Ardesta Launches Translume, Inc., An Optical Components Start-Up Company

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ardesta LLC

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Ardesta LLC has launched a start-up company, Translume, Inc., to focus on
 optical components for the telecommunications industry.
     Using ultrafast femtolaser technology originally developed at the
 University of Michigan, Translume writes three-dimensional waveguides and
 machines other optical features inside or on the surface of glass materials.
 The result is an unmatched level of integration and manufacturability.
     Translume's team will be led by Dr. Philippe Bado, who will serve as chief
 science officer.  He will be based in Ann Arbor, MI.
     Having spent the last 20 years researching ultrafast lasers, Dr. Bado was
 formerly vice president for technology at Clark-MXR, Inc. in Dexter, Michigan.
 He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a master's degree in chemistry from
 the University of California, San Diego.  A Swiss native, Bado has written
 dozens of articles on optics and micromachining and holds one French and three
 U.S. patents.
     Three additional scientists will also be joining Translume:  Dr. Mark
 Dugan, Dr. Ali Said and Dr. Tom Sosnowski.
     "Present optical fabrication methods fail," Bado said.  "Translume solves
 these problems by writing waveguides inside bulk glass with a focused beam of
 light as its tool bit.  The result is a prescribed pattern guided by a
 computer.  This accurate 'direct write' method will make us the supplier of
 choice of components and subsystems for the all-optical network of the
 future."
     "Everyone is demanding increased bandwidth and the market for optical
 telecommunications components is surging.  We see Translume as the perfect
 company to lead the dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) components
 market that is expected to grow by 50% annually," Rick Snyder, Ardesta CEO
 said.
     "Today's great research universities understand that commercialization of
 innovative technology is key if the public is going to benefit from the
 outstanding research that they do.  Technology developed by U-M engineers
 will, through several CUOS (Center for Ultrafast Optical Science) corporate
 relationships, four CUOS spinoff companies and Ardesta, correct vision
 problems, make manufacturing more efficient and expedite communication.  We
 are excited that our legacy continues with today's Translume announcement,"
 Stephen W. Director, dean of the University of Michigan's Engineering School
 said.
 
     About Ardesta LLC
     Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ardesta is dedicated to the development of
 the microsystems industry.  The company invests in start-ups and early stage
 companies; provides business and technical resources to support these
 companies; and develops industry-building resources such as publications, web
 sites and trade shows.  Other investments in Ardesta's network of companies
 include Sensicore of Ann Arbor, MI; Micronics of Redmond, WA; Ion Optics of
 Waltham, MA and HandyLab of Ann Arbor, MI.  The company's Web site is
 www.ardesta.com
 
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    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Ardesta LLC has launched a start-up company, Translume, Inc., to focus on
 optical components for the telecommunications industry.
     Using ultrafast femtolaser technology originally developed at the
 University of Michigan, Translume writes three-dimensional waveguides and
 machines other optical features inside or on the surface of glass materials.
 The result is an unmatched level of integration and manufacturability.
     Translume's team will be led by Dr. Philippe Bado, who will serve as chief
 science officer.  He will be based in Ann Arbor, MI.
     Having spent the last 20 years researching ultrafast lasers, Dr. Bado was
 formerly vice president for technology at Clark-MXR, Inc. in Dexter, Michigan.
 He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a master's degree in chemistry from
 the University of California, San Diego.  A Swiss native, Bado has written
 dozens of articles on optics and micromachining and holds one French and three
 U.S. patents.
     Three additional scientists will also be joining Translume:  Dr. Mark
 Dugan, Dr. Ali Said and Dr. Tom Sosnowski.
     "Present optical fabrication methods fail," Bado said.  "Translume solves
 these problems by writing waveguides inside bulk glass with a focused beam of
 light as its tool bit.  The result is a prescribed pattern guided by a
 computer.  This accurate 'direct write' method will make us the supplier of
 choice of components and subsystems for the all-optical network of the
 future."
     "Everyone is demanding increased bandwidth and the market for optical
 telecommunications components is surging.  We see Translume as the perfect
 company to lead the dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) components
 market that is expected to grow by 50% annually," Rick Snyder, Ardesta CEO
 said.
     "Today's great research universities understand that commercialization of
 innovative technology is key if the public is going to benefit from the
 outstanding research that they do.  Technology developed by U-M engineers
 will, through several CUOS (Center for Ultrafast Optical Science) corporate
 relationships, four CUOS spinoff companies and Ardesta, correct vision
 problems, make manufacturing more efficient and expedite communication.  We
 are excited that our legacy continues with today's Translume announcement,"
 Stephen W. Director, dean of the University of Michigan's Engineering School
 said.
 
     About Ardesta LLC
     Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ardesta is dedicated to the development of
 the microsystems industry.  The company invests in start-ups and early stage
 companies; provides business and technical resources to support these
 companies; and develops industry-building resources such as publications, web
 sites and trade shows.  Other investments in Ardesta's network of companies
 include Sensicore of Ann Arbor, MI; Micronics of Redmond, WA; Ion Optics of
 Waltham, MA and HandyLab of Ann Arbor, MI.  The company's Web site is
 www.ardesta.com
 
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