Redfern Integrated Optics, Inc. Appoints Dr. Michael Lebby to Its Board of Directors

Santa Clara, California, UNITED STATES

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Redfern Integrated Optics, Inc. (RIO), the developer and manufacturer of low-cost, high-performance optical transmitters for the telecommunications, data transmission and sensor markets, today announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Lebby, president and CEO of the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA), to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Lebby's career has spanned all aspects of the optoelectronics business, ranging from research and development, to sales, marketing and investing. He currently holds more than 200 US patents in optoelectronics.

"We are very pleased with the appointment of such an industry expert and visionary to our Board of Directors," said Radu Barsan, RIO's president and CEO. "Dr. Lebby brings extensive domain expertise, coupled with a balanced perspective on technology, business and market trends, which will be invaluable as we look toward 2008 and beyond."

In 1985, Dr. Lebby joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, followed by a move to Motorola's Phoenix Corporate Research Laboratory where he later became an R&D Business Technology Development Manager in 1997. After a year at AMP as a member of the Global Optoelectronics Division's management team, Lebby joined Intel Capital as a corporate investor.

Later, in 2001, Lebby founded Ignis Optics, a fiber optics transceiver company, where he served as President and CEO. In 2003, Ignis Optics was acquired by Bookham Technology, where Lebby then became responsible for corporate and technical strategy. In 2005, Lebby joined OIDA as Executive Director and became the organization's President and CEO in 2006. Today, Dr. Michael Lebby is internationally recognized as a technologist, leader and market expert in optics and photonics.

"I very much look forward to joining RIO's Board of Directors," said Dr. Lebby. "I have followed the company's progress over the last 5 years and am very impressed with its performance and potential. RIO has developed and qualified advanced planar optical integrated transmission technology, has expanded its differentiated product offerings, and is well positioned to capitalize on a variety of market opportunities."

About RIO Inc.

RIO (Redfern Integrated Optics, Inc.) develops and manufactures optical transmitters based on its proprietary planar hybrid laser technology (PLANEX(tm)), which enables transceivers and transponders to deliver telecom-grade performance with datacom economics. RIO's product lines include 1550nm long-reach 2.5 Gbps, 3.125 Gbps, 4.25 Gbps and 10 Gbps directly modulated TOSAs meeting the XMD MSA package requirements, with DWDM wavelength stability, at low cost and with low power dissipation. For more information, please visit


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