Monday February 4, 2019


Registration and Continental Breakfast



Conard Holton
Laser Focus World

Welcome and Introduction



8:10 – 8:45am

Ralf Kimmel
TRUMPF Laser Technology

Keynote Presentation: Solution-oriented integration as key for sustainable success in the laser business

Laser sources for manufacturing applications have become standardized products, but system integration remains the key to differentiating production solutions. This integration must be based on application and production requirements, and on the integration of optics, sensors, and beam delivery into turnkey installations. Connectivity and digitalization will drive further solutions to improve productivity, quality, and reliability. In his keynote talk, Ralf Kimmel will provide specific examples of how application requirements result in new turnkey solutions consisting of more than an ideal laser source. For example, remote welding as an interpolated process with robotic kinematics, additional laser beam shaping, or cloud-connected sensors for lasers and optics are all solutions that illustrate how end users have new expectations of laser manufacturers. Even laser source development based on direct application requirements—eg, green lasers for copper welding—must be based on the same solution-driven approach. These end user expectations are changing the business model of laser manufacturers toward a solution-oriented turnkey provider, meaning that, more than ever, applications-specific know-how is the key to sustainable success.


8:45 – 9:30am

9:30 – 10:00am

Allen Nogee
Strategies Unlimited

Global laser markets: Insights and forecasts

Conversation with Editor at Large Conard Holton

2018 was not a repeat of the banner 2017—but it has been a good year indeed for many segments of the laser industry. Allen Nogee will again present the macroeconomic forces at work, supplier trends, and technology developments in the worldwide laser markets. His talk will provide a global market review and forecast of laser revenues by product and application, including industrial lasers and applications, communications, lithography, defense and security, sensing, additive manufacturing, and medical, and he will look ahead with insights gained from his research in specific market niches. Conard Holton will join Allen for an onstage discussion and Q&A session.


10:00 – 10:30am



10:30 – 11:00am

Bo Gu, PhD
Bos Photonics

Trade, tariffs, and tumult: New challenges for lasers in China

Political and trade tensions between the U.S. and China are much in the news, often obscuring the deep in links and market relationships between China and U.S. and European companies. Dr. Gu will try to make sense of this turmoil and the  changing Chinese economy. How are the changes impacting the Chinese laser market, international laser companies doing business in China, and international competition for laser sales? He will focus mainly on industrial applications and markets, and provide official data about market developments from the Chinese Optical Society.


11:00am – 12:00pm


Tom Hausken, PhD


Technology and Markets Panel: How advances in precision optics are driving new applications

Makers and users of precision optics will discuss advances and challenges they are seeing from a variety of perspectives. The panelists will explore technologies and applications that are just entering the commercial sphere, the needs of integrators and end-users, and new opportunities for optical components and systems. Topics of great interest to our audience will include, for example, fused silica and novel materials, aspheres, AR/VR optics, laser optics, LIDT, system design challenges, and consumer markets.


Todd Jaeger, PhD
Heraeus Quartz Commercial Optics
Jessica DeGroote Nelson, PhD
Optimax Systems
Jannick Rolland, PhD
The Institute of Optics
Groot Gregory

12:00 – 1:15pm



1:15 – 2:00pm

Matthijs Glastra


Keynote Discussion: A conversation with Matthijs Glastra, Novanta

Matthijs Glastra will talk with Editor at Large Conard Holton about Novanta’s broad portfolio of photonics, motion, and vision technology that serve applications across major medical and advanced industrial markets. The conversation will explore Mr. Glastra’s views on the different applications that are now driving photonics markets, including industrial processing and life sciences, and will examine the competitive landscape for optics and laser manufacturers, and the opportunities for new technologies and products. They will also consider subjects such as Novanta’s long-term growth strategy, including acquisitions and global markets.


2:00 – 2:30pm

Linda Smith
Ceres Technology Advisors

Financial perspectives on the photonics industry—industries in collision

The traditional, insider’s view of photonics has seen it as an enabling technology for many vertical markets. However, as markets—and photonics technologies—have evolved, an alternative view shows a transformed landscape in which photonics is just one of numerous industries that are colliding to become part of new sectors, new ecosystems. A few examples are sectors focused on mobility, retail, healthcare, and urbanization. To understand what is happening and gauge how these new models impact market valuations and acquisition strategies, Linda Smith will explore recent M&A activity and private equity investments relative to these new business models for component-manufacturing companies making optics, lasers, and imaging equipment.


2:30 – 3:00pm

Mike Powell
Renevo Capital Limited

Trends in photonics M&A — Europe and the Pacific Rim

As the global economy has strengthened, global M&A activity has been growing at a near record pace. Cross-border activity, in particular, has accelerated as companies seek to stay ahead of competition and capture innovation. This M&A activity has been notably strong in Europe and Asia, driven in part by the rise of private equity. As easy credit and high liquidity recede, tariffs rise, and Brexit looms, can these trends continue? Mike Powell will analyze these trends as they impact companies manufacturing or incorporating photonics-related products.


3:00 – 3:30pm



3:30 – 4:00pm

William Telford, PhD
Flow Cytometry Research Laboratory
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute

Laser Technology in Flow Cytometry

Flow cytometry techniques continue to advance, enabling new applications and providing new insights to the biomedical community—and new opportunities to the makers of the lasers and optics that are essential to the technology. William Telford from the National Cancer Institute is a well-known authority and researcher in flow cytometry and will provide an update on the state-of-the-art in flow and image cytometry instrumentation, along with insights into the needs and opportunities for new lasers and wavelengths.


4:00 – 5:00pm


John Dexheimer
LightWave Advisors




Emerging Markets Panel: Scaling quantum information systems—Photonics holds the key

This panel will bring together leaders in quantum information systems to share perspectives on developing the supply chain and to challenge the photonics community to help accelerate commercialization. Quantum information systems have attracted a boom of global investments from both government and commercial sources. China, the European Union, several European countries, and Canada have all committed billions, and the U.S. is launching a National Quantum Initiative. Commercial investment is flowing from leading venture funds, and major corporations are ramping up efforts, including IBM, Intel, Google, NTT, Fujitsu, Alibaba, and Baidu. And behind all this investment, lasers, detectors, related optics, and photonic systems are critical to quantum system performance and to meeting the challenge to cost-effective scaling. John Dexheimer will host a panel of leaders in this ecosystem that is beginning to drive the market. Following John’s opening comments, panelists will describe their role and contributions to the quantum systems sector, with an open discussion to follow.


Jamil Abo-Shaeer, PhD
Vector Atomic
Timothy Day, PhD
DRS Daylight Solutions
Chris Monroe, PhD
IonQ, Inc.
Graeme Malcolm, PhD
M Squared Lasers

5:00 – 6:30pm



*Agenda as of January 2019. Schedule subject to change.