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14 October 2009


BluGlass recruits chief technology officer

BluGlass Ltd of Sydney, Australia, which was spun off from Macquarie University in 2005, has recruited Dr Ian Mann as chief operations & technology officer (a new position, designed to complement the firm’s technical team) in order to manage and implement its technology roadmap.

Mann’s recruitment is part of BluGlass’ enhanced commercialization strategy after raising capital at the end of July to dedicate more resources to expedite research, development and commercialization of its remote plasma chemical vapor deposition (RPCVD) technology. In May, BluGlass announced that it intended to expand its market potential with the exploration of high-efficiency group III nitride solar cells as a supplementary market to LEDs for its RPCVD technology. BluGlass recently also employed two additional staff members: a postdoctoral crystal grower and an equipment engineer.

BluGlass says that Mann brings experience in transitioning R&D projects to commercialization and production. Having completed his PhD in Polymer Science in the USA, he worked in technology firms in both the USA and Australia, where he managed technology teams, developed and executed transition strategies and business plans, and facilitated mergers and acquisitions along with establishing spin-off companies to commercialize intellectual property. His most recent role was as CEO of Bandwidth Foundry International Pty Ltd, involving activities in optoelectronics for laser projectors and commercial microfabrication services.

“Ian’s industry, technical and commercial experience will greatly complement the existing skill set in the business,” says CEO Giles Bourne. His focus will be to ensure that BluGlass meets its technology milestones and to help guide the business to commercialization, he adds.

See related items:

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BluGlass to expand RPCVD to nitride-based solar cells

BluGlass forms Technology Council to drive commercialization

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