LZH scientist founds FiberBridge Photonics to make custom fiber components

Created July 14, 2017
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On June 14th, 2017, Dr.-Ing. Thomas Theeg, a scientist at the Laser Zentrum Hannover founded the 18th spin-off company of the research institute. Specialising in custom glass fiber components, fiber modules and manufacturing systems for these components, the FiberBridge Photonics company will provide customers from research, production, telecommunications and medical technology with individualized products.

In March 2016, the business idea was awarded at the StartUp-Impuls ideas competition organised by Sparkasse Hannover bank and the hannoverimpuls firm in the “Going Global” category. Furthermore, in November 2016, scientists of the LZH received funding through the EXIST research transfer program of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.

“With this support we were able to further develop our research findings for the foundation of the company. Startups like ours, which require extensive development works in preparation of the foundation, would not be possible without this funding”, says CEO Dr. Theeg.

Before, the FiberBridge Photonics team had been working in the Laser Development Department of the LZH for ten years, and collected extensive competences and experiences in the field of glass fiber components and fiber-based laser systems.

“We encourage our employees to develop business ideas, and offer startups the opportunity to test their business model here while keeping the investment costs at a low level before they leave the LZH at some point”, explains Dr. Dietmar Kracht, Executive Director of the LZH, the entrepreneurial culture at the institute. Prior to FiberBridge, 17 spin-off companies of the institute had already been established in the Hannover region, and created about 500 jobs.

In their search for financing options and in preparing the EXIST proposal, the LZH scientists were supported by hannoverimpuls. The business development agency of the city and region of Hannover is dedicated to strengthening Hannover as a business through transferring innovations from science.

Glass fiber components
The FiberBridge Photonics team will now enter the world market with an innovative and competitive product portfolio. The optical properties of their glass fiber components and fiber modules, which are manufactured semi-automated using CO2 laser radiation, match perfectly because all products come from a single source.

Customers can select for example individual wavelength and fiber types, and, moreover, can flexibly combine various components. Both small, medium and large production volumes are available, with a high reproducibility.

Contact via www.fiberbridge-photonics.com

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.