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Simon Andrews

Mr Simon Andrews

Mr Simon Andrews


Simon leads Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd and supports Fraunhofer Centre Applied Photonics, based at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow.  This first UK Fraunhofer centre follows the proven German model of providing professional R&D services to industry, whilst staying connected to excellent research in the university sector.

Fraunhofer CAP is succeeding in its mission to help the UK economy by providing high quality applied R and D in lasers, optical and quantum systems, for industry, with 61 staff and students accelerating innovations for many sectors including lifescience, environmental monitoring, LIDAR and quantum sensing and communications.  

Simon is a physicist and engineer who spent many years in the photonics and medical device industries, often taking innovation from concept to market.  His love of excellent science, international collaboration and practical innovation have driven his efforts on both sides, and in the middle, of the technical and commercial 'valley of death'.

He sits on the Royal Society's Science Industry Translation Committee, the Quantum Technology Leadership Group, and the boards of Photonics Leadership Ltd and Technology Scotland Ltd.


Science, Industry and Translation CommitteeJanuary 2020 - December 2022Member
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