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Introducing the unimaginable to day-to-day life

By bringing intelligence out of the box and, literally, on to everything, NextFlex has truly ushered in an era of electronics on everything. For the first time, the promise of function following form is becoming a reality.

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Thanks to NextFlex members, we have begun to transform day-to-day life in an infinite number of ways that range from the familiar (e.g., wearables) to the formerly unimaginable (medical tattoos). Whether focused on next generation consumer devices, national security or defense and aerospace innovation, NextFlex membership is at the forefront of delivering a new breed of products and solutions that are transforming daily life and importantly, advanced manufacturing.

Via a series of technical working groups, NextFlex subject matter experts from across industry, academia and government have come together to collaborate on roadmaps, key technology gaps and the necessary technology planning required to advance the FHE ecosystem.

Each working group is led by a three-person team of co-leads, including one from academia, one from government and one from industry, who together with over 150 diverse subject matter experts, are developing roadmaps that identify gaps in the ecosystem and where Project Call focus and funding should be applied for technology development. Current focus areas include:

  • Human Performance Monitoring
  • Asset Monitoring
  • Integrated Array Antennas
  • Soft Robotics
  • Flexible Power
  • Device Integration & Packaging
  • Printed Structures & Microfluidics
  • Materials
  • Design Modeling & Simulation
  • Standards, Test & Reliability

Meet some of NextFlex's MVPs

These power players boast stellar stats with backgrounds in manufacturing, government and education.

Azar Alizadeh, Ph.D.

Senior Material Scientist

GE Global Research
2017 NextFlex Fellow

Azar Alizadeh has worked at GE Global Research since 2000. During her tenure she has led numerous cross-functional teams for the NBMC, the US Army, and the AFRL. She has also been the key GE contact on the NBMC “Wearable paper-based microfluidic biomarker sensor patch” program and the co-Lead on the NextFlex Human Monitoring Systems Technical Working Group. Dr. Alizadeh holds a Ph.D. in Physics, has extensive experience in the field of nano-bio-manufacturing, has 45 peer reviewed publications and 13 US patents/patent applications.

Janos Veres, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

Janos Veres joined PARC to manage its Printed Electronics team. Janos has experience in components such as novel printed circuits, organic transistors, and printable semiconductors; applications such as OLEDs, displays, and RFID; as well as printing/coating technologies including electrophotography, flexography, and offset printing. Before joining PARC, Janos was the CTO at PolyPhotonix, worked at Eastman Kodak as their Program Manager of Printed Electronics, was a Business Research Associate at Merck Chemicals (formerly Avecia), and was responsible for Organic Photoreceptor development at Gestetner Byfleet.

Doyle Edwards

Director of Government Programs

Brewer Science

Doyle Edwards has over 25 years experience in marketing and business development for companies ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. He is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri and continues to promote entrepreneurship and business development as an adjunct professor of marketing and business strategy. Mr. Edwards has been with Brewer Science – a global leader in developing, manufacturing and electronics–since 2002 and is the director of government programs where he engages industry, business, and government organizations in support of developing nano and leading-edge technologies.

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