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Backed for Significant Growth

Smartkem is a global leader in the design, development and industrialisation of organic semiconductors for the electronic LED and LC display industries.

SmartKem has commercialised its proprietary semiconductor technology and is ideally positioned to capture a significant share of the projected market for material supply to the display industry supply chain as the sector moves inexorably towards mass production of this revolutionary new display product type.

SmartKem operates with complete focus on material synthesis, formulation and technology transfer for market-driven applications so maximising shareholder value via controlled capital expenditure.
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SmartKems investment syndicate include BASF, Octopus, Finance Wales, Entrepreneurs Fund.

Board of Directors

Steve Kelly, Chief Executive Officer

Steve Kelly, Chief Executive Officer

Steve is an international business professional with over 20 years’ experience specialising in technology ventures, particularly early stage. He has extensive experience in Intellectual Property exploitation, VC funding and launching new technology to market. With decades of experience in the materials science sector, Steve founded SmartKem in 2009 to develop smart chemistry and processes for the printed electronics industry.

Bill Freer, Chairman

Bill Freer, Chairman

Bill brings with him a wealth of international experience in the commercial, technical and manufacturing areas of the semiconductor and display business sectors . His early career encompassed GEC, Rank, Ebauches Electronique,(Switzerland) and Marconi, before Managing Director roles at Philips Semiconductor, Southhampton and at Philips Components at their Hong Kong based LCD module business. Following retirement from Philips in 2001, Bill has worked with many start-ups in the display and semiconductor industries as chairman, board member and consultant to help them realise their full business potential.

Dr. Claus Hackmann

Dr. Claus Hackmann

Claus Hackmann, PhD, joined BASF BASF Venture Capital GmbH as an Investment Manager in 2010. He is active in three boards. The related companies are based in the US, the UK and Germany.
Before that he was head of production of Electronic Materials in Europe within in the BASF SE (2007-2010) and was responsible as leader of the Business Process Management team in the business unit detergents and formulators (2003 -2007).
He joint BASF SE in 1994 and worked until 2003 in several functions in research, development and production. Claus Hackmann studied chemistry at the Westfälischen Wilhelms Universität in Münster (1985-1993) and did his Postdoc at the UCSB in Santa Barbara (1993-1994).

Simon King

Simon King

Simon focuses on early stage deal flow, screening investment opportunities and performing preliminary due diligence at Octopus Ventures. Octopus Ventures is a London and New York based venture capital firm focused on identifying unusually talented entrepreneurs intent on building businesses that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry. Before joining Octopus, Simon was a research scientist investigating novel materials for photovoltaic applications at Imperial College London. Simon holds an MA and MSc in Physics and a Ph.D. in Molecular Electronics. He has an active interest in businesses focussing on EdTech, IoT and Machine Learning. Within the Octopus portfolio, Simon works closely with Surrey NanoSystems, Origami Energy, Trafi, WaveOptics and SmartKem.

Alon Avnon

Alon Avnon

Alon Avnon is the founder and CEO of BizDevOS Ltd, a boutique advisory firm based in London, specialising in small to medium private equity transactions.

Prior to BizDevOS, Alon was with Old Lane LLP, a Citigroup fund. In this role he invested, managed and exited a $150M portfolio of private investments in diverse industries including material science, financial services and telecommunications.

Alon has extensive experience in bringing new technologies to market as an entrepreneur, executive and investor. He has over 20 years’ experience in the printing, display and advertising industries.

Ian Jenks

Ian Jenks

Ian joined the Board on….. Ian has more than 30 years of Board-level experience in the Communications and Industrial Technology fields, both as an investor and as Chief Executive Officer of companies operating in the US and Europe. He is currently also Executive Chairman of Brady Plc, Senior Independent Director of Paysafe Group plc and a member of the board of  Econic Technology Limited, Nexeon Limited, Zeetta Ltd and Impression Technologies Limited. Ian previously served as the Executive Chairman and as Chief Executive Officer of Intune Networks Limited. He was formerly a director of the British Photovolatic Association and a partner of Crescendo Ventures LLP in Palo Alto, US. He was a non-executive Chairman of Oplink Communications Inc and President of Uniphase Inc.