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Seed funding for SuperLight Photonics


University of Twente spin-off gets investment to develop wideband laser technology

SuperLight Photonics, a spin-off from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, has recently completed a seed investment round led by Dutch Deep Tech investor DeepTechXL in collaboration with Oost NL

SuperLight is developing a wideband laser that can serve as a 'light source' in various measurement and detection applications. The laser is based on patented technology developed by founder Haider Zia, previously a researcher at the University of Twente, specialising in integrated and nonlinear optics.

SuperLight Photonics can use colours in light to transmit information. This technology has numerous potential applications, such as creating 3D images of eyes for opticians or aiding dermatologists in detecting skin cancer. Beyond the medical sector, laser technology can be used, for example, to detect small cracks in oil or gas pipelines or to enhance optical safety sensors in smart cars, according to the company.

Haider Zia, CTO of SuperLight Photonics: "We are delighted with our two new investors, both active within the Dutch photonics ecosystem. Their deep knowledge and extensive networks, both nationally and internationally, are an invaluable addition. They support the continued development of new knowledge within our photonics applications, emphasising our commitment to technological advancement."

Ron Maurer, partner at DeepTechXL: "DeepTechXL is thrilled to invest in further developing SuperLight Photonics' platform technology and actively supporting CEO Cees Links and founder Haider Zia, in collaboration with Oost NL. The unique technology aligns with our goals of achieving societal objectives such as faster, more cost-effective data generation and disease detection. In the long run, it could also contribute to more energy-efficient data exchange."

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