Myrias Optics Closes $3 Million Seed Financing


Our Story

Foundational IP created by the Watkins Group at UMass Amherst over a 20 year period​

Seeing the Future for Advanced Optics and a Better World​

Functional metasurfaces are a paradigm shifting technology that will revolutionize the way we interact with consumer electronics, automobiles, networks, health care and each other. Nearly every optical device is an opportunity.

Meet the Myrias Team

James Watkins, PhD

Founder and CSO

Tenured professor at UMass Amherst, Director Institute for Hierarchical Manufacturing, 25+ years of experience in R&D, expert in nanomanufacturing and focused on enabling academic-industry collaborations across multiple application spaces. Raised $75M in research funding at UMass and mentor to 50+ Ph.D. students. Primary visionary for making Myrias’ technology a reality.​

Patrick Tan


Co-founded and led 3 optics-centric startups. 1 sold to Zygo. Served on 2 Boards. M&A & public offering experience. Started 2 SE Asia factories. Experienced NPI & supply chain manager. Investor in multiple startups via 2 VC platforms. BSME, MSME, MIT. Occasional alumnus mentor and volunteer to the MIT community.

Amir Arbabi, PhD

Design Expert, Advisor​

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, UMass Amherst. Pioneer in metasurface design and fabrication. Patented a broad portfolio of designs in anticipation for the scaling of metalenses and metasurfaces, greatly enabling the field and Myrias specifically. PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. ​

Vincent Einck, PhD

Co-founder & CTO

Former post-doc and Ph.D. student at UMass Amherst with deep expertise in the R&D of material sets that meet processing, quality, and safety requirements of the additive manufacturing industry for meta-optics. Prior experience at multiple start-ups, responsible for meeting target specifications and providing end-to-end solutions. ​

Dae Eon Jung, PhD

Technical Advisor​

Post-doc at UMass Amherst expert in the scaling and commercialization of meta-optics. A strong background in polymer rheology and fluid dynamics essential for Myrias’ technology development, optimization, and quality control. Specialized in customer-based re-design of the process and product manufacturing.​

We are looking to expand our team!

Myrias Optics, Inc is an emerging dynamic start-up company, based in Amherst, Massachusetts. We have a “work-family” startup culture, in an area where housing and overall living costs are affordable. Myrias intends to scale in Western Massachusetts, adding good jobs in under-served area(s). ​

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