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New ownership of Opton Laser International

Costel Subran, founder and ex-CEO of Opton Laser International, and Jean-Claude Sanudo, new CEO of the the company, have signed a purchase agreement of 100% of Opton Laser International (Opton) shares.

Opton was fonded in March 1990 by Costel Subran in order to face the growing demand on the market for a new generation of technical distributors.  Opton is today a key player in the French Photonics market, with a strong position in lasers and spectroscopy, but also opto-mechnanical components and optics or laser test equipments. Opton is one of the few independant players in the field and its success is based on its reactivity and flexibility. The company is based in Orsay, at the heart of the « Optics Valley » and what will soon be the largest scientific campus in Europe. 2/3 of Opton employees have a strong scientific background (PhDs, graduated engineers …) and 80% are fully dedicated to customer support.

Costel SUBRAN, has a PhD in Science and was CEO of Opton Laser International from its fondation to the recent transmission. He is President of the F2S (French Federation of Science Societies) and the National Committe  « Lumière & Société ». He is also the French national representative for UNESCO International Day of Light. Former researcher and university teacher, he wrote more than 50 scientific papers and is co-author or several books.

Jean-Claude SANUDO, graduated in 1988 from the Ecole Supérieure d'Optique (now Institut d’Optique Graduate School). After completing a year of research in a lab, he spent all his carreer in photonic companies (lasers, spectrometers and optical components). He has been successively Technical Sales Engineer, Export sales manager for a manufacturer of solid state ultrafast and tunable lasers, Sales Director for a French and lately a European Photonic distributor. He has now joined Opton to act as the new CEO and implement new ideas to further increase the strength of Opton in the market.