The only thing more amazing than our technology is what the world can do with it.
EFFECT Photonics have been shaping the future of photonics by interconnecting humanity through fast, affordable, sustainable, and effective communication technologies. The emergence of DWDM is one of the most innovative and important phenomena in the
development of fibre optic communication technology. From both technical and economical perspectives, the ability to provide the world potentially unlimited data transmission capacity and bandwidth is a massive advantage of our DWDM technology.
We are innovative, passionate, progressive
At EFFECT Photonics, leveraging photonic integration to deliver internet bandwidth to every person on earth is our vision. Our mission is to interconnect humanity through fast, affordable, sustainable and effective communication technologies by utilising the power of light to bring scalable and connected communication devices to the end users globally. We power an amazing culture through our core values:
- Learn and create,
- Loyalty and freedom,
- Deliver and go-forward.
Our strategy embraces photonics innovation—the cloud and the data centre, IoT, 5G, all bound together by the goal of bringing affordable and scalable DWDM to the edges of the network.
Our global teams, over more than 160 strong across 2 countries, are the heart of EFFECT Photonics and define who we are and our future!
Born in the Netherlands,
EFFECT Photonics’ history is rich with innovation, sharing and collaboration. Read more to learn how we’ve grown from a TU/e (Technical University of Eindhoven) spinout into the photonics frontrunner we are today.
What makes us
For 10 years, we have been interconnecting humanity
through fast, affordable, sustainable,
and effective communication technologies.
From the beginning, EFFECT Photonics has strived to shape a unique, results-oriented work culture that minimises power distance. We have a flat organisational structure and everybody assumes multiple duties and ownership as needed to make EFFECT Photonics successful. At our offices, we embody a philosophy of equality and access. All employees, including executives, sit in an open-space area, there is no executive dining room, no executive offices, no executive parking places, no first-class travel, and anyone can walk down the aisle to the founders’ cubicles.
EFFECT Photonics’ timeline:
from a startup to a photonics frontrunner.
See some of our biggest accomplishments and newsworthy moments that make up our corporate timeline.
EFFECT Photonics is a stable production company working on the second generation of photonics integration products.
EFFECT Photonics developed its platform technology and delivered first optical System-on-Chip to clients. Secured funding from PhotonDelta.
Number of employees increased to 120.
EFFECT Photonics secured second VC Series B investment round and entered commercialisation phase. Number of employees: 100.
Teamed up with Skylane Optics to increase product distribution globally.
EFFECT Photonics aimed at 4G and 5G mobile data networks. The number of employees doubled to 30.
Developed its first product line. Moved into 300m2 office space in Eindhoven, Strijp-S. Expanded facilities to Brixham, UK
Moved to 60m2 office space at Strijp S, Eindhoven. First VC Series A investment round completed.
EFFECT Photonics build its first hardware. The team grew to 12 employees.
First commercial project began and EFFECT Photonics secured first funding through local fund Bright Move.
At Photonics West California Tim and Boudewijn made a pitch to global search engine giant, first customer.
EFFECT Photonics was founded in Eindhoven, the Netherlands at the TU/e Campus.
Co-founders Tim Koene and Boudewijn Docter met for the first time in Belgium during an entrepreneurship course
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“The success of our company relies on the strength and talent of our people.”
James Regan CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
James has more than 33 years of experience in the business of optical communications components: in product development, marketing, sales and general management; building successful businesses within large companies such as Nortel and JDSU, as well as multiple start-ups.
Dr. Boudewijn Docter PRESIDENT
Boudewijn holds a Doctorate in photonic integration and 15 years experience in optical components. He is an expert in photonics IC design and fabrication and a passionate entrepreneur and business leader.
Tim Koene CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Tim holds a Masters in EE and has amassed exceptional breadth and depth of technical expertise encompassing the design of photonic integrated circuits, packaging, electronics, control systems and test.
Dr. Paul Rosser CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Paul holds a Doctorate in photonics and has over 30 years’ experience developing photonic products and launching them successfully, with experience ranging from establishing new InP devices in local wafer fabs to ramping module assembly in offshore facilities
Harald Graber CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
Harald holds an MBA and has more than 20 years of experience in the optical communications industry within Tier 1 companies in the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior to EFFECT Photonics, Harald served in various senior roles in Sales, Marketing, Product Management & R&D at BWI, Coriant, Nokia Siemens Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and Lucent Technologies.
Sophie De Maesschalck CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Sophie holds a Doctorate in optical networking and an MBA and is a highly experienced technology CFO with 15 years of experience in technology incubation, international financing, and mergers and acquisitions. A former Bain & Co. consultant, Sophie has a proven track record of defining financial strategy and closing equity funding rounds.
Dennis Maas VP FINANCE & INFRASTRUCTURE
Dennis holds a Masters in finance and has over 27 years of experience in Financial and Business Controlling & Accounting, Audit, GRC, Business Valuation and M&A, Treasury/Cash management and broad and deep understanding in many areas of the ‘finance spectrum’, mostly gained at high-tech start-ups/scaleups (Hardware, Software, Semiconductor, Cybersecurity).
Yannick Lize VP ENGINEERING
Yannick holds a Doctorate in optical communications and has a stellar track record of leading technical teams to execute product development, delivering optical components and transceivers into volume production in multiple global companies such as JDSU (now Lumentum), Intel and AMCC as well as start-ups Stratalight and ITF.
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