Mary Hibbs-Brenner, Vixar

Mary Hibbs-Brenner, Vixar


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Dr Mary Hibbs-Brenner is currently the CEO of Vixar.  Along with Dr. Klein Johnson, Mary co-founded Vixar in 2005 and oversaw its sale to Osram last year.  Previously Mary held business development, technical management, and research positions at Honeywell. She was responsible for initiating the Honeywell’s VCSEL activity and directed R&D within that business, until it was sold to Finisar.

Dr. Hibbs-Brenner has an MBA from the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford University, and a B.A. from Carleton College. She spent two years doing post-doctoral research at the University of Linköping in Sweden.


Vixar was founded in 2005 to develop VCSEL device and subassembly technology for the consumer, industrial and medical industries.  Our product line includes VCSELs in the wavelength range from 660nm to 1000nm, single-mode and multi-mode, polarization controlled devices, and arrays with power in the Watt range.  We offer products as die, in packages, or subassemblies incorporating multiple components such as lenses/diffusers, photodiodes, and I.C.s.  We adopted a fabless model and were leaders in moving to 6” wafer manufacturing for VCSELs. Due to the acquisition last year by Osram, Vixar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Osram Opto Semiconductors. The company is located in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA.