Innovation for Industry


The Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) is a research group at the Cork Institute of Technology, with close ties to the Tyndall National Institute – see the About CAPPA section for more. CAPPA works in the area of Photonics, the generation and manipulation of light, and a major strand of CAPPA’s activities focuses on bringing the benefits of photonics technology to a diverse range of industry partners. This collaboration with industry is driven primarily through the Enterprise Ireland-funded CAPPA Technology Gateway.

CAPPA’s researchers have a strong track record of engagement with industry. Early collaborations centred on our core background strengths in photonic materials and devices, and as a consequence were primarily with the photonics sector. Seed funding provided by Enterprise Ireland through first the Applied Research Enhancement programme and later the Technology Gateway programme facilitated CAPPA’s involvement with a wide variety of new sectors including Medical Devices & Technologies, Pharmaceuticals, Electronics and Food Technology, while consolidating our interaction with the Photonics sector. With photonics now positioned as a key enabling technology, there is scope for CAPPA to bring value to a wide range of manufacturing and product design sectors outside of those identified above.

What CAPPA offers Industry

From large-scale collaborative projects to short-term consultancy services, CAPPA offers a number of avenues for companies to explore photonics solutions to their development needs. See the Research for Industry pages for more details on how CAPPA can help companies. Companies looking for more fundamental, longer-term research, may also be interested in the Advanced Research section.


  • Semiconductor Light Sources
  • Dynamics of Complex Systems
  • Interaction Between Light & Matter

Sectors: Semiconductors, Photonics, Nanotechnology

Process Improvement
  • Applied Spectroscopy for Process Control
  • Advanced Inspection Techniques
  • Analysis of Products & Processes

Sectors: All manufacturing sectors, primarily Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical & Food



Product Development
  • New Semiconductor Materials & Devices
  • Optical Test Equipment
  • Illumination for Industrial Applications

Sectors: Medical Devices, Photonics, Food, Consumer Electronics, Environmental Sensing

  • Wide Array of Contract Services
  • Imaging: Optical, SEM, Surface Profiling
  • Analysis: UV to IR, Mass Spectrometry

Sectors: All Manufacturing & Product Development Sectors



Who works with CAPPA?

As outlined above CAPPA’s industrial partners come from a diverse range of sectors. The core business, products and services of our partners may differ enormously but yet they all have one thing in common: they derive benefit from incorporating photonics either into their products or their manufacturing process. Partners also come in a range of sizes from entrepreneurs, inventors and start-ups all the way up to multi-national corporations as evident in the list of recent and current industrial partners below. Our Case Study section provides further detail of some of our collaborations. Indeed the range of Supports & Services that CAPPA can provide is similarly broad and tailored to match the requirement of each partner. For companies which we haven’t already engaged with then our Stepping Stone Programme is an excellent forum for exploring potential collaboration.

Recent & Current Industrial Partners
Company Sector
Abbott Vascular Medical Device
Alcon Laboratories Medical Device
Apple Consumer Electronics
Astellas Pharmaceuticals
Audit Diagnostics Medical Diagnostics
Boston Scientific Medical Device
DePuy Medical Device
Epi-Light Photonics
Eblana Photonics Photonics
GE Healthcare Medical Diagnostics
InfiniLED Photonics
Innolume Photonics
Janssen Pharmaceutical Pharmaceuticals
Logitech Consumer Electronics
Lumos Solutions Photonics
Procal Analytics Analytical Equipment
Radisens Diagnostics Medical Diagnostics
Shasta Baby Products
ST Microelectronics Semiconductors
Superlum Photonics
u2t Photonics Photonics

Benefits of Partnership

  • Access to resources and skills not available within your company or organisation.
  • Flexibility to resource short, medium & long term projects.
  • CAPPA can also open up the wider research community: CIT & Tyndall
  • Company staff can be located at CAPPA to enhance collaboration.
  • Opportunities for CAPPA researchers to locate at your facility.
  • Experience of R&D projects within regulated environments: ISO, FDA, CE Mark, cGMP & cGAMP.
  • Successful track record in securing both research and industrial funding.
  • CAPPA technology has been commercially licensed.

See Also:

This section focuses on the activities in CAPPA which are of most interest to industry partners, and the ways in which CAPPA can help companies meet their research needs. To find out about CAPPA’s more advanced research activities and interactions with the academic community, please see the Advanced Research section.