LUXeXcel Group, inventors of a process called Printoptical Technology for 3D printed lenses and optics components has announced the appointment of Professor Jyrki Saarinen as a Member of its Supervisory Board. Professor Saarinen is no less than the executive director of the European Optical Society. He also serves at the University of Eastern Finland and is the founder of Heptagon Advanced Micro-Optics: the market leader in wafer-level fabricated micro optics.
Prof. Jyrki Saarinen is enthusiastic about LUXeXceL’s 3D printing process: “I believe that the unique LUXeXceL technology provides the optics and photonics industries virtually unlimited opportunities. The process allows designers to think out of the box whilst developing new optical components and functions for our future generation of products. I am proud to join the highly skilled team at LUXeXceL and am looking forward to support them with my experience.”
The senior appointment of Saarinen is a key strategic business move for Netherlands-headquartered LUXeXcel Group, bringing a high level of academic prowess and additional experienced business acumen to the Board. Indeed, as the executive director of the European Optical Society Professor Jyrki Saarinen brings further notability and gravitas to the company at a public level.
Richard van de Vrie, LUXeXceL’s President and Founder, stated his excitement: “The addition of Prof. Jyrki Saarinen states that the digitisation of optics manufacturing has started. I am convinced that the expertise and experience of such a recognised scientist will become instrumental in the fast, ongoing development of LUXeXceL.”
Eddy De Herdt, Chairman of LUXeXceL’s Supervisory Board concluded: “With Jyrki on board we are strengthening our team with a highly recognised entrepreneurial optics scientist. Unanimously the team is looking forward to working with him!”
Such appointments may draw additional funding from existing and new investors — the company is already supported by a number of strategic investors such as Chrysalix Set, Munich Venture Partners and Turnstone Capital. What will the next move be for this innovator of 3D Printed optics?