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Two Desy Spin-Offs to be Funded by Helmholtz

up suna-precision GmbH will be supported with 100,000 euro from the Helmholtz-Enterprise start-up programme. Cycle GmbH to be funded with 130,000 euro

Both sums will be doubled by DESY. With the renewed promotion of two of our spin-off companies, the innovation culture at DESY continues to accelerate, and DESY is about to be firmly established in Hamburg’s start-up scene”, says Katja Kroschewski, head of DESY technology transfers.

suna-precision GmbH: hochpräzise Messungen im Nanometerbereich

suna-precision GmbH is a small enterprise founded in 2014 by a group of scientists and engineers working at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron) in the field of nano-positioning, automation, and synchrotron radiation instrumentation. With a highly qualified team of five employees, the founders Nicolas Stübe and Alke Meents want to combine different high-precision technologies to form complete systems in order to offer innovative instruments that allow a simple and efficient measurement mode with the highest accuracy in the nanometer range. In the “synchrotron nanopositioning” project due to start in August, suna precision will deliberately build a commercial product portfolio. The total funding of 200,000 euros is equally covered by DESY and Helmholtz Enterprise. The young entrepreneurs are also supported by the DESY start-up office under the leadership of the Division of Technology Transfer.

Cycle GmbH: Innovative Products of Ultrafast Laser Technology

The second company to receive funding is Cycle GmbH, managed by Damian Barre and Franz Kärtneras a spin-off of Ultrafast Optics and X-rays-of the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science CFEL. Founded in 2015, the company provides innovative products of ultrafast laser technology for scientific and industrial applications, such as femtosecond accurate synchronisation systems for large-scale installations. With the help of funding, the company will add an already patented ultrafast lasers (USP lasers)to its portfolio in order to expand the product range in the direction of laser sources.The ultrashort pulse laser is based on a novel fiber laser concept and provides excellent beam quality at high output levels in a particularly robust manner. Helmholtz Enterprise will be funding the project Hi-Pulse, where series production of the laser will be prepared in August. In addition, the team will receive external management support to help the spin-offs in business administration, finance, and marketing, and distribution of USP lasers. The total project cost of 260,000 euro for the year-long project will be covered in equal parts by Helmholtz Association and DESY.

Four Spin-Offs in Two Years

In the past two years, four DESY spin-offs successfully entered the marke. Seven other projects at completely different stages of development are currently being accompanied by the DESY-start-up office. In the second half of 2015, an innovation center will be built with funds from the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, where DESY and the University of Hamburg will be supporting young entrepreneurs in future.

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