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EPIC - Press release


Muzzano, Switzerland

April 8th, 2022


Nicoletta Casanova joins EPIC Board of Directors





Vilnius, Thursday, 7 April 2022 – During the Annual General Meeting 2022 celebrated in Vilnius, Lithuania, the European Photonics Industry Consortium announced its new board member: Nicoletta Casanova, CEO and President of FEMTOprint.

EPIC is proud that Nicoletta Casanova is joining as new member to its Board of Directors. FEMTOprint is a Swiss high-tech company that uses light as a powerful ink source to manufacture 3D printed microdevices in glass and other transparent materials. Benno Oderkerk, President of EPIC, said that “we are excited to welcome Nicoletta Casanova to the EPIC Board of Directors and look forward benefit from her energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit to the board”.

“It is a privilege for me to join the EPIC Board of Directors. The association has been experiencing impressive growth in recent years and has an even more ambitious vision for the future, which intrigued me”, said Casanova. “My story is studded with collaborations: FEMTOprint is the result of a European collaborative project and is an example of how working together synergistically leads to success. I am therefore very happy to support EPIC's strategy and to contribute with my enthusiasm and passion for innovation in this very challenging historical moment. This nomination comes with the opening of our FEMTOprint branch in Neuchâtel (CH) - completely dedicated to the development and production of photonic components, with the aim of strengthening the support for the European ecosystem.”

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From left to right: Carlos Lee, Ulrike Helfferich, Basil Garabet, Adam Piotrowski, Samuel Bucourt, Benno Oderkerk, Jan Meise, Christian Bosshard, Nicoletta Casanova

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Nicoletta Casanova is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation always trying to make things differently - from being Technical Director at a Laboratory for Material Testing to young founder of a company active in the field of fiber optic technologies for structural health monitoring in Lugano, and afterward becoming manager of an international technology company in Paris. After her first 

successful experience, she decided in 2013 to give birth to FEMTOprint, with the following main goals: open new technological horizons in industrial manufacturing and boost innovation in microsystems by providing means for rapid prototyping and serial production. Her passion for innovation is reflected in her additional activities as Innovation Counselor at the Swiss Innovation Agency “Innosuisse”, as Chair of the BRIDGE Steering committee, and as Leader of the Group for innovation at the Association of Ticino’s Industries.

The EPIC Board of Directors composition as of April 2022: Adam Piotrowski, CEO of VIGO Photonics, Basil Garabet, President & CEO of NKT Photonics, Benno Oderkerk, Berthold Schmidt, Managing Director of TRUMPF Photonic Components, Christian Bosshard, Managing Director of Swissphotonics, Nicoletta Casanova, CEO and President of FEMTOprint and Samuel Bucourt, CEO of Imagine Optic.


About EPIC

EPIC is the world-leading industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organizations working in the field of photonics. Its members encompass the entire value chain from LED lighting, photovoltaic solar energy, photonic integrated circuits, optical components, lasers, sensors, imaging, displays, projectors, optic fiber, and other photonic-related technologies. EPIC fosters a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement.EPIC currently represents more than 780 companies across 33 countries.


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