MSNBC | March. 16, 2009
Boston Micromachines Continues Growth With Boost in Revenues and Employee Base
Company Empowers Adaptive Optics Progression to Commercial Market
updated 8:00 a.m. ET, Mon., March. 16, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC), a leading provider of MEMS-based deformable mirror (DM) products for adaptive optics systems, today announced it has achieved record revenues and an acceleration in profit for the year ending December 31, 2008, making it the most successful year in the company’s history.
The company also experienced a 25 percent growth in its employee base, adding expertise in the areas of MEMS processing and reliability, sales and production. This employee growth necessitated relocation to a new facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which provides the company advanced production capabilities. The company installed a Class 100 cleanroom with fabrication tools and advanced metrology equipment.
In 2008 Boston Micromachines teamed with Thorlabs, Inc. to deliver The Adaptive Optics Toolkit, a kit that makes adaptive optics easy, affordable, and widely available for researchers. The kit is being used by leading researchers around the world for retinal imaging, laser beam shaping, and astronomy research. Also in 2008 the company delivered new drivers that enable even smaller, faster and more cost effective deployment of its Multi-DM and Kilo-DM mirrors.
Boston Micromachines' high level growth stems from the evolvement of adaptive optics technology from a bench research tool to a commercially utilized technology. The company's MEMS deformable mirror products are used to correct image distortions in a wide variety of applications including retinal imaging, microscopy, long range laser communications and astronomy. As the company continues to grow, new areas for its product have emerged including laser micromachining and holography.
"We are proud of the results we have been able to achieve in 2008 and look forward to continued success in 2009," said Paul Bierden, president of Boston Micromachines. "Our deformable mirrors enable researchers to easily integrate adaptive optics at a low cost, while enhancing system performance and image quality. Our worldwide customers are building novel applications that advance science in areas such as biological imaging and the search for extra-solar plants."