The beginning


A promising technology based on fiber-top sensing lead to the start of Optics11. The company is founded as a university spin-off (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) by experimental physics professor Davide Iannuzzi and entrepreneur Hans Brouwer.

Start development industrial sensing products


Based on new market insights, Optics11 starts the development of their industrial sensing products. The first interrogators in this devlopment phase ends up being the products that are being sold today.


2016 – 2017

Growing incrementally on an increasing product portfolio and revenue, Optics11 has developed into a team of 18 young and enthousiastic employees. The team is led by CEO Niek Rijnveld, a mechatronics engineer by education, and CTO Grzegorz Gruca, an electronics engineer who earned his PhD in experimental physics and Commercial Director Mark Jacobs, an aeronautical engineer by background. In addition, the founders of Optics11 are still very much involved on a strategic level. Currently, the Optics11 team consists of engineers of many disciplines, application specialists and sales engineers.

Launch of Optics11 Life


As our Life Science and Industrial Sensing product lines aim for such a different industries and markets, we launched the brand Optics11Life  (www.optics11life.com) to provide more awareness and focus for our lifescience clients. All the Industrial Sensing activities remain accessible under www.optics11.com.

First prototype Nanoindenter


Although the abovementioned technology was very promising, the problems this technology would solve for its potential users were still largely unknown.

The first step was to build a very basic version of a product that would demonstrate the added value of this fiber sensing technology, such that there was a low threshold for potential users to start working with it. Having the technology in the hands of users at the earliest stage turned out to be very important, and proved very valuable for our optical fiber sensing systems.



In April 2016, Value Creation Capital invested in Optics11 through its TechNanoFund. The experienced entrepreneurs of the fund are supporting Optics11 in its growth and development by playing an active role in the Advisory Board, together with the founders.

OptimAE AE sensing system

Release of OptimAE


We released world’s first high end fiber optic acoustic emission system OptimAE. 

Acquisition of FAZ technology


Optics11 acquired FAZ technology from Fugro to add state-of-the-art FBG sensing technology to our offering.