I  Photonics Center at Boston University


     Office Locations:

8 St. Marys St.
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-8899
Fax: 617-353-7271



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    The Business Innovation Center at the Photonics Center is a 15,000 net square foot facility that currently houses eleven companies with the flexibility to adjust space configuration to accommodate growing companies or increase the number of companies in the launch phase. A turnkey, all-inclusive price structure includes cost of space, common areas, permits, taxes, utilities and overhead allowing companies to focus on core business execution. Companies aligned with Photonic Center faculty research have priority in reserving space in the Innovation Center and companies in the Center are encouraged to engage with faculty and students to enhance the entrepreneurial culture within the university. Companies may hire student interns, collaborate with faculty and jointly participate with faculty and the Photonics Center staff in pursuit of Sponsored Research funding. The Center is home to 26 faculty laboratories and four shared facilities including the Optoelectronic Processing Facility, the Precision Measurement Laboratory, the FIB/TEM Facility, and the MSE Core Facilities.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Cynthia Kowal Senior Proposal Development Administrator
    Dr. Helen Fawcett Director of Operations and Program Management
    Dr. Thomas Bifano PhD Director
    Thomas Dudley Director of Technical and Industry Engagement


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