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11-12 October 2023
EPIC Technology Meeting on Industrial Quantum Photonics Technology at TOPTICA
Munich, Germany

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The EPIC Industrial Quantum Photonics Technology Meeting brings together the European quantum industry ecosystem to commercialize upcoming products from the current R&D initiatives. This year the event is hosted at the new headquarters building of one of the key players in the quantum industry – TOPTICA. The tour around the hosting facilities will be provided. The event gathers experts and leaders from industrial companies worldwide to discuss the second quantum revolution, its applications, and challenges. We will discuss the four primary application areas in which a paradigm shift is expected: quantum communication, quantum synchronization, quantum computing, and quantum sensing. The aim of this event is to engage the audience to explore synergies in this new industry and create business opportunities for all the participants of this networking-oriented event.

Participants biographies, photos and companies descriptions are available HERE.
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10 October 2023

Optional program. Separate registration needed.

Company visits around Munich

8:30 Departure by bus transfer from GREFIS Hotel (address: Lohenstraße 5, 82166 Gräfelfing)
9:30 – 11:00 Visiting Excelitas (address: Hans-Riedl-Straße 9, 85622 Feldkirchen)
11:00 – 11:15 Drive
11:15 – 12:45 Visiting attocube (address: Eglfinger Weg 2, 85540 Haar)
12:45 – 14:15 Lunch at attocube
14:15 – 15:00 Drive
15:00 – 16:30 Visiting Thorlabs (address: Münchner Weg 1, 85232 Bergkirchen)
16:30 Departure by bus transfer to GREFIS Hotel (address: Lohenstraße 5, 82166 Gräfelfing)

18:30 – 22:00 Optional Pre-event Dinner @ GREFIS Hotel (address: Lohenstraße 5, 82166 Gräfelfing, vegetarian menu will be available)

11 October 2023

11:45 – 12:00 Walking from GREFIS Hotel to TOPTICA (address: TOPTICA Photonics AG, Lochhamer Schlag 19, 82166 Gräfelfing)

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & networking lunch

13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium – Ivan Nikitski, Photonics Technology Manager
13:05 – 13:10 Welcoming words by TOPTICA – Wilhelm Kaenders, Founder and President


13:10 – 13:40 KEYNOTE: TOPTICA – Stephan Ritter, Director Applications Quantum Technologies (Germany)
13:40 – 13:55 Fraunhofer HHI – Martin Schell, Executive Director (Germany)
13:55 – 14:10 ID Quantique Quantum-safe Security for Enterprise – Marc Niklès, Chief Marketing Officer (Switzerland)
14:10 – 14:25 HuaweiLow Cost, Scalable and Integrable QKD Using Continuous Variables – Momtchil Peev, Project Leader (Austria)
14:25 – 14:40 Rivada Space Networks How Is Space Quantum Technology Enabled – and Is It Really Necessary? (from a Satcom Operator’s Perspective) – Thomas Laurent, Director Business Development (Germany)

14:40 – 15:40 Networking coffee break


15:40 – 16:10 KEYNOTE: TOPTICA – Jürgen Stuhler, Vice President Quantum Technologies (Germany)
16:10 – 16:25 AIRBUS Security Hybridization: Towards Quantum-secure Communication Systems – Johanna Sepulveda, Expert on Quantum-Secure Technologies (Germany)
16:25 – 16:40 Menlo Systems – Ronald Holzwarth, Managing Director (Germany)
16:40 – 16:55 CSEM Photonic Solutions for Quantum Technologies – Andreas Voelker, Head of Research & BD Photonics (Switzerland)
16:55 – 17:10 Quant-X Security & CodingQuantum Technology Transfer Catalysers. How We enable the Integration of Quantum Technology in Classical Infrastructures –  Xenia Bogomolec, Information Security Manager & CEO

17:10 – 17:20 Review of the day by EPIC

17:30 Departure by bus transfer to the dinner location

18:00 – 22:00 Networking dinner @ Schlosswirtschaft Schwaige (Schloss Nymphenburg 30,
80638 München)

