"ACTPHAST: Prototyping for SMEs" – Presented by Francis Berghmans, ACTPHAST/ VUB

ACTPHAST supports and accelerates the innovation capacity of European companies, with emphasis on small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), by providing them with direct access to the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities of Europe’s leading photonics research centres.

The 23 ACTPHAST partners provide a full spectrum of photonics technology platforms ranging from fibre optics and micro optics, to highly integrated photonic platforms, with capabilities extending from design through to full system prototyping.

Access to top-level experts and leading photonics technology platforms is realized through focused innovation projects executed in 6-9 month timeframes. ACTPHAST is expected to deliver a substantial increase in the revenues and employment numbers of the supported companies.

About Francis Berghmans

F. Berghmans received his Ph.D. in Applied Sciences in 1998 from the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium). He is now full professor at VUB and serves as vice-coordinator of ACTPHAST. F. Berghmans has more than 225 publications indexed by the Web of Science Core Collection. He is general co-chair of SPIE Photonics Europe 2016.

About Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels Photonics Team B-PHOT

The Brussels Photonics Team B-PHOT at VUB possesses a unique technology platform to support the micro-systems supply chain. With its micro-optical design platform, B-PHOT is currently among the world-leaders in optical modelling, optical characterization, low-cost rapid prototyping, and proof-of-concept demonstration of micro-optical modules and micro-photonic systems.

About ACTPHAST

ACTPHAST (Access Center for Photonics Innovation Solutions and Technology Support) is a unique “one-stop-shop” for supporting photonics innovation by European companies, which is financially supported by the European Commission under the FP7 framework (Grant Agreement No. 619205).

ACTPHAST supports and accelerates the innovation capacity of European companies by providing them with direct access to the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities of Europe’s leading photonics research centres (the ACTPHAST Partners), enabling companies to exploit the tremendous commercial potential of applied photonics. There are 23 research institutes who together make up the ACTPHAST Partners.

Together the ACTPHAST Partners provide a full spectrum of photonics technology platforms ranging from fibre optics and micro optics, to highly integrated photonic platforms, with capabilities extending from design through to full system prototyping.

ACTPHAST has been geographically configured to ensure all of Europe’s companies can avail of timely, cost-effective, and low risk photonics innovation support, and that the extensive range of capabilities within the consortium can impact across a wide range of industrial sectors and application domains, from communications to consumer-related products, and life sciences to industrial manufacturing.

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