History

The technology underpinning the success of Optics11 is based on two key elements: fiber-optical interferometry and state-of-the-art mechatronics

History

The technology underpinning the success of Optics11 is based on two key elements: fiber-optical interferometry and state-of-the-art mechatronics

The beginning

2011

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

2014

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.

Growth

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

2019

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

first prototype Nanoindenter

2012

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.

investors

2016

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.

open US office

2018

Optics11 B.V. partnered with Red Box Direct to open up a sales office for the USA market. The new office is located in Boston.