12 October 2023

8:15 – 8:30 Walking from GREFIS Hotel to TOPTICA (address: TOPTICA Photonics AG, Lochhamer Schlag 19, 82166 Gräfelfing)

08:30 – 09:00 Welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:05 Recap by Ivan Nikitski, Photonics Technology Manager at EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium (France/Europe)


09:05 – 09:35 KEYNOTE: Quandela – Valerian Giesz, CEO and Co-founder (France)
09:35 – 09:50 Yole Group – Photonics’ Contribution to the Development of Quantum Markets – Eric Mounier, Chief Analyst (France) 
09:50 – 10:05 Quix Quantum – Caterina Taballione, Commercial & Partnership Lead (The Netherlands)
10:05 – 10:20 Eindhoven University of Technology – Martijn Heck, Professor (The Netherlands)
10:20 – 10:35 imecNext Generation Light Switches for Optical Quantum Technolgoies – Christian Haffner, Researcher (Belgium)

10:35 – 11:30 Coffee Break


11:30 – 12:00 KEYNOTE: ExailIndustrial Absolute Quantum Gravimeters and R&D for Future Products – Peter Rosenbusch, Head of Systems Engineering
12:00 – 12:15 Q.ANTStarting up with Quantum Sensors – Robert Roelver, Head of Sensing
12:15 – 12:30 QnamiQuantum Sensing Unleashed: Innovations, Applications, and Market Expansion – Alexander Stark, Co-founder & Head of R&D (Switzerland)
12:30 – 12:45 GLOphotonics The Next Generation Quantum Sensing Platform – Devang Naik, Researcher (France)
12:45 – 13:00 FEMTOprintLaser-based 3D Micro-manufacturing of High Precision Components for Quantum Photonics – Rolando Ferrini, Chief Regional Officer & Head of FEMTOprint Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Company tour at TOPTICA
15:15 Optional departure by the bus transfer to Munich airport


We recommend to book your room at the GREFIS hotel (address: Lohenstraße 5, 82166 Gräfelfing) directly, by contacting them by email: . Please mention that you are booking your room for the TOPTICA event happening on 11th and 12th October. In this case the price will be 127 EUR. Number of rooms for such price is limited. Alternatively you can also book a room at Stay.Residence (address: Lochhamer Str. 6, 82152 Planegg) or any other hotel nearby.

The bus transfers will be organized from / to TOPTICA / dinner place to / from GREFIS hotel only. But you can book any other hotel within a walking distance of GREFIS. 

Due to limited parking at TOPTICA, please park at the GREFIS hotel, it’s only 4 minutes walking distance to TOPTICA.

Companies visits


Excelitas Technologies® Corp. is a leading industrial technology manufacturer focused on delivering innovative, market-driven photonic solutions to meet the illumination, optical, optronic, sensing, detection and imaging needs of our OEM and end-user customers. Serving a vast array of applications across biomedical, scientific, semiconductor, industrial manufacturing, safety, security, consumer products, defense and aerospace sectors, Excelitas stands committed to enabling our customers’ success in their many various end-markets. Our team consists of more than 7,500 professionals working across North America, Europe and Asia, to serve customers worldwide.


attocube systems was founded in 2001 and is recognized for innovation and excellence in the development, the production, and the distribution of cutting-edge components and solutions for nanoscale applications in research and industry. Three business sectors optimally serve customers in attocube’s key markets: The ‘Cryogenic Instruments’ portfolio covers nanopositioners, cryostats and microscopes for research at extreme environments, while ‘Nanoscale Analytics’ (former neaspec GmbH) offers optical imaging and spectroscopy microscopes using ground-breaking and patented optical background-filtering techniques. With a strong focus on engineering applications, ‘Motion & Sensing’ offers high-precision motion and measuring devices for ambient and vacuum conditions. attocube has sales offices in the US and a broad network of worldwide distributors, covering more than 40 countries. A long list of accolades – including the Bavarian Innovation Award, the German Founder’s Award, and the TOP100 Innovation Award – further prove attocube’s innovative company spirit.


