Meet the team

 

Smartkem prides itself on having an exceptionally talented group of individuals with over 200+ years of combined industrial and R&D pedigree at ICI, Merck, Philips, Kodak, CDT, Motorola.

Smartkem Officers

Ian Jenks

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

Ian was formerly the President of Uniphase Inc, Chairman of Oplink Communications Inc which he took public on the NASDAQ and spent seven years as a partner of Crescendo Ventures llp Ian has been a director of Techstep ASA, Paysafe plc., and Brady plc.

Barbra Keck

Chief Financial Officer

 

Barbra served as the Chief Financial Officer of Deverra Therapeutics, Inc., a developer of cell therapies. She held positions of increasing responsibility at Delcath Systems, Inc., an interventional oncology company, starting as Controller and ultimately becoming a senior vice president in March 2015 and chief financial officer in February 2017.

Dr. Beverley Brown

Chief Scientist

 

Beverley has worked in R&D at Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd. (“ICI“), Zeneca Group PLC, the Avecia Group PLC and at Merck Ltd. She has manged multidisciplinary R&D teams in the field of organic semiconductor technology and in printable electronics for more than 20 years.

Dr. Simon Ogier

Chief Technology Officer

 

Simon has previously worked at Avecia, Merck, CPI and more recently NeuDrive Limited. He currently manages a team of 19 engineers and scientists using the equipment for Smartkem’s process development and prototype fabrication. Simon has co-authored 30 journal articles and has been co-inventor on 16 patent families.

Smartkem Board of Directors

Ian Jenks

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

Ian was formerly the President of Uniphase Inc, Chairman of Oplink Communications Inc which he took public on the NASDAQ and spent seven years as a partner of Crescendo Ventures llp Ian has been a director of Techstep ASA, Paysafe plc., and Brady plc.

Klaas De Boer

Director

 

Klaas serves as the Managing Partner of Entrepreneurs Fund Management LLP. He served on numerous boards, including Lifeline Scientfic Inc. and Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG. He currently chairs AIM listed Xeros Technology Group plc, and General Fusion, Inc., and serves on the boards of vasopharm GmbH and D30 Holdings Ltd.

Melisa Denis

Director

 

Melisa has served as a member of the audit committee and mergers and acquisitions committee of the board of directors of Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc. since November 20, 2020. She served as a partner at KPMG from 1998 to October 2020, including as National Tax Leader for Consumer Goods and as the leader of the Consumer and Industrial Market for Dallas.

Sri Peruvemba

Director

 

Previously Chief Marketing Officer for E Ink Holdings, Sri played a major role in transforming the $15M start-up to a $18+ global company. With over 30 years experience in technology, Sri has held senior level positions at Sharp Corp, TFS Inc., Planar Systems and Novasentis.

Dr. Steven DenBaars

Director

 

Steven is a Professor of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as the Executive Director of the Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Steven has previously worked at the Hewlett-Packard Optoelectronics team. He has been a Director on the Board of several startup companies which include Soraa Laser Diode, Akoustis Technologies and Aeluma Inc.

Investors

 

Today, there is no display solution available, (large or small), with good enough performance, at low enough cost, to enable the ubiquitous adoption of enhanced reality (Metaverse). The market is open for change.

Join us

 

At Smartkem we pride ourselves on our team of exceptionally talented individuals that come together to collaborate and achieve excellence for our customers. If you are interested in joining our team kindly get in touch.