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Luna Innovations Acquires OptaSense

Combination transforms Luna into a global fiber optic leader; creates a distributed fiber sensing powerhouse

  • Acquisition combines two global leaders in fiber optic sensing solutions
  • OptaSense’s market-leading position in distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) combined with Luna’s suite of sensing products forms the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio
  • OptaSense’s diverse, blue-chip customer base aligns well with Luna’s; presents a significant opportunity for expansion of offerings into both customer groups
  • Transformative acquisition allows Luna to cost-effectively establish a strong international presence and adds to its U.S. leadership position
  • OptaSense allows for expansion into high-growth markets such as security and perimeter detection, smart infrastructure monitoring and oil and gas; expected to accelerate Luna’s data services and IOT strategy
  • Acquisition expected to be accretive in 2021

Luna Innovations Incorporated, a global leader in advanced optical technology, announced it has acquired OptaSense Holdings, a QinetiQ company, for 29 million British Pounds in cash. OptaSense is a recognized market leader in fiber optic distributed monitoring solutions for pipelines, oilfield services, security, highways and railways, as well as power and utilities monitoring systems. The combination is expected to create the world’s largest fiber optic sensing company.

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“The acquisition of OptaSense marks an incredibly important milestone in Luna’s history and will further support our growth trajectory,” said Scott Graeff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Luna. “With the combination of Luna and OptaSense, we are bringing together businesses with strong adjacencies and a large, combined opportunity. This transaction allows Luna to acquire a leader in fiber optic sensing solutions and distributed acoustic sensing systems of a global size and scale that will truly be transformative to our company. In addition, OptaSense’s success has been driven by a world class, industry-leading technology base and a very talented team of employees. We are very excited about welcoming them to the Luna team.”

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The acquisition provides Luna with important distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) intellectual property and products, which strongly complement Luna’s existing portfolio, and provides algorithm-development expertise, critical for AI and machine learning. OptaSense’s research and development talent and highly skilled salesforce, combined with more than 150 active and pending patents, will also enhance Luna’s existing experienced team and broaden its intellectual property portfolio.

Steve Wadey, QinetiQ Chief Executive Officer, said “We are delighted to announce the sale of OptaSense to Luna, who will provide greater synergies and relevant market access to enable and accelerate their future growth.”

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