World leader in the design and manufacture of Quantum Cascade Laser based gas emission monitoring systems and gas analysers for industrial emissions monitoring, process optimisation, analytical chemistry and trace level applications.
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- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Air Monitoring and Testing
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $100,000,000 US - $1,000,000,000 US
The development of the technology started in 1999 when an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant was awarded to University of Strathclyde Physics and Applied Physics to carry out research into the use of Quantum Cascade Lasers for gas sensing applications.
During the research, Erwan Normand identified that a commercial opportunity existed, which led to the identification of the IP. The patent was applied for in April 2002 in the UK and was extended in April 2003 to gain worldwide coverage.
Creation of Cascade Technologies in Glasgow,UK. Patent filed for intrapulse spectroscopy.
Cascade raises £1.1M first round funding and releases its first Quantum Cascade Laser System.
Cascade starts its first marine emission monitoring trials and demonstrates explosive detection capability.
Cascade raises £3M during a second round funding and secures a licence with the QCL inventors Lucent.
Cascade secures exclusivity with key component suppliers and demonstrates IED detection capabilities.
Cascade raises £1M during a third round funding and signs marine licence agreements.
Cascade receives ISO 9001 accreditation and moves to new, extended development and manufacturing facilities.
Cascade partners with Morpho Detection (Safran Group) to develop explosive detection portals. The Cascade/Unilever partnership receives the BAMA awards for its unique aerosol leak detection system.