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Dr Simon Poole AO FAA FTSE FIEE of Cylite Pty Ltd has officially joined the Board of the Australian National Fabrication Facility Ltd (ANFF).

Simon is internationally recognised as a leading entrepreneur in the fields of electronics and photonics and has successfully established a range of high-tech companies.

Amidst a long list of high-profile career successes, Simon has twice been formally recognised for his contributions to Australian photonics – in particular his incredible work with Engana and Finisar creating and commercialising light-based communication technologies that underpin the internet. For his work here, he received the 2013 Clunies Ross Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and the 2018 Prime Ministers Prize for Innovation.

Now VP of Business Development at Cylite, a company developing eye care diagnostics, Simon is also affiliated with Baraja, which is creating LIDAR devices for autonomous vehicles, and Terra15, a business developing optical technologies for geophysical sensing.

Commenting on the appointment, Emeritus Professor Chris Fell AO, Chairman of ANFF, said: ‘We are delighted to have Simon joining the Board. He will bring his extensive skills to ANFF to enable it to help its research users capture the benefits of their research and provide expert guidance on how ANFF can continue to offer state-of-art R&D infrastructure facilities in nano and micro technology to its many users.’

Click here to view Simon’s biography on the IEEE Photonics Society website