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German firm moves U.S. office to Sibley Square

Access to talent, industry partnerships and lower costs of doing business have attracted a new company to the region’s optics, photonics and imaging cluster.

VPIphotonics of Berlin, Germany, this week said it has relocated its U.S. office from Boston to Rochester. Housed at Sibley Square downtown, the company has seven employees in the United States and roughly 50 worldwide.

“Cost of doing business is much cheaper and our employees can enjoy lower cost of living,” says Chris Maloney, managing director of the firm’s U.S. operations, who also points to tapping talent at Rochester Institute of Technology’s MicroE/Communications programs and University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics.

A photonic design automation software business, VPIphotonics provides professional simulation software for integrated photonics, optoelectronics, and fiber optics applications, and for optical transmission systems and optical fiber network applications. The company’s customized and off-the-shelf solutions are used in research and development and by product design and marketing teams.

In addition, academic institutions—more than 160 so far—participate in the VPIphotonics University Program.

“We play a key role in the photonics ecosystem giving researchers, universities and companies access to software tools to design photonic integrated circuits for submission to photonic foundries like AIM Photonics or Infinera,” Maloney says.

With the move to Rochester, VPIphotonics can also collaborate with NextCorps and the Luminate NY accelerator program.

“We hope to establish partnerships with companies that are part of those programs,” Maloney says.

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