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We are
EFFECT Photonics

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!

Our values

Learn and
We respect the knowledge and inspiration each individual brings to the table. By learning from each other we innovate, pioneer and find new paths to create the best photonic technology in the world.
Loyalty and
We are loyal to our colleagues, customers, and investors. We nurture the freedom to develop ourselves both personally and professionally, ensuring our team plays its best game every time.


Born in the Netherlands,
growing globally.


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) spin-out into the photonics frontrunner we are today.

Eindhoven University of Technology

What makes us
EFFECT Photonics

We interconnect humanity
through fast, affordable, sustainable,
and effective communication technologies.

Our culture

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 team meeting

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 working on the next generation of photonic intergrated products.


EFFECT Photonics taped out the Manta chip: the world’s first fully integrated coherent PIC targeted at pluggable coherent transceivers for the edge and metro/access networks.


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 and expanded workspace in Eindhoven to 1,800 m2.


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 began to focus on the expansion of mobile data 4G and 5G networks.


EFFECT Photonics closed series A funding and developed its first product line. Moved into 300m2 office space in Eindhoven. Expanded facilities to Brixham, UK.


Left the small office on the TU/e campus, where it all began, and moved into our first “home” in Eindhoven’s Strijp-S district, The Netherlands.

Support each other to
grow together.

“The success of our company relies on the strength and talent of our people.”

James Regan

Leadership Team

James Regan CEO at effect photonics


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 the president of effect photonics

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 at effect photonics


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 Rossen chief operations officer at effect photonics


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 at Effect Photonics


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 at Effect Photonics


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 at effect photonics


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).


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Who we are

People are the heart of our company culture

EFFECT Photonics has its roots in a partnership between two young and enthusiastic technical minds, with an entrepreneurial spirit and shared vision for transforming the world. That passion and cooperation continues to infuse everything we do and how we do it, recognising that passionate people with the freedom and tools to take ownership and initiative are the foundations of our ultimate success.

Since our founding in 2010, overcoming challenges has kept us humble and shaped our philosophy and core values. A small team with energy and passion who works hard to realise its dreams: developing great technology that can interconnect humanity and have significant positive impact on our collective future.

Together, we embody a culture integrating purpose and passion, ownership and interdependence, openness, transparency, and trust. Our employees bring different perspectives and backgrounds to the table, the diversity of which makes us stronger, bolder and more able to think outside the box.

We believe that every person has a contribution to make and we strive to maintain a flat organisational structure reflecting that philosophy. Every member is equally valuable, equally accessible, and equally responsible as part of a collaborative team. Hierarchical structures and ‘chains of command’ can slow down innovation rather than accelerate it. Dennis Maas, CFO at EFFECT Photonics says, “All employees including executives sit in an open-space area. There is no executive dining room or executive offices, no executive parking places, no first-class travel. Anybody can walk over to the founders’ cubicles to brainstorm.”

In our company, most people take on multiple responsibilities – and employees are encouraged to take on new projects they want to try if they have an idea and want to pursue it. Employees have a lot of responsibility – there is zero redundancy – but that responsibility comes with the freedom to create their own destinies. Trying new things and gaining experience in new areas provides important opportunities for personal and professional growth, which benefits both our employees and our business.

According to Dennis Maas, “It’s all about the people. We are a group of people who all have the same drive to make this game-changing technology a fantastic success. People that work at our company are entrepreneurial and willing to take a risk. We all feel that something really great is happening here and it’s exciting to be part of this journey. As EFFECT Photonics stays successful, you can say ‘I was part of this, I created this, we created it as a group.’”

While growing pains will be inevitable as we move to the next phase of development and production, the core values remain the same. Our company would not exist without the contributions of each and every employee. We welcome the opportunity to explore with you the ways in which our goals and philosophies align for a better future in photonics in which you and EFFECT Photonics play a part.