About The Company

Delivering Innovative High Capacity Interconnect Solutions

RANOVUS, with operations in Canada, USA, and Germany, develops and manufactures advanced solutions for the next generation of interconnects for the telecommunications and information technology industries. Our team has extensive experience in product development and commercialization of optoelectronics components and transceiver subsystems for the information technology industry.

RANOVUS’ current disruptive portfolio includes Quantum Dot Multi-Wavelength Laser technology and advanced digital and photonics integrated circuit technologies that are setting a new industry benchmark for the lowest power dissipation, size and cost for the next generation of optical interconnect solutions.

The company was founded in February 2012 and has received financing from leading venture capital firms including Azure Capital Partners, T-Venture, BDC Venture Capital, OMERS Ventures, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund and Export Development Canada.

Led by a seasoned management team and a world-class team of technologists, RANOVUS is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and has major offices in Mountain View, CA, USA and Nürnberg, Germany.


Hamid Arabzadeh
Chairman, President and CEO

Chairman, President and CEO of RANOVUS since its inception in 2012. Full Bio

Georg Roell
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Georg Roell is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at RANOVUS. Full Bio

Christoph Schulien
Ph.D., SVP of System Engineering

Dr. Christoph Schulien is leading all the Research and Development of RANOVUS’ technologies and products.  Full Bio

John Martinho
SVP Research and Development

Responsible for all aspects of product Research and Development at RANOVUS.  Full Bio

Hojjat Salemi
SVP of Silicon Technology

Responsible for the Silicon Technology development and partnership at Ranovus.  Full Bio

Mike Sekerka
VP of Product Management

Responsible for product line management, product marketing and application engineering. Full Bio

Doug Beckett
VP of Optical Technologies

Responsible for optical system performance and active optical device development. Full Bio

Shahram Akhavan
VP of Program Management

Responsible for the program management discipline for both the R&D and NPI operations at RANOVUS.  Full Bio

André Levasseur

Responsible for overall financial management of the company.  Full Bio

Christine Pietschmann
VP Human Resources

Ms. Christine Pietschmann is responsible for strategic Human Resources at RANOVUS. Full Bio

Hamid Arabzadeh
Chairman and CEO

Chairman, President and CEO of RANOVUS since its inception in 2012. Full Bio

Paul Ferris

Founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners – over 21 years experience working with high growth technology companies. Full Bio

Syrus Madavi

President of SPM Capital, a private fund focusing on communication market investments. Full Bio

Brian Kobus

In his role as Partner at OMERS Ventures, Brian Kobus is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities for OMERS Ventures in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Full Bio

Larry Lam

Partner in the BDC Capital Industrial, Clean and Energy (ICE) Technology Venture Fund leading investments in early and development stage companies. Full Bio


RANOVUS investors

More About Our Investors


Founded in 2000, Azure is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $750 million under management.  Azure invests in early stage technology companies that are at the forefront of a transformative opportunity for growth.  Azure’s portfolio companies have included some of the most successful and important technology companies created in the last decade, such as VMware (NYSE: VMW), Bill Me Later (acquired by eBay), Calix (NYSE: CALX), Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), Top Tier (acquired by SAP), TripIt (acquired by Concur) and World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena). For more information please visit:   www.azurecap.com


A subsidiary of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), BDC Capital offers a full spectrum of specialized financing and investment solutions to help Canadian entrepreneurs achieve their full growth potential. With more than $1.6 billion under management, BDC Capital takes a strategic, patient approach to nurture companies’ development over the long term.
From venture capital and equity, to growth and transition capital, our team of over 100 experienced, local professional partners with entrepreneurs to identify and meet their needs on flexible terms. Some of the sectors in which we specialize include IT, industrial/clean/energy technology, and healthcare. For more information, please visit: www.bdccapital.ca


EDC is Canada’s trade finance agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public- sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.
For more information, visit: www.edc.ca.

The Canadian Strategic Innovation Fund

The $1.26-billion Strategic Innovation Fund is a program designed to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy by encouraging R&D that will accelerate the transfer of technology and the commercialization of innovative products, processes and services and that will facilitate the growth of innovative firms. For more information, please visit: Strategic Innovation Fund.


The Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) provides seed funding to qualified emerging companies in Ontario. A critical component of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), the IAF supports the launch and development of innovative companies in Ontario’s priority sectors of advanced materials and manufacturing, information technology, cleantech and life sciences. To learn more, visit www.marsdd.com/aboutmars/partners/iaf.


OMERS Ventures (Twitter: @OMERSVentures) is the venture capital investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds with more than $65 billion in net assets. As both an institutional angel investor and a later-stage investor, OMERS Ventures is looking for successful companies with significant growth potential and market opportunities. We are seeking like-minded partners with a shared vision of building a vibrant and successful knowledge economy. For more information please visit:  www.omersventures.com

Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to support innovative and entrepreneurial clean technology projects. Our portfolio of companies develop and demonstrate new technologies that address issues related to climate change, air quality, clean water and soil. For more information please visit:  www.sdtc.ca


T-Venture is the Venture Capital Company of Deutsche Telekom and was founded in 1997. The headquarters is in Bonn. They are supported and complemented by T-Venture of America, Inc. in San Francisco and Seattle. Investment activities focus on Europe, the United States and Israel.  T-Venture today is one of the leading Corporate Venture Capital companies worldwide. Since its inception, T-Venture has invested in more than 190 companies and accomplished more than 20 very successful exits.  Top executive involvement in the T-Venture Supervisory Board and Investment Committees ensure strong alignment with Deutsche Telekom. For more information please visit: www.t-venture.com

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111 W El Camino #109-410
Sunnyvale, CA, 94087-1056

11 Hines Rd. Suite 101
Ottawa, Ontario, K2K 2X1

Nordostpark 7
90411 Nürnberg, Germany

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