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Management Team

The Eight19 Leadership team has extensive experience in the emerging technology sector.

Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Chairman

Chris has over 25 years’ experience building and leading high technology companies in the UK, US and Europe. He previously held the post of CEO at Light Blue Optics, a spin-out company from the University of Cambridge, and was President of Plasmon Inc. Chris has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Imperial College.

Claudio Marinelli

Claudio Marinelli

VP Business Development

Claudio has more than 25 years experience in business development and technology commercialisation. Previous roles include Senior Photonic Engineer in Silicon Valley (Luxnet Corp.), Open Innovation Director and Business Management Director in Nokia, as well as investor, founder and BD Director in UK ventures, including Applied Graphene Materials plc. Claudio holds a degree in Physics (University of Trieste, Italy), a PhD in Electronic Engineering (University of Bristol) and an MBA from the Judge Business School (University of Cambridge).

Chris Rider

Chris Rider

VP Innovation

Chris has more than 25 years of experience in roll-to-roll and thin film device technologies, having headed Printing and Patterning at Kodak European Research, which supported Kodak’s Printing and Display businesses.  Chris is an inventor on 51 patents. In addition to his role in Eight19, Chris is also Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics based at Cambridge University, having previously been the Director of Cambridge University’s CIKC, which supported the technology development from which Eight19 was spun-out.

Adrian Watson

Adrian Watson

CFO

Adrian is a Chartered Accountant, with over 20 years CFO experience in various technology businesses including 15 years with the leading provider of geo-information products and services, Infoterra Ltd.  He is currently CFO for a number of VC backed companies.

Christoph Sele

Christoph Sele

Production Manager

Christoph has been developing flexible electronic products for 15 years and is passionate about commercialising sustainable technology. He started his career at the forefront of research and moved quickly into process scale-up roles at Philips and several high-tech start-ups, including Polymer Vision and Solar Press. Christoph holds an engineering degree from ETH Zurich and a PhD in Physics from Cambridge.

Jurjen Winkel

Jurjen Winkel

Technology Manager

Jurjen is a founder member of Eight19 and currently leads the Next Generation Materials team in his role as Technology Manager. Jurjen has 14 years of previous R&D experience with coated products at Kodak European Research. He also led activities for several European and national projects as well as overseeing matters related to Intellectual Property. Jurjen has a BSc and PhD in Chemical Physics (University of Sussex).

Richard Hardy

Richard Hardy

Operations Manager

Richard is an experienced Engineer with many years in the high tech and aerospace sectors. He has a strong background in Lean Manufacturing and Process Control. He has successfully transferred and managed new technologies into commercial production for Smiths Aerospace, TWI and Cambridge University.

Kiril Kirov

Kiril Kirov

Principal Scientist

Kiril is a founder member of Eight19. He has been working in the field of Organic Electronics since 2001 with particular focus on structure-property relationships in organic semiconductor materials and devices. He has led the screening of new materials and efficient and stable device architectures at Eight19. Kiril has a BEng in Chemical Engineering (UCTM), an MSc in Environmental Protection (UCTM) and a DPhil in Materials Science (University of Oxford).

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