History

Founded in 2005, poLight® has state-of-the-art expertise in the areas of optics, polymers and MEMS technology. Our team comprises world-class researchers and developers, who share the goal of developing the best imaging technologies ever seen.

During 2017, poLight has supplied our main customers and partners with TLens® Silver samples, and has established mass-production capacity in collaboration with our production partners.

  • 2016
    (Sep)

    Established competence centre in Tampere, Finland, with senior resources from the former Nokia/Microsoft imaging team

  • 2016
    (Aug)

    Raised NOK 160 million in pre-IPO placement

  • 2015

    poLight established a relationship with Bartec Pixavi, to apply poLight technology to Pixavi smartphones for use in hazardous areas

  • 2015
    (Feb)

    Round C, raised USD 20 million. Lead investor was Industrifonden AB

  • 2014
    (Sep)

    Dr. Øyvind Isaksen appointed new CEO

  • 2013

    Started STMicroelectronics project

  • 2013

    Investinor became a shareholder, round B

  • 2011

    Started industrialisation project with SVTC Technologies and Texas Instruments

  • 2010
    (Sep)

    Christian Dupont appointed new CEO, and Pierre Craen appointed new CTO

  • 2009

    Started industrialisation project with Silex (SE)

  • 2009
    (May)

    Round A of VC funding (Viking, Alliance), Geir Gjørva appointed new CEO

  • 2008

    Ignis Display changed names to poLight

  • 2008

    SINTEF became an investor

  • 2007

    Ignis Display was formed, as an Ignis subsidiary, with approximately 10% private investors

  • 2006

    First patent application filed by SINTEF

  • 2006

    Ignis and poLight started the soft-funded project TLENS (Tunable Lens, Research Council of Norway)

  • 2005-
    2006

    The original idea for the TLens was conceived by Karl-Henrik Haugholt, a scientist at SINTEF. Haugholt was inspired by a soft polymer material, developed by Ignis in cooperation with SINTEF, for use in telecom components.

    Ignis was a publicly listed (OSX) telecom company, with offices in Kista (SE), Horten (NO) and Birkerød (DK)