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Unique printed electronics industry conference to showcase stunning international technology and product breakthroughs to a world-class gathering of business, academic and government leaders.
The Industry Forum On Printed Electronics (IFOPE) announced today that Peter Balbus, Managing Director of Pragmaxis, LLC and President Emeritus of the M.I.T. Enterprise Forum of Chicago will host its inaugural conference on April 24, 2007 in Chicago. He will also chair a panel discussion focusing on the future possibilities for printed electronics. Balbus is a recognized expert on technology commercialization with an emphasis on products derived from advances in nanotechnology. He graduated from M.I.T. with a degree in Chemical Engineer and completed the Executive Program in Corporate Strategy at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He has more than 25 years of business and technology experience.
Balbus is no stranger to creating, managing and hosting successful public events. For two years, he served as Chairman and President of the M.I.T. Enterprise Forum of Chicago, a professional organization dedicated to promoting business and technology innovation in the greater Chicago area. During his tenure he created and hosted nearly 20 events, drawing a combined audience of more than 2,000 attendees. He served as Chairman of the Alan G. MacDiarmid Energy Summit at NanoTX'06 in September 2006 and will be reprising that role for NanoTX'07 being held in Dallas October 2-4, 2007. Balbus also served as host of "The Information Age", a television program that showcased emerging technologies and their financial implications and was broadcast by the Financial News Network (now CNN-fn).
According to IFOPE Executive Producer Ray Pimentel, Vice Consul (Trade & Investment) at the British Consulate-General in Chicago, "We are very pleased to have Peter Balbus on board as our conference host and panel chair. He will bring a unique blend of knowledge, perspective, energy and humor to this conference."
IFOPE will feature a world-class line-up of international speakers from commercial and academic innovators in thin film, organic, and printable electronics. The audience will include senior executives from a broad range of industries being transformed by these rapidly advancing micro- and nanotechnology developments, including aerospace, chemicals, consumer goods, electronics, food & beverage, medical devices, packaging and semiconductors. Corporate and institutional venture capital executives will also be present.
Organized by founding partners, UK Trade & Investment, the North of England Inward Investment Agency, and Cenamps, IFOPE is a British-American initiative designed to foster international collaboration in technology advancements and commercialization.
Event partners include Drinker Biddle Gardner Carton LLP, Motorola, Inc., Pragmaxis LLC, NanoMarkets, Inc., Add-Vision, Inc., IBF Conferences, and SEMI.
Confirmed speakers at IFOPE comprise a world-renowned set of business and
academic leaders in the electronic printing arena, including:
- Dr. Wasiq Bokhari -- CEO, BioIdent
- Dr. Daniel Gamota -- Director of Printed Electronics Group, Motorola, Inc.
- Dr. Neil Gershenfeld -- Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
- Dr. Bruce Gnade -- Distinguished Chair in Microelectronics & VP Research, University of Texas at Dallas
- Phil Inagaki -- Co-founder, Polyera
- Adam Laubach -- CTO & General Manager of Functional Printing, GSI Technologies
- Dr. Devin Mackenzie -- Director of Technology, Add-Vision
- Matt Timm -- President, Soligie
IFOPE will be a full-day event on Tuesday, April 24, held at the conference center of Drinker Biddle Gardner Carton LLP, 191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3700, Chicago, IL 60606 preceded by an opening evening reception on April 23 at a location to be announced. Early-bird registration is $30 through March 31.
Please visit http://www.ifope.org for more information, continuing updates and to register.
The Industry Forum on Printed Electronics (IFOPE) is a British-American initiative to provide ongoing channels of communication and education among (a) innovators in thin film, organic, and printable electronics; (b) end-user industries; and (c) the broader business community.
Created by founding partners UK Trade & Investment, the North of England Inward Investment Agency, and Cenamps, IFOPE is open to all who share an interest in advancing the commercialization of this exciting emerging technology.
Complementing existing printed electronics industry organizations and forums, our vision is to help realize printed electronics’ full potential, by encouraging participation by end-user industries and the broader business community.
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UK Trade & Investment
British Consulate-General, Chicago
Tel: (312) 970 3835
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