CERES provides M & A advisory services to growth companies employing photonics to serve a wide range of markets - from life sciences to consumer electronics to advanced manufacturing

Sell Side M & A Advisory

Technology businesses face market and technological uncertainty in complex ecosystems. Engage CERES’ broad network and strategic insight to markets served by photonics on the sell side to realize maximum value.

Buy Side M & A Advisory

Great companies are scarce. There is an abundance of investment capital. Prices are high. M & A sales processes are competitive. Partner with CERES on the buy side for clarity of strategic direction and speed to action.

Business Valuation

CERES is highly specialized in valuation of businesses with core photonics technology. Whether entrepreneur, private equity or publicly owned, be smarter and better prepared for sale or acquisition with CERES on valuation.

Recent Articles


Photonics in Today’s Transformative Age

Today’s transformative age is blurring the lines between economic sectors, while creating new and unique opportunities to step beyond traditional boundaries.  With this collision of industries, leaders in traditionally defined sectors are seizing opportunities to create new value for their customers and reshape their businesses.

Linda Smith Honored as Fellow of SPIE

CERES announces the promotion of Linda Smith to Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.  SPIE confers the grade of Fellow on a member who has become distinguished through outstanding technical accomplishments and entrepreneurial contributions to optics and photonics.

2018 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

Bi-Weekly Photonics Tech Wire

September 21, 2020
Bi-weekly newsfeed on M&A and private placement transactions in the photonics industry and the markets it serves.

2019 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

In the worldwide photonics industry, 2019 was another record year for mergers & acquisitions (M&A) in terms of both deal value and deal volume. However, M&A activity for pure-play photonics companies was down from recent years. Strategic buyers continued to dominate M&A, but financial buyers took an increasing role.

Linda Smith, President of CERES, joins the OSA Foundation Board

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that Linda Smith, President of CERES Technology Advisors, Inc has joined The OSA Foundation (OSAF) Board of Directors.

CERES Advises nPoint on Sale to Motion Solutions

CERES Technology Advisors is pleased to announce the sale of nPoint, Inc. to Motion Solutions. nPoint designs, manufactures and supplies piezo-driven stages and scanners, nanopositioning control electronics and software to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) and end-users worldwide. Its proprietary flexure-guided technology is at the core of all products.

2018 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

Bi-Weekly Photonics Tech Wire

October 13, 2020
Bi-weekly newsfeed on M&A and private placement transactions in the photonics industry and the markets it serves.

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2018 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

Bi-Weekly Photonics Tech Wire

September 21, 2020
Bi-weekly newsfeed on M&A and private placement transactions in the photonics industry and the markets it serves.

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Linda Smith, President of CERES, joins the OSA Foundation Board

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that Linda Smith, President of CERES Technology Advisors, Inc has joined The OSA Foundation (OSAF) Board of Directors.

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CERES Advises nPoint on Sale to Motion Solutions

CERES Technology Advisors is pleased to announce the sale of nPoint, Inc. to Motion Solutions. nPoint designs, manufactures and supplies piezo-driven stages and scanners, nanopositioning control electronics and software to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) and end-users worldwide. Its proprietary flexure-guided technology is at the core of all products.

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2019 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

In the worldwide photonics industry, 2019 was another record year for mergers & acquisitions (M&A) in terms of both deal value and deal volume. However, M&A activity for pure-play photonics companies was down from recent years. Strategic buyers continued to dominate M&A, but financial buyers took an increasing role.

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Linda Smith of CERES Joins Luminate Advisory Board

CERES announces Linda Smith, President of CERES, is joining the advisory board of Luminate, the world’s largest optics, photonics, and imaging accelerator.

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CERES Advises Emphysys on Growth Financing

CERES announces growth financing for Emphysys, a powerhouse product development partner who is changing the future of R&D and new product development.  With specialties in medical devices, semiconductor equipment and industrial machinery, the company is comprised of a diverse group of professionals with extensive backgrounds in fundamental physics and complex engineering systems.

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Photonics in Today’s Transformative Age

Today’s transformative age is blurring the lines between economic sectors, while creating new and unique opportunities to step beyond traditional boundaries.  With this collision of industries, leaders in traditionally defined sectors are seizing opportunities to create new value for their customers and reshape their businesses.

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Foreign Investment in US Photonics Technologies

Foreign Investment in US Photonics Technologies

Significant changes to Committee for Foreign Investment in US (CFIUS) review process expand its jurisdiction to new types of transactions and change the timeline and procedures for seeking approval for a transaction from CFIUS.

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2018 Mergers & Acquisitions – Photonics

Buyers address the challenges of slower growth, an abundance of investment capital, advances in digital technologies and government intervention with M & A.  In addition to consolidation and scaling manufacturing operations in Asia, buyers are acquiring companies employing photonics technologies to open new markets, enhance capabilities and implement new business models.

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Luminate Investor Summit and Awards Ceremony

June 22, 2021 - June 24, 2021

Jazz Fest - Rochester, NY

Luminate

EY World Entrepreneur of The Year Forum 2020

July 5, 2021 - July 9, 2021

Monaco

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

Western NY Optics Golf Tournament

July 19, 2021

Rochester, NY

Universal Photonics Golf Event