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President of JENOPTIK Optical Systems LLC, Jay Kumler Appointed to Luminate National Advisory Board

Industry expert Jay Kumler joins 11 other nationally recognized OPI entrepreneurs, innovators, business executives and investors to the Luminate national advisory board.

Jay Kumler Optical Systems

The Luminate optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) accelerator names Jay Kumler, President of Jenoptik Optical Systems, a premier provider of optical systems in North America, to national advisory board.

Luminate is a new $5M per year accelerator for OPI enabled startups. The organization is formally accepting applications from prospective companies with visionary entrepreneurs solving challenging problems including but not limited to: machine vision, inspection, biophotonics, security, surveillance, augmented & virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles. Teams will be competing for one of ten available slots in the first cohort, guaranteeing them a minimum investment of $100,000, and potentially as much as $1M. Luminate applicants must be incorporated, have a full-time team, should have proven their core technology, and preferably developed a working prototype.

“I am honored to be a part of this distinguished group of key industry leaders and to help facilitate the advancement the OPI industry,” said Jay Kumler.

“The addition of this group of world-class advisors will help improve the chances of Luminate companies ultimately succeeding. The board will participate in the recruitment, selection, coaching, networking and mentoring of the cohort. Each member of the advisory board has a passion for helping new entrepreneurs, and a wealth of knowledge that will guide our startups to spend their time avoiding mistakes, rather than fixing them. That kind of assistance is simply invaluable,” says Don Golini, Advisory Board Chair.

Board of Advisors

  • Eugene Arthurs - CEO, SPIE
  • Milton Chang - Managing Director, Incubic Management
  • Stuart Elby - SVP, Data Center Business Group, Infinera
  • Steve Fantone - Founder & President, Optikos Corporation
  • Mike Foley - Managing Director, Artemis Capital Partners, L.P.
  • Chair, Don Golini - Founder, QED Technologies
  • Jay Kumler - President, Jenoptik Optical Systems
  • Michael Liehr - CEO, AIM Photonics
  • Duncan Moore - Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, University of Rochester
  • Ryne Raffaelle - VP for Research and Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Darius Sankey - CEO, 3Discovered
  • Jim Senall - President, High Tech of Rochester

For those interested in getting involved with the Luminate accelerator, either as a startup, mentor, corporate or venture partner, please visit

About Jenoptik

As an integrated photonics group, Jenoptik divides its activities in three segments: Optics & Life Science, Mobility and Defense & Civil Systems. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, security and defense technology as well as the aviation industry.

Jenoptik Optical Systems LLC is one of the few development and production partners worldwide for optical and micro optical systems and precision components designed to meet the highest quality standards. Jenoptik offers solutions for optical glass, fused silica and crystals, infrared materials as well as plastic that can be coated in wavelengths from far infrared to DUV. Jenoptik also possesses outstanding expertise in the development and manufacture of micro optics for beam shaping used in the semiconductor industry and laser material processing. The product portfolio of the division also includes solutions for optical information and communication technologies, as well as defense and security.


Point of Contact Rolf Brand - Manager Communications and Marketing Optical Systems division

Rolf Brand

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+49 3641 65-4279

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