iolon Inc. today announced the closing of an additional $7.6- million in Series C funding, led by new investors NTT Leasing Co., Ltd. and Swiss Life, advised by Swiss Life Private Equity Partners Ltd.
Existing investors also contributed, including Seagate Technology Investment Holdings LLC, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Optical Capital Group, Boston Millennia Partners, Bowman Capital, Doll Capital Management (DCM), Integral Capital Partners, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., CrossBridge Venture Partners, J. & W. Seligman, Inc., Banc of America Securities LLC, and Kalkhoven, Petit and Levin Ventures (KPL).
In addition, iolon has secured a credit line of $9 million from Western Technology Investment Inc. and Costella Kirsch Inc., bringing the company's total funding to date to over $85 million.
"Closing this round with year-ago valuation and terms is a strong affirmation from our investors that iolon's business model and its execution against that model has earned iolon its position as the leading supplier of tunable lasers," contends John Clark, president, chief executive officer and chairman of iolon. "iolon recognizes that with the current market conditions, supplier viability has become a key requirement for our customers. In addition to obtaining this new financing, we recently restructured our business to reduce overall spending while increasing the resources directly supporting our customers. Our financial position was already strong, as we were self-funded through the end of 2003. With these new actions, we have extended our self-funding well into 2004 under present market conditions," he adds.
According to the company, its technological advancements enable systems providers to provide carriers the means to reduce overall capital and operating expenditures, while enhancing network applications such as rapid provisioning and bandwidth on demand. Tunability will inevitably unleash the full power of intelligent, transparent, optical networks.
The company's product line includes a platform of high-power, widely tunable lasers with output power greater than 20 mW, and with both 50-GHz and 25-GHz channel densities in both the C-Band and L-Band. iolon's products are network-ready and are in the final stages of Telcordia qualification.
Headquartered in San Jose, CA, iolon delivers tunable optical devices for intelligent optical networks. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.iolon.com.