Ian Jenks

Chairman and CEO | Smartkem
Ian Jenks

Powering the Next Generation of Displays Using OTFT Technology

This presