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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
Mesophotonics continuum generation chips now available. More
Mesophotonics to begin hiring again in early 2004. More
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
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.
2 April 2003, Southampton,
UK. Mesophotonics Appoints CEO.
James McKenzie has been appointed to Chief Executive Office. More
Press Release on BTG's Investment in Mesophotonics
January 2004, Southampton, UK
Mesophotonics secures $10 million (£5.5m) in second round
funding led by Quester.
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
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
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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
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.
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.
John Lincoln, Mesophotonics Ltd, Chilworth Business Incubator, 2
Venture Road, Chilworth Science Park, Southampton, England SO16
Tel: 44 (0)23 8076 3752
2003, Southampton, UK.
Mesophotonics Appoints CEO.
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
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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