Jason Eichenholz Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Jason is an Experienced Technology Development Executive, Technology Scout and Open Innovation Practitioner. He started OPI because he saw a chasm between garage inventors and academic researchers who wanted to see their work commercialized and companies looking for new ideas.
Prior to starting OPI, he served as the Divisional Technology Director at Halma PLC responsible for supporting open innovation and technology and strategy development for the Photonics Division as well as other divisions and companies inside Halma.
Prior to Halma, Jason was Chief Technology Officer for Ocean Optics and Director of Strategic Marketing for Newport and Spectra-Physics.
Jason has been actively involved in laser and photonics research and product development for more than 20 years, and has written and delivered over 50 papers at conferences and in refereed journals in the areas of fiber optics, photonics, and solid state, ultrafast, and frequency-agile lasers.
He holds six US Patents on new types of solid-state lasers, displays and photonic devices. Jason has served as the principal investigator for Air Force and DARPA STTR’s and SBIR’s.
His active interests are in the areas of open innovation, entrepreneurship, spectral imaging and sensing, MOEMS devices, novel optical coatings, displays, nano-photonics and next generation bio-medical devices.
Jason is a Senior Member of both OSA and SPIE. He has served on several membership and technical committees for those societies. He also serves as a Courtesy Faculty Member at CREOL – The School of Optics at the University of Central Florida.
Jason has a M.S. and Ph.D in Optical Science and Engineering from CREOL – University of Central Florida and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.