RSM alumnus’ technology organisation wins Edison Award in New York

LDG Light Bulb by Parhelion, of which alumnus Erik Wellen from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is partner and chief commercial officer (CCO), was named a 2015 Edison Award winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards ™ in New York City in April 2015.

Parhelion’s LDG (Laser Diffraction Grating) Light Bulb was named Gold Award Winner 2015 in the category Health, Safety and Emergency Response. After three years of research and development, Parhelion launched the innovative light bulb, a continuous laser-based light with passive cooling. The LDG Light Bulb is designed for navigating through smoke, light congested areas and turbid environments that obscure visibility without the blinding fog which is common with other lights.


‘Laser-twins’ Jim and Richard Redpath launched Parhelion in 2012, aiming to integrate laser technologies in everyday life. Erik Wellen from RSM’s Global Executive OneMBA Class of 2005 is CCO and partner at the laser technology company, which is based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, USA. Wellen met the Redpath twins while working in the Middle East, where he was responsible for the sales of IT-solutions. Wellen’s expertise as a serial entrepreneur, senior market maker and branding expert contribute to the new technology company’s revenue growth.

The RSM OneMBA alumnus is a key part of the three-headed management team, as the three executives’ diversity and experience contribute to Parhelion’s global success. “Both my law degree and OneMBA degree from Rotterdam has given me great and useful insights that I can apply on a daily basis when building new businesses or taking existing business into new geographical territories," says Wellen.

Edison Awards

The distinguished Edison Awards are inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, and recognise creativity, innovation, and ingenuity in the worldwide economy. Edison Award nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the USA whose votes acknowledge the finalists’ success in meeting the award’s stringent criteria of quality.  This year’s Edison Award Annual Gala took place in New York City in April 2015.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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