Thorlabs, a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer, was founded in 1989 to serve the laser and electro-optics research market. As that market has spawned a multitude of technical innovations, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever-increasing role to serve the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. The organization’s highly integrated and diverse manufacturing assets include semiconductor fabrication of Fabry-Perot, DFB, and VCSEL lasers; fiber towers for drawing both silica and fluoride glass optical fibers; MBE/MOCVD epitaxial wafer growth reactors; extensive glass and metal fabrication facilities; advanced thin film deposition capabilities; and optomechanical and optoelectronic shops.

Managing Director at Menlo Systems
Commercial & Partnership Lead at Quix Quantum

Stephan Ritter (Director Quantum Technology Solutions) obtained his PhD degree in physics from ETH Zurich, introducing the capability to detect single atoms to the study of Bose-Einstein condensates and working on phase transitions and cavity optomechanics. He then joined the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, to develop single atoms in high-finesse optical resonators into universal nodes of an elementary quantum network. In 2017, Stephan joined TOPTICA Photonics, where he is currently leading the Quantum Technology Solutions team. Stephan is a member of the Executive Team of the European Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA) and of the Advisory Board of the German joint quantum-repeater-link project QR.X.

Director Applications Quantum Technologies at TOPTICA

Peter Rosenbusch (Head of Systems Engineering) has more than twenty years of experience in quantum physics and renewable energies. Following his PhD in quantum physics, he joined the team of Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, 1997 Nobel Laureat, and then became a permanent researcher at the Observatoire de Paris where he run one of the best atomic clocks. In 2016 he switched to an industrial global player to push the frontiers of wind energy turbines. Further industry experiences on LIDAR and quantum computers led him to the R&D of field-deployable quantum gravimeters at Exail. Today he heads the world's first team to produce cold atom-based quantum sensors at an industrial scale.

Peter Rosenbusch
Head of Systems Engineering at Exail

Xenia Bogomolec (CEO) is the founder of Quant-X Security & Coding, a small enterprise which was founded in 2019 in Hannover, Germany. She is a mathematician and information security specialist with hands on experience in algorithm and system development. In the past years, she has managed information security projects in highly regulated heterogeneous infrastructures and cloud environments. Her passion for innovative technologies gave her the push to initiate or participate in software development in innovative areas such as quantum technology integration.

Information Security Manager & CEO at Quant-X Security & Coding
Momtchil Peev
Project Leader at Huawei

Alexander Stark (Co-Founder & CIO) is a co-founder and the CIO of Qnami, a company that develops complete turn-key Quantum Sensing solutions. His studies commenced at the university of Ulm, Germany, where he acquired in the group of Fedor Jelezko a broad understanding of the NV center in diamond. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark where he developed measurement protocols for quantum sensing applications. Alexander has extensive know-how at the interface between hardware, software and quantum technologies and is the head of R&D in Qnami.

Co-founder & Head of R&D at Qnami

Andreas Voelker (Head of Business Development, Photonics) holds a PhD in nano photonics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He has a research background in bio-medical imaging and diagnostics, as well as nano particle characterization. He has been Head of BD, Photonics for CSEM since 2021. Prior to this he has worked for more than 10 years as CEO of LS Instruments AG and has also gained experience at Roche Diagnostics and Ypsomed in the past. Andreas is passionate about bringing Photonic technologies to real life applications.

Head of Research & BD Photonics at CSEM

Valérian Giesz (Co-Founder & CEO) graduated from Institut d’Optique Graduate School in 2012 and received a PhD in Quantum Optics in 2015. During his PhD, Valérian participated to the last technical developments of the single photon sources that are the flagship of Quandela. Prior to the creation of Quandela, he followed entrepreneurship classes at HEC Paris in 2017.

CEO and a Co-founder at Quandela

Juergen Stuhler (Vice President Quantum Technologies) received his PhD in physics from the University of Constance/Germany for laser cooling & trapping of chromium atoms. During a two years post-doc stage at European Laboratory of Non-linear Spectroscopy (LENS) in Florence/Italy, he built an atom interferometric gradiometer to precisely measure the Newtonian gravitational constant. For three years, he was atom optics group leader at the University of Stuttgart/Germany. He worked on electro-magnetically induced transparency in optically trapped atoms, Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) and Rydberg excitation of rubidium atoms, BEC and dipole-dipole interaction in chromium atoms. In 2006, he joined TOPTICA Photonics as a Sales Manager for scientific products. He took over positions as Product Manager, Project Leader & Coordinator, Scientific Sales Director, and currently is Vice President and Head of the Business Unit Quantum Technologies at TOPTICA. In addition to that, he is General Manager of the TOPTICA subsidiaries in China and in France (ex Azurlight Systems).

