MergeOptics Raises €5.3 M / $8.5 M - in Fourth Round Led by KTB

Berlin, (PresseBox) - MergeOptics GmbH, a leading supplier of low power, fiber optic components and subsystems for data rates of 10Gbit/s and beyond, announced today that the company has raised
€5.3 M / $8.5 M in its fourth round of financing led by KTB along with the existing investors Earlybird, Target Partners and DVC.

Established in November 2000, MergeOptics has built a leadership position in the fast growing 10Gbit/s transmission module market. To-date, MergeOptics has shipped more than 75.000 modules to network equipment manufacturers, worldwide. The investment will be used to finance MergeOptics'growth, finance the market introduction of additional product lines for 40Gbit/s and 100Gbit/s and finance the expansion into the US market. Company's new office has been recently opened in Milpitas, California.

Commenting to the financing round, Dag Neumeuer, CEO of MergeOptics said: "We are very pleased to have KTB added to our investor-base, with it's expertise in particular in late stage financing."

Comment Norbert Kopp, Investment Partner at KTB

"MergeOptics is one of the most innovative companies in the field of fiber optic components. I believe that MergeOptics has the capability to become one of the leading providers of transmissions modules of 10Gbit/s to 100Gbit/s. These components will meet a strong demand from the fast growing Internet TV activities. MergeOptics is an IPO candidate with an attractive fast growing business with over 1000% increase in turn-over from 2005 to 2007. The purpose of this round of financing was to provide MergeOptics with funds needed to finance the ongoing growth and to prepare for a planned IPO. KTB will actively support the IPO."

Comment Dr. Christian Nagel, Managing Partner, Earlybird and Chairman of the Advisory Board

"As Early-Stage Lead-Investor we are pleased to see that MergeOptics realizes the vision we had at our initial investment: We had great promise in the fiber optic communications sector and in the team to be able to establish MergeOptics to an emerging leader in this field."

About KTB Technologie Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG

KTB is a venture capital company focused on growth and turn around investments in small and mid sized companies. KTB is engaged in listed and non listed companies and has successfully financed in the fields of software, spectrometers, tools and other industries. KTB has a fund volume of 28 Mio.Euro, it's largest investor is tbg a daughter of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KFW). KTB invests between 1 and 5 Mio. Euro per project as a leading investor and has successfully led financing rounds with a capital raised of up to 20 Mio. Euro. KTB has invested in 10 projects since 1999. KTB is a financial investor with a long term approach.

KTB Technologie Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG
Norbert Kopp, Stephan Cerny
Weetzener Landstr. 18a
D - 30966 Hemmingen
Tel. +49-511-2350-714
Fax +49-511-2350-715

About MergeOptics GmbH

MergeOptics GmbH, was founded in Germany, in September 2000. The company develops highly integrated components for the rapidly growing high-speed fiber optic data transfer market. The company integrates optical components (lasers, modulators and photo diodes) with high-frequency electrical circuits to create compact modules that operate with industry standard optical and electrical interfaces. MergeOptics' business objective is to specialize in high-speed optical products that are world-class for both integration and performance. MergeOptics maintains partnerships with several leading German Universities and research facilities, including the prestigious Heinrich-Hertz- Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin, Germany.

MergeOptics GmbH
Dag Neumeuer
Am Borsigturm 17
D - 13507 Berlin
Tel.: +49-30-43038204
Fax: +49-30-43038209

About DVC Deutsche Venture Capital

DVC Deutsche Venture Capital, a leading venture capital firm based in Munich, focuses primarily on European growth companies in the areas of information, telecommunication, semiconductor and industrial technologies as well as life sciences. In the field of life sciences DVC invests in the development of therapeutic and diagnostic products as well as in platform and medical technologies.DVC's total administrated fund volume amounts to €300 millions. For investments in private companies, DVC invests approximately €1 - 10 millions as lead investor or, in the case of larger financing rounds, as co-lead investor. DVC is a "value-added" financial investor. Each sector team consists of experienced investment managers with relevant backgrounds. Since its formation in 1998, DVC has invested in approximately 70 companies.

DVC Deutsche Venture Capital
Heidrun Moll
Neumarkter Str. 28
D - 81673 München
Tel.: +49-89- 413687-12
Fax: +49-89-413687-87

About Target Partners

Munich-based Target Partners is a venture capital partnership focused primarily on investments in the IT and communications industries. With many years of experience as managers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, the team at Target Partners supports entrepreneurs in developing and marketing products and services, building organizations, raising funds and taking companies public in Europe and the United States. Target Partners' fund capital of €175 millions is intended for investment in young start-ups, primarily during the first or second rounds of funding. Target Partners has an extensive network of contacts in the technology and venture capital industries in Europe and the United States.

Target Partners
Waldemar Jantz
Kardinal-Faulhaber-Str. 10
D - 80333 München
Tel.: +49 (89) 207049-0
Fax: +49 (89) 207049-99

Earlybird Venture Capital Gmbh & Co KG

Earlybird Venture Capital wurde 1997 gegründet und ist einer der erfolgreichsten europäischen Venture-Investoren. Aktuell managt Earlybird über 400 Millionen Euro. Earlybird investiert in innovative, schnell wachsende Unternehmen mit herausragenden Management-Teams und großem Wachstumspotential auf dem internationalen Markt. Dabei liegt der Investitionsschwerpunkt von Earlybird auf innovativen Unternehmen aus den Branchen Software, Halbleitertechnologie, Kommunikationstechnologie, Internet-basierte Dienstleistungen, Cleantech (umweltfreundliche Technologien) und Medtech. Earlybirds Portfolio besteht zurzeit aus mehr als 21 Unternehmen in sieben Ländern (Deutschland, Schweiz, Schweden, UK, USA, Italien und Frankreich). Seit der Gründung hat Earlybird in mehr als 55 Unternehmen investiert.

Earlybird unterstützt und beschleunigt unternehmerischen Erfolg. Als einer der führenden Frühphasen-VC-Investoren in Europa bietet Earlybird Gründern ausgeprägte Erfahrung im Aufbau junger Unternehmen und unterstützt Unternehmen von der Wiege bis zur Profitabilität: Earlybird bietet nicht nur in der Start-up-Phase Kapital, sondern hilft Gründern auch in der späteren Wachstumsphase bei der Finanzierung.

Innerhalb von zwei Jahren brachte Earlybird sechs Technologieunternehmen aus dem Portfolio an vier unterschiedliche europäische Börsen: Interhyp, Tipp24 und Wilex, Esmertec, Entelos und NoemaLife. Interhyp allein erzielte das Fünfzigfache des ursprünglichen Earlybird-Investments. Earlybird verkaufte darüber hinaus erfolgreich seine Beteiligung an element 5 an Digital River, sein Investment in Identify an BMC Software, Alantos an Amgen, abaXX an Cordys, amaxa an Lonza und dooyoo an LeGuide.

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