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Invest in Photonics(R) organizers attest to material-based science technologies moving closer to mainstream commercial market adoption

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 luglio 2014

bordeauxInvest in Photonics, a two-day international business partnering convention focusing exclusively on photonics venture capital investment, takes place October 9 – 10, 2014, in Bordeaux, France.
With the needs for industry growth, job creation and other societal and environmental challenges, event organizers are keen to point the investment community towards the new technological advances that will bring them fast returns. New advances in photonics, a technology that uses light to run devices and transmit data, is in the process of revolutionizing healthcare, transforming computing and manufacturing as well as addressing challenges in energy-efficiency with intelligent light management systems. “Photonics is finally getting closer to the consumer,” said Thierry Thevenin, head of the Invest in Photonics organizing committee. “Beyond broadband access, smartphones and tablets or laser eye surgery, people will start to see more photonics-based diagnostics equipment used to treat age and life-style related diseases. Among key developments on the rise are wearable computing and intelligent lighting. One of the main issues we’ll be addressing at this year’s event will be how to invest correctly in R&D to pursue the various applications that will impact our lives and transform society. At Invest in Photonics, influential global players provide those insights that participants can turn into profitable and saleable ventures.” Arch Venture Partners is an international investment firm based in the US that finances entrepreneurs developing disruptive technologies. Mr. Thurk will take part in the VC roundtable at the event.
The Internet of Things (IoT), where any natural or man-made object – from your refrigerator to a heart monitoring implant – can be assigned an IP address and have the ability to transfer data over a network, is seen as one of the next major market opportunities driven by photonics. It is a market high on the Invest in Photonics agenda. It is expected to reach USD 70bn by 2018 (source: ‘Technologies and Sensors for the Internet of Things’ report, Yole Developpement, June 2014). This signals big exit values for venture capitalists.
Photonics-based diagnostics equipment are table-top machines that will provide diagnostics directly from the hospital to the doctor’s office. Diagnostics will be complemented by ‘lab on chip’ biosensors that are non-invasive, light-based and ultra-sensitive. As the cost of diagnostics drops considerably, so its market adoption will increase.
Invest in Photonics(R) is the only European partnering convention focused exclusively on leading investments in photonics. 2014 will see the fourth Invest in Photonics, the biennial event where investors are presented with the most innovative, credible and profitable business ventures in photonics. The two-day event creates strategic investment opportunities by bringing together at a single venue institutional investors and venture capitalists with the world’s experts on photonics, industry leaders, analysts and photonics entrepreneurs. Early stage companies seeking seed funding, development and later stage financing can successfully network with qualified international panels of investors and potential partners to further business projects. Featuring recognized speakers from world leading companies, Invest in Photonics’ conferences provide the highest quality data on market trends and engage participants in informational exchanges on photonics developments.
The event, jointly organized by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce, ALPhA (Aquitaine Laser Photonics and Applications) technology cluster and CEA, the largest government-funded technological research organization in France, takes place in Bordeaux, France, host of the Laser Megajoule. The region is recognized as a center for photonics.

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