Vice President Quantum Technologies at TOPTICA

Wilhelm Kaenders (Founder & CTO) received a Physics Diploma from U Bonn and Imperial College, London in 1989. He finished his PhD in Physics at the U Hannover in the field of laser-cooled atoms under the guidance of Prof. Meschede by devising and building magnetic atom optics. Wilhelm is a member of OSA (Fellow), SPIE (Fellow), and the German Physical Society (DPG). Since 2009 he is Chairman of the Fachbeirat “LASER World of Photonics”. His scientific work was recognized with the Berthold-Leibinger Innovation Award in 2016 and the OSA Paul-Forman-Award in 2017.

Founder and President at TOPTICA

Robert Rölver (Group Leader) received PhD in electrical engineering in 2007 from RWTH Aachen University. He joined Bosch Corporate Research in Stuttgart in 2009. In 2011 he has been assigned as a technology scout at Bosch in the quantum- and nano- technology where he focused on graphene and diamond-based quantum sensors. In 2018 - assignment as a senior export on quantum sensors. In 2021 he joined Q.ANT and became head of sensing being responsible for the product line quantum magnetometers.

Robert Roelver
Head of Sensing  at Q.ANT

Martin Schell (Executive Director) studied physics at the RWTH Aachen University and took his Ph.D. in 1993 at the Technical University of Berlin. Following a one-year research post at the University of Tokyo, Martin Schell worked from 1995 to 2000 as a management consultant for high tech and energy at the Boston Consulting Group. Before he joined Fraunhofer HHI as head of the Photonic Components department in 2005, he was head of production at Infineon Fiber Optic Technologies. Since 2012, he is professor for optical and optoelectronic Integration at Technical University Berlin. Since 2014, Martin Schell leads Fraunhofer HHI together with Thomas Wiegand. From 2015 to 2021, Martin Schell was member of the EPIC Board of Directors, and from 2019 to 2021 member of the Jenoptik Science Advisory Board. He is head of the board of OpTecBB, a network of 100 photonic companies and institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Executive Director at Fraunhofer HHI
Chief Marketing Officer at ID Quantique

Martijn Heck (Professor) has a PhD in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, on the topic of photonic integration, where he is currently a full professor (since 2020) and the Scientific Director of the Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (since 2021). Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Free University of Amsterdam (2008-2009) and the University of California Santa Barbara, US (2009–2013), and an Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark (2013–2020). His research is focused on photonic integration, from technology development, including heterogeneous integration techniques, to applications in sensors, microwave and terahertz photonics, quantum technology and chip-to-chip and on-chip interconnects.

Rolando Ferrini (Chief Regional Officer & Head of FEMTOprint Neuchâtel) joined FEMTOprint in 2022 as Chief Regional Officer and Head of FEMTOprint Neuchâtel, the subsidiary devoted to photonic-related microdevices in glass. In 1999, he obtained his PhD degree in Physics at the Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy, with a thesis on the optical properties of III-V semiconductor materials for electronics and optoelectronics. From 2000 to 2004, he worked as Research Associate at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studied the optical properties of semiconductor-based photonic crystal devices. From 2004 to 2011, as Senior Research Associate at EPFL, he was in charge of the activities on organic devices for optics, photonics and lighting. From 2011 to 2022, he worked at CSEM as Group Leader MicroNano Optics and in 2021 as Head of the Focus Area Photonics. From 2020 to 2021, he founded the PHABULOuS pilot line for the manufacturing of freeform micro-optical components, acting both as project coordinator of the related H2020 project and as Managing Director.

