About Us

AFO Research Inc. (AFO) is a high technology research and development company specializing in the development of next generation optical materials.


AFO was found based on the long-term vision of company founder and well-respected scientist, Dr. Alfred Margaryan and co-founders, Jack Illare and Ashot Margaryan. They noticed technological advancements in optics were heavily dependent upon new and improved materials that could perform under extraordinary conditions. For years, silica-based glasses were the choice for many major industries. However, its physical characteristics and limitations forced industries and scientists to explore new glass compositions and processing techniques to evolve with the ever-increasing number of applications. The emergence of these “specialty glasses” in the last few years have significantly changed several large industries, including telecommunications, electronics, and biomedical. This is where AFO saw its opportunity to introduce its next-generation specialty glass.


AFO’s scientific team is led by Dr. Margaryan who has been involved in the research and development of specialty glasses since the early 1960s. His pioneering work has been recognized by well-known scientists like Nobel Prize recipient and one of the founders of the laser, A.M. PROKHOROV

(click here to view a copy of Dr. Margaryan’s book review by A.M. PROKHOROV).

Mission Statement

Our goal is to become the leading provider of next-generation optical materials that will revolutionize such prominent and rapidly growing industries as nuclear, defense, aerospace, optical storage, and healthcare by enabling end-users to overcome current limitations of existing materials and bring to market new and improved technologies.


  • Actively contribute to the technological and scientific advancement in the Specialty Glass industry by developing new vitreous materials (custom fabrication) and exploring new applications for these materials.
  • Cultivate and maintain long-term relationship with our customers.
  • Form strategic alliances with academic and scientific institutions.
  • Develop partnerships and joint ventures with other companies in the industry.

AFO Research Inc. Florida Office


PoC: Jack Illare III

Tel. (772) 538-1288

Fax (772) 539-7061

1717 Indian River Blvd. Suite 301

Vero Beach, FL 32960



AFO California Office

676 W Wilson Ave #A Glendale CA 91203


P.O. Box 1934

Glendale, CA 91209

PoC: Ashot Margaryan

Tel. (818) 470-2003

Fax (818) 500-8173