotech sectors.

"The companies Tornado Insider selected are Europe's technology stars." said Niels Valkering, Tornado Insider's Head of Research. "Combining internal analysis with advice from industry specialists, we identified the elite of Europe's high-tech entrepreneurial vanguard, appreciating excellence both in innovative, commercial and financial performance. Watch these companies in 2005, as the technology they are commercializing today will change tomorrow's trends."

The selection of the 2004 Tornado100 Winners from thousands of candidates was judged according to the following criteria:
Delivering an innovation that shows the promise to set new standards

  • Creating a major new audience
  • Supplying a key piece of the ICT infrastructure
  • Commanding a significant customer base
  • Having the potential to become a global brand or standard
  • Influencing a major market
  • Receiving a significant amount of funding
  • Having a strong valuation for a lucrative exit
  • Having a management with previous successful exit experience

The list was announced during the Tornado Insider/World Financial Symposiums T100 Leadership Forum on January 26th, 2005 in London.

About Mesophotonics Ltd
Mesophotonics is commercializing breakthrough photonic crystal technology that allows light to be bent, routed and processed at sub-millimeter scale. The company was founded in 2001 by a team of 7 founders from 3 departments at the University of Southampton with expertise in modeling, fabrication, design and characterization. Venture capital funding is provided by Quester Capital Management (London), BTG (London), Auriga Partners (Paris) and NIF (Tokoyo).

For further information please contact:
John Lincoln, Director of Business Development,
Tel: +44 23 8076 3752
Email: john.lincoln@mesophotonics.com
Web: www.mesophotonics.com

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24 January 2005, Southampton, UK
Mesophotonics releases Klarite Surface Enhanced Raman Substrates.
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Mesophotonics Ltd, a developer of disruptive photonic crystal technology, announced at Photonics West 2005 the release of its Klarite substrates for surface enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Offering unparalleled levels of reproducibility, Klarite SERS substrates, mounted on standard 3” glass slides, allow the unique Raman finger print present in all molecules to be easily and repeatedly identified. Klarite substrates enable faster, higher accuracy detection of biological and chemical samples at lower detection limits for a wide range of markets including homeland security, forensics, environmental monitoring, medical diagnostics and drug discovery.

Previous SERS substrates have been plagued by 100% signal variations and by hot spots where only small areas of the total device showed amplified Raman signals. Systematic nanometre scale patterning of the Gold surface of the new Klarite substrates forms photonic crystals which fundamentally control the physics of the Raman amplification process. By leveraging their experience of photonic crystals and semiconductor manufacturing, Mesophotonics is able to tightly control the surface enhanced Raman amplification process producing consistent SERS signals. Raman signal variations of less than 15% have been consistently measured without any data selection.

Klarite substrates are completely compatible with existing micro-Raman instruments. However, the SERS signals that are generated from Klarite substrates are many orders of magnitude more intense than traditional Raman signals and enable detection with low sensitivity detectors and low power lasers. This will open the door to the development of low cost Raman detection systems compatible with volume OEM applications.

John Lincoln, Mesophotonics Business Development Director commented,

“We believe that Klarite substrates offer a new method of controlling surface enhanced Raman amplification that provides the reproducibility necessary for a vast range of detection applications”.

About Mesophotonics
Mesophotonics is commercialising breakthrough photonic crystal technology that allows light to be bent, routed and processed at sub-millimetre scale. The company was founded in 2001 by a team of 7 founders from 3 departments at the University of Southampton with expertise in modelling fabrication design and characterisation. Venture capital funding is provided by Quester Capital Management (London), BTG (London), Auriga Partners (Paris) and NIF (Tokoyo).

For further information please contact:
Mesophotonics
John Lincoln
Director of Business Development
Tel: +44 23 8076 3752
Email: john.lincoln@mesophotonics.com
Web: www.mesophotonics.com


July 2004
Mesophotonics releases next generation white light continuum generation planar waveguides.
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Mesophotonics Ltd, a developer of disruptive photonic crystal technology, today announced release of the next generation of planar waveguides optimised for white light continuum generation. These 2 dimensional waveguides offer users a convenient way of generating low noise, low ripple spectrum of 100’s nm bandwidth for frequency metrology, spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography applications.

