Lausanne, Switzerland -May 16, 2019
PHOTONICS CIRCUIT COMPANY LIGENTEC STRENGTHENS BOARD WITH EXPERIENCED PHOTONICS & SENSORS EXECUTIVE
Thomas Hessler joins LIGENTEC Board of Directors
LIGENTEC, supplier of photonic integrated chips and chip-based components announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Hessler as a new member to the Board of Directors.
“His leadership skills and insights are to be put to good use to support the next stage of growth for LIGENTEC. Thomas brings with him his holistic approach and hands on knowledge, built over years of experience, growing a company, along with an extensive network of professionals and makers. Access to both, knowledge and network, is setting LIGENTEC up for success.“, said Dr. Michael Zervas, co-founder of LIGENTEC.
“Thomas is a very valuable addition to our company in several aspects: He does not only bring his knowledge of the Swiss ecosystem and his worldwide connections to key market players, but also understands the technology and its potential to open new market areas that still have to be developed.’’ adds Dr. Michael Geiselmann, co-founder of LIGENTEC.
Dr. Thomas Hessler brings over 20 years of experience in executive management in the high-tech B2B environment, namely photonics and sensor. After obtaining his PhD in applied optics, he started a corporate venture, leading to Axetris AG, and developed the company to a market leader for micro-optics, optical gas sensing components and specialty MEMS foundry services with applications in the automotive, medical, analytical and industrial space.
“LIGENTEC’s groundbreaking all-nitride-core technology combines low propagation loss with small device structures,” says Dr. Hessler, “it offers the best of two worlds compared to conventional photonic integration technologies. Its possibility to be integrated easily with fibers and active functionalities will be key to achieve success in many PIC applications such as datacom, space, LiDAR and sensing. I’m excited to join this great entrepreneurial team at LIGENTEC.”
LIGENTEC manufactures Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for customers in high-tech areas such as datacom, quantum technologies, space, LiDAR and sensing. LIGENTEC commercializes the all-nitride-core technology, through which it enables customers to develop their products in the industrial revolution 4.0. Photonic integration enables to downsize optical components onto a chip, making optical operations much more power efficient at a miniaturized footprint and brings the scaling in volume and price.