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Apr 22nd, 2014
Rockley photonics closes 'several million dollar' first funding round
Ex-Bookham and Kotura founder Rickman attracts big bucks to develop silicon photonics-based comms system.
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Rockley Photonics, an Oxford, UK-based start-up focused on developing advanced silicon photonics for next generation data communication networks, has just closed its “Series A” funding round following high levels of investor interest. The company was founded in mid-2013.

The funds secured – of the order of several million dollars, from a handful of different backers – will be used for a number of product development and growth initiatives, including the expansion of the company's engineering team in Pasadena, Ca, USA.

Rockey’s Chairman and CEO, Dr Andrew Rickman, previously founded Bookham Technology (latterly Oclaro) in the UK and more recently acted as Chairman of Kotura, a developer of advanced silicon photonics optical interconnect technology for high-speed networking applications. In August 2013, Mellanox Technologies, a developer of optical interconnect solutions, acquired Kotura for $82 million.

Around that time, Rickman and fellow former Kotura engineer Dr Aaron Zilkie, who is responsible for the laser business at Rockley, decided to pursue a different “exciting” optical communications market opportunity – once again based on silicon photonics, their area of expertise.

To read more: http://optics.org/news/5/4/31



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