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Capturing the Value of Intellectual Capital

Why? Because whether planning to sell a business short term or long term, the costs of not capturing the value of intellectual capital are enormous - improper deal structures, lost financial opportunities, assumptions of greater execution risk, over/under payments for asset acquisitions. And without protection, a reasonable buyer would not pursue.

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Advanced Valuation Methods

Monte Carlo simulation is a well established method for simulation in engineering models - including ray tracing and tolerancing of optical systems. Monte Carlo simulation, Real Option, and other advanced mathematical methods are being applied more and more to financial modeling and valuation of high risk, intangible assets such as intellectual property, R&D, and venture capital financed businesses.

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Financing New Ventures

When start-up or growth capital is not available or at a very high cost, bootstrapping is a feasible strategy – even for high technology ventures requiring significant assets, a highly specialized and expensive workforce, and years to bring its first products to market. It is often, however, a last resort – considered only after burning through many months shopping business plans to venture capital firms, lenders, or those at established corporations managing the R&D budget. Instead, consider bootstrapping and harvesting your most valuable asset – your technology – for cash, strategic customer relationships, market intelligence, application know-how and more.

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Growing Our Core Photonics Businesses

Transcending the $10million Plateau

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Growing Our Core Photonics Businesses

According to research from SPIE, there are about 2750 companies worldwide supplying more than $150billion of photonics components and materials. Of these companies, more than 2000 realize revenues of less than $10million, accounting for less than 4% of worldwide sales. With photonics components at the core of most modern technologies, this is an exciting time for the industry.  So, have the stars aligned for more photonics companies to transcend the $10million plateau?  If so, what can a small business do to become a larger market participant?

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Consolidation in a Global Marketplace

As M&A activity heats up, optics and photonics companies are increasingly looking across borders for a good strategic fit — and that creates both challenges and opportunities.

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Countless Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, is an innovation grounded in photonics. It is a process for making a physical object from a 3D digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. The technology is diffusing from prototyping to large scale manufacturing of final parts. Today, early adopters including GE, Siemens, Google/Motorola, and Boeing are 3D printing intricate, high mix, low volume, and weight-sensitive final parts.

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Fluorescent Phantom for Small-Animal Imaging

Accurate and predictive software modeling could allow standardization for small-animal imaging

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Making Live Cell Imaging Glow

Digital illumination overcomes the limitations of fluorescence imaging

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Software Predicts Performance of White LED Designs

The use of white LEDs for solid-state lighting to address applications in the automotive, architectural and general illumination markets is just emerging.

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