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NEXPRESSO Photonics Project Kicked Off

The 3 year project is a collaboration between SMEs and researchers in order to advance developments in photonic components.


On 6 September 2010, the ‘NEXPRESSO’ Project was kicked-off in Paris, France. 


NEXPRESSO, which is an acronym for "Network for EXchange and PRototype Evaluation of photonicS componentS and Optical systems" is a 3-year project funded under the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission (FP7-ICT-2009.3.7: Photonics).


NEXPRESSO advances the highly successful ACCORD project to a new level of performance, by broadening cooperation between SMEs and researchers, and by development of sustainable funding for the initiative. ACCORD funded 12 projects, linking SMEs and university researchers to speed up time to market through targeted prototype development.


Further details are available on the ACCORD website  which can be accessed through NEXPRESSO website 

NEXPRESSO’s objectives are to:


• Purchase at marginal cost pre-competitive photonic devices from innovative European companies and put them in the hands of European researchers and students, at no net cost to the university or to the company that furnished the devices

• Invite European universities and end-users to propose components and R&D projects

• Facilitate transfer of device evaluation results to potential end-users, assisting companies to access new markets and new applications.

• Provide a detailed handbook and support to any funding authority who wishes to establish a similar program


Participation in NEXPRESSO is free of charge. All interested parties are asked to register their interest and hence to become a Member of the NEXPRESSO Project by visiting 


Partners so far involved in the project include

Imec, Scottish Optoelectronics Association, Hesso, EPIC, Multitel, Optics valley, PERFOS, Wroclaw University of Technology and Safran.
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