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Pilot Photonics

Pilot Photonics develops hardware which enables the internet to continue to grow and meet the ever increasing demand for bandwidth.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Telecommunications
  • Location Dublin, Ireland
  • Currency EUR
  • Founded August 2011
  • Employees 3
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Company Summary

Pilot Photonics Ltd has licensed and developed a new class of laser, known as an optical comb, which is essential for the next generation of fiber optic networks to continue to support the explosive growth in demand for bandwidth. We sell our comb sources to network equipment manufacturers like Cisco and Ericsson and empower them to maximize the bandwidth of their systems.


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    Stan Lumish

    Respected leader of the optoelectronics community.
    Various senior positions in telecoms multinationals specialising in technology management incl running a $100M optical technologies business
    CTO of JDSU (~$2bn market cap) (2005 - 2008),
    Senior VP of JDSU (2004 – 2005), Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Labs (1982-1999).
    External advisory board member for Tyndall Institute.

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    Frank Smyth

    Graduated with a PhD from Dublin City University in 2009.
    Carried out pioneering research on novel tunable lasers and optical switching systems.
    Held roles at Bell Laboratories, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS) before founding Pilot Photonics.
    Raised a €300k pre-seed funding round.
    Published more than 50 research publications.
    Two patents pending.
    Expert reviewer for the European Commission and the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology.


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    Mason, Hayes and Curran
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    Grant Thornton

Previous Investors

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    Enterprise Ireland
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    AIB Seed Capital Fund/Dublin Business Innovation Centre