Femtosecond Pulse Shaping

The Company

Biophotonic Solutions Inc. (BSI), a Michigan State University spin-out venture founded in 2003 by professor Dr. Marcos Dantus, is in the early phases of revolutionizing the ultrafast laser industry with our MIIPS technology. This BSI intellectual property allows ultrashort (femtosecond) laser users to shape, compress and measure laser pulses, improving the utility of ultrafast lasers. While the ability to shape, compress and measure ultrafast laser pulses is not new, automatically accomplishing this at the target, which is achievable with MIIPS, is truly state of the art.

MIIPS technology has been validated both technically and in the market, and has been recognized as groundbreaking by various thought-leading institutions in the laser industry. BSI was a finalist for the Prism Award for Photonic Innovations in 2008; we won the PhAST/Laser Focus Innovation Award in 2009 (along with honorable mention in 2007); and won a CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award in 2012.

Company History


  • Founded, Michigan Corporation


  • Received STTR Phase I contract


  • Received STTR Phase II contract to commercialize some aspects of the pulse shaping technology


  • Entered long-term consulting and development relationship with industry-leading Coherent, Inc. in March
  • Coherent commercially launched the Silhouette pulse shaper, based on BSI's MIIPS technology, at CLEO
  • BSI awarded a first-round grant from Michigan's pioneering, highly competitive 21st Century Jobs Fund
  • Opened private R&D facility in September


  • Received the PhAST Laser Focus World Innovation Award (honorable mention) at CLEO


  • Relocated to a larger facility to expand offices and R&D lab in December


  • Received the PRISM Award at Photonics West
  • Introduced five new pulse shapers with unprecedented performance in March
  • Received PhAST/Laser Focus World Innovation Award (1st prize) at CLEO in May


  • Received Phase I SBIR contract


  • Received CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award (1st prize) in May


  • Closed series A funding round led by Michigan Angel Fund


  • Introduced MIIPS-HD product


  • Acquired by IPG Photonics