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Oxford, UK and Pasadena, California – Rockley Photonics is proud to announce that the company has been listed in The Sunday Times’ 10 Tech Ones to Watch list for 2020. The prestigious list identifies promising private British tech companies from a cross-section of industries that are well-positioned to grow rapidly.
Rockley Photonics is breaking ground in delivering a new class of non-invasive sensor for health-related sensing and monitoring applications. Its technology enables personalized monitoring of a much larger set of physical and chemical biomarkers than those currently available and will revolutionize the way we look after our health and wellbeing.
Rockley is also a leading developer and supplier of photonic chipsets for data communications applications. Integrated photonics eliminate the need for traditional discrete components and deliver lower cost, highly scalable solutions for data center connectivity. It increases bandwidth density, delivers lower energy consumption and significantly reduces the issue of heat.
Andrew Rickman, chief executive at Rockley, said, “We are delighted to have been recognized by The Sunday Times as one of the top 10 British Tech companies to watch. Our technology is flexible and powerful and drives multiple applications for a wide range of high-growth market sectors, including consumer sensors, healthcare, and data communications. The team is working hard and fully deserves to be recognized for their excellence.”
Rockley has raised $165M from investors including Applied Materials, Morningside Technology Ventures and Ahren Innovation Capital. A total of $300M in equity and NRE funding has been raised to date to support commercialization of its unique technology platform.
Rockley Photonics was formed in 2013 by an experienced management team, previously successful with two silicon photonics companies. Rockley Photonics has developed a highly versatile, third-generation silicon photonics platform specifically designed for the optical I/O challenges facing next generation sensor systems and communications networks. Rockley’s photonic technology platform was developed with a total focus on high volume manufacture of highly integrated optical/electronic devices for high performance applications. The technology platform, exploiting optimized waveguide dimensions, offers significant benefits over conventional solutions. These benefits include the production of higher density optical circuits, the ability to create more complex integration, better manufacturing tolerances, superior power handling, lower loss and higher efficiency photonic IC interfaces. In summary, Rockley Photonics’ technology can be adapted to be application specific, while simplifying manufacturing, assembly, test and validation, and optimizing power, size and cost of complex optical systems.
Rockley’s founder, Andrew Rickman, is recognized across the industry for his technical and commercial success in silicon photonics. Andrew founded the first company to commercialize silicon photonics, Bookham Technology. Bookham had a successful IPO in 2000, became Oclaro in 2009 and is now a part of Lumentum. He later became the chairman of Kotura which was successfully sold to Mellanox in 2013.