PhotonFirst International

/PhotonFirst International
Pyrietstraat 2a T: +31 (0) 85 0076700
1812 SC, Alkmaar F: 
The Netherlands Email - Web

The ability to detect, measure and monitor has always been a critical part of advanced technology. Having a clear view on the performance of materials, structures and systems is key to making critical decisions in everything from aircraft to spacecraft, from power stations to data storage, from automotive batteries to cardiovascular procedures. When the application is critical, the accuracy of sensing and reporting is paramount. That’s why PhotonFirst have become the leading expert in integrated photonics sensing systems.

What makes us different?

A unique combination of factors that not only help us lead in innovation, but help us to think together in solutions. It’s a pioneering attitude that has been instilled in the company from its inception. The ability to think out of the box, step out of mainstream ideas and be truly creative with technology has been in our genes from day one. We aim high and set ourselves challenges that require perseverance and collaboration. We aim to succeed in every challenge and have an entrepreneurial approach to every task. We look for the best solution not easy answers.

We believe that success is more valuable when it is shared and we have a thoughtful, honest and open approach to our innovations. We have built a strong reputation of trust and integrity Worldwide. Keeping the most complex and critical structures protected with a layer of sensing accuracy that is unsurpassed.

We believe that precision and accuracy of data is a key factor of success for our partners.We are here to push the boundaries of innovation, we are here to help you succeed through sensing by unlocking the power of the photon.

Photonfirst ready to claim world leadership in integrated photonic sensing

augustus 19, 2021

Photonfirst is looking to become the world’s innovation leader in integrated photonic sensing. It’s just a matter of reaching the stepping stones that will take its technology to high-volume sales. With a few dozen of potential applications in six different markets, the Alkmaar-based company is quickly closing in on a pivot point. Read more  [Source: brainporteindhoven.com]

Applications for Structural Health Monitoring

juli 1, 2021

Fotonicapionier Pim Kat vindt in diagnosticeren hartfalen toepassing voor revolutionaire meettechniek

juni 16, 2021

Na de verkoop van zijn bedrijf Technobis in 2019 wilde Pim Kat alleen nog maar leuke technische dingen doen op het gebied van de fotonica, waarmee hij al vijftien jaar pioniert. Maar het bloed kruipt waar het niet gaan kan. Met fotonica-voorvechter Ton Backx en twee medici is hij met Amazec Photonics alweer een nieuwe onderneming gestart. Daarmee wil hij een revolutionaire fotonica-toepassing voor het diagnosticeren van hartfalen ontwikkelen. Kats ‘oude’ bedrijf Technobis en het recent daarvan afgesplitste PhotonFirst zijn de technologiepartners van dienst. Lees verder  [Bron: linkmagazine.nl]

Future Photonica

juni 5, 2021


Fotonica is een veelbelovende technologie. Veel wetenschappers en bedrijven onderzoeken de toepassingsmogelijkheden ervan. Maar hoe ver zijn de fotonica-bedrijven eigenlijk? Wat is de tijdshorizon? Wat hebben bedrijven in verschillende industrieën eraan? Bekijk de video  [Bron: Dutch Technology Week 2021 op YouTube.com]

PhotonFirst ready to claim world leadership in integrated photonic sensing

april 14, 2021

‘PhotonFirst is looking to become the world’s innovation leader in integrated photonic sensing. It’s just a matter of reaching the stepping stones that will take its technology to high-volume sales. With a few dozen of potential applications in six different markets, the Alkmaar-based company is quickly closing in on a pivot point.’ …. Read more

Novel sensor enables objective assessment of aircraft landing impact

april 10, 2021


Great to see yet another inspiring application of our integrated photonics sensing technology in aerospace. Together with our partners Meggitt and NLR – Netherlands Aerospace Centre we have developed a novel sensing solution to assess the impact of aircraft landing gear during landing. Read more [Source: cordis.europa.eu]

PhotonFirst opens a new office at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven

maart 19, 2021

We recently opened our satellite office at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the hotspot of the photonics industry in The Netherlands. We are happy to be surrounded by high tech talent and expand our footprint to the Brainport region around Eindhoven, home of so many pioneers like us. Read more

Logo reveal headquarters Alkmaar | PhotonFirst

januari 6, 2021

Technobis’ integrated photonics activities become PhotonFirst

januari 1, 2021


To enable fast and focused growth, the integrated photonics sensing activities of Technobis will change their name to PhotonFirst and 
operate independently from its ‘mothership’ Technobis Group as of January 1st. Daan Kersten will be heading PhotonFirst as its first CEO. As he announced when he joined the team three months ago, the photonics activities will be expanded aggressively, both in scope and size, as well as geographically. Read more