VLC Photonics is a spin-off company from the Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications Institute (iTEAM)
located at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
(Spain), where we developed our work in optical systems, photonic signal processing and photonic integrated circuits for more than 20 years.
We believe photonics presents an exciting world of challenges and opportunities, and we are sure photonic integration can bring multiple advantages to several markets like telecommunications, sensing, aerospace and automotive, health-care or defence. Photonic integration has been developed for years in multiple research labs and now has matured into industrial grade fabrication processes and design methodologies.
We thus created VLC Photonics in 2011, as a company devoted to the design and manufacture of custom photonic integrated circuits, that would allow anyone to access the advantages of photonic integration without the need of a deep expertise and investment in the field. From the very beginning we aim to operate at an international level, helping our customers to achieve their most ambitious goals in the most effective way.
Pascual Muñoz, (Chief Executive Officer), obtained the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Universitat Politécnica de Valencia (UPVLC) in 1998. After one year in the industry as IT Engineer, he returned to UPVLC to obtain his Ph.D degree in 2003, where he developed reference models for the design and modeling of integrated optics Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) devices. The models were validated in collaboration with the company Alcatel Optronics (Livingston, UK). After his Ph.D. he moved to Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUe), where he was engaged on the design of AWG-based ASPICs for ultra-short pulses processing. Back into UPVLC, Pascual was appointed as coordinator for the "Joint Research Activity on InP AWG based devices" (2007-2009) in the ePIXnet network of excellence, where several research institutes and companies collaborated to develop multi-wavelength lasers for optical burst/packet switched networks. From 2008, Pascual was an Associate Professor at UPVLC.
Jan Hendrik den Besten, (Chief Technology Officer), graduated in Physics and Dutch Literature at the University of Groningen in 1999 and received his Ph.D. degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2004 for his work on the modelling and design, the technology and characterization of RF-modulators and multi-wavelength lasers in InP. From 2004-2006 he coordinated a "facility access activity" in the European "Network of Excellence" ePIXnet. In practice, this meant the coordination of researchers throughout Europe cooperating with researchers in Eindhoven in the development of various ASPICs. He helped shaping the "Joint European Platform for InP-based Photonic Integrated Components and Circuits" (JePPIX), about which he wrote an MBA-thesis (TiasNimbas Business School, 2006). From 2006-2011, he worked as development analyst and senior designer at ASML.
José Capmany, (Chief Innovation Officer), obtained the M.Sc. degrees in Telecommunications Engineering and Physics from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) and UNED respectively. He holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering from UPM and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Universidad de Vigo. In 1991 he moved to the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPVLC) where he has been a full Professor in Photonics and Optical Communications since 1996. In 2002 he was appointed Director of the Institute Of Telecommunications and Multimedia (iTEAM) at UPVLC. He has been engaged in many research areas within the field of photonics during the last 25 years including Microwave Photonics, Integrated Optics, Fiber Bragg Grating design and fabrication, Optical Networks and, most recently Quantum Information systems. He has published over 375 papers in scientific journals and confererences. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Optical Society of America (OSA). In 2012, he was awarded with the Rey Jaime I on New Technologies.
José David Domenech, (Chief Information Officer), received the B.Sc. degree in Telecommunications and the M.Sc. degree in Technologies, Systems and Networks of Communication from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPVLC) in 2006 and 2008 respectively. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in optics at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in the Optical and Quantum Communications Group and his research has been focused in the use of integrated ring resonators for microwave photonics applications. Since 2006, he has been working on the design of integrated optic circuits in Indium-Phosphide/Silicon Nitride/SOI technologies within several European and national research projects.
Iñigo Artundo, (Chief Marketing Officer), obtained the M.Sc. in Telecom Engineering at the Universidad Publica de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) in 2005, and received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in 2009. He has been involved in several European research projects and networks of excellence focused on optical interconnection networks, the fabrication and characterization of micro-optic devices and on flexible access and in-building fiber network architectures. He has worked as a reviewer for several scientific journals and national funding agencies. He holds specializations in Commercial Management and Research, and Strategic Marketing.
Fernando Valerdi, (Chief Operations Officer), obtained his bachelor's degree in Political Sciences and Economics in 1974. He is a Certified Account Auditor and member of the REA, working as an Economical-Finantial Consultant since 1985, after belonging as Executive Member to multiple Management boards of renowned companies. Fiscal expert, he is member of the international Institute of Internal Auditors in USA since 1987, and member of the General Board of Economists of Spain since 1989, as well as the General Board of Fiscal Advisors. Master in Finantial Auditing from the Universidad de Valencia. Master in Normalized spanish accountability by the Universidad Menéndez Pelayo. Authorized auditor for the Spanish Stock Exchange, for quoted societies and Sicavs. Founder and Director of "Grup5 Asesores Tributarios, S.L.". In his wide professional career he has practiced as consultant for companies like ENAGAS, El Canal de Isabel II, Aguas de Barcelona, AAA de Barranquilla, Metroagua de Santa Marta, Ocinsa in Ecuador, Mongomery Watson Harza from Chicago, Aguas de Portugal, among others. He has also participated from an organizational and finantial position in the launch of technological projects with the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, like Citrotecno and more recently, VLC Photonics.
