Phi Optics is developing the next generation of optical imaging systems through its Quantitative Phase Imaging Platform. This company’s platform is aimed at augmenting conventional optical microscopy in various vertical markets. Backed by an extensive patent portfolio secured both through in-licensing and continued developments at Phi Optics, the company is targeting applications in life sciences, medical diagnostics, nanotechnology, and semiconductor testing.
Phi Optics technology platform uses standard tools and processes and combines the performance of traditional modalities of an light microscope (e.g. fluorescence, DIC, phase contrast) with the real-time 3D topography capabilities of QPI. This combination offers a significant advantage for applications that require low-cost, fast, and accurate imaging of nanostructures.
Phi Optics Inc was co-founded in 2009 by Catalin Chiritescu and Gabriel Popescu to respond to the market’s request for QPI enabled devices. Catalin Chiritescu received his Ph.D. in Materials and Science Engineering from the University of Illinois. Gabriel Popescu is Gabriel Popescu is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois.
EnterpriseWorks Tenure: 2013-2019
News & Milestones
- Phi Optics Recognized for Outstanding Technology by Central Illinois Business
- IL BioQuarterly Features Research Park Biotech Startup Companies
- Phi Optics CEO Interviewed About New Technology
- Research Park Well-Represented Among Innovation Celebration Award Finalists
- Imaging Startup Phi Optics Closes Seed Funding Round
Phi Optics Now
After graduating EnterpriseWorks in 2019, Phi Optics expanded into a corporate office space at Research Park.