SOURCE: TeraDiode


August 23, 2011 09:22 ET

TeraDiode Lands $3.2 Million in Defense-Related Contracts

Contracts Demonstrate Confidence in Direct Diode Technology

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2011) - TeraDiode's direct diode laser technology has caught the attention of the US Department of Defense. The company announced today that it has been awarded more than $1.1 million in defense-related contracts and has another $2.1M in defense-related contracts pending award. The company is also developing direct diode lasers for industrial applications.

In just 18 months TeraDiode brought its technology off the page, out of the lab and into real-world testing. The company's lasers are based on TeraDiode's patented wavelength beam combining (WBC) technology, which offers an unmatched combination of simplicity, brightness and efficiency.

"These contracts show just how disruptive our direct diode technology is in the laser community," said President and CEO David Sossen. "Our technology continues to advance at a rapid pace and we are invigorated by the response we have seen throughout the industry."

The $3.2M in defense-related contracts includes three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Awards. The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research and Development. TeraDiode received Phase I contracts from three different defense agencies. The company expects to be awarded Phase II contracts next year.

TeraDiode's patented technology is based on a breakthrough in wavelength beam combining pioneered by TeraDiode co-founders Dr. Bien Chann and Dr. Robin Huang at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. This discovery made ultra high brightness direct diode lasers possible for the first time. TeraDiode holds the exclusive license for this technology from MIT and is building its own base of innovative intellectual property.

About TeraDiode
TeraDiode is the leader in developing direct diode laser technology for military and industrial applications. The company's technology, pioneered at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, has broken all records for combined power and beam quality from a direct diode laser. Most experts consider direct diode lasers to be the future of the laser industry. TeraDiode is backed by an investment from Stata Venture Partners. More information about TeraDiode can be found at