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Iris Light wins NSF STTR – Phase I

Iris Light Technologies has been awarded an NSF Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I award with partner Boise State University. The team is working to develop light-emitting photonic inks for silicon photonics.


Iris Light selected to participate in Luminate 2021

Iris Light is proud to join Luminate, the world's leading accelerator for optics and photonics technologies based in Rochester, NY. Rochester has a long-standing influence in the industry, ranging from household names such as Kodak, Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, to the recent addition of AIM Photonics (silicon photonics), and the academic power of the University of Rochester (featuring an entire college dedicated to optics) and Rochester Institute of Technology (home to one of the first microelectronics degrees). The region is host to hundreds of optics companies and thousands of optics professionals. Iris Light receives mentorship from industry leaders, industry connections, programming, and much more.


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 teams up with Cornell in JumpStart

One of the many New York connections that grew out of Luminate was an industry co-development project with Cornell to examine the atomic-scale properties of photonic ink. Thank you to NYSTAR for your support!


Iris Light joins Third Derivative and receives investment

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.

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