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Jason Eichenholz and Henry Chesbrough: Fostering open innovation in photonics

The goal is to bring good ideas to companies with the resources to execute.

26 April 2013, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201304.04

Jason Eichenholz is Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of Open Photonics Inc. (OPI) and a Senior Member of SPIE. OPI's open innovation and crowd-sourcing grant program, Photonic HorizonsTM, aims to harvest technology and new product ideas sitting dormant within garages, universities or small companies and match them with more established companies looking to bring these ideas to market via their established processes and channels.

Eichenholz received his MS and PhD in Optical Science and Engineering from CREOL -- University of Central Florida, and a BS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been actively involved in laser and photonics research and product development for more than 20 years, and has written and contributed over 50 papers in the areas of fiber optics, photonics, and solid-state, ultrafast, and frequency-agile lasers. He holds six US Patents related to solid-state lasers, displays and photonic devices.

Henry Chesbrough is Executive Director of the Program in Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a BA in Economics from Yale University, an MBA Summa cum Laude from Stanford, and a PhD with Highest Honors from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He is the author of Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology (Harvard Business School Press, 2006). He is also credited with coining the term "open innovation."