Press Releases


Lumencor, Inc. has been named 2020 Product Innovation of the Year honoree from the Portland Business Journal for our next generation SOLA light engine®. Each year, the PBJ honors the region’s top manufacturing companies who drive the economy with innovation, excellence and productivity. The new generation SOLA features increased power, longevity, stability and robustness over the projected 15 year life time with no replacement parts. Lumencor’s SOLA light engine is used in fluorescence microscopy for life science and materials science applications.

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Lumencor, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of bright, solid-state lighting for state-of-the-art instrumentation in the life science marketplace. The SOLA family of light engines are established market leaders in terms of brightness, switching speed, stability and long life. SOLA light engines produce white light similar to that of the mercury arc lamp without the heat, electronic and spectral noise and contaminant limitations associated with lamps. Moreover, SOLA light engines overcome traditional LED shortcomings; namely, a lack of optical power and limited spectral coverage. Now Lumencor has further advanced the SOLA light engine product line with the addition of near infrared (nIR) output in the ~735nm spectral region. The new SOLA SE nIR light engines retain all the bright visible-range output customers have come to associate with the SOLA brand. The additional near infrared (nIR) source extends their spectral range and thereby their utility.

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Lumencor, Inc. investigated certain Excelitas products after their launch last year and concluded they infringe a number of Lumencor patents. The infringement pertains to light engines incorporating the high-intensity, luminescent-rod-based light sources that Lumencor calls “light pipes.” On February 2, 2018, Lumencor filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) accusing Excelitas X-Cite Fire products of infringing Lumencor’s U.S. Patents 9,574,722, 8,493,564 and 9,395,055. These products were manufactured for Excelitas by their Canadian subsidiary Lumen Dynamics Group, Inc. On the basis of Lumencor’s complaint, the Commission instituted an investigation into violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act by Excelitas.

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Lumencor, Inc. today announced that its counsel is commencing legal action against Excelitas Technologies Corp. and their Canadian subsidiary Lumen Dynamics Group, Inc. Lumencor has investigated the design of the newest lighting products made by Lumen Dynamics Group, Inc. and determined that the products use Lumencor’s proprietary light-pipe-based, high-intensity lighting technology. Lumencor’s patented technology is protected by U.S. Patents 9,574,722, 8,493,564 and 9,395,055, among others. 

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LUMENCOR ACHIEVES ISO 13485:2003 CERTIFICATION Beaverton, Oregon – October 2016

Lumencor, Inc., an industry leader in the photonics market for the life sciences, announced today that the company recently received their certificate of registration to ISO 13485:2003.

“We are pleased that Lumencor has just been ISO 13485:2003 certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI) for the design, development, manufacture, distribution and servicing of light engines and high throughput scanners,” stated Claudia Jaffe, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Business Development. “This achievement is one that we are particularly proud of as it demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality products and services to our customers. It further establishes Lumencor as a leader in the life sciences for the manufacture of tools for bioanalysis as well as for medical devices.”

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LUMENCOR CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY Beaverton, Oregon – December 2016

Lumencor, Inc., a Beaverton based business, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. The company got its start as a resident in the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) incubator in 2006. Lumencor is a global manufacturer of technical lighting products for life sciences and other industrial markets.

“We’re thrilled that Lumencor has called Beaverton home for the past 10 years,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “Lumencor is a great example of a company that got a strong start because of their time at OTBC. When we invest in the startup community, the returns are often great—from locating their business here, to expansion, job creation and product innovation—we’re proud of Lumencor’s work and their investment in our community.”

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Latest Updates

January 29, 2016

January 2016 saw the completion of a major upgrade and expansion of Lumencor’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, USA. All Lumencor’s manufacturing, service, design engineering, sales, marketing and business operations are housed in the new 30,000 square-foot facility. The building footprint has doubled to accommodate current operations and future growth. Marking the completion of the new facility, Claudia Jaffe, Ph.D., Lumencor’s Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Business Development commented, “It’s a fresh face forward for the new year. We need to communicate our professionalism and quality to a global customer base. This updated, modernized facility does just that and welcomes our next phase of growth.

Customer Testimonials
September 8, 2015

Take a look at our new customer testimonial page and discover how Lumencor light engines are helping our customers around the world address technical and logistical challenges in microscopy and microanalysis.

April 22, 2015

Lumencor light engines are being widely used by neuroscientists for photostimulation of optogenetic transducers. Read about some of this cutting edge research in our new optogenetics application note.

Light Delivery
March 20, 2015

The intense, stable and finely controlled output of Lumencor light engines can be efficiently coupled into microscope illumination pathways in several ways. Our new Light Delivery page provides a detailed overview of the options we offer.

Outstanding Manuscript Award
February 2, 2015

Lumencor congratulates authors T. Regan Baird, Daniel Kaufman and Claire M. Brown on the selection of their paper Mercury Free Microscopy: An Opportunity for Core Facility Directors as the winner of the 2015 Journal of Biomolecular Techniques Outstanding Manuscript Award. This paper details not only the technical advantages for microscopists of replacing mercury lamps with solid-state light sources but also describes the larger institutional and community level benefits of adopting new lighting technologies. An award presentation to the authors will be made at the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities 2015 meeting in St. Louis, MO. Read the paper online here

ZEISS has granted to Lumencor a license

Lumencor received a license to US Patent 6,154,282 and Canadian Patent 2,280,398 relating to LED fluorescence excitation in microscopy.

Lumencor nabs first angel fund cash

The Oregon Angel Fund has chosen for its first investment a company whose product bridges a nascent Oregon industry and a well-established one. Read the full article

Lumencor looks to light up biotech

Lumencor’s beginnings were simple but its aspirations never were. The company began as a husband-and-wife team whose vision was to become the lighting manufacture of choice for the biotech industry. Read the full article

Lumencor Awarded SBIR Grant from the National Institutes of Health to Pursue Development of Novel Light Engine for Bioanalytical Research Applications

Lumencor™, the Oregon-based manufacturer developing light engines for the life sciences, announced today that the company has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Institutes of Health*. Lumencor is developing a new light engine designed to assist life science instrument manufacturers, scientists and clinicians by improving the quality of their analytical instruments and their research and diagnostic outcomes. Read the full article

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