High performance integrated Photonics

At Alcyon Photonics, we aim at accelerating the transition from electronics to photonics, by providing with available ultra wide bandwidth and polarization photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for applications such as Telecoms, DataComs or Sensoring.

As a spin off from IO (Instituto de Óptica) – Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Alcyon leverages on the intensive background in theoretical and experimental studies of optical waveguides for applications including communications, sensing, metrology and instrumentation from CSIC’s Instituto de Optica. Specifically, Alcyon brings to market the innovation and know-how developed by the founder partner and researcher Dr. Aitor Villafranca.

Alcyon sits on a high growth potential and strategic technology sector: integrated Photonics. As electronics struggle to meet the speed, bandwidth, and miniaturization challenge, analysts’ consensus is that photonics is successor to electronics, enabling the development of efficient and high-capacity miniaturized devices for datacom, telecom and sensing. As a result of the potential photonics has to enhance innovation across several industries, it is included in Europe’s Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) of 21st century.

Alcyon’s relies on its expertise on sub-wavelength grating (SWG) technology and a powerful portfolio of industrial property (IP), offering a comprehensive library of ultra wide bandwidth and integrated polarization management BBs, with superior performance compared to those commercially available. Additionally, Alcyon Photonics makes also available more complex functionalities, such as high-performance Application Specific Photonic Integrated Circuits (APICs), based on its BBs portfolio.

Alcyon Photonics is partipated by BeAble Capital and its innovation potential has been awarded with a Neotec-CDTI finance grant, a Innovative SME seal and an European Comission Seal of Excellence.

BeAble Capital SGEIC SA, Venture of reference in Science Equity (Technology Transfer funds focused on Deep Science), through its fund BeAble Innvierte Kets Fund, FCR, invest in Seed and Early Stage in the Industrial High Technology sector with the goal of transferring to society the technologies born in academic and research institutions in Spain and providing support for transforming breakthrough discoveries into products through start-ups.


Jimena Garcia-Romeu


Dr. Antonio Dias

Partner & CTO

Dr. Aitor Villafranca

Founder & Scientific Advisor

Dr. Irene Olivares

Photonics Engineer

Roberto Ranera

Investor & Business Advisor

Jaime Vilas

Product developer
Novica  Mrdovic-Vianello

Novica  Mrdovic-Vianello

Strategic advisor

Also together in a photonics journey

Ghomashi Mohammadamin

PhD student

Ángela Soria

Photonics postgraduate student

Javier María Torres

Design Platform Advisor
Ignacio Jauregui

Software Architect & DevOps Advisor