SMEs and start-ups

Five start-ups were established with MUST PIs actively involved:
  1. Plair SA (Jean-Pierre Wolf), started in November 2013, develops all-optical real-time detector of atmospheric particulate matter, allergens and pollutants. Plair SA CEO won the international 2016 Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI) Award for best engineer.
  2. AME GmbH (Thomas Feurer), established in December 2014 for the 3D-printing of optical components used in THz setups. AME GmbH won the Bern Business Creation Competition on March 5, 2015 (see news items).
  3. SThAR (Jiri Vanicek) was established in 2014. They were motivated by their analysis of the coupling between vibrational motions in many-dimensional systems upon excitation via a laser field. The company will apply similar strategies to solving problems of complex dynamical networks in everyday life, such as smart power grids, telephone networks, etc.
  4. Aekip SA (Jacques Moser), founded in 2015. In collaboration with the group of Prof. Jacques Moser in EPFL and with support of the industrial project program in NCCR MUST, Aekip develops a compact prototype for THz endoscopy, in order to perform THz imaging and spectroscopy in vivo. The system will be applied for cancer detection in hollow organs and in live tissues during surgery. See also: Aekip Presentation.
  5. IONIGHT (Thomas Feurer), was founded in November 2013 to provide high-end Laser Ablation/Ionization Mass Spectrometers (LIMS) for industrial applications. It was supported by CTI, BaseCamp4HighTech and the Volkswirtschaft Stiftung. It is no longer active.
Several start-ups or SMEs were supported through projects with NCCR MUST PIs:
  1. Tibio sagl (with Jean-Pierre Wolf through IPP LAWC)
  2. Thin Film Physics AG (with Thomas Südmeyer through IPP Ultrafast-UV)
  3. Zurich Instruments (with Ursula Keller through IPP CEOStab)
  4. OneFive (with Thomas Feurer through the "Strong Franc" project Two-Pulse)
  5. Rainbow Photonics (with associate PI Christoph Hauri through the "Strong Franc" project High-Power)
  6. Bystronic (with Thomas Feurer through a project to develop a virtual laser machining tool)
  7. ARCoptix (with associate PI Steve Lecomte at CSEM)
In addition, current or former NCCR MUST PIs were involved in the development of 8 start-ups on topics not directly linked to the NCCR MUST:
  1. Time Bandwidth Products (Ursula Keller), acquired by JDSU in January 2014 (news item), the photonics division of which is now (since October 2015) the independent company Lumentum
  2. Adlares (Jean-Pierre Wolf)
  3. Dectris (PSI)
  4. Diagnoswiss (Hubert Girault)
  5. Edel for life (Hubert Girault), formerly Edeltherapeutics
  6. kspace.ch (Jürg Osterwalder)
  7. Heptares (Gebhard Schertler)
  8. PHASETECH (Peter Hamm)
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