Thin glass is a versatile material with many applications (photo: Fraunhofer FEP)

GLASS4FLEX – pioneering new process technologies for flexible glass in optical systems


Companies / Markets

Ultra-thin glass – one human hair thick – is ideally suited as a material for mass production of optical components and parts as well as for encapsulating optical and optoelectronic systems. Its production requires a completely coordinated process chain – from manufacture to functionalisation. This is the goal to be accomplished by 2022 in the GLASS4FLEX joint research project.

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miDiagnostics’ research prototype device that can perform a complete blood cell count from only drops of blood (photo: imec)

Imec awarded grant from NASA to advance space health diagnostics


Companies / Markets

Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies, received NASA funding to test a technology for monitoring astronauts’ health status under zero gravity conditions using a first-of-its-kind disposable diagnostic device developed by imec’s spin-off, miDiagnostics. Imec will design test parameters and perform experiments in different gravity scenarios using one of miDiagnostics’ devices that is built around a silicon-based nanofluidic processor that performs a series of blood sample manipulations yielding a cell blood count with fast turnaround time.

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Dr Richard Price (left) and Scott White from PragmatIC (photo: PragmatIC)

PragmatIC to exhibit at IDTechEx Show Santa Clara 2019


Exhibitions / Events

PragmatIC (Cambridge, UK) will be exhibiting and presenting at the IDTechEx Show in Santa Clara, USA, on 20-21 November. It has been an especially busy year for the company with the launch of its ConnectIC family of ultra-thin and low cost flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) in February. This was followed by several key partner announcements, including Mühlbauer, Baoshen and Topolytics, and most recently Schreiner MediPharm.

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Joseph M. Taylor (left) and Mark Laich (photo: Imprint Energy)

Former Panasonic North America CEO and new VP boost Imprint Energy business team


Appointments

Imprint Energy (Alameda, California), manufacturer of a new generation of safe, environmentally-friendly, customisable batteries for IoT applications, such as smart labels and tags, medical patches, pill bottle trackers, and medicine-delivery pens, announced important additions to its team.

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FlexEnable’s FlexiOM OTFT materials are available immediately to customers worldwide for any organic electronics applications (photo: FlexEnable)

FlexEnable acquires Merck’s OTFT materials portfolio for flexible displays


Companies / Markets

FlexEnable (Cambridge, UK), a leader in the development and industrialisation of flexible organic electronics, has acquired Merck’s (Darmstadt, Germany) portfolio of best-in-class, high-performance organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) materials, including revolutionary and highly-patented organic semiconductors and dielectrics. The deal makes FlexEnable the first company to offer display manufacturers both the only OTFT materials which are proven to have higher performance than amorphous silicon, and an entire package of industrially-proven manufacturing processes needed for production of flexible organic liquid crystal displays (OLCD) of any size.

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