Microsoft’s acquisition of Lumenisity
Lumenisity’s core founders – Professors David Richardson, Francesco Poletti and Marco Petrovich – spent over a decade developing HCF at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and began looking to commercialise their research. With the help of a seasoned Chairman and CEO, Dr David Parker, the company was established in 2017. Academics from the ORC worked with Lumenisity to commercially develop HCF technology through the Future Photonics Hub. The challenge was to improve the fibre manufacturing process. By the time of Microsoft’s acquisition in December 2022, the company had grown significantly, successfully commercialised their product and built a dedicated facility in the Southampton area.