Chief Regional Officer & Head of FEMTOprint Neuchâtel at FEMTOprint

Devang Naik (Quantum Tech Expert) has a rich and diverse background spanning entangled photon quantum cryptography, ultra-cold atoms, quantum degenerate matter, cavity QED and quantum sensing. He started his research career in the field of quantum cryptography using entangled photon pairs, resulting in the first demonstration of the BB92 protocol (Los Alamos National Lab). Later he completed his PhD in the field of degenerate quantum matter, working on quantum vortices using bose-einstein condensates (at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and strongly interacting many-body systems using degenerate fermionic mixtures (University of Innsbruck). He developed novel cooling techniques which have allowed the creation of portable BEC interferometers in Zero-G aerial experiments (University of Bordeaux, France and the University of Florence, Italy) and has worked intensively with BECs in cavity QED experiments (University of Bordeaux). The capabilities of quantum resources for enhanced sensing of not only our world but ourselves has led him to become the head of quantum technologies at GLOPhotonics developing the next generation of portable, all-fibered quantum sensors for bio-medical applications.

Researcher at GLOphotonics

Christian Haffner (Principal Member of Technical Staff) is a Principal Member of Technical Staff and was awarded the first tenure track position at IMEC. He is leading a research group that explores the limits of integrated electro-optical devices in the classical and quantum domain. This research is supported by an ERC starting grant (2022). In 2019, he was accepted to the 5-year Branco-Weiss Fellowship program. And performed his Postdoc research on nano-scale opto-mechanical switches at NIST, Gaithersburg and ETH, Zurich. He received his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich in 2018, for which he was awarded the ETH Medal and Hans-Eggenberger Prize. His PhD research was on exploring plasmonics as an active electro-optic device technology in the group of Juerg Leuthold. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)in 2012 and in 2013, respectively. He was ranked first in his masterbatch. During his study, he was awarded a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. His research has been published in high-impact journals including Nature, Nature Photonics, Science and Nano Letters. News outlets such the OSA’s Optics and Photonics News and the IEEE Spectrum have featured his publications.

Researcher at imec

Eric Mounier (Chief Analyst) is Fellow Analyst at Yole Group (Yole), with more than 25+ years’ experience within the semiconductor industry. He provides daily in-depth insights into current and future semiconductor trends, markets and innovative technologies (such as Quantum computing, Si photonics, new sensing technologies, new type of sensors ...). Based on relevant methodological expertise and a strong technological background, he works closely with all the teams at Yole to point out disruptive technologies and analyze and present business opportunities through technology & market reports and custom consulting projects. With numerous internal workshops on technologies, methodologies, best practices and more, Yole’s Fellow Analyst ensures the training of Yole’s Technology & Market Analysts. In this position, he has spoken in numerous international conferences, presenting his vision of the semiconductor industry and latest technical innovations. He has also authored or co-authored more than 100 papers as well as more than 120 Yole’s technology & market reports. Previously, Eric held R&D and Marketing positions at CEA Leti (France). Eric has a PhD. in Semiconductor Engineering and a degree in Optoelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (France).

Chief Analyst at Yole Group

Thomas Laurent (Director Business Development) is a proven expert in photonics, quantum technologies and space with more than 20 years of professional experience. He was co-founder and CTO/Managing Director of eagleyard Photonics GmbH (now part of Toptica Photonics AG). With his experience from contributions to traditional space missions such as GAIA, CATS, CAL and EXO Mars, he moved into the New Space area, which deals with satellite communications services. At Rivada Space Networks, he leads business development with a focus on government services and critical infrastructure. He holds a PhD in physical chemistry (Humboldt University of Berlin).

Director Business Development at Rivada Space Networks

Johanna Sepúlveda (Expert on Quantum-Secure Technologies) received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering – Microelectronics by the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She was a Senior Researcher at the University of South Brittany (France), INRIA-Photonics (France) and at the Technical University of Munich (Germany). Currently she holds a position as the Airbus Expert on Quantum-Secure Technologies. Also, she is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Quantum Technologies for the European Commission. She has more than 15 years of experience in R&T and R&D in the area of security, networked systems, HPC and quantum technologies.

Expert on Quantum-Secure Technologies at AIRBUS

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