Salience Labs

Salience Labs is joint spinout of Oxford and Munster Universities commercialising a novel brain-inspired computer processor. The technology, published in the prestigious Nature journal in 2020, enables novel next-generation computing systems that process data using photons (light) rather than electrons (electricity). This approach has the potential to significantly reduce power requirements while delivering on-chip processing speeds up to 1,000 times greater than the existing state-of-the-art, thereby facilitating a seismic shift in the hardware required to fully exploit the capabilities of AI.

Founders

Profs Harish Bhaskaran and Wolfram Pernice, Dr Johannes Feldmann and Vaysh Kewada (CEO)

Prof Harish Bhaskaran (Academic Founder and Photonics Advisor) is Professor of Applied Nanomaterials at Oxford University where he leads the Advanced Nanoscale Engineering group. This group’s work has been featured widely in Science, Nature, the Economist, MIT Technology Review, Fortune and Wired. Harish is also founder and CSO of Oxford spinout Bodle Technologies.

Prof Wolfram Pernice (Academic Founder and Design and Fabrication Lead) is Professor of Experimental Physics in the Institute of Physical Sciences at Munster University where he leads the Responsive Nanosystems Research Group. This group’s research focuses on the use of nano-photonics and nano-mechanics to realise integrated optical chips.

Vaysh Kewada (Founder and CEO) was an Entrepreneur in Residence at investor Oxford Sciences Innovation where she spent 18-months working on Salience Labs with the academic founders prior to spinout. Before joining OSI, Vaysh was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, which she joined in February 2017 fresh from a MSc in Physics from Imperial College London.

Johannes Feldmann (Founder and Photonic Engineer) is currently a Postdoctoral researcher in Harish’s academic group where his research has focuses on the integration of novel phase-change materials in nanophotonic circuits to perform complex algebraic calculations. Prior to this, Johannes completed his PhD under Wolfram at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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