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18 December 2006


BluGlass strengthens team in preparation for commercialization

BluGlass Ltd of Sydney, Australia, which was spun off from Macquarie University in June 2005 and raised $7.7m in an initial public offering this September, has appointed three industry specialists to assist in developing and commercializing low-cost gallium nitride-on-glass
manufacturing technology (which it demonstrated on four-inch substrates in November).

Alistair Mitchell has been appointed Operations and Project Engineer, Dr Nancy Lumpkin becomes Operations Engineer, and Stuart Craig joins the firm as Business Development Manager.

Craig brings experience in driving commercialization in high-technology industries, including as CEO of Sydney-based epiTactix Pty Ltd, which was spun off from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 2004 and develops compound
semiconductor devices, low-cost wafer fabrication processes and custom ICs for radio systems. Craig has been responsible for the structuring of a number of start-ups, says BluGlass.

Lumpkin has more than 25 years experience in the start-up of semiconductor device production plants and was a key member in the establishment of another Australian semiconductor fabrication facility (including developing and fabricating HEMTs and HEMT-based amplifiers
at the CSIRO GaAs IC Facility). She specializes in process design and training.

Mitchell has more than 20 years experience in the semiconductor industry, specializing in the development of process efficiencies, specifically in minimizing environmental impact while maximising cost efficiencies. Mitchell has established several pilot- and commercial-scale technology development and manufacturing plants, and has authored two patents for semiconductor device processes.

“These appointments bring to BluGlass a unique skill set that will be instrumental in the set up and running of the BluGlass pilot manufacturing plant,” says CEO David Jordan. “Part of the process of achieving the full potential of our technology is to build a powerful and robust professional team,” he adds.

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BluGlass scales up GaN deposition to 4-inch substrates