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10 Dec 20
UbiQD lands $7M to scale nanomaterial ‘light recipes’ for crop growth

New Mexico firm targets greenhouses with sunlight-manipulation technology.

09 Dec 20
Phononic and Fabrinet partner to ramp production of thermoelectrics

Optical component manufacturer and solid-state innovator work together to meet “explosive” comms market demand.

08 Dec 20
Nuburu raises $20M in series B round

Developer of blue industrial lasers to beef up its presence in markets including 3D printing and electric vehicles.

04 Dec 20
Luna Innovations acquires sensing firm OptaSense for $40M

Combination is expected to transform Luna into a major distributed optical fiber sensing systems developer.

03 Dec 20
Luminar lands $600M in Nasdaq listing

Automotive lidar company starts trading under ‘LAZR’ ticker symbol following shareholder approval of reverse merger deal.

24 Nov 20
Optical systems design wins boost Jenoptik order book

Biophotonics applications including robotic surgery and point-of-care Covid-19 tests expected to add €9 million to annual sales.

23 Nov 20
M-Squared refinances with state support

New Scottish National Investment Bank acquires an interest in the laser firm.

17 Nov 20
Hitachi snaps up Valencia spin-out VLC for integrated photonics expertise

VLC Photonics offers fabless development services for PICs across numerous sectors, including telecom, lidar, and sensing.

12 Nov 20
Ayar Labs wins $35M in Series B Funding – and new backers

As interest in optical I/O grows, Applied Ventures, Castor Ventures, Downing Ventures, and SGInnovate join Ayar's existing investors.

11 Nov 20
nLight grows footprint as record quarterly sales beat expectations

6 kW fiber lasers power industrial sales growth; Nutronics acquisition boosts defense side.

11 Nov 20
Coherent sharpens focus as bookings bounce back

Laser firm reports strong momentum in displays and research sectors; to acquire EOT for directed energy weapons components.

05 Nov 20
Margins up at II-VI as 3D sensing demand proliferates

Pre-tax earnings rise at what is now one of the world’s largest optics and photonics companies.

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