The latest generation of continuum generation chips (CGC’s), which are only 1cm long, feature two dimensional planar waveguides with tapers on the input and output ends of the waveguide to simplify pump launching. This design has enabled over 40mW of continuum to been generated with only 200mW of incident power. The generated continua also feature very low spectral ripple and are fully polarisation preserving as a result of the unique waveguide design which also means that the continuum is generated into a high quality single mode output. Extensive tests have shown that in excess of 150nm of 3dB bandwidth can be generated from most femtosecond pump lasers at 800nm, 1µm or 1.5µm pump lasers with as little as 10mW (100pJ) of power launched into the waveguide.

Each supplied chip contains over 40 waveguides of differing sizes effectively providing 40 devices in one and enabling the user to easily investigate the effect of changing waveguide geometry without changing the sample. To further increase ease of use, these latest generation of chips can also be supplied mounted with adapters compatible with most common translation stages.

John Lincoln, Mesophotonics Business Development Director commented,

“We believe that these continuum generation chips offer a genuine alternative method of creating continuum which combines some of the best features of fibre and bulk continuum generation such as low threshold and low spectral ripple making this method ideal for applications such as optical coherence tomography. The small size and silicon base of the chips also makes them ideal for integration with existing laser sources. For the future we are investigating integrating additional functionality on the chip, such as filtering to further tune the continuum output”.

About Mesophotonics
Mesophotonics is commercialising breakthrough photonic crystal technology that allows light to be bent, routed and processed at sub-millimetre scale. This will enable multiple optical functions and complex systems to be implemented at high density on a single silicon chip, leading the way to low cost, high volume production of integrated optical devices. Additional optical devices will also be possible at efficiencies and sizes not previously achievable as photonic band gaps are used to modify fundamentally how light is generated inside photonic crystals. The company was founded in 2001 by Prof. Greg Parker and a team of 7 founders from 3 departments at the University of Southampton with expertise in modelling fabrication design and characterisation. Venture capital funding is provided by Quester Capital Management (London), BTG (London), Auriga Partners (Paris) and NIF (Tokoyo). For further information see www.mesophotonics.com

For further information please contact:
Mesophotonics
John Lincoln
Director of Business Development
Tel: +44 23 8076 3752
Email: john.lincoln@mesophotonics.com
Web: www.mesophotonics.com


July 2004
Continuum generation chip mounts now available for most micro-positioners.

For further information see continuum generation chip mounts page

26 January 2004, Southampton, UK
Mesophotonics secures $10 million (£5.5m) in second round funding led by Quester.
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Mesophotonics Ltd, a developer of disruptive photonic crystal technology, today announced the closing of a $10 million second round fund raising. Quester led the investment alongside participating investors which include Auriga Partners (Paris), NIF Ventures Co. Ltd (Tokyo) and existing investor BTG. As part of this investment, Jamie Brooke, of Quester, and François Lainée, of Auriga Partners, will join the board of directors of Mesophotonics.


   Mesophotonics' new investors with the management team

After nine years of research at the University of Southampton, Mesophotonics was founded in 2001, in partnership with BTG, to further develop photonic crystal devices, design products and take them to market. The new financing represents a significant milestone for the company and comes at an important juncture as it moves from a prototyping to a product development phase aimed at bringing a new class of photonic crystal optical devices to the market within 2 years. The company has already received its first purchase orders and is currently in discussions with a number of potential partners to bring further products to market

James McKenzie, CEO of Mesophotonics commented:

“We are extremely pleased to attract some of the most well-known international investors in the high-tech industry. The possible markets for Mesophotonic’s technology are vast and this new funding puts us on a firm footing to complete commercialisation of our exciting ideas. The team is already designing products to meet the visible light source demands of next generation projection display and optical storage manufacturers.”

Jamie Brooke, Investment Director at Quester who will join the company’s board commented:

“This is an excellent example of the high quality companies introduced to us through our strong university network and relationship with BTG. We are backing a sound, fast growing business and are delighted to play a role in supporting its growth ambitions. Mesophotonics has the ideal combination of large market opportunities, well protected disruptive technology, and proven management talent that are key for a successful start-up company. ”

Mesophotonics was advised by Matt Rogers and Rogere Capital on the financing.

