About us

Multiphoton Optics GmbH was founded as spin-off company from Fraunhofer ISC, Würzburg, Germany, on September 13, 2013. Seed and Round A funding were acquired in October 2014 and October 2015, respectively.

Dr. Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director, physicist

Cofounder of Multiphoton Optics GmbH, founded in September 2013. Current function as CEO from August 2014. From 2013 to July 2014, she was CTO of MPO. From 2000 to 2012, she held different technical and management positions at Fraunhofer ISC, where she focussed on materials, processes, and technology/equipment development for photonic and biomedical applications. From 1999 to 2000, she worked at Sandia Nat.’l Labs, Livermore, CA (USA). She invented more than 90 patents and has received many awards and nominations, amongst which are the Finalist in the Prism Award 2015, the Cowin Award for Entrepreneurship 2014, the Green Photonics Award 2013, the Joseph von Fraunhofer Award 2007.


Benedikt Stender, Dipl.-Ing., CTO

Since June 2016, CTO of Multiphoton Optics GmbH, from November 2015 to May 2016, he supported the company as Application Engineer. PhD work from May 2011 until October 2015 at the Julius-Maximilian University Würzburg, Germany, in the field of single photon sources and organic light emitting diodes (PhD work filed in July 2016). From March 2010 to Februrary 2011, diploma thesis at Fraunhofer ISC in the team of Ruth Houbertz on ink-jet printed microlenses. Study of Nanostructure Technology at the University of Würzburg. During that time, he stayed at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada) from September 2008 until April 2009. His scientific background is in confocal microscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, printed electronics, and microoptics.


Dr. Lorenz Granrath, Japan Representative, Tokyo Office

Since 2014, Supervisory Innovation and International Collaboration Coordinator at the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Sience & Technology (AIST) in Japan. From 2001 to 2013, Head of the Fraunhofer Tokyo Office. From 2001 to 1997, he worked at GMD Forschungszentrum Informationstechnik GmbH, and at ABB Stotz Kontakt GmbH from 1995 to 1997. During his PhD work at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in technology management, he was visiting researcher at Tokyo University from 1992 to 1993. He studied Industrial Engineering and Business Administration in Karlsruhe.