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​Business Developers

"The business developers are the key players in creating the network connecting our research efforts to industry. Their task ranges from scouting the recipients for our technologies to being messengers from industry when it comes to industry trends, needs and roadmaps. They arrange workshops and help teams to create business models."

Kari Hjelt
Graphene Flagship Head of Innovation

​The Role

The Graphene Flagship's Innovation Work Package has hired business developers to help bridge the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace. Each business developer serves a specific graphene application area and helps to identify industry needs and how graphene can address them. 

Graphene Flagship Business Developers

Siân Fogden - Photonics and Optoelectronics

Siân Fogden has a PhD in Nanotechnology from Imperial College, London, and now specialises in the innovation and commercialisation pathways for new technologies. Siân has over sixteen years’ experience working on carbon-based nanotechnology, including five years working in the USA as Market and Technology Development Manager for Linde Nanomaterials (part of the Linde Group) and three years in London as founder of the start-up company Anionica. Siân is the business developer for the photonics and optoelectroncis space within the Graphene Flagship and is also responsible for the full portfolio of technology development at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, where she is based.

Fabrizio Tubertini - Energy

Fabrizio Tubertini is an innovation specialist for IIT Technology Transfer with 30 years experience in the finance industry with a special focus on true innovation (graphene, robotics), startups  and spinoffs. Tubertini is the business developer for energy applications for the Graphene Flagship.

Johan Hammersberg - Electronics

​Johan Hammersberg is a technology transfer specialist for SIO Grafen and Chalmers Industriteknik and business developer for electronics applications for the Graphene Flagship with 25 years of experience in research and product development from academia and industry within electronics and photonics for applications in power transmission, telecommunication, automotive, security and defence.

Cinzia Spinato - Biomedical

Based at ICN2, Cinzia Spinato is the business developer for biomedical applications for the Graphene Flagship. Spinato has an academic R&D background in carbon nanomaterials for biomedical applications and experience in knowledge and technology transfer and market assessment, especially in the domain of life science and biotechnology.

Francis Nedvidek  - Coatings

Francis Nedvidek has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (photonics) with additional business training. His early carreer progressed through technology development, product commercialization and general management, filling C-Level executive positions at several engineering-intensive multinationals. Later, Nedvidek changed tack and devoted his talents to establishing and growing technology enterprises. His experience covers the whole spectrum, from company founding to turning around existing operations. Formerly the Managing Director of NanoXplore GmbH he is well acquainted with materials sciences based, high growth enterprises and a long-time supporter of the Graphene Flagship.

Mark Dickie - Composites

Appointed to his position as applications manager within the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre and business developer for composites applications for the Graphene Flagship, Mark Dickie has extensive experience in the composites industry. He has worked in business development at Versarien Advanced Composites, Caparo Advanced Composites and Umeco (formerly Advanced Composites Group).

Henrik Sandberg - Flexible and Wearables

Henrik Sandberg is the business developer for flexible and wearable applications for the Graphene Flagship. He is a principal scientist at the centre for Printable and Hybrid Functionalities at VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland. His work is currently focussed on printed electronic devices and circuits, polymer device physics, printing technology and printing ink formulation as well as heterogeneous and monolithic integration for flexible electronics. He specializes in device and circuit development as well as the development of analog printing compatible processing techniques from the lab to the R2R pilot scale and on related ink development, in particular on the topics of thin film polymer transistors and circuits, organic photovoltaics and graphene and other 2D material applications.

Antonios Oikonomou - Flexible and Wearables/

Photonics and Optoelectronics

Antonios Oikonomou is a business developer for the Graphene Flagship (flexible electronics and wearables devices) and for the Graphene and 2D materials project portfolio at ICFO (optoelectronics and photonics). He has proven experience in research to commercialisation activities from intellectual property creation to venture building in the field of advanced materials and microfabrication. Antonios has been involved in technology, product and service development, project management, technology consultancy and business development.