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For further information please contact:

Mesophotonics
John Lincoln Director of Business Development
Tel: +44 23 8076 3752
Email: john.lincoln@mesophotonics.com
Web: www.mesophotonics.com

Quester
Jamie Brooke
Tel:+44 20 7222 5472
Email: jamie.brooke@quester.co.uk
Web: www.quester.co.uk

BTG
Colleen Henry
Tel:+1 610 943 3540
Email: colleen.henry@btgplc.com
Web: www.btgplc.com  

 

Auriga
Francois Lainee
Tel:+ +33 1 53 30 07 07
Email: lainee@aurigapartners.com
Web: www.aurigapartners.com

NIF
Yasuo Miyazawa
Tel: +81 3 5201 1562
Email: miyazawa@nif.co.jp
Web: www.nif.co.jp/en/index.html



18 September 2003, Southampton, UK.
Mesophotonics announces new method of generating white light continuum.

Mesophotonics, a UK start up specialising in photonic crystal technology, has demonstrated a new method of generating white light continuum. The continuum, with over 600nm of bandwidth, was produced from low power femtosecond ultrafast pulses using only a 10mm long waveguide grown on a standard silicon wafer.

The continuum output shows an exceptional smooth output spectrum with no visible spectral noise. The lack of noise is a result of designing the waveguides to operate far from the zero of group velocity dispersion thus avoiding the competing non-linear processes that are present in the high noise continuum generated in optical fibres.


      Spectrum of Mesophotonics chip generated continuum

In terms of threshold and damage the Mesophotonics continuum generating chips (CGC’s) combine the best of bulk and fibre media. The continuum was produced with pulse energies as low as 10nJ, far lower than threshold observed in bulk media and comparable to that observed in fibre. Meanwhile damage testing has shown the waveguides capable of withstanding femtosecond pulses with energies of several picoJoules and several watts of blue light, far higher than fibres and close to bulk media such as sapphire. All of this in chips measuring only 10x5x1mm


      Top view of continuum being generated in a 10mm Mesophotonics chip

The continuum generating chips are expected to have a direct impact on applications in frequency metrology, optical coherence tomography and spectroscopy, which require the high bandwidth, but have been hampered by the lack of stability in previous continuum generation methods. Mesophotonics aims to make CGC’s commercially available by the end of the year.

About Mesophotonics
Mesophotonics is commercialising breakthrough photonic crystal technology that allows light to be bent, routed and processed at sub-millimetre scale. This will enable multiple optical functions and complex systems to be implemented at high density on a single silicon chip, leading the way to low cost, high volume production of integrated optical devices. Additional optical devices will also be possible at efficiencies and sizes not previously achievable as photonic band gaps are used to modify fundamentally how light is generated inside photonic crystals. The company was founded in 2001 by Prof. Greg Parker and a team of 7 founders from 3 departments at the University of Southampton with expertise in modelling fabrication design and characterisation. Venture capital funding is provided by BTG.

Contacts
John Lincoln, Mesophotonics Ltd, Chilworth Business Incubator, 2 Venture Road, Chilworth Science Park, Southampton, England SO16 7NP
Tel: 44 (0)23 8076 3752
John.Lincoln@mesophotonics.com


2 April 2003, Southampton, UK.
Mesophotonics Appoints CEO.

Mesophotonics Ltd a company founded to commercialise planar photonics crystal technology has appointed James Mckenzie to Chief Executive Office.

James has over 20 years experience in commercial, and engineering management in early stage high growth companies including being a key member of the team that brought Bookham Technologies to IPO in 1999. On joining Mesophotonics James will lead the companies focus on market orientated product development targeted at maximising the incredible potential of photonic crystal technology.

James said ”this is fundamental technology capable of changing many things people think about optics, I am looking forward to working with the team to realise the incredible potential of the Mesophotonics photonic crystal technology to develop highly disruptive products for the market ”

James joins a team with over 35 years experience in fabricating, modelling and characterising photonics crystals and with over 100 years combined experience in optics and semiconductors. Ian Vance, Mesophotonics Chairmen said “We are delighted to welcome James to the company; he brings a wealth of experience and energy that will ensure Mesophotonics’ continued growth and success”.


August 2003, Southampton, UK.
Mesophotonics re-launches Web site.

Mesophotonics Ltd re-launches its website to provide an improved portal on the development and launch of its disruptive photonic crystal based products. The new site includes more up-to-date news stories, such as this one, tracking important developments and future product launches. The site also includes further information and back ground on photonic crystals and how this break through technology will impact most areas of traditional optics and lasers.

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