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Pilot Photonics

Pilot Photonics creates innovative laser products that have achieved tier1 partner validation and created a significant opportunity in the $13bn laser market

  • Stage $500K in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Semiconductors
  • Location Dublin, Ireland
  • Currency EUR
  • Founded August 2011
  • Employees 8
  • Incorporation Type LLC
  • Website pilotphotonics.com

Company Summary

With the combination of its comb laser IP and its Photonic Integration capability, Pilot Photonics has developed the world’s smallest, and most versatile optical comb laser, creating a significant business opportunity in the $13bn laser market. Global corporations across multiple industries are engaging us to access our innovative products, which we monetise through the license of chip designs, and sale of photonic chips.


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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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    Co-founder and CEO

    PhD from Dublin City University in 2009;
    Scholarship position at Bell Labs, Crawford Hill, New Jersey;
    Research Fellowship at Dublin City University;
    Co-founded Pilot Photonics in 2011;
    Raised more that €2m in investment and funding to develop the company's innovative products.
    Co-founded the CONNECT Centre for Future Networks in Trinity College Dublin securing €50m in funding;
    >80 papers published; expert reviewer for European Commission

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    Jules Braddell
    VP of Engineering

    Graduated from Dublin City University in 1987;
    Research Officer in Tyndall National Institute for 8 years;
    CTO and engineering director in a number of university spin-outs commercialising Tyndall research including CorkOpt and Plasma Ireland; Principal inventor and researcher for Phoseon Technology, Portland USA; Held senior roles in Helia Photonics, Scotland, and Andor Technology, Belfast;
    Holds 4 granted worldwide patents

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    VP of Corporate Development, Marketing and Sales

    Expertise in global sales, marketing, business development and operations for both public and early stage private companies;
    CEO of Thoroughbred Capital and WorkHorse Capital;
    Board Member for Sunora Foods and LeoNovus;
    Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Operations of Enablence Technologies Inc.
    Head of Marketing for Iridian Spectral Technologies which was acquired by JDS Uniphase.


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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
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    Niall Olden