A Dutch consortium led by Invest-NL and FORWARD.one, and also consisting of the University of Twente Holding, Oost NL and PhotonDelta, is investing €3.5 million in the growth ambitions of LioniX International, the Enschede-based global leader in tailored microsystem solutions. The consortium sees the investment in LioniX International as an expression of the broad shared commitment to further strengthen the Dutch Deep Tech ecosystem, with ChipTech Twente in particular.

LioniX International is at the forefront of designing and manufacturing cutting-edge custom microsystems, photonics, sensing and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The company has developed a leading integrated photonics technology platform (TriPleX®) that enables the development of applications ranging from AR/VR, (bio)sensing and telecom to photonic quantum computing. These cutting-edge solutions are critical to technological advancement for a range of industries, including healthcare, aerospace, defense and telecommunications.

As a vertically integrated key player within the Dutch Deep Tech ecosystem, the company offers full module development and manufacturing to its OEM customers with services such as microfabrication, packaging and assembly, prototyping, test and characterization and engineering design. This module development is based on a comprehensive library of validated building blocks with which custom modules are built.

“We are very pleased to announce this investment in LioniX International together with these leading Dutch shareholders,” said Arne Leinse, CEO of LioniX International. “This group of investors enables further growth for LioniX International in the future. We are excited to continue to develop and deliver advanced microsystems solutions to our current and new customers around the world.”

“This investment is a challenging step forward for both LioniX International and the Dutch technology industry as a whole. It fits perfectly with the ambitions of our Deep Tech Fund, which aims to invest in knowledge-intensive start-ups and scale-ups that have the potential to to lift innovation in the Netherlands to a higher level,” says Leo Holwerda, Director of Capital at Invest-NL.

Paul Pruijmboom, General Partner at FORWARD.one, states: “LioniX has developed a technology at the forefront of photonics with numerous potential applications. As a high-quality Dutch Deep Tech company, LioniX is an example of the innovative potential of the Netherlands, and we are pleased to be part of the company’s future success.”

Chimwemwe de Gaay Fortman, CEO of Capital van Oost NL: “With this investment, we are strengthening our position in chip technology in the eastern Netherlands and we are building a strong Dutch photonics cluster with global impact. It also further contributes to an independent Europe.”

Ellen Velthuis, CFO of the University of Twente Holding, says: “This investment further strengthens the technology ecosystem in Twente and will contribute to Twente as one of the most important photonics and quantum technology hubs in Europe. We are very pleased with this joint investment, which not only benefits LioniX, but also the entire Dutch technology sector.”

The Ministry of Economy and Climate Policy and Invest-NL launched their Deep Tech Fund (DTF) earlier in 2022. The DTF wants to invest in companies with innovative, complex technologies like LioniX. These investments are crucial for the future of the Dutch economy and contribute more specifically to the goal of strengthening knowledge and innovation in the Netherlands and the EU. In a highly competitive global market, it is more important than ever to build a strong and leading Deep Tech ecosystem.

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