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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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