Press Release: Wasatch Photonics Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation

LOGAN, UT – December 15, 2022 – Wasatch Photonics is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary of helping customers develop new applications of light. Founded in 2002, the company designs and manufactures high efficiency transmission gratings for spectroscopy, optical coherence tomography (OCT), astronomy, and pulse compression, as well as spectrometers for OCT, Raman, and other spectroscopic techniques.

In 20 years, Wasatch Photonics has grown from a small shop started by a group of entrepreneur-innovators in Logan, UT to commercialize disruptive volume phase holographic (VPH) grating technology, establishing three sites across the US and a global distributor network. Along the way, we’ve patented several unique VPH grating technologies and developed a line of highly configurable modular spectrometers for OCT and Raman with industry-leading sensitivity and speed. Both the Logan, UT and Morrisville, NC manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001:2015 certified and are under upgrade or expansion.

More than anything, we are proud of enabling our customers to achieve their goals in research and product development, from large-format gratings used in telescopes across the globe to Raman-based instruments that make our world a safer, more secure place. Wasatch Photonics’ customers have taken our gratings to Mars, to the space station, and into homes for health monitoring, and they’ve positioned our spectrometers at the forefront of medicine through new devices based on Raman or made more powerful by OCT imaging.

Reflecting on the 20-year anniversary, Board Chairman Lindsay Burton said, “Wasatch Photonics has a genuine positive impact on the world – I get such a thrill to hear our team talk about the applications. It’s amazing to be involved in cutting edge technology that couldn’t have been done 10-20 years ago. We are doing some truly meaningful work, and it’s wonderful that so many of our team share that same motivation and vision. That makes our efforts collaborative, and it shows.

Since its early beginnings in Utah, Wasatch Photonics has worked with customers to push the limits of grating-based photonics, through relationships based on shared expertise and trust. “The company still has a lot of its original innovative spirit, in all aspects – from engineering to marketing,” says Doug Miller, one of the founders, “but now we’re a company that can design to a high spec, build it, and deploy it reliably.” No longer a start-up but a flourishing company, we’ve become like so many of our OEM customers – big enough to have an impact in the industry, but still small enough to care about each customer.

As we look forward, we are focused on keeping our founding principle of innovation alive and using it to drive the most promising applications of Raman, OCT, and VPH gratings,” says CEO Dr. David Creasey. “We continue to refine, optimize, and miniaturize our product lines to enable those next-generation devices in a way that both accelerates their development, and is scalable to volume for OEMs. There’s never been a more exciting time for the company.

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About Wasatch Photonics

Founded in 2002, Wasatch Photonics designs, manufactures, and markets high efficiency volume phase holographic (VPH) transmission gratings for pulse compression, astronomy, spectral imaging, and optical coherence tomography (OCT), as well as spectrometers for OCT, Raman, and other spectral techniques. Our high-performance gratings, spectrometers, and systems are used in research labs around the world. We also work extensively with OEM partners spanning a diverse range of industries, including defense and security, industrial lasers and materials processing, sensing, analytical instrumentation, medical, and energy markets.