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IMRA and Crystal Fibre sign license agreement for fibre development

23 Jan 2009

Ann Arbor, US, and Birkerod, Denmark, January 23, 2009 - IMRA America, Inc. (IMRA), a world leader in the research, development, manufacturing and application of ultrafast fibre lasers, and Crystal Fibre A/S - part of NKT Photonics, a world leader in the design and manufacture of specialty fibre for industrial and scientific markets, have signed a license agreement for IMRA fibre technology.

The technology enables Crystal Fibre to further expand its product offerings in the field of fibres and fibre components.

In the agreement, IMRA licenses and provides CRYSTAL FIBRE with the freedom to use a large portfolio of IMRA patents related to fibre components and lasers. IMRA is also open to licensing users of CRYSTAL FIBRE products seeking to develop and market multimode fibre lasers with single mode output as described in the key IMRA patent, US 5,818,630.

Mr. Jakob Skov, CEO of Crystal Fibre: "We are a world-class leader in large mode area fibres for high power laser systems and this license agreement with IMRA allows us to provide simple interfacing from standard industrial components to single-mode photonic crystal fibre technology. To our customers, this agreement means that they now have access to fully fibre integrated systems operating at high power with unprecedented beam quality and stability, thereby supporting their need for robust industrial solutions."

Mr. Takashi Omitsu, President of IMRA, added: "Over the past 15 years, IMRA has made an enormous investment in fibre amplifier and fibre laser research, leading the industry in developing the technology required for generation and amplification of very short laser light pulses with excellent beam quality. As the international fibre laser community recognizes the importance of intellectual property licensing, IMRA is continuing to advance the state of this art for the benefit of both manufacturers and users of fibre products. We welcome CRYSTAL FIBRE, a key member of this community, as an IMRA licensee."

About IMRA America, Inc.:

Founded in 1990, IMRA America, Inc., headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., is a global-acting company dedicated to being the leader in the development of ultrafast fibre laser technologies for commercial applications. IMRA turnkey fibre lasers with their compact size, high stability and maintenance-free operation, are ideal optical pulse sources for: material processing, semiconductor inspection and repair, homeland security, instrumentation, medical diagnostics and therapy, and telecommunications. They are based on IMRA proprietary fibre oscillator, fibre amplifier, and advanced pulse compressor technologies, documented in over 70 U.S. patents and patent applications and many more worldwide. In addition to delivering innovation through its products, IMRA America offers its technologies through patent and technology licensing. For information, visit www.imra.com.

About CRYSTAL FIBRE A/S - part of NKT Photonics:

Crystal Fibre is a manufacturer of specialty optical fibres and fibre based laser components enabling production of very high intensity fibre lasers. Headquartered in Birkerod, Denmark and with a sales office in New Jersey USA, Crystal Fibre has been operating since 2000 where they are a part of NKT Photonics. Crystal Fibre sells its OEM products globally to industrial fibre laser manufacturers as well as to large number of distinguished universities and research institutes. For more information please visit www.crystalfibre.com

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