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Posted: Nov 30, 2010
LayTec wins the German Technology Transfer Award 'Science Creates Jobs 2010'
(Nanowerk News) LayTec and its research partners Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg
(Germany) and Ferdinand-Braun-Institute (Berlin, Germany) are the winners of Germany's renowned
award "Science Creates Jobs 2010" that honours the most successful technology transfer from academia
to small & medium-sized enterprises.
The 20,000 prize was nominated for the third time by the Technical University of Chemitz and Deutsche
Postbank AG under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology. Of
the 35 German applicants, LayTec's EpiCurveŽTT development project was recognized by the jury as the
most relevant technlogical breakthrough and as an economic success.
In 2005, in a prototype tool developed by Prof. Alois Krost and co-workers at the University of Magdeburg,
LayTec recognized a method having the potential to revolutionize the production of light emitting diodes
(LEDs). LayTec's president and founder Dr. Thomas Zettler remembers: "Despite some scepticism in the
LED industry at that time, we further developed the method of in-situ wafer curvature measurement to
make it suitable for industrial applications. Just 2 years later, in cooperation with the Ferdinand-Braun-
Institute, we successfully conducted field tests to adapt our new in-situ metrology system to industrial
requirements. Since its market launch, EpiCurveŽTT generated a revenue of more than 10 million euros.
The number of jobs at LayTec has increased from 20 in 2005 to more than 60 in 2010. Our research partners
benefit from the development, too: thanks to the patent license agreement, the University of Magdeburg
annualy gains 2.5% of all EpiCurveŽTT sales.
At the award ceremony, the jury member Prof. Dr. Urs Fueglistaller, Director of the Swiss Research Institute
of Small Business and Entrepreneurship in St.Gallen, commented: "In particular, the jury was convinced by
the fact that the partners were not discouraged by the initial scepticism of the LED industry and continued
intensive and goal-oriented development of the sensor that fulfills industrial demands and meets numerous
challenges occuring during the growth of compound semiconductors."
In a few years, thanks to their energy efficiency, LEDs will completely replace the now still modern lowenergy
light bulbs. The brilliant picture quality of the newest LED backlight flat-panel displays is based on
LEDs, too. The EpiCurveŽTT helps to produce affordable bright LEDs with a precise color spectrum. We thank all
our research and industrial partners for their high commitment in the related joint development projects!