Jarkko E. Antila
CEO at Leaping Boulder
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I have extensive background on spectroscopic measurement technologies and applications, such as MEMS-based spectral sensors. I have a long experience in leading a research team (Optical Sensors at VTT, Finland) and also hold 10+ patents, but in the recent years I have concentrated in setting up and expanding a new company, Spectral Engines, to bring NIR spectroscopic measurements and related applications to the masses. With the company we won the first ever SPIE Prism Award (2016) as a Finnish company, and we also won the 1-Meur EU Horizon Foodscanner Prize (2017). Among other customerships in e.g agritech and pharma, we set up a subsidiary Purpl Scientific in the US, who is bringing Spectral Engines's technology to the newly legalized cannabis business for measuring quantities such as THC, CBD and moisture for QA/QC and development purposes. Spectral Engines also launched the first MEMS NIR -based consumer sensor solution 'X-Spect' together with Bosch. I have exited Spectral Engines in 2020 and now have my own consulting company, Leaping Boulder, in order to help especially early-stage, deep-tech companies, create new business successfully.
Publications (14)

Proceedings Article | 26 August 2019 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10565, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010

Proceedings Article | 9 June 2017 Presentation
Proc. SPIE. 10210, Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies X
KEYWORDS: Microelectromechanical systems, Infrared sensors, Near infrared, Fabry–Perot interferometry, Sensors, Spectrometers, Inspection, Clouds, Spectroscopes, Intelligent sensors

Proceedings Article | 27 February 2015 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9375, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XIV
KEYWORDS: Microelectromechanical systems, Near infrared, Fabry–Perot interferometry, Data modeling, Sensors, Calibration, Spectrometers, Control systems, Monochromators, Temperature metrology

Proceedings Article | 8 March 2014 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 8992, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering
KEYWORDS: Mid-IR, Mirrors, Fabry–Perot interferometry, Interferometers, Sensors, Spectroscopy, Silicon, Tunable filters, Carbon monoxide, Absorption

Proceedings Article | 7 March 2014 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 8977, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XIII
KEYWORDS: Microelectromechanical systems, Mirrors, Light sources, Fabry–Perot interferometers, Optical amplifiers, Fabry–Perot interferometry, Spectroscopy, Reflectivity, Linear filtering, Infrared spectroscopy

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