US company to open R&D centre

Published: 08 July 2019

An American technology company building the next generation of LiDAR and 3D sensor solutions for autonomous vehicles and industrial automation is set to significantly enhance its presence in Scotland, following a £1.9m grant from Scottish Enterprise.

US technology company, Sense Photonics is to open a Research and Development Centre in Edinburgh.

Sense Photonics will open an Advanced LiDAR Research and Development Centre in Edinburgh, creating 38 high-value jobs in the process. The company is at the forefront of the innovative LiDAR industry, with ground-breaking technology based on more than 200 patents.

Headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, Sense Photonics currently has a small research base in Edinburgh, with the company already enjoying a positive working relationship with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Integrated Micro and Nano Systems.

Welcoming the news, Scottish Government Innovation Minister, Ivan McKee, said: “Sense Photonics decision to locate their new base in Edinburgh reflects Scotland’s long and distinguished history in the field of photonics, punching above its weight in a globally competitive market for over a century.

Founded in 2016, Sense Photonics’ cutting-edge, fully solid-state LiDAR system aims to usher in a new era of advanced 3D imaging technology for automotive and industrial applications, including autonomous cars and robotic systems.

Sense Photonics will create a globally competitive research centre in Edinburgh, which will include laboratory and office space. The centralised R&D centre will bring all elements of sensor research and development within a single location, taking advantage of the deep pool of talent in the region.

We are very excited to partner with Scottish Enterprises to build our Advanced LiDAR Research and Development Centre in Edinburgh. Working closely with the University of Edinburgh for the past year, we have already built one of the best advanced sensor development teams in the world, and we look forward to expanding rapidly with this new support.

Scott Burroughs, CEO, Sense Photonics


As the national economic agency for Scotland, Scottish Enterprise provides financial support to companies to develop the country’s economy, create new employment opportunities and protect existing jobs. 

Mark Hallan, Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: “The decision by Sense Photonics to grow their presence in Edinburgh has the potential to put Scotland at the centre of the fast-growing LiDAR technology industry. Scotland is already home to the University of Edinburgh’s pioneering Institute of Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, so there is a real opportunity to develop an ecosystem of talent in this sector here...

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