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Montana Photonics Industry Alliance

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 1 March, 1995
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Other
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Ray
Friesenhahn
Project Manager
+14069947726
rayf@montana.edu
Trent
Berg
Cluster Manager
trent@montanaphotonics.org
Languages spoken: 
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Lighting and Electrical Equipment
Technology fields: 
Optical Technology related to measurements
Optical material testing
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Photonics, Lasers, Optics
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
33
Number of SME members: 
25
Number of larger company members: 
4
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
4
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
FLIR / Scientific Materials Corporation
Larger Company
Optical Technology Center (OpTeC)
Research Organisation
Spectrum Lab
Research Organisation
TechLink
Technology Center
Bridger Photonics
SME
Blackmore Sensors and Analytics
SME
Ascent Vision Technologies
SME
Altos Photonics
SME
Lattice Materials LLC
SME
Montana Instruments Corporation
SME
Newport / ILX Lightwave
Larger Company
Quantel USA
Larger Company
S2 Corporation
SME
Yellowstone Scientific Instruments
SME
Wavelength Electronics
SME
Sensory Labs
SME
Quantum Composers
SME
Resonon, Inc
SME
Photon Machines Inc
SME
NWB Sensors, Inc
SME
ESI / New-Wave Research
Larger Company
Neuralynx, Inc.
SME
Advanced Microcavity Sensors LLC
SME
AdvR, Inc
SME
Image Labs International
SME
Agile Focus Designs
SME
Laser Lab Source
SME
MicroLab Inc
SME
Phenix FO
SME
Revibro Optics
SME
SensoPath Technologies
SME
Adelos, Inc.
SME
Montana State University
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Montana Photonics Industry Alliance serves as a hub for Montana’s optics and photonics companies, entrepreneurs, laboratories, and universities to commercialize, grow and sustain globally leading organizations that create high quality jobs and economic opportunity in Montana.      

We: 

  • Support initiatives designed to start, grow and attract new optics and photonics companies to Montana;
  • Promote optics and photonics job opportunities in Montana to attract top quality professionals to the state;
  • Support efforts to build the state’s optics and photonics technology research base;
  • Exchange information about common issues and opportunities;
  • Pool resources to support joint training, research and development and business development projects that advance the competitiveness of Montana optics and photonics companies;
  • Educate the public and students about optics and photonics career opportunities;
  • Serve as an interface between Montana optics and photonics companies and state educational institutions; and
  • Serve as the interface between Montana optics and photonics companies and state government 
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Access to technology services
Enabling Facilities sharing
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Support for federal funding via Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR).

Research collaborations with university research facilities.

Support for Collaboration with federal laboratories.

Manufacturing support via Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)

Access to Intellectual Property from Montana State University and all U.S. Defense Labs via TechLink.

Work with and identifying private sector funding opportunities.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
Australia
Israel
Japan
Mexico
New Zealand
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
France
Germany
Italy
Lithuania
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Group participation and exhibitions at the LASER World of PHOTONICS | Trade Fair Laser Photonics Industry

Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Some of the most advanced laser and photonics technologies in the world, located in the scenic area of Bozeman, Montana, gateway to Yellowstone National Park.