Cambridge, UK, 22 July 2008: More than 500 engineers, researchers, business leaders and investors from all over the world are expected to meet in Frankfurt at the end of September to report progress and discuss future directions in the organic electronics and organic semiconductor industries.
Over the past eight years more than US$1,500 million has been invested in this technology by US and European VCs and governments. In some areas of the technology, Europe is outspending the US by 3 to 1. This investment has created a number of European companies such as Polymer Vision, Plastic Logic, Konarka, and Nanoident, that are in the process of launching their first products based on organic electronics. Historically this funding has been directed towards technology development but an increasing proportion is being used to establish large-scale manufacturing capability. Last year alone Plastic Logic received more than US$100 million in investment to build the first the organic transistor fab.
With an increasing number of applications now moving towards commercialisation, the theme of this year’s conference is 'From Lab to Fab'. Industry keynote speakers, include Gildas Sorin, CEO of Novaled, Jeremy Burroughes, CTO of Cambridge Display Technology, Edzer Huitema, CTO of Polymer Vision, and Christoph Brabec, CTO of Konarka Technologies, each of whom will present technical and commercial progress. This year OSC is very fortunate to also have Sir Robin Saxby, founder and chairman of ARM, the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, who will present how ARM made the successful transition from start-up to global standard.
This major and long established annual conference will take place at the Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany, from 29 September to 1 October 2008. The Organic Semiconductor Conference (OSC-08) provides an international forum for expert discussions on the latest research and development in organic semiconductor technologies.
cintelliq ltd, the provider of information services and technology consulting to the organic semiconductor industry is hosting the conference. cintelliq is committed to developing a conference format that is open to all participants in the industry and not be biased towards any particular geographic region, application area or special interest group. This inclusive ethos is reflected in this year’s association sponsors which include the FlexTech Alliance (formerly the US Display Consortium), the OLED Association and the UK Display and Lighting Network.
OSC-08 will feature nearly 90 speakers, over half of whom are representing organisations which did not present at last year’s conference. OSC-08 also offers eight new pre-conference seminars covering a range of topics, including overviews of organic semiconductor technology, printing processes, manufacturing issues, and a review of IP activities in organic photovoltaics and organic lighting. Combined with the co-located exhibition, which is already 50% sold, an exhibitor forum and a networking dinner, OSC-08 is a significant international event which up to 500 attendees from Europe, the US and the Far East are expected to attend.
Conference presentations will cover a broad range of topics, not only organic semiconductor technologies, but also organic electronics, printed electronics, flexible electronics, etc. Applications to be discussed will include OLEDs, organic lighting, organic photovoltaics, organic RFID, organic memory, organic sensors, organic integrated circuits, smart packaging, etc.
Jiro Kasahara, R&D Director and General Manager, Advanced Materials Laboratories, Sony Corporation, commented, "OSC is an important and attractive conference for people in both industry and academia. It is useful to have a chance to get together and network with people from the major and active players worldwide. OSC is definitely the one conference which people working in organic electronics do not want to miss."
Craig Cruickshank, cintelliq CEO, said, "OSC-08 is the ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest in the industry, from all geographic regions, to meet and exchange ideas in a stimulating and productive environment. Each year our delegates comment on how successful the event has been for information gathering and networking."
Notes to editor
1. OSC-08 is the premier international event for scientists, engineers, manufacturers and investors in organic semiconductor technologies and organic electronics.
The OSC conference is hosted by cintelliq which founded the conference series in 2003. cintelliq renamed the event OEC (Organic Electronics Conference) in 2006 and 2007 to reflect its conference partnership with the OE-A. With the ending of this partnership cintelliq continues to hold an annual conference under the OSC brand.
For more information about the conference see http://www.osc-europe.com
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2. cintelliq is an independent company which provides information services and technology consultancy to the organic semiconductor and organic electronics industries. It provides a range of services which address the needs of organisations with an interest in the development of technologies and applications across the whole of the organic semiconductor industry. cintelliq publishes the industry’s leading weekly newsletter, OSA Direct, the bi-monthly Organic Semiconductor Industry Journal and a range of reports on the industry.
For further details please visit: http://www.cintelliq.com
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