Ones to Watch Report Series

The Ones to Watch series features select early-stage photonics businesses whose story singles them out as exciting, innovative and worthy of note. Optica corporate members, less than 5 years old, were interviewed to examine the organizations’ key technologies, funding overview, market opportunities, product roadmap and 5-year forecast. The reports also feature insight on why the company is worth watching and why the innovation sets this company apart. The case-study format of each profile invites you to consider parallels to be drawn by comparing your own circumstances. We hope the series stimulates ideas and generates discussion.


Neurescence is a biotechnology company which has created and commercialized Quartet - a miniature microscope for simultaneous, multi-region functional imaging of neuronal circuits.

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NUBURU develops blue laser technology. It has produced a high-power laser, consisting of gallium nitride semiconductor laser diodes, which operate in the blue wavelength, coupled to an optical fibre. This can be used in applications from energy storage to automotive electric vehicles to consumer electronics module manufacturing within smartphones, laptops, and desktops and ultimately even 3D printing.

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Integrated photonics for optical quantum computing: The company develops plug-and-play integrated and reconfigurable light-based quantum processors, based on silicon nitride waveguides, with the goal to ultimately produce a quantum computer that operates at room temperatures. This could make the technology more viable by reducing the cost associated with dilution refrigerators.

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Voyant Photonics

Chip-scale LiDar 3D sensing technology: Using silicon photonics technology, Voyant has created a solid-state LiDAR on-a-chip system with the capabilities of larger systems. This minimization will allow chip-scale LiDARs to be built into robotic fingers, drones, smartphones, AR glasses and more, opening up new applications and revenue possibilities.

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