Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2018 – Award Ceremony

September 21, 2018: Founders and various employees of Vanguard Photonics as well as Vanguard Automation received the Second Prize of the prestigious Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2018. The 10th Award Ceremony took place on September 21, 2018, in Ditzingen, Germany. More than 500 guests from all over the world participated at the event.

The encomium was held by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the Board, Forschungszentrum Jülich.

See the video about Vanguard Photonics invention together with their research partners at KIT


Second Prize winner of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2018

Jury343_KJuly 13, 2018: The KIT project team DELPHI (3D Laser Lithography for Photonic Integration), headed by Prof. Dr. Christian Koos together with Vanguard Photonics GmbH won Second Prize of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2018.

Prof. Dr. Christian Koos (1,2),  Alois Hauk (2),  Philipp-Immanuel Dietrich (1,2),  Dr. Nicole Lindenmann (1),  Andreas Hofmann (3),  Tobias Hoose (1),  Muhammad Rodlin Billah (1,2),  Matthias Blaicher (1)

DELPHI is dedicated to industrial adoption of femtosecond laser lithography as a tool for 3D additive nanofabrication in integrated photonics. The concept of multi-photon polymerization is exploited to fabricate single-mode photonic waveguides and free-form micro-optical elements for efficient coupling of optical chips.

The Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis has been called for internationally since 2000. It was complemented in 2006 with the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis for research. Both prizes are presented every two years at the award ceremony, an established event and meeting place of the large laser community of researchers and users with representatives of industry, politics, and society. The invention of the laser in the middle of the twentieth century was a quantum leap: light could now be tailored to specific needs, working very precisely and without physical contact. The advancement and acknowledgement of outstanding development and scientific work on the application or generation of laser light is one of the objectives of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.

(1) Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Institute of Photonics und Quantum Electronics (IPQ), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany 

(2) Vanguard Photonics GmbH, Karlsruhe

(3) Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics, KIT, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

3D nanoprinting of free-form coupling elements for hybrid photonic integration

Freeform_Optical-Elements© Philipp-Immanuel Dietrich

Vanguard Photonics’ collaborators at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have recently published a new method that allows to connect single-mode components using 3D-printed freeform optics in Nature Photonics see to find out more.

The technology is commercialized by Vanguard Photonics GmbH. Take a look at our web-shop or contact us for further information.

Lots of interest at the OFC 2018


This year, with our daughter company Vanguard Automation, we’ve been at the OFC in San Diego, California, USA. We found lot’s of customer interest, especially on our industrial photonic multi chip integration using photonic wire bonds (PWB).


2nd place for Vanguard Photonics at KIT – Innovation Award NEULAND 2017

June 28, 2017: TogeKIT-Preis-NEULAND 2017ther with its partnering research institute KIT-IPQ, Vanguard Photonics won the 2nd place at the KIT – Innovation Award “NEULAND” for its innovative capabilities of “3D printing of photonic wire bonds on chip level”.

In this prize-category, the initiation of successful cooperation between KIT and an industrial partner are recognized.

The last few years KIT Venture Fest has been rediscovered and further developed. It is now the central “Innovationstag NEULAND” with a broader thematic spectrum. Participants have the possibility to get to know innovative ideas, technologies and start-up projects of students, scientific employees and professors. This year, already the 5th annual event took place.

Neuland-Foto 2017