Team & Values
PhotonFirst is building an amazing team of true professionals to support you develop, build and apply state-of-the-art integrated photonics sensing technology. Below you find their names and unique faces. Do you want to meet them in person? Let us know!
Oscar van Schijndel
Maurice van der Meer
Britt Teunissen van Manen
Paul van Wijk
Wessel van Haarlem
Thijs van Leest
Ramón van der Aar
Jorrit de Boer
Thomas van Els
Enabling these talented team members to deliver most value for our customers and continuously develop and stay ahead of their peers in the market, PhotonFirst is lead by a Board of three.
Technobis founder Pim Kat was the first to recognize the potential of integrated photonics sensing. 25 years ago he started Technobis and in 2006 he designed the first fiber optics interrogator and with that diversified into fiber optics sensing. He was probably the first who realized the potential of integrated photonics for sensing wavelength and phase and shifted the paradigm of sensing multiple decades in resolution, speed and number of sensors resulting in complete new markets and applications.
Ilko Bosman (1978) is the PhotonFirst CFO and leads the finance, legal and support functions. Before joining this exciting deeptech venture, he co-led the fast growth of a 3D metal printing scale-up to a global player. Before this, he has founded two more companies in the 3D printing space, after a start of his career in banking.
Ir Daan A.J. Kersten, MBA
Daan Kersten (1969) heads the PhotonFirst team and leads the commercial activities like marketing, product management and global sales. Before embarking on this journey in the deeptech field of integrated photonics sensing, he successfully founded, lead and scaled the world’s first dedicated OEM in industrial 3D metal printing equipment for advanced applications in aeronautics and space, high performance automotive (including Formula 1) and general machine building . Previously he executed various roles as strategy consultant, founder, managing director and CEO in the automotive, industrial subcontracting and high-tech industry.
Leendert-Jan Nijstad (1987) is responsible for day2day execution at PhotonFirst. He leads the project management and operations functions and chairs the Management Team. Before this entrepreneurial dive in the photonics world, he gained substantial experience in the Aerospace industry as Head of Operations for a major Tier-1 Landing Gear supplier - almost doubling that company in size. Previously he run a business line in Aerospace maintenance, led a merger of 2 US companies and setup project management functions at various business units.
The best way to characterize our team is through its values. We are passionate pioneers in integrated photonics sensing collaboratively shifting the paradigm of measuring strain, shape, temperature or pressure. We are persevering and determined to help our customers win in their end-markets with an open mind and friendly attitude.