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SmartKem Gains International Recognition at the R&D100 Awards

Press Release: August 18, 2015

Leading organic semiconductor company SmartKem has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2015 R&D 100 Awards, which identify and celebrate the top global technology products of the year

(St Asaph & Manchester, UK, 5th August 2015) SmartKem’s innovative organic semiconductor tru-FLEX® has been selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine as a finalist in the Mechanical Devices/Materials category of the 2015 R&D 100 Awards, for its pioneering flexible display based capabilities.

The tru-FLEX® semiconductor technology has gained significant traction globally as the thin-film transistor (TFT) technology of choice for display manufacturers seeking the next phase of added value in the consumer experience – the flexible, even foldable, electronic display.

Now in its 53rd year of the Awards, the R&D 100 serves to identify true innovation across industry, academia, and government-sponsored research. This acknowledgement coincides with SmartKem’s significant and rapid growth following recognition of the true capabilities of tru-FLEX® by global technology and display leaders. SmartKem’s tru-FLEX® provides display manufacturers with a cost effective and high performance route to market for this type of end product, and the company is committed to increasing uptake across the globe.

“The R&D 100 Awards are truly prestigious as they identify the top 100 innovations in any given year across such a broad spectrum; to be identified as a finalist for this important international award programme is a huge honour. The fact that tru-FLEX® has stood out against fierce competition is a testament to the hard work of the SmartKem team, who have innovated a product that has the potential to impact everyone’s daily life,” commented Steve Kelly, CEO and Founder of SmartKem.

The winners of the 2015 R&D 100 Awards will be announced at the official gala banquet at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday November 13. The event will also include a two-day technical exhibition, the 2015 R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference comprising four key themes; R&D Strategies and Efficiencies, Emerging Technologies and Materials, Innovations in Robotics and Automation and Instrumentation and Monitoring.

For further information about the SmartKem tru-FLEX® brand, visit: www.smartkem.com

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About SmartKem

SmartKem is the leading supplier of high performance organic semiconductor materials that enable the manufacture of truly flexible displays for wearable, foldable and large area displays. SmartKem’s tru-FLEX semiconductors can be solution processed onto low cost polymer films to deliver ultra-flexible and unbreakable thin-film transistors (TFTs). SmartKem’s core offering responds to demands from the display and electronics industry for lightweight, ultra-flexible and low power thin-film electronics that can be fabricated with high yield, using low temperature and low cost print manufacturing methods. SmartKem has an unrivalled pipeline of new materials that are under adoption via OEMS and brand owners worldwide and a business model that focuses on delivering expertise in molecular design, synthesis, application engineering and technology transfer to our customers. In 2013 SmartKem was awarded the Printed Electronics Asia Award for Best Advanced Material Development and in 2015, tru-FLEX was the Winner of Innovative Product of Year for Wales.

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