recent news


Iris Light is hiring!

Iris Light is currently looking for a Nanomaterials Engineer to lead the development of photonic inks that form the gain medium of our novel laser technology.


Iris Light secures Air Force STTR – Phase II

Iris Light Technologies has been awarded an AFWERX Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II contract with partner Boise State University. The team is working with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to advance hybrid silicon-nanomaterial opto-electronic devices for silicon photonics.


Clean Energy Trust invests in Iris Light

Iris Light joins the portfolio of cleantech investor Clean Energy Trust to boost data center efficiency.


Iris Light and Boise State receive $242k IGEM grant

Idaho Department of Commerce gives Iris Light and Boise State University the green light for on-chip laser technology.


Iris Light receives a SAFE investment from the New Venture Challenge (NVC)

As a finalist in the 2019 New Venture Challenge, Iris Light was awarded a SAFE investment.


Iris Light accepted to 2019 New Venture Challenge (NVC)

90+ teams applied, 30 were accepted to Phase II. The NVC is the University of Chicago’s nationally ranked accelerator program that has graduated more than 230 startup companies still in operation today. Learn more about NVC and the next steps for Iris Light here. 


Iris Light at NREL Innovation Showcase

Iris Light to participate in the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Innovation Showcase in Avon, CO. 


Iris Light founder Chad Husko participates in Department of Energy I-Corps Cohort 7

Chad Husko participates in the Department of Energy I-Corps Cohort 7 in June 2018.


Iris Light joins Third Derivative's Cohort 417

D3 is an initiative pioneered by the Rocky Mountain Institute ( and the New Energy Nexus ( and major corporates including Microsoft and Shell among others. Iris Light was selected from a group of more than 620 applicants from 61 countries to join Third Derivative's inaugural class of early-stage climate tech startups called Cohort 417.


Iris Light participates in 2020 Co_Invest Cleantech

Iris Light was proud to be one of the presenters at this virtual gathering of climate tech supporters and innovators discovering the cutting edge of cleantech innovation in the Midwest.


Iris Light awarded AFWERX STTR Phase I contract from US Air Force

Iris Light received an AFWERX Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract with partner Boise State University to advance hybrid silicon-nanomaterial lasers for silicon photonics.


CRI Demo Day 2019

Iris Light CEO, Chad Husko, speaks on the future of Cloud data centers and how Iris Light embedded lasers are going break the bandwidth bottleneck.


Iris Light selected as a finalist for the 2019 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC)

Iris Light was selected as one of 12 teams to advance to the finals on June 6. NVC finalists will present to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for over $1 million in case and in-kind services.


Iris Light at the Tough Tech Summit

Iris Light to attend the Tough Tech Summit at The Engine (MIT) this month.


Iris Light joins Cohort 2 of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI)

Iris Light joins Cohort 2 of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) at Argonne National Lab in August. CRI's mission is to accelerate hardware technologies by leveraging Argonne experts and infrastructure.