SEPTEMBER 12th 2022
Global energy leader GE and PhotonFirst enter into partnership for development of transformer monitoring solutions
With a signing ceremony on the premises of GE’s Grid Solutions in Lisburn, GE and PhotonFirst announced a strategic technology collaboration. As the energy transition accelerates, reliability and optimization of key grid assets such as power and network transformers are critical, with real-time monitoring increasingly important to create smarter and safer grids. Fiber optical sensing based on integrated photonics offers exciting new opportunities to monitor the performance of transformers in a scalable, low-cost, robust and intelligent way. GE’s Grid Solutions Monitoring & Diagnostics group has selected PhotonFirst as it’s preferred partner for development and supply of smart transformer monitoring systems. Jointly, the parties have the ambition to develop easy to deploy greenfield and brownfield solutions, fully integrating with GE’s advanced asset monitoring software solutions.
August 19th 2022
PhotonFirst appoints Rogier Vos CCO
After a successful rebranding to PhotonFirst in 2020, the company created a solid foundation for growth and exceeded their plan in the first year. As global pioneer in chip based sensing solutions, in 2021 the company launched its Modular Photonics platform, completed its leadership, further expanded the team and attracted EUR 11M in growth funding from main shareholder Active Capital Company and PhotonDelta. As the company has now been prepared for its next stage, Daan Kersten and Ilko Bosman have decided to hand-over their responsibilities to the colleagues in the PhotonFirst Board. Leendert-Jan Nijstad, COO of PhotonFirst steps up to become co-CEO with sales director Rogier Vos who is taking on the role as CCO/CEO. Nick Singh remains as CTO responsible for the complete technology and product portfolio.
February 17th 2022
PhotonFirst appoints Nick Singh CTO
Dutch photonics scale-up PhotonFirst has appointed Fiji born, Toulouse educated, and Bristol based Nick Singh (1970) its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to succeed Founder and CTO Pim Kat who retired in December. Nick brings over 25 years of experience and track record of consistently delivering innovative and commercially successful new technology products and services to customers in the UK, Europe, China, South Korea and the USA. Nick is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) with a PhD in Plasma Physics from University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (F). He gained extensive expertise is in multidisciplinary engineering and new product introduction in high-tech market segments like semiconductors, photonics, flexible electronics, analytical instrumentation, water and energy. Nick has worked internationally with very talented and diverse teams based in Europe, the US and Asia for companies like Scienta Scientific and Oxford Instruments.
January 25th 2022
PhotonFirst launches Modular Photonics platform for advanced sensing
At the opening of SPIE Photonics West, the world’s largest conference and tradeshow on lasers, optics and optoelectronics, PhotonFirst launched Modular Photonics. With this new integrated photonics sensing platform, the application engineers of PhotonFirst are able to configure a dedicated sensing solution for each customer without developing the photonics system completely from scratch. With a targeted application time of only one week compared to the multiple months to a year it takes now, PhotonFirst reduces the lead-time greatly. This allows customers to start measuring and generating data almost instantly. Since the modular building blocks are standardized, PhotonFirst has cracked the code and developed a solution where the traditional trade-off between performance, flexibility, scalability and cost no longer exists. The Modular Photonics platform is easily configured like using LEGO® bricks. With a wide range of combinations, this covers the vast majority of customer requirements and lowers the threshold of using integrated photonics for measurement and data generation substantially.
December 16th 2021
PhotonFirst founder Pim Kat receives royal decoration
On his retirement, Pim Kat, founder of PhotonFirst and pioneer in integrated photonics sensing was presented the insignia belonging to the Royal Honour of Officer Orange-Nassau by Deputy Mayor Jasper Nieuwenhuizen of Langedijk on behalf His Majesty Willem Alexander The King of the Netherlands. Over the last 15 years, Pim Kat has spent an enormous amount of time, money, energy, brain- and willpower to design, develop, build, test and apply integrated photonics in a wide range of applications and demonstrators. With this, he has not only created innovation leading company PhotonFirst (previously Technobis IPS) but also laid the groundwork for the photonics sensing market at large.
December 2nd 2021
PhotonFirst successfully closes 11M Series A funding
PhotonFirst International, a leading pioneer in integrated photonics sensing solutions for advanced applications, announced to have successfully closed its Series A funding. Jointly, their largest shareholder, Amsterdam based private equity firm Active Capital Company, and new investor PhotonDelta have jointly committed 11 million Euro to fund the 5-year business plan of the company. Simultaneously, Board members Ilko Bosman (CFO) and Daan Kersten (CEO) have co-invested and the entire PhotonFirst team will participate through a phantom stock program. The majority of the investment will be used for next generation technology & product development and expansion of the commercial footprint worldwide. The deeptech company plans for an IPO in 2025 as global innovation leader based on its 15-year heritage in integrated photonics.
January 1st 2021
Technobis' integrated photonics activities become PhotonFirst
To enable fast and focused growth, the integrated photonics sensing activities of Technobis will change their name to PhotonFirst and operate independently from its ‘mothership’ Technobis Group as of January 1st. Daan Kersten will be heading PhotonFirst as its first CEO. As he announced when he joined the team three months ago, the photonics activities will be expanded aggressively, both in scope and size, as well as geographically. Besides the renowned interrogator systems, PhotonFirst will expand its value chain position to include sensors and application development, essential to be able to offer end-to- end solutions to its worldwide customer base. The company will continue to focus on demanding end markets like aerospace, medical, mobility and high-tech equipment, where innovation is key to stay in the lead.
Alkmaar, October 1st 2020
Daan Kersten to carve-out and scale Technobis’ integrated photonics activities to service global markets
Technobis Group has engaged Daan Kersten to build a leading company in the field of integrated photonics sensing based on the unique proprietary technology that has been developed over the last eighteen years by pioneer and founder Pim Kat and his team. The leading team of technology experts has developed a portfolio of solutions and comprehensive roadmap, ready to be applied to a large variety of applications in demanding industries like Aerospace, Medical, Mobility and Energy worldwide. Integrated photonics sensing is a rapidly developing technology, substituting conventional sensing technologies with factor 10,000x in frequency, number of sensing points & resolution (accuracy) and at least ten time less weight, with very low power usage.