In recent years, we've methodically expanded our equity portfolio, incorporating companies positioned for industry leadership.
Our unique ecosystem-based funding strategy serves as a catalyst, promoting the mutual use of technological and infrastructural resources among our portfolio companies. This not only reduces learning curves and development costs but also accelerates time to market.
Each investment, through this approach, benefits the entire network, aligning all stakeholders with a coherent short- and long-term vision and creating a mutually beneficial investment strategy.
Delta Diagnostics, founded in 2018 as a spin-off from TNO, develops and produces photonic-based, fast, ultrasensitive, label-free, multiplexed, and affordable biosensing for the Life Science Research Market.
EFFECT Photonics, founded in 2014 as a spin-off from TU/e, emerges as a leading developer of high-performance DWDM optical components. With the ongoing surge in data traffic, there is a pressing need for high-bandwidth connections, and EFFECT Photonics aspires to facilitate sustainable communication. The company develops Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), utilized as data transceivers, which enable significantly higher data throughput than electrical chips. By integrating all photonic components within a single chip and maintaining the capability to produce these in volume with high yield and low cost, EFFECT Photonics stands out in the industry.
EFI, established in 2004, is a medical technology and device company specializing in the field of laparoscopic minimal invasive surgery (MIS), with a focus on Haptic Feedback. The system they developed enables surgeons to experience haptic feedback during surgery, thereby improving results. This involves real-time feedback based on fiber sensing from PhotonFirst. Currently, the company is concentrating on obtaining CE certification for the product under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR).
Surfix, a spin-off from Wageningen University in 2011, develops diagnostic tests for the early detection and monitoring of cancer through its photonic diagnostics platform, with a photonic biosensor as its core technology. This easy-to-use, reliable, and sensitive biosensor can detect multiple biomarkers simultaneously. With potentially low unit costs and the ability to easily scale up production, these attractive features have the potential to revolutionize the world of early cancer detection and treatment monitoring.
Quix Quantum, established in 2019, has positioned itself as a market leader in photonic quantum computing. The company has developed an integrated photonics processor for optical quantum computing, presenting a plug-and-play, integrated, and reconfigurable light-based quantum processor that paves the way toward a quantum future. QuiX has produced a 20 Qu-mode processor with low propagation and coupling losses (setting a world record) and is currently developing a 56 x 56 Qu-mode processor. The subsequent step will involve developing a Universal Quantum Computer.
LioniX International, established in 2016, stands as a leading global provider of customized microsystem solutions in scalable production volumes. The company primarily focuses on key technologies such as photonic integrated circuits, which are based on their proprietary TriPleX platform, and custom micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).
Established in 2012, SMART Photonics operates as an independent Indium Phosphide photonics foundry, emphasizing its focus on photonic integrated circuits and facilitating the entire photonic development cycle, from early development through to mass production. These photonic circuits encompass a broad spectrum of new applications, spanning from next-generation, low-power-consumption data centers to a multitude of sensing applications for structural monitoring and medical diagnostics. Moreover, photonic circuits are playing an increasingly pivotal role in the aerospace industry, air quality monitoring, autonomous driving, and ultra-secure cryptography.
MantiSpectra, founded in 2020 as a spinoff from the Eindhoven University of Technology, specializes in commercializing Spectral Sensors capable of classifying and/or quantifying material composition using just near-Infrared light. Its core technology, ChipSense™, is based on high-performance detectors featuring selective wavelengths in the Near-infrared region (850 -1700 nm).
MicroAlign is developing a revolutionary alignment solution designed to optimally connect multiple optical fibers with photonic integrated chips. Historically, connecting optical fibers and photonic chips has been a meticulous and challenging operation. MicroAlign aims to alleviate these challenges by providing a micro-positioning stage capable of relaxing the stringent alignment tolerances involved. The technology seeks to optimize the quality of each optical fiber-to-chip connection — accommodating tens of optical fibers with sub-micrometer accuracy — utilizing a novel micro-electromechanical system. As a spin-off of the Eindhoven University of Technology, MicroAlign benefits from a cutting-edge scientific environment, enabling the development of assembly technology requisite for the next generation of optical devices.
PhotonFirst, a 2020 spin-off from Technobis, stands as one of the pioneers in the deep-tech domain of integrated photonics sensing, producing next-generation smart sensing applications. The company harbors the ambition to become an original module manufacturer of integrated photonics sensing systems.
Established in 2021 as a spin-off of ZEISS, Scantinel develops and produces solid-state FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) sensing technology, enabling detection of > 300 meters for mobility applications. FMCW technology is considered the successor to the current Time-of-Flight (ToF) LiDAR systems, which are more susceptible to weather and environmental conditions.
Founded in 2018, PhiX offers automated photonics assembly services for PIC-based components and modules in scalable production volumes. Serving as a one-stop-shop from design to volume production of PIC modules, PhiX accommodates the four major technology platforms: InP, Si, LiN, and SiN. Specializing in hybrid integration of chip-to-chip and fiber-to-chip modules, PHIX positions itself as the photonic equivalent of the Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) companies familiar in the electronics industry.
Brilliance manufactures the ultimate laser light engines for projection applications such as augmented reality (AR) glasses. By integrating red, green, and blue laser lights into the smallest, most efficient and easiest to integrate light engine module. Based on patented silicon-nitride based platform and laser integration and based on >20 years of integrated photonics experience, Brilliance offers technical superiority and allow high-quality low-cost volume production.
VitreaLab, emerging from the innovative ecosystem of the University of Vienna's Quantum Group, stands at the forefront of the display industry revolution with its groundbreaking laser technology. With its roots in Vienna, this ambitious spin-off is pioneering the future of visual displays, offering groundbreaking solutions that outpace current technologies. VitreaLab's mission is to redefine how we interact with displays in our daily lives, from medical and automotive applications to mobile devices. The company is poised to launch AR glasses optimized for outdoor use, ushering in a new standard for immersive experiences with lightweight VR goggles, and setting a new benchmark for display efficiency in various fields.
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