Our Company

Integrated Sensing Systems is one of the oldest, non-captive MEMS companies in the US and maintains a very high standard for quality with the following certifications:

      • ISO 13485
      • ISO 9001
      • ISO 13480
      • ATEX and IECEX

Our History

Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc was established in 1995 by founders Dr. Nader Najafi, Dr. Ken Wise, and Dr. Khalil Najafi. The company was started to design, develop, manufacture, and commercialize innovative products based on MEMS (microelectromechanical systems). Originally created as a way to transfer and commercialize MEMS focused products from the work of its co-founders at the University of Michigan. Integrated Sensing Systems is a privately held company focused on developing its core technology which is the Dissolved Wafer Process (DWP) and the associated technologies required for the production of MEMS-based products. This core technology and strong base of IP drive the ongoing success of the MEMS inside the product lines and support the company’s business units. The individual business units, Medical, Fluidic, Foundry Services, and Nanogetters are redefining products in the industry of focus.

“Integrated Sensing Systems has dedicated itself to improving the world one piece at a time, by commercializing the tremendous potential of MEMS based products and solutions in healthcare, laboratory, and manufacturing applications.”

– Dr. Nader Najafi

Our Founders

Nader Najafi, Ph.D. , ISS Co-Founder, President ISS. A founder of ISS, has served as President and CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors since the company’s inception. Prior to founding ISS, Dr. Najafi worked at IBM and was member of Project Technical Advisory Board (PTAB) of SEMATECH sensor/Actuator Sensor Bus Project. He has authored 9 issued and 20+ pending patents, and over 55 publications, including 3 book chapters, as well as many technical presentations. He was the first elected Chairman of Industrial Advisory Board, NSF Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems at the University of Michigan. Nader is also actively involved in many local and national activities, including an invited member of 2003 Selection Committee (Blue Ribbon) panel for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF-ERC) program, a member of the Advisory Board for the Michigan Small Tech Association (MISTA), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Microsystems Alliance. Nader was also cofounder and president of non-profit organization Michigan High-Tech CEO Alliance (MicHTeC). Dr. Najafi has a PhD and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Ken Wise, ISS Co-Founder, ISS Board of Directors. Widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost MEMS experts with over 35 years of experience, Dr. Ken Wise is Director of the Center for Integrated Microsystems and Director of the National Science Foundation Wireless MEMS Engineering Research Center at the University of Michigan. He is currently the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology and an invited member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Wise is the author of 18 issued and three pending patents, ten book chapters, 185 technical publications, and 190 conference publications. He has managed over $35 million in projects and has graduated 41 PhDs. He has expertise in integrated circuit technology; solid-state sensors & microsystems for use in health care, environmental monitoring, and industrial process control; design and applications of integrated electronics. Dr. Wise has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University as well as a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Dr. Khalil Najafi, ISS Co-Founder, ISS Board of Directors. A leader in MEMS research, Dr. Khalil Najafi is Director of the Solid State Electronics Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as the Deputy Director of the Center for Wireless MEMS Engineering Research Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at the University of Michigan Engineering School. Dr. Najafi is a MEMS Senior Editor of IEEE and the Journal of Micro-mechanics and Micro-engineering. He is the author of four patents, four book chapters, forty-three journal publications and over 100 conference papers. He has managed over $10 million in projects and graduated eleven PhDs. Dr. Najafi’s expertise is in solid-state integrated sensors and circuits, analog and mixed mode integrated circuit design and fabrication, fabrication technologies for silicon micro-actuators and three-dimensional micromechanical systems, integrated implantable sensors for biomedical applications, packaging techniques for protection of integrated circuits and sensors for long-term implantation in biological environments, miniature implantable wireless micro-telemetry systems. Dr. Najafi has Ph.D., M.S., and B.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Our Technology Platform

Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc (ISS) believes that the greatest challenge in successfully bringing MEMS-based products to market is being able to consistently manufacture the MEMS devices and integrate them into systems. To meet this challenge, Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc has invested millions of dollars and significant time in establishing its comprehensive facility and state-of-the-art equipment, and continues to invest heavily in this area.

Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc built its fabrication capability around the concept of flexibility. The essence of this approach is using common design elements, equipment, and processes to leverage investment in a MEMS fabrication facility, and bring traditional high-volume economics to a collection of niche volume, higher-value products. ISS’ fabrication facility can produce millions of MEMS devices per year and can easily be upgraded to quadruple its capacity.