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  • Heptagon Expands Offices, Leadership Team
Nov 2013
SINGAPORE and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 6, 2013 — Heptagon, a supplier of micro-optics systems for smart devices, has increased operations, process and production engineering capacity at its headquarters in Singapore and has hired a chief technology officer and a chief innovation officer, the company said Wednesday.

Heptagon spun off from Helsinki University of Technology in 1993. Its products are used in imaging, sensing and light applications that require miniaturization, precision and high performance, such as smartphones, notebooks and tablets, the company said. In August, it announced that it had shipped more than 1 billion units to OEM customers.

Heptagon has hired Ohad Meitav as chief technology officer and promoted Markus Rossi to the position of chief innovation officer.

Meitav, who joined Heptagon from Zoran Corp., where he collaborated with imaging, camera, mobile and consumer electronics companies, will be based in Heptagon's Silicon Valley office. He is currently adding specialists to the system, software and imaging teams there, the company said.

Rossi has been with Heptagon since its acquisition of Zurich-based CSEM's micro-optics department in 2000. He is a "thought leader" in the micro-optics scientific community, Heptagon said, and is the author of numerous patents. He will lead Heptagon’s innovation efforts with an increased focus on augmenting its intellectual property assets.

“We are delighted to have Ohad join our leadership team; he has a superb track record in leading world-class teams in product design and development,“ said Heptagon President and CEO Christian Tang-Jespersen. “Moreover, giving additional focus on innovation through Markus’ new role will further intensify our ability to pick the right next technologies and technology partners. Finally, having additional resources in Singapore, the world’s center of process and product innovation, accelerates our ability to deliver industry-leading solutions to customers.” 

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Tiny (less than 2 mm in diameter) lenses, beamsplitters and other optical components used, for example, in endoscopes or microscopes or to focus light from semiconductor lasers and optical fibers.
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