New subsidiary, DCE Aprilis Inc., to accelerate holographic data storage
Midland Mich. and Maynard, Mass. – August 14, 2006 – Dow Corning
Corporation acquired the assets from the holographic data storage business of
Aprilis, Inc., of Maynard, Mass. Aprilis is a privately-held developer of
holographic data storage systems that enable enterprises to efficiently store,
manage, and access large volumes of data.
Dow Corning, which previously owned shares in Aprilis, will continue the
development and commercialization of holographic technology in a newly formed
subsidiary, DCE Aprilis Inc., based in Maynard. DCE Aprilis will become
part of Dow Corning’s Business and Technology Incubator.
“Aprilis’ holographic technology and media products have exciting potential
in data storage and other optical component markets,” said David Cornelius,
executive director of Dow Corning’s Business and Technology Incubator.
“The talented DCE Aprilis scientists and engineers will make broad
contributions to Dow Corning’s Business and Technology Incubator. The
business and technology resources near our Boston-area location will serve us
Dow Corning’s Shane Ladwein has been appointed general manager of DCE
Aprilis. Additionally, DCE Aprilis has hired several people formerly
employed by Aprilis Inc. including Dr. David Waldman, chief
“We will accelerate the work in data storage as well as investigate
additional markets and applications for the technology,” said
DCE Aprilis products will offer hundreds of gigabytes of removable capacity,
which is ideal for many archiving applications, including enterprise data
Dow Corning (www.dowcorning.com) provides
performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000
customers worldwide. A global leader in silicon-based technology and
innovation, offering more than 7,000 products and services, Dow Corning is
equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning Incorporated. More
than half of Dow Corning’s sales are outside the United States.
Aprilis, Inc. based in Maynard, Mass., is a developer of holographic
media and data storage systems for the optical storage industry. The
company was founded on the vision of creating best-in-class storage devices
based upon proprietary holographic data storage technologies. Aprilis’
products, including its media, are designed to provide the highest value of
combined capacity, performance, and reliability. Aprilis holographic
technology solutions are ideal for near-line access to vast amounts of data,
including image databases, multimedia applications and data warehousing.
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