Erik Pennings, (Business Development Director), brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in lightwave components and modules. Erik started his career in R&D working at Bellcore (now Telcordia) and at Royal Philips Electronics where he pioneered several optoelectronic components and during which time he published around 70 papers. In 1995, he moved to sales and marketing at Philips Optoelectronics, where he was responsible for the business development for WDM lasers, tunable lasers, and high-speed EML's. Partly as a result of the rapid growth that was achieved, Philips sold this business unit in 1998 to JDSU for well over 1 billion $. Erik continued his career being responsible for sales and marketing at ThreeFive Photonics, which grew through a number of mergers into ASIP, then into Apogee Photonics, and finally into CyOptics. Products consisted of uncooled 10Gb/s 1310nm EMLs, as well as 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s 1550nm laser sources. During this time revenues grew 50% or more each quarter. In 2007, Erik Joined Eudyna Devices Inc where has was responsible for marketing in the US. The marketing team owned design-in's at all key customers for telecom, CATV, and module products. In addition, marketing was responsible for introducing tunable lasers as well as 40-100Gb/s components. In 2009, Erik started his own consulting company (www.7pennies.com) specializing in sales, marketing, and business development. As such, he is working for VLC Photonics in order to develop and manage the sales of VLC's products and services. Erik has a MS in Physics (cum laude) from Groningen University, a PhD (distinction) from Delft University of Technology, and an executive MBA from the Simon Business School in Rochester.
José Valerdi received the Ingeniero de Telecomunicación degree (Valencia, 2000) from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, and a MBA degree from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid 2004). Since 2008 he is R&D Director at France Telecom Group Spain. He was Network manager in Inicia Telecomunicaciones (Madrid, 2000-2001), Operational & Quality Manager in France Telecom (Madrid, 2001-2006) and Outsourcing Senior Manager in Capgemini (Valencia, 2006-2008). José is an executive with more than 10 years of proven experience in the Internet and Telecomunications industry, specializing in IT and R&D areas in the role of head of R&D and Infraestructure Management in international environments.
Valerio Pruneri received his PhD in Laser Physics/Optoelectronics from the University of Southampton (UK) and his 'Laurea' cum laude in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (IT). Since 2006 he has been an ICREA Industrial Professor. Prior to ICFO, from 2000 to 2006, he had worked in industry for Avanex Corporation, Corning Inc. and Pirelli Cables and Systems. From 1993 to 2000 he was with the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton (UK). He has run >30 research projects (currently 10), most of them with industrial partners, in Spain, Europe and USA. Notably, over the last two years, he has been involved in 4 European Space Agency projects. He is a scientific advisor of ACREO Fiber Optic Centre in Sweden, associate coordinator of the National Evaluation Agency in ICT and regular consultant for the EU commission and photonic industries. In recognition to his research, in particular the technology transfer effort, he received three industrial prizes: the Philip Morris Prize, the Pirelli Research Fellowship and the IBM Faculty Award.
Jordi Gil received the Licenciado degree in Physics from the Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, in 2000 and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, in 2010. From 2001 to 2004, he was Researcher with the Aerospatiale Italian Company, Ingegneria Dei Sistemi-S.p.A., under the frame of the V European Framework Programme. From 2004 to 2006, he joined the Microwave Applications Group, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, in the frame of a European reintegration grant funded by the VI European Framework Programme. In 2006 he co-founded the SME Aurora Software and Testing S.L., where he is the Managing Director. The main business of the company is devoted to the Space industry and, in particular, to the design of microwave components for the satellite industry with special excellence in high power devices. Aurora Software and Testing has participated in several R&D projects funded by the European Space Agency.
Lawrence R. Chen received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from McGill University in 1995 and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Since 2000, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University and is currently serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Engineering. In 2006-2007, he was on leave at Queen's University (Kingston, ON, Canada), Ryerson University (Toronto, ON, Canada), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), and the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Valencia, Spain). His research interests are in ultrafast photonics and fiber optics and include all-optical signal processing, arbitrary waveform generation, fiber lasers and amplifiers, and fiber gratings. He has over 200 journal and conference publications. He is an Associate Editor (Canada) for the IEEE Photonics Society Newsletter, a Topical Editor for Optics Letters, and a member of the editorial advisory board for Optics Communications. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Centre d'optique, photonique et laser (COPL) in Quebec, Canada.
Awards and Recognitions
Accesit award for Best business plan at the Catedras Bancaja Young University Entrepreneurs Contest 2010
Selected for the prestigious Uniemprendia entrepreneurship 2011 program
Second prize on the "Research based company" category at the IDEAS Business Awards 2011