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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

Sophie Charpentier - Electronics

Based at Chalmers Industriteknik, Sophie Charpentier is the business developer for electronics applications for the Graphene Flagship. She holds a PhD in Physics (material science and micro- nano-fabrication) and 4 years researcher experience from Chalmers University of Technology, focusing on nanodevices and 2D materials. She has several years of experience in graphene innovation support, participating in and managing collaborative projects where academics and industrial partners develop products using graphene.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nathan Feddy - Composites

Based at The University of Manchester’s state-of-the-art Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), Nathan Feddy is the business developer for composite applications for the Graphene Flagship. After receiving a Master’s in Metallurgy and Material Engineering, Nathan gained key experience in the financial and nanotechnology consultancy sectors prior to joining the GEIC team. He has participated in, and completed, numerous successful, innovative, commercially viable projects both individually and collaboratively. He has worked with several high profile companies to incorporate graphene into their composite materials/products, to provide multi-faceted performance improvements and additional enhancements.