About Us​

Pilot Photonics has a team of 24 physicists and engineers, 9 at PhD level. This team, working since 2015, has designed, produced and patented a novel comb laser following a decade of academic research produced by two Irish photonics centres of excellence, Tyndall National Institute and Dublin City University. The academic research was exclusively licensed to Pilot Photonics in 2014 and the company’s proprietary comb laser is encapsulated in Photonic Integrated Circuits designed by the company and fabricated by three European III-V foundries.

Our People

Frank - Colour

Frank Smyth

CTO and Co-founder

Gavin Colour

Gavin King

Operations Manager


Damian McGillivary

Sales Director

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