Roxlo Joins Novalux

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Charles Roxlo has been appointed the director of product technology at Novalux Inc., where he will be responsible for the strategic development of laser technology and products that will enable a broad range of new customer applications. Prior to joining Novalux, Roxlo was director of advanced technology in Lucent Technologies' Optical Networking Group, where he was responsible for technology strategy and forward-looking work in WDM systems.Th 1712lwe001


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