THE FUTURE OF X-RAY IMAGING
We want to help take X-ray imaging equipment to new levels. We will achieve that ambition with cutting edge technology, ambitious research and continuous development. Luxbright’s innovative products are based on over 20 years of research within the physics and materials science area. Our aim is to produce the world's most advanced X-ray tubes for clients in the medical, technical and security sectors.
THE FUTURE IS OUR BATTLEFIELD. OUR HISTORY IS THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR VISION.
When I met Dr. Hu while I was managing investments at GU Ventures, he was in a company focused on using one of his 18 patents within nanotechnology for use in computer screens. It was a fantastic technology, and we immediately hit it off. Dr. Hu has an amazing mind and is a genuine and innovating person.
A will to change the world
We met after that and could not stop talking about the possibilities of the impact that his science and innovations could have on the planet. It was inspiring. Both on the level of innovation possibility, but also our similar approaches to ideas and the future. We both had a belief in people’s strengths but also a very high standard of innovation and potential. We wanted to do something to change the world, work with the best people, and build a platform for the future.
Luxbright is born
We looked at all the potential applications for all the different scientific discoveries Dr. Hu had made, and we mapped them against the various areas of the world that we knew needed his solutions – first on a napkin, then in a formal ‘Consulting-like’ broad study. The result was a huge problem, and opportunity with the safety, quality, and brightness of X-rays. Luxbright was born at that moment.
Dr. Qiu Hong has 25 years of experience in field emissions and nanomaterial science, but more importantly, he was a kind man who believed in both people and science. I had 25 years of experience in innovation creation, marketing and growth and a desire to improve the world.
Focus on X-ray industry
With a plan to apply Dr. Hu’s scientific ideas to applied markets, we began with the support of GU Ventures, Sweden’s Vinnova, VGR and some faithful angels who believed in us. During our studies of the market, we met Doctors, Device makers, investors, industry leaders, and anyone we could find that touched X-ray. We saw even more problems and opportunities. Dr. Hu created a series of innovations that later became Luxbright’s patent applications focused on solving X-rays most significant problems. Having settled on the X-ray industry as a focus for Dr. Hu’s technologies, Luxbright quickly obtained over €1mm in Science Excellence grants and early seed investors. To date, the firm has secured over €5.5mm of capital.
The Luxbright vision was articulated, both as a standard of innovation and of company achievement and impact.
Since then Luxbright has established relations with key international experts and initial customer partners to drive requirements and commercialization.
Prototype and grants
By 2014, we had a working prototype, had found additional major patentable areas, and had established two key customers who wanted to have an eventual product in our systems. In 2015, Luxbright had further innovations including microfocus, cooling, X-ray tube designs around ZnO cold cathodes, and several trade secrets on which to base the company. The company won the Horizon 2020 Phase I grant and a Vinnova Innovation grant to push the limits of the innovation and to begin productization. The team started to grow. We shipped the first working commercially ready prototype in December 2015 to Mars Bio-Imaging, the first customer. The customer has used the product regularly and still does today, with excellent results.
In 2016, the company was awarded an unusually high score for Science and Business impact by the European Commission in their Horizons2020 SME Phase II grant application. 4.88/5 on Strategic Plan/Impact and 4.88/5 on Excellence of Science. The European Union founded Horizon 2020 has funded the project with €2,7mm.
Greg Carson, CEO Luxbright
We have and perpetuate an international culture based upon individuals’ strengths and abilities, pairing these with our strategic objectives. We always want to push the limits of what is possible.
We operate with integrity, courage, strength of character, ingenuity and passion. By using the best possible components, innovations and people at every stage, we ensure our customers are satisfied with the speed, quality and form of our products.
Our purpose is to protect and improve lives by maximising advanced technologies. Imagine a world with X-ray imaging so safe, portable, and efficient that there is an medical imaging device in every doctor’s office, and a portable scanning solution in every security vehicle and geological site. That is Luxbright’s ambition.
People and leadership
The Luxbright team consists of a mix of experienced business developers and cutting edge researchers within the fields of med-tech, finance and X-ray technology.
Although from different backgrounds, the will to radically change what features and functionality are expected of X-ray tubes and equipment unites us. Diversity is in our core as we know that different backgrounds and perspectives bring value to our team as well as our business development.
The result is a diverse set of people with top credentials, top experience, and a dedication to be the world leader in microfocus for spectral and imaging solutions.
We aim to be good people, great at what we do, and good at finding great talent. We seek to maintain a positive, precise and forward moving energy at the company. Sometimes we work collaboratively day to day, and sometimes across a distance independently. We also seek to develop our people, giving them opportunities, challenges and a cycling between independence and close supervision.
Our goal is to give manufacturers of X-ray equipment an array of features that will help them out-perform their competition. Minimized radiation, no over-heating, zero rise times and brilliant microfocus. Essentially, our X-ray is the next breed of powerful, stable, accurate and cost efficient alternatives to conventional X-ray tubes. All applications can benefit from better microfocus. We are taking the lead on portable X-ray tubes with microfocus. We are working hard to bring our innovation to the market and cannot wait to enable brand new opportunities to perform X-ray imaging.