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RPI’s Lighting Research Center signs strategic partnership with Lumitex


By David Schwartz
Published: July 9th, 2019

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has stepped up its involvement in the industry partnering, entering an alliance with Lumitex aimed at, among other things, helping to bring products and services to market.

The LRC has a long history of industry R&D deals with companies including Osram, Cree, Lumileds, Current (a former GE company), and others that touch on commercialization. But partnership with Strongsville, OH-based Lumitex is at an entirely different level.

“This is an entirely new and unique collaboration focused on development and commercialization of innovations in light technology and science,” said an LRC spokesperson. With the new alliance, LRC has created a new category of industry partnership called “strategic collaborator,” with Lumitex being the first. The company develops lighting systems for highly regulated markets including phototherapy, automotive, surgical, and aerospace. The 34-year-old company this month launched a rebranding initiative geared at providing corporate lighting services.

Though the specifics have been kept under wraps, a joint statement from the two partners left no doubt that the arrangement goes far beyond the transactional.

“The LRC and Lumitex will be working together to develop a joint research agenda to inspire new product development and commercialization,” the companies said.

“I am looking forward to working together to help both the LRC and Lumitex create value in new areas,” said Ziggy Majumdar, director of development at the LRC.

“The Lighting Research Center has been on the leading edge of light science and technology,” noted Austin Ruhle, Lumitex vice president of strategy and business development. “Their deep understanding within these functions is invaluable for innovation and commercialization of new ideas within lighting. The entire Lumitex team is excited to innovate and disrupt the industry together with the LRC.”

Source: LEDs Magazine

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