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Photonics Bretagne

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Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)

Photonics Bretagne

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Year Established



4 Rue Louis de Broglie, 22300, Lannion (France)


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Contact information

David Méchin



Photonics Bretagne is a Photonics Innovation Hub located in Lannion (Brittany, France) integrating a cluster supporting innovation in the field of Photonics and its applications and a research and technology organisation (RTO) expert in the development of specialty optical fibers and components. The cluster supports innovation and industrial and technological development of its members (companies, research centers and schools) in order to generate economic growth and create jobs in Photonics, in Brittany. The cluster gathers more than 100 members today. The RTO of Photonics Bretagne develops, provides and sells custom specialty optical fibers and optical components. The RTO also offers services such as scientific studies, technology transfer and consulting in Photonics.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Photonics has been defined as a KET for the EU since 2010 and has been widely supported at national level ( and regional level ( during the past years.

Photonics has been defined in the S3 of the Britanny region. More recently, some photonics hub (including Photonics Bretgane) have been working on a European photonics Alliance to strengten the interrégional collaboration in a field widely seen as deeptech industry enabling innovation and digitising the industry 4.0 (

During the recent years, Photonics Bretagne has participated to several EU project  both on the “fiber side” (FP7 LIFT project and on the cluster side (FP6 Accor, FP7 Nexpresso (, FP7 Oasis (, H2020 Eprise ', Interreg Stephanie ( and is currently acting as a third party for the Photonics France (French national platform) for the H2020 Nextpho21 project. We are also an active member of EPIC ( and in the Board of Photonics France ( and Photonics21 (

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Public administration and defence
  • Health and social work
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment

Services provided

  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Incubator/accelerator support

Service Examples

Helping companies on international tradeshows:

Client profile: local SMES

Client need: Have some support when they go on international tradeshows

Provided solution to meet the needs: We have organised local pavillon and ither services in Photonics West (San Francisco) and Laser World in Munich for our members.

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Business watch

  • Shared watch in the field of techno-marketing
  • Publication of 4 monthly  watch newsletters (biophotonics ; defense & security ; industry & energy ; patents).
  • Specific watch for patents and one-off technological watch.

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start-up incubators

We have forstered the creation of the spin-off Selenoptics:


Client profile: Start-up Selenoptics

Client needs: Creation of the start up

Provided solution to meet the need: We have provided business development to help the start up find his market


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Organisation of workshop and networking events to bring technologies to applications!

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Publication of a newsletter promoting members activities.

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Prototyping of specialty optical fibers

Development of custom optical fibers, silica capillaries and fibre components


Client profile: Start-up Diafir

Client needs: Need custom photonics component to help the start-up development specific photonics sensors

Provided solution to meet the need: We have provided the specific componant needed (fiber taper  made of chalcogenide glass)

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Make the link between unemployed people and hiring companies


We helped companies  hiring:

Client profile: 2 SMEs (Keopsys and Oxxius)

Client needs:These 2 high-growth companies had some difficulty to hire people

Provided solution to meet the needs: We helped the setting up of training courses for jobless people.


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Organizational form

(Part of) Private organization



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Memberships


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Research organisations


Photonics Bretagne (107) Members

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Technological competences

  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials

H2020 Projects

    Empowering Photonics through Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe
    Empowering Photonics through Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe

    EPRISE project aims to promote and support Photonics as a KET with focus on Life Science applications in 4 target markets where Europe holds a leading position – Medical Technologies, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture and Food. Companies developing photonics-based products for these markets face highly specific  Go-to-Market challenges such as long time to market adoption, complex regulatory frameworks and high barriers to market entry to name but a few.

    They are often in need of support from public funding to help them cross the “Valley of death” between innovation ready phase (TRL 4), and investment ready phase (TRL 7). During this time, they are also in need of advice from market specific experts who can guide them on non-technological (business) topics.

    EPRISE consortium will organise a “European Photonics Roadshow”, a series of 7 major events hosted by European regions, with the aim of providing SMEs with concrete solutions from market experts on how to overcome market barriers and boosting collaboration along the complete value chain via pre-arranged B2B meetings.

    Photonics clusters involved in EPRISE have both local connections and technology understanding to set-up, together with Regional Authorities, an efficient framework that will encourage creation of funding synergies between regional and European funds in order to better exploit potential of European Photonics industry. The project aims to provide regional policy makers with an overview of funding synergies to be considered in the current or following Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

    Furthermore, the project aims to establish a formal collaboration with the ongoing European Photonics projects offering technology support (ActPhast, Pix4Life) that can address potential technology issues linked to SMEs access to market.
Last updated: 21/01/19 08:09