ultralumina: an MPL start-up company
Recent breakthroughs at MPL in the generation of deep and vacuum ultraviolet light using gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fibres have created substantial interest from research institutes and high-tech companies in photonics, metrology and the semiconductor industry. In mid-2015, assisted by Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH (the technology transfer organization of the Max Planck Society), a small team in the Russell division, led by Dr Patrick Uebel, won substantial funding from the highly competitive EXIST-Forschungstransfer programme from the German government. This grant supports high-risk technology transfer projects based at universities and research institutes. Since November 2015, the core ultralumina team has been working on creating a test-bed for technology assessment, developing a business plan and seeking follow-up investment. The team is complemented by a laser development and an electrical engineer (Dr Sebastian Bauerschmidt and Christian Martens) and a business assistant (Sofia Trapper). The company ultralumina UG was founded in July 2016 in Erlangen and the founders appointed Hendrik Sabert to the CEO position. Dr. Sabert formerly held the CTO position at blazePhotonics Ltd.