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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 lines between economic sectors, while creating new and unique opportunities.  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.  A Fellow is distinguished through outstanding technical accomplishments and entrepreneurial contributions to optics and photonics.

2020 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

Despite the pandemic, frothy public markets and new normals refuel photonics M&A and IPO markets in 2020

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

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

CERES Advises nPoint on Sale to Motion Solutions

CERES announces the sale of nPoint to Motion Solutions. nPoint provides piezo-driven nanopositioning stages, scanners, control electronics and software to OEM's and end-users worldwide.

2019 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

In the worldwide photonics industry, 2019 was another record year for 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.

Financial Analyst

This is a part-time opportunity for an early career professional to work while completing your M.B.A. or for an experienced professional to work remotely.

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Vice President – M&A Advisory

This is a unique opportunity for an individual with a competitive spirit and desire to win to work closely with a well established M&A advisor in the photonics technology sector who will act as a mentor and help you fulfill your career goals.

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Partner – Private Equity

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and entrepreneurial leader in private equity or corporate development to join a new team investing in photonics.

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Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics – March 31 2022

The global M&A market for pure-play photonics companies and companies employing photonics technologies as core differentiators is down from the blockbuster years of 2020 and 2021.

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Managing Director – Private Equity

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and entrepreneurial leader in private equity or corporate development to join a new team investing in photonics.

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Linda Smith, President of CERES, Recognized as NACD Directorship Certified

Certified Board Members Demonstrate Their Commitment to Elevating Board Leadership

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2021 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

2021 marks highest total M & A deal value in history, but it is not a record year for photonics technology deals.

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Photonics in Today’s Transformative Age Amidst A Global Pandemic

With a radical collision of industries amidst a global pandemic, the adoption of photonics and the growth of established companies employing photonics are accelerating.

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2020 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

Despite the pandemic, frothy public markets and new normals refuel photonics M&A and IPO markets in 2020

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

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

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SPIE Optics + Photonics

August 21, 2022 - August 25, 2022
San Diego, CA
SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019

CERES Home Page

CERES provides M & A advisory services to growth companies employing photonics to serve a wide range of markets

Sell Side M & A Advisory

Photonics technology businesses face market and technological uncertainty in complex ecosystems. Engage CERES’ broad network and strategic insight on the sell side to realize maximum value.

Buy Side M & A Advisory

Great companies are scarce. There is an abundance of investment capital. 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 privately or publicly owned, be smarter and better prepared for sale or acquisition with CERES on valuation.

Recent Articles


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.  A Fellow is distinguished through outstanding technical accomplishments and entrepreneurial contributions to optics and photonics.

Photonics in Today’s Transformative Age Amidst A Global Pandemic

With a radical collision of industries amidst a global pandemic, the adoption of photonics and the growth of established companies employing photonics are accelerating.

2020 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

Despite the pandemic, frothy public markets and new normals refuel photonics M&A and IPO markets in 2020

2021 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

2021 marks highest total M & A deal value in history, but it is not a record year for photonics technology deals.

Linda Smith, President of CERES, Recognized as NACD Directorship Certified

Certified Board Members Demonstrate Their Commitment to Elevating Board Leadership

Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics – March 31 2022

The global M&A market for pure-play photonics companies and companies employing photonics technologies as core differentiators is down from the blockbuster years of 2020 and 2021.

SPIE Optics + Photonics

August 21, 2022 - August 25, 2022
San Diego, CA
SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019