Our Team

SmartKem has a strong heritage in the commercial development and exploitation of organic semiconductors and flat panel display technologies.

Smartkem’s management recognised the unique breadth of key competences that would be vital to the success of SmartKem through the creation of real value to our customer base.

SmartKem’s highly qualified personnel consist of carefully selected staff possessing a track record of commercial and scientific excellence. SmartKem’s comprehensive team combines expert chemists, physicists and recognised leaders in the field of organic semiconductors and display technology.

Our team comes with decades of combined experience in OLED, organic semiconductors and display technologies coupled with an impressive pedigree in the successful commercial exploitation of new technologies.

More specifically, the company has niche expertise in the commercial delivery of high performance materials into market-driven applications within the OLED, LCD and EP display industry.

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.

Billy McLaughlin, Chief Operating Officer

Billy has spent more than two decades in senior roles with some of the semiconductor industry giants, including Motorola and GLOBALFOUNDRIES. His successes in these roles has earned him a prolific reputation and enables him to provide invaluable expertise to SmartKem at a crucial time in the company’s journey.

Billy is an accredited Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and joined SmartKem from e2v which was acquired by Teledyne for $790M. He is responsible for managing the industrialisation of SmartKem’s semiconductor platform truFLEX® and overseeing the technology transfer to Asia.

Dr Beverley Brown, Chief Technology Officer

Dr Brown is a senior technology and innovation manager with more than 20 years of technical and commercial experience in high technology start-up businesses within the Specialty Chemicals industry.  Dr Brown has worked in the technology area of Printable Electronics since its inception almost 12 years ago.  She has more than 12 patents in the area and a number of key scientific papers and has managed funded customer projects with most major European and Korean Electronics companies keen to adopt printable electronics as a disruptive technology to conventional silicon semiconductors. Dr. Brown is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts in the field of organic semiconductor technology and holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. She spent ten year at ICI plc in the 80 and 90s, was accountable for the successful divestment and technology transfer of Zeneca Specialties to DSM, set-up a world class multi-disciplinary plastics electronics research team of 28 at Avecia, which was eventually acquired by Merck in 2005.

Steve Marsh, Chief Business Officer

Steve Marsh is a highly experienced, sales and marketing director with extensive international sales and commercial rollout experience across Asia, US and Europe with Philips, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, amongst other blue chip companies.

Steve joined SmartKem from Plastic Logic, where he was employed in a business development capacity. Steve has been instrumental in the recent signing of a number of JDAs and LOIs with Asian display manufacturers and will continue to manage these collaborative relationships during the lifetime of projects.

Steven Gordon, Chief Finance Officer

Having qualified with KPMG, Steven has gained a wealth of experience in the corporate finance market together with senior roles in industry, both single site and multi site. Over the last 20 years, Steven has worked with a number of technology companies, where he has been a valued member of the senior management team. In addition, Steven has been the retained adviser to some of the fastest growing companies in the UK, where he has worked with the board of directors in reviewing strategy, advising on corporate finance transactions and ultimately planning for the ultimate realisation for the shareholders.


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