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Arnaud Royon, Scientific and Technical Director of Argolight, winner of the 2014 Jean Jerphagnon Prize



The Jean Jerphagnon Prize, dedicated to scientific excellence at the heart of entrepreneurship, is annually awarded to a scientist or engineer internationally recognized and offering an innovative project with at least one optical or photonics element. Among the many criteria, scientific value, strong industrial potential and inferred societal and economic qualities for the intended applications, are rigorously studied.


Arnaud Royon (Scientific and Technical Director and co-founder of the company Argolight) convinced the jury by the quality of his project and his entrepreneurial spirit and he received the 2014 Jean Jerphagnon from Etienne Klein, Philosopher of Science at CEA, as part of the launch event "2015, Year of the Light in France" which took place in the great amphitheater of the Sorbonne University in Paris on 2015, January 8th.


Argolight is a specialist in quality for fluorescence. It designs, develops and markets a unique patented technology of structured ultrastable fluorescence.


Start-up of the University of Bordeaux, Argolight is the result of the transfer of fundamental research initiated more than 10 years ago, at the interface between a priori very distant disciplines: materials for optical applications and lithography by ultra-short lasers. "It is a great satisfaction for us to be able to transfer the technology from laboratories and to carry it to a maturity consistent today with its industrialization," comments Arnaud Royon, co-founder and Scientific and Technical Director of Argolight. The young company facilities are located within the ALPhANOV Business Space.


Jean Jerphagnon Prize jury includes prominent figures of photonics and leading figures from the world of innovation. It is chaired by Alain Aspect, Research Director at the CNRS (Laboratoire Charles Fabry at the Institut d'Optique Graduate School), and co-chaired by Thierry Georges, CEO of Oxxius.


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