AEPONYX receives the Partner of Excellence in Research and Innovation Award from ETS

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AEPONYX receives the Excellence, Research and Innovation Partner 2019 Award from École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

ETS Engineering for industry

In recognition of its major contributions to technology transfer in the telecommunication sector, ÉTS has presented the Excellence, Research and Innovation Partner award to AEPONYX.

Traditionally, the Award would have been presented to AEPONYX during the Excellence in Research and Teaching Gala in the spring of 2020, but as we all know, a virus has thrown a wrench into the works!

The École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), a constituent establishment of the Université du Québec, specializes in engineering and technological transfer education as well as applied research, trains engineers and researchers who are recognized for their practical and innovative approach.
One of the missions of ÉTS is to meet the needs of the industrial sector through a unique partnership with the business and industrial spheres that includes both small and large companies.

François Ménard CTO and Philippe Babin CEO of AEPONYX
François Ménard CTO and Philippe Babin CEO of AEPONYX

This partnership is a true success story that led to the growth of start-up company, which has now become a solid SME specializing in the design and manufacture of semiconductor chips for use in cloud computing.

It all started during a networking activity, where Michaël Ménard, a Professor at UQAM, met up with François Ménard (no relation), one of the Co-Founders of Aeponyx. They worked together to design a project based on a technology that was patented by Professors Frédéric Nabki and Michaël Ménard, both of whom were associated with UQAM at the time. 

The first joint project was so successful that it was followed by two others.

Partnerships, such as the one ÉTS has created with AEPONYX, enable research to transcend the boundaries of university labs and to create tangible innovation. They also serve as a catalyst for academic researchers to develop entrepreneurial perspectives and to remain in touch with industry needs.

Charles Despins, Director of Industrial Innovation at ÉTS

AEPONYX, UQAM and ÉTS are working together to miniaturize the mechanical and optical components that allow for the information transmitted by optical fibres to be directed to the proper destination. This technology will expand the capacity of fibre-optic access to the Internet as well as greatly improve its reliability.

We are touched by this Award, and as a Centech success story, we are doubly indebted to ÉTS. Academic collaboration was the launching pad for our company, and we have been conducting projects with ÉTS for more than five years now. We fully expect to build the future together.

Philippe Babin, CEO of AEPONYX