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26 January 2021,
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

December 2003,
Mesophotonics to begin hiring again in early 2004. 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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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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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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