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Marco Beijersbergen

Managing Director, Cosine

Marco Beijersbergen studied physics in Leiden and obtained a PhD in quantum optics at Leiden University in 1996. He then worked as a scientist at the Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency. In 1998 he founded the company cosine. cosine develops measurement solutions for its customers, consists currently of 50 scientists, engineers and technicians and has development, assembly and test facilities including extensive cleanrooms in The Netherlands, with offices in Germany and Italy. Marco is co-inventor and led the development of the SPO X-ray optics for astronomical space telescopes. With cosine he developed advanced miniaturised remote sensing instruments for satellites, that can detect features and composition not visible to the human eye, of which several are currently in orbit. This includes the first use of artificial intelligence on an Earth observation satellite, which runs on AI hardware and analyses the images in orbit, greatly increasing the information density of the data that is downlinked. He founded several spin-off companies for specific product-market combinations that resulted from these development. Besides managing cosine Marco is professor at the physics department of Leiden University, teaching advanced optics, space instrumentation and entrepreneurship. He chairs several organizations that promote and organize collaborations in science and technology, such as the roadmap Advanced Instrumentation in a large public-private partnership program in The Netherlands, the route Measuring and Detecting of the Dutch National Science Agenda and the Economic Board of his region, and participates several other organizations in science, technology and innovation.