Australian scientists launch commercial enterprise in Europe

Laser World

CUDOS Technology launches internationally at the world’s largest Optical and Photonics trade exhibition - Laser World of Photonics on 22-25 June in Munich with four new products currently being patented in the key markets of Australia, the USA, Europe and China.

The launch of the new commercial arm of the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) is part of a strategy employed by the centre to help contribute to a robust high tech industry in Australia.

Tomonori Hu, one of five CUDOS inventors heading to Munich said that Australia has a large and respected science base, and translating this research into technologies that can be commercialised will be of benefit to the national economy.

“Australian researchers have long achieved great things in laboratories at home and overseas. We are also becoming more entrepreneurial in our way of thinking,” said Mr Hu. “It’s pretty exciting for CUDOS to have four technologies at the commercialisation stage and poised to launch on the international market.”

Together with fellow CUDOS researcher, Dr. Darren Hudson, the invention of the MIRLIN – a compact mid infrared spectrometer and mid infrared fiber lasers have enormous potential in the research and development of powerful sensors that have a range of uses including the early detection of illness, such as cancer. Both these products will be on display at the trade fair and available for international buyers to purchase.

Mr Hu said that he developed his invention as part of his PhD degree when he found that there was no equipment in existence that allowed him to conduct his research. CUDOS was highly supportive of his efforts to commercialise his inventions, allowing him to test his prototype in the marketplace within Australia and the USA and organising mentoring with the founder of successful high tech company Finisar Australia. With the products now ready for commercial sale, Mr Hu is buoyed about the potential of creating a spin-off company supplying mid-infrared products to the research and development industry.

Professor Ben Eggleton, Director of the CUDOS ARC Centre of Excellence, says he is thrilled to see these commercialisation outputs from the Centre, which he says has been a priority for many years and he hopes to see more in the future.


Tomonori Hu (left). One of Mr Hu's prototypes (above).