MEMS Optical, Inc. (extinct)

MEMS Optical, Inc. (extinct)

MEMS Optical, Inc. (extinct)

Date Founded



205 Import Circle,Huntsville, AL 35806

Type of Company



Electrical Products

Company Description

MEMS Optical, Inc. manufactured and supplied micro optics. Its products included beam shapers, IR microoptics, laser diode corrector, and multi function optics. It provided design & assembly and foundry services. The company was founded by Rod Clark in 1997 and was located in Huntsville, AL.

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Vanguard Ventures focuses on seed and early-stage investments in US-based communications, information technology and life sciences companies. The firm typically invests at the seed or Series A financing rounds. Investments range from $10 million to $12 million per company.Within the communications sector, Vanguard Ventures focuses on (1) broadband access (2) foundry and manufacturing (3) integrated access (4) IP enabling technologies (5) optical components, modules and subsystems (6) optical systems (7) network enabled applications (8) network management software and operation support systems (9) switching and routing (10) testing and measurement and (11) wireless. The firm looks for companies with deep technical foundations that address very large markets and offer price/performance improvement to currently available solutions.Vanguard Ventures' life sciences investments focus on (1) biopharmaceuticals (2) medical devices (3) drug delivery systems (4) diagnostics (5) capital equipment (6) tools for increased drug development efficiencies including bioinformatics, biochips and high throughput systems and (7) telemedicine.The firm looks for information technologies that can measurably improve productivity or lower costs. Within the areas of hardware and software, Vanguard Ventures focuses on companies with technologies that offer (1) low cost storage and management of digital information (2) rapid and intelligent access to digital information (3) security for digital information (4) low cost distribution of digital information (5) low cost and effective aids to collaboration and communication between people in different locations (6) breakthrough computing architectures (7) networking advances that improve communications and lower the cost of communicating between people and between machines and (8) software with the potential to enable the real time enterprise.Across all their areas of interest, Vanguard Ventures looks for companies with technologies or ideas that have the potential to define new markets or redefine existing markets. Companies should have a large, definable, approachable market and the potential to achieve market leadership. Companies should also offer breakthrough and protectable technologies.

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DynaFund Ventures focuses on investments in US-based technology companies. They invest primarily in the communications and networking, electronics and photonics, infrastructure software and process technology sectors.Within the communications and networking sectors, the firm focuses on (1) wireless voice/data systems, components and software (2) local area network, metropolitan area network and wide area network systems and components and (3) storage systems, components and software.DynaFund Ventures' investments in the electronics and photonics sector focus on (1) application specific advanced electronic, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology and photonic components (2) advanced integrated circuits, modules and design tools (3) computer components, modules, subsystems and systems (4) component manufacturing and device fabrication, tools, equipment and systems and (5) novel applications of materials, components, modules and electronic systems.Within the infrastructure software industry, DynaFund Ventures invests primarily in (1) Intranet and extranet applications, tools and services (2) enterprise software applications (3) caching, streaming and other Internet traffic management applications and (4) electronic design automation.The firm's investments in the areas of process technology focus on (1) semiconductor fabrication tools and equipment (2) MEMS and nanotechnology related tools and (3) test/verification tools and technologies.DynaFund Ventures looks for companies that are developing innovative approaches and disruptive technology that will lead to dramatic changes in design, materials and fabrication technologies. They also look for companies that are developing and applying new technologies to increase the manageability, flexibility and capacity of communications networks. DynaFund Ventures invests in companies that use the Internet as a technological and strategic tool to provide business efficiencies and allow more rapid growth than was previously possible. They also invest in companies offering software and systems that allow businesses to streamline the way they manage and exchange data. In addition, the firm looks for companies that are developing new approaches to the convergence of data, voice and video and to network access.DynaFund Ventures typically invests in the range of $1 million to $5 million in each financing round. They usually serve as the lead or co-lead investor. The firm also participates in the subsequent funding rounds of their portfolio companies. DynaFund Ventures can syndicate larger amounts of capital through their relationships with other venture capital firms and investors.

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