Founded in 2009 by the merger of Optav Solutions and FG2 Tech, Genia Photonics Inc. is an innovative company specializing in high-speed picosecond fiber-based lasers and spectroscopic measurement systems. Centered around our patented fiber laser technology, Genia’s compact, easy to use and controlled via software systems will change the methodology for various applications in biomedical, industrial as well as defense and security. Dr. Gonthier and Dr. Villeneuve boast together over 35 years of experience in transferring innovative R & D technology into profitable commercial products.
François Gonthier, co-founders and CEO of Genia Photonics Inc., has over 25 years of experience in fiber optics industry. He received his B.Eng in Physics Engineering in 1985, his master and Ph. D in Optics in 1988 and 1993 respectively from École Polytechnique of Montreal. During his studies, he was the student with the greatest number of publications and was the first student to have patented and sold licenses to external companies that have successfully commercialized the products.
In 1997, he had co-founded ITF optical technologies that designed and manufactured fiber optics components for the telecommunications systems. He than occupied the position of CTO until 2006 when ITF was sold to Avensys. During this period ITF raised a total of 100 M$, and went from 3 to 500 employees in 2000-2001. In 2005, he led ITF to cash flow positive operation.
Dr. Gonthier had founded in 2006 FG2 Tech, a self-financed R&D company that developed next generation fiber optics components for fiber lasers. FG2 Tech implemented a new process technology for fiber component fabrication resulting in a great reduction of cost. FG2 Tech’s activities are today completely integrated in Genia Photonics’.
He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Co-founder of Genia Photonics, Alain Villeneuve has over 20 years of experience in photonics. He received his B. Eng. in Engineering Physics from École Polytechnique in 1987, and his masters and PhD degrees in Optical Sciences from the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona in 1990 and 1992 respectively. In 1994, he joined the Center for Optics and Lasers (COPL) and the Physics Department of Université Laval, in Québec City, as an assistant professor, and since 1999 as an associate professor and then as an adjunct professor. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Villeneuve was deeply involved into the creation of the Canadian Institute for Photonics Innovations CIPI, a Network of Excellence in the area of optics and photonics for which he became the director.
In 2000, he joined ITF Optical Technologies as the director for Advanced Research and Forward Looking, in the office of the CTO.
Dr. Villeneuve founded Optav Solutions in 2006 to develop novel compact and programmable optical fiber lasers for the medical, aerospace and industrial markets. He has always remained closely involved in the scientific research community, even as having left the academic world for the industry.
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