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Dr. Mike Cowin, head of strategic marketing at organic semiconductor pioneers SmartKem, will present at the prestigious 2017FLEX event in California.

Dr. Cowin is a leader of FLEXTRANS – a two-year programme that is accelerating the adoption of organic semiconductors as a universal thin film transistor (TFT) backplane platform. This platform will enable the creation of a new generation of low power, ultra thin and conformal OLED and LCD displays for the consumer electronics market.

Dr Cowin has been invited to 2017FLEX to provide an overview of the project, including objectives, challenges and application sectors. He will also describe how FLEXTRANS will support the industrialisation and technology transfer of SmartKem’s truFLEX® semiconductor platform to Asia.

The FLEXTRANS project has received significant EU funding and financial backing from SmartKem, the lead partner. Other key stakeholders include project partners, the display industry supply chain, private, public and political institutions, the scientific community, investors and wider society.

2017FLEX is a leading flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) event, designed to advance technical and business interests in flexible, printed and hybrid electronics and their applications.

Dr Cowin, who has a PHD in organic photonics, said: “My talk will prove a great opportunity to find out more about this ambitious project, which promises to dramatically enhance the way displays are produced globally. The output of the FLEXTRANS project will be a landmark in the display industry. It is an exceptional project in its commercial focus and will take a game-changing high value technology platform from the EU and embed it into the Asian display supply chain.

“I am looking forward to meeting many industry leaders at the event and sharing SmartKem’s experience as we move into a new generation of OLED and LCD display manufacture.”

Dr Cowin will be speaking at 3.20pm on June 20 at 2017FLEX, which is being held in Monterey, California, USA, from June 19-22 2017.

The FLEXTRANS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No 733542.

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EU flag_yellow_low FLEXTRANS is co funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union