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Jenoptik opens new medical tech plant in Berlin

26 Jun 2023

More than 100 employees will develop and manufacture medical-photonics systems.

Diversified photonics group Jenoptik has announced the completion of its new site in Berlin, Germany. In the new production facilities, more than 100 workers will develop and manufacture optical components and systems for dentistry, such as intraoral scanners, and robot-assisted surgery.

Since the start of 2023, Jenoptik has invested around 20 million euros in the new site in the Berlin district of Treptow-Köpenick. The workspace includes more than 1,000 sqm of clean rooms and around 600 sqm for logistics as well as office and recreation rooms. An additional 600 sqm is in reserve for future growth.

Dr. Stefan Traeger, President & CEO, commented, “The life science & medical technology market, along with semiconductor & electronics and smart mobility, is one of the three photonics core markets on which we are focusing Jenoptik’s future growth. Our colleagues in Berlin, who have continued to drive the business and expand it, have completed the new project in a short time and under challenging conditions.”

Jenoptik considers Berlin to be an important location for its medical technology business. In November 2021, the company acquired Berlin-based BG Medical, significantly strengthening its business.

BG has been operating under the Jenoptik brand since the beginning of 2022 and has been integrated into Jenoptik’s Advanced Photonic Solutions division. With its portfolio covering 3D imaging, laser and dental systems and visualization technologies for robot-assisted surgery, it now represents a significant part of the Jenoptik Group’s medical technology business.

Life science opportunities

Jenoptik’s focus in Berlin is on light sources and imaging systems for analytical applications in the life science sector (DNA sequencing, cell imaging, tissue and blood analysis) and diagnostic applications in medical technology.

In addition, laser-based solutions for therapeutic applications are developed in the medical technology area, for example disk lasers for ophthalmology, diode lasers for aesthetic applications, systems for dentistry as well as minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. Jenoptik now has around 200 employees in Berlin.

Semiconductor laser diodes, which are used as the core element of diode lasers in medical applications as well as in materials processing and metrology, are also manufactured in Berlin – at the Jenoptik fab in Berlin’s Adlershof Science and Technology Park in the close vicinity of the new site that has now been completed.

With the acquisition of optical metrology specialist Trioptics, headquartered in Wedel near Hamburg, the Jenoptik Group added another Berlin location also in Adlershof in 2020.

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