Industry Program

Industry Program

Industry Panel Discussion: Laser Technology Companies: From Start-Up to Success (or Successful Exit)


Tuesday, 18 November, 11:30 - 12:30

Panelists will discuss the successes and challenges they have encountered when commercializing their research in the laser technology arena. Having built on their basic research advances, panelists will discuss issues encountered along the way from idea to start-up to first product launch to success. Funding issues in the start-up phase may be explored; regulatory hurdles along the way examined; recovery from missteps reviewed; even challenges once a company matures and is ripe for its leaders to begin the exit process may be pondered. Bring questions and expect a highly interactive session with those who have ventured down this road.

Johannes Trbola

Johannes Trbola, Managing Director, TR&B GmbH + Co. KG, Germany

Johannes Trbola started developing his laser know-how at RWTH Aachen and Fraunhofer ILT as a project. Lasers became the key technology in his professional life. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 and started his professional life with TRUMPF Lasertechnik GmbH. Based on the understanding of lasers and their applications, he accompanied and also formed TRUMPF´s way from a newcomer to a market lead.

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Keming Du

Keming Du, General Manager, EdgeWave GmbH, Germany

Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Phys. Keming Du has being worked with development of laser technology in contract of industry since 1985 beginning from high power CO2 lasers, through diode lasers and to diode pumped solid state lasers. From 1985 to 2001 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, as project manager, group leader and department head.

In 2001 he founded the EdgeWave GmbH, which offers innovative solutions in field compact diode pumped solid state lasers for different applications. He has more than 70 patents or patent applications and more than 100 publications.

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Björn Wedel

Björn Wedel, Director, PT Photonic Tools GmbH, Germany

Dr. Wedel graduated 1991 in physics from Berlin Technical University with focus on laser physics. Following this, he was visiting scholar at Stanford University working on laser beam characterization. He earned his Ph. D. in 1994 from the Optical Institute of Berlin Technical University while working as a project engineer at INPRO.

From 1994 to 1997 he was a senior engineer and project manager at Lumonics Ltd. in Rugby, England developing the new high power YAG laser system.

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Kurt Weingarten

Kurt Weingarten, General Manager, JDSU Ultrafast Lasers AG, Switzerland

Dr. Kurt Weingarten received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University, where he developed an ultrafast measurement tool for high-speed integrated circuits using picosecond lasers. After Stanford, Kurt worked at Lightwave Electronics from 1988 to 1993 where he pioneered one of the first commercial diode-pumped picosecond lasers. He then founded Time-Bandwidth Products in Zurich, Switzerland in the mid-1990's to develop simple, robust ultrafast mode-locked lasers for scientific and industrial applications. The company was acquired by JDSU in January 2014 to accelerate the adoption of these products into the growing industrial market for ultrafast lasers.


Industry Keynote: "The Development Status and Application of Ultra-fast Solid Lasers in China"


Wednesday, 19 November, 10:30 - 11:30


Mr. Dayong Min

Mr. Dayong Min, Chairman and President, Huagong Laser Engineering Co., Ltd., China

Abstract: The research results and specifications of ultra-fast solid lasers in China will be introduced in the presentation. The hot issues of ultra-fast laser applications in the industrial market will be presented, and the market developing tendency and volume of ultra-fast lasers in China will be analyzed and estimated.

Bio: Dayong Min is Vice President of Huagong Tech Co., Ltd., and Chairman and President of Huagong Laser Engineering Co., Ltd. He serves as Deputy Director of High-power Laser Device Application Technical Committee, Vice Chairman of Laser Association of The Chinese Optical & Optoelectronics Manufacturers Association (COEMA), Vice Chairman of Wuhan Laser Association of Optics Valley of China, and Director of Laser Institute of Hubei Province. Dayong Min has led many award-winning laser development projects, published more than thirty articles, including ten patents.