Jes Broeng

Jes Broeng


Ørsteds Plads

Building: 340, 0.13.E

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 45253659

Mobile: 24253835

Jes Broeng joined DTU Fotonik in 2012 with the goal of creating new spin-out companies.

Jes has an entrepreneur background as a co-founder of Crystal Fibre (sold 2008), now NKT Photonics. Jes has extensive experience in business development, product development, sales (US, Europe, and Asia; private and public sector), and IPR and license management.

Jes has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from DTU, Denmark, and he is author and co-author of more than 200 publications, 1 textbook, and 15 patents (6000+ citations, h-index = 35).

Jes serves on the committee of several international conferences. Jes was awarded the European Optics Prize in 1999.



Jes Broeng is Professor of Photonics Technology Innovation at DTU Fotonik, and currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, CITRIS. He has a PhD degree and a MSc from DTU, Denmark, and is author and co-author of more than 200 publications (including Science), 1 textbook, and 15 patents (h-index = 42, +10.000 citations). Jes Broeng’s research interests include business and management areas of technology transfer and entrepreneurship, and scientific areas of optics, photonics, and communications. He has extensive experience in applied research, early high-tech business development, IPR and licensing, and high-tech sales (US, Europe, and Asia). Jes Broeng is co-founder of five start-ups: Crystal Fibre (now NKT Photonics), Norlase, Bifrost Communications, Aqubiq and OSAA Innovation – and he has pioneered a new model for successful university spin-outs. He is a frequent invited speaker and teaches technology entrepreneurship seminars and workshops at universities around the world. Jes Broeng is a member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and a Fellow of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) and has served on the committee of several international conferences. Jes Broeng was awarded the European Optics Prize in 1999, and he is the winner of the DTU Innovation Award 2016.


Education & academic degrees

1996 – 2000  PhD in Photonics, Technical University of Denmark,

Research stay at Bath University, England (6 months)

1990 – 1996  MSc in Engineering, Technical University of Denmark,

Studies at Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, France (6 months)

Studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (3 months)


Employment track, research affiliations and experience

2016 – 2017  Visiting Scholar at CITRIS, University of California Berkeley

2014 –           Professor Photonics Technology Innovation, DTU Fotonik, DTU

2012 – 2014  Senior Executive Consultant in Innovation, DTU Fotonik, DTU

2009 – 2012  Head of R&D department (optical fibers) and Director of IPR, NKT Photonics

2001 – 2009  Co-founder, Head of R&D, Crystal Fibre (spin-out from COM, DTU)

2000 – 2001  Research Assistant, Center for Communications, Optics and Materials (COM), DTU


Experience in research supervision and management

   Head of the Photonics Technology Innovation Team at DTU Fotonik from 2012

   Instumental in the spin-out of seven new companies from the department
   (IRSee, Norlase, Sensitivus, OCTlight, Bifrost Communications, SHUTE, Aqubiq).

   Head of fiber research and development, 2001-2012, Crystal Fibre and NKT Photonics

   Principal Investigator for Crystal Fibre and NKT Photonics on multiple international research collaborations, including academic partners                (Stanford, MIT, ETH Zürich, Institute for Laser Science (Tokyo)), government organizations (ESA, NASA, US Air Force Research Labs,                Lawrence Livermore National Labs), large global companies (Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Sony, Northrop Grumman), pioneering photonics            companies (Coherent, Spectra Physics, IPG, IMRA), and start-up companies (Mobius, EOLITE, GLOphotonics and Optical Engines).                Collaborations include EU funded projects (such as FP7 ALPINE and FP7 LIFT), DARPA programs and SBIRs (US) and customer-sponsored        projects.

   Supervisor of 9 PhD students from 2000 to 2013

   Stig E. Barkou Libori; Erik Bergbäck Knudsen; Kristian G. Hougaard; Theis Peter Hansen; Michael Henoch Frosz; Jens Kristian Lyngsøe;            Danny Noordegraaf; Kristian Rymann Hansen; Marko Laurila


Awards and honorary positions

2016: Winner of the DTU Innovation Award

2014: Fellow of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics)

2012: Member of ATV (the Danish academy of technical sciences)

2010-2012: Advisory Board Member, Department of Photonics Engineering, DTU

2002: Photonics Circle of Excellence Award (product award)

1999: European Optics Prize, European Optical Society

1998: Annual Award, Danish Optical Society


Committee work at international technical conferences

OSA Latin America Optics & Photonics Conf., Opt. fibers and sensing techn. (co-chair 2016)

SPIE Photonics West, Fiber Lasers (served from 2006 to 2013, General chair in 2008)

OSA Advances in Optical Materials (since 2009 to 2013)

OSA Workshop on Specialty optical Fibers (since 2013)


Selected publications

"Bridging the Gap from University Research to High-Tech Venture via Experienced Entrepreneurs”, J Broeng, MK Overgaard, K Murdock, and ML Jensen, Proceedings of 2015 University Industry Interaction Conference, 2015.


“Spinning-out university technologies: a role for students in the commercialization process”, K Murdock, L Johnsen, M Ølund, M Overgaard, J Broeng, O Hvidt, N Jarnel, Proc. of the American Soc. for Eng. Management 2015 International Annual Conference, 2015.


“'The First Years of Crystal Fibre A/S from a University Perspective”, A Bjarklev and J Broeng, in Engineering a High-Tech Business: Entrepreneurial Experiences and Insights, SPIE, pp. 181-192, 2008


”Photonic band gap guidance in optical fibers”, JC Knight, J Broeng, TA Birks, PSJ Russell, Science 282 (5393), 1476-1478, 1998

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  • Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering

    ISSNs: 0277-786X, 1605-7422, 0361-0748

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1042-4687

    S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering, United States

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  • Optics Express

    ISSNs: 1094-4087

    Optical Society of America, United States

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    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1539-4794

    Optical Society of America, United States

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