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Trends of the European photonics in a more global supply chain

04 October 2021 10:00 - 12:00

Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC -05:00)

The optics and photonics industry is global, with companies commonly headquartered in one continent, manufacturing in another, and selling to a customer in another. They also compete globally, even often buying or selling to their competitors. The conventional wisdom is that fair global competition is good in the long run for both specific companies and the industry overall. But while companies want to compete in foreign markets, they aren’t eager to invite competition to their markets. Moreover, a global industry also means that not only do products cross borders, but capital crosses borders too. International mergers and acquisitions can create exits for investors, but a loss of control, possibly a loss of jobs. How can companies protect vulnerable supply chains? How do government trade agencies balance these competing interests? Hear what our panelists have to say from different perspectives and join the discussion.

Held with Photonics Days Berlin Brandenburg 2021:


Tom Hausken, Senior Advisor, Optica
Claus Roll, European Director, Optica


John DexheimerJohn Dexheimer, President, LightWave Advisors

John Dexheimer is President of LightWave Advisors, Inc. He has assisted in funding, M&A, and partnering for over 100 firms, ranging from small firms up to several valued at over $1 billion. Since 1995 he has been extensively involved in the photonics sector.  He managed the IPO of Uniphase (now Lumentum and Viavi), lead investments in several OE component and systems firms, and recently was a board member/advisor to Princeton Lightwave which was acquired by Ford-Argo in 2017 for its leading edge solutions for advanced LIDAR.  He has been a partner in several venture capital funds and an advisor to portfolio firms for numerous investors and companies. He has held executive roles in startups and mature firms in addition to serving on Boards of public and private firms. He was on the Board of OIDA for over a decade and is currently an industry advisory member of  an NSF ERC at Boston University.  He earned an MBA from Harvard University and a B.S. from the University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering where he is on the Advisory Board.

Ruth HoubertzRuth Houbertz, Founder & Managing Director, ThinkMade Engineering & Consulting

Physicist. ThinkMade Engineering & Consulting. Board of Managing Directors, Founder, and Initiator of Society6.0 – Movement for People and Environment eG i.Gr. Innovation Manager at SprinD. Sold Multiphoton Optics in an M&A deal in 3-2021, President & Founder of Multiphoton Optics GmbH, formerly Multiphoton Optics’ CEO and CTO. Different technical and management positions in Technology Development and Materials at Fraunhofer ISC. Invited Scientist at Sandia Nat.’l Labs in Livermore, USA. Staff Scientist at Saarland University. Founder & Shareholder of NanoView Oberflächenanalytik & Consulting GmbH. PhD on Silicon Processing. Passionate entrepreneur. Solid technology and business background. Invented more than 120 patents. Evaluator, monitor, panelist, keynote speaker, referee, editor. More than 19 Awards and Nominations, e.g. Winner of Best of Industry 2018, Cowin of Entrepreneurship 2014, SPIE Green Photonics 2013, Fraunhofer 2007. SPIE Fellow. Senator of Economy Europe. Elected Member of SPIE Board of Directors (1/2021–). Member of the Board of EUTECH Advanced Manufacturing Council. 

Sven Kiontke, CEO, asphericonSven Kiontke

Sven R. Kiontke has 25+ years of experience in Research&Development, Manufacturing and Management in the field of aspherics and optics. He is one of the founders of asphericon in Jena/Germany and currently holds the position as Managing Director. In addition, Sven Kiontke is a leading member of the ISO and DIN-committee´s for aspherical optics and contributing to the development of the new ISO-Standards for aspherics. 
His experience includes building up the manufacturing of aspherical components at asphericon, including good manufacturing practices (GMP), ISO 9000 certification and introducing new manufacturing and measuring technologies. Based on this experience he holds various patents and has published numerous papers and articles. 


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