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Photonics West : Minalogic promotes the region’s photonics know-how in San Francisco

Photonics West : Minalogic promotes the region’s photonics know-how in San Francisco

Cluster activites


SPIE Photonics West is the leading annual international optics and photonics trade event, showcasing advanced technologies, new products, and the latest research. The 2018 edition brought in more than 24,000 visitors and featured 1,400 exhibitors.


For the third year running, Minalogic was well-represented at the event, travelling to San Francisco with a regional delegation that included seven Minalogic members (Alpao, Leti, Cedrat Technologies, Resolution Spectra System, Sofradir, Teem Photonics, and Teledyne E2V). The trip was part of the cluster’s International Development Plan financed in part by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional government.


This year’s trip to Photonics West gave Minalogic an opportunity to promote the photonics know-how of its innovative SME members at an international event, to solidly anchor the cluster’s international position as a leading center for photonics, and to raise the profile of photonics within the Minalogic ecosystem.



David Vitale, director of photonics programs at Minalogic, was on hand to represent the cluster, to support the participating companies in the delegation, and to gather news and information on the latest innovations. The information gathered at the event will be added to Minalogic’s international directory of photonics know-how. David met with more than 50 photonics stakeholders (half from international companies) and drew up a report on advances in photonics for mobility, spectral imaging, quantum technologies, additive manufacturing, and augmented, virtual, and blended reality.

David Vitale is available to review his report with you and to give you deeper insights into the targeted information he brought back from the event to better assist you in your efforts to build international photonics partnerships.


You can contact David at : / Tèl. : 04 28 07 01 77



Side events to promote our region’s ecosystem


  • The “More than Reality” workshop run by Leti in partnership with Minalogic (60+ participants)

  • A cocktail reception at the Business France pavilion in partnership with French clusters on the National Optics and Photonics Committee, including Minalogic

  • Participation in the Photonics Cluster Reception, which provided an opportunity to identify new international photonics clusters and centers of excellence





Testimonial by Ludovic Poupinet
CHead of the Leti Optics & Photonics Division

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Ludovic Poupinet : « Leti and, especially, the Leti Optics & Photonics Division, considers Photonics West to be the year’s leading event, providing unrivalled opportunities to network, promote, and test out potential new research ideas. We have had a booth at Photonics West since 2017 and have run side events since 2016 in partnership with Minalogic. These side events are becoming increasingly popular, with 90 participants this year.

This year Leti (including the Leti Health Division) also presented 20 conference papers. Most were presented by speakers, including three guest speakers. Exhibiting, running side events, and presenting papers at the event is a great way to raise our profile and promote Minalogic, which we always mention. In addition, Minalogic supports us by introducing us to local startups and SMEs. We shared our booth with mirSense, a startup developing photonic sensors spun off from Leti in 2015.

At the event, Minalogic, Leti, AFOP, and major French manufacturers exhibit together at the France Pavilion—our French Tech Photonics showcase, in a sense.»



Testimonial by Vincent Hardy

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Vincent Hardy : « ALPAO has been going to Photonics West in San Francisco every year for almost a decade. This is a major event for optics and photonics, and gives us a chance to meet with customers, prospective customers, and suppliers and to network with stakeholders from our ecosystem.

This year we brought home more than 50% more contacts than in previous years.

As in previous years, we are proud to say we are members of Minalogic and French Tech. In particular, we appreciate David Vitale’s work on the ground. He literally pounds the pavement throughout this huge event to promote Minalogic’s members. He helps us network and shares his expansive knowledge of the ecosystem…his support is invaluable! »



Testimonial by Thomas Maillard
International sales manager de Cedrat Technologies

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Thomas Maillard : « Photonics West is the place to be to connect with people. Year after year, whether it is with exhibitors or knowledgeable visitors, we continue to build relationships.

For more than fifteen years, Cedrat Technologies has been present at Photonics West, exhibiting its compact, dynamic, and accurate mechatronic solutions with the capacity to stabilize, scan, obstruct, delay, or correct the flow of light through embedded equipment in environments that can be very demanding, including defense and space systems, medical devices and lab instruments, and industrial machines.

The laws of physics and photonics are unforgiving! This is even more so when it comes to applications outside the lab—even here in sunny California!

Over the past three years, Cedrat Technologies has truly appreciated the kindness and support of the Minalogic team, both before and during the event. The information they gather on the latest technologies is particularly helpful to us. Thank you to everyone at Minalogic. We’ll see you again next year! »


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