Invenios is a private corporation headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. The micro technology foundry manufactures high aspect ratio glass-ceramic structures, microfluidic devices and provides advanced ambient temperature bonding of glass, metal and silicon substrates for firms working at the micron and sub-micron level in the biotechnology and semiconductor industries.
At its onset, Invenios was a small company working on motion control systems for the micro- electronics industry. The company was founded in 2002 by serial entrepreneur, Ray Karam. Prior to starting Invenios, Mr. Karam sold Santa Barbara Metric, founded in 1995, and NanoMotion Incorporated, founded in 1998. The firm initially focused on manufacturing scalable platforms for the creation of high-speed, vision-guided measurement, alignment, and assembly systems with 10 nm precision. This included precision linear and rotary stages, anthropomorphic platforms and custom positioning systems.
Within a year of the launch of Invenios, the firm became aware of technology for laser machining glass and determined this was a new emerging market for microfluidics and biotechnology that was a compliment to their motion control technology. In March, 2003, Invenios acquired exclusive rights to the laser machining technology from Aerospace Corporation a federally-funded research and development center (FFRDC). The non-ablative, direct-write laser patterning process was developed primarily for the creation of passive and active glass-ceramic substrates for use in the manufacture of picosatellites and other aerospace structures. With license in hand, Invenios embarked on commercializing the 3D micro-fabrication technology.
In 2004, Invenios acquired Mikroglas Chemtech, a Mainz, Germany based firm active in the development of microfluidic components for chemical and biotechnological applications using Photosensitive glass that can be structured for a variety of microfabrication purposes. The material combines unique glass properties and the opportunity to achieve very fine structures with tight tolerances and high aspect ratios. These components can be processed in the amorphous glass state or fully converted to ceramic.
The balance of the decade saw steady progress from being a young and emerging company to a well-established microfabrication foundry serving clients worldwide with products that include optical encoder discs, diode spacers and targets, glass inkjet printer heads, DNA flow cells, macro production, precision robotic tools and advanced motion systems. Invenios was recently recognized in Inc. Magazines top 1000 fastest growing U.S. companies and the 6th fastest growing engineering company.
In recent years, Invenios began integrating green technologies into their manufacturing processes. The firm offsets 30% of their electrical consumption from the power grid through the use of electricity generated by roof-top solar panels. On the manufacturing floor, Invenios implemented an environmentally friendly manufacturing process for glass processing that eliminates the use of photo resists for mask generation in the regime above 100 microns.