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“A valuable alumni network.”


Spin-off plans at the Institute of Quantum Electronics: After postgraduate student Justinas Pupeikis, postdoc Chris Philipps also attended a business concept course.


Why, Mr. Philips, will laser spectroscopy change the world?

Because lasers are faster, more flexible, and more accurate than other radiation sources. It allows the detection and real-time determination of countless molecules in solid, liquid, and gaseous media.

Your colleague Justinas Pupeikis did the Business Concept course about a year ago with a project called “InfraSniff.” What has happened since then?

InfraSniff was about the chemical analysis of respiratory air. There are indications that particular volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can point to certain diseases, such as lung cancer. The market for medical devices is, however, heavily regulated. That’s why we decided to build a laser system for multiple applications. We now also address markets with lower entry barriers: for example, process and quality control in the pharmaceutical or raw materials industries.

You’ve mentioned market entry. When will you be ready?

The patent on our laser system has been granted. We are now in the process of building a prototype. We want to be ready with spectroscopy applications for individual markets by 2021.

The group for ultrafast laser physics at the Institute of Quantum Electronics has already seen various spin-offs. Can you benefit from that?

Our head, the internationally renowned physicist Ursula Keller, has given doctorates to around 80 scientists to date. They all work in key positions in science and industry. This alumni network can be very valuable to us.


Chris Phillips attended the Business Concept course in spring 2019.