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Our business developers

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 and related materials can address them. 

"The business developers are the key players in creating the network connecting our research efforts to industry. Their tasks range 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

​Graphene Flagship business developers

Andrés Cano


Based at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – ICN2, Andrés Cano is the business developer for biomedical applications for the Graphene Flagship. Andrés has an engineering background related to innovative solutions and products for the hardware industry. He also has experience as an entrepreneur with a great involvement in the food industry, health and sustainability.

Click on the picture above to email Andrés Cano:
andres.cano [at] graphene-flagship.eu

Ali Shaygan Nia


Based at Technische Universität Dresden — TU Dresden, Ali Shaygan Nia is a business developer for graphene-based coatings and composites for environmental applications such as air/water purification and anticorrosion coatings. Shaygan Nia has a PhD in polymer chemistry and more than six years experience developing graphene and 2D materials for composites and coatings. He also has experience on graphene-based product development and commercialisation by acting as application engineer at the Graphene Flagship's spin-off Sixonia Tech.

Click on the picture above to email Ali Shaygan Nia:
ali.shaygan_nia [at] graphene-flagship.eu

Piero Gamarra


Piero Gamarra is the Business Developer for Energy generation and storage for the Graphene Flagship. Piero is Technology Transfer Manager at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), in Genoa, where he is in charge of setting up R&D and licensing agreements with companies and institutions. He holds a PhD in Material Science and he has been working on III-V semiconductor materials and technologies for more than ten years, having a wide variety of roles from industrial researcher to the business developer in charge of the industrialization of the research outcomes and funding of new R&D activities.

Click on the picture above to email Piero Gamarra:
pierro.gamarra [at] iit.it

Henrik Sandberg


Henrik Sandberg is the business developer for flexible and wearable applications for the Graphene Flagship. Sandberg 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. Sandberg 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.

Click on the picture above to email Henrik Sandberg:
henrik.sandberg [at] graphene-flagship.eu

Lilei Ye


Based at Chalmers Industriteknik, Lilei Ye is the business developer for electronics applications for the Graphene Flagship. Ye has more than 10 years of experience on carbon-based materials development on electronics. She has been involved in technical project management interfacing between academia and industry with business development, product development and technology transfer.

Click on the picture above to email Lilei Ye:
lilei.ye [at] chalmersindustriteknik.se

Manel Forcales


Based at ICFO, Manel is the Business Developer for Optoelectronics and Photonics for the Graphene Flagship. Manel has a PhD in physics in the field of Silicon Photonics and has broad experience both in academia and the private sector. He has worked as Business Support at a Semiconductor Manufacturing company and over the past eight years he has been working at an optoelectronics spin-off company having a wide variety of roles from R&D to Business Support.

 

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Education and Training Platform

The Graphene Flagship is committed to supporting new innovations in graphene and layered materials, and we are hopeful that our Innovation Education and Training Platform will help talented Graphene Flagship researchers get their products out of the lab and onto the market.

Learn about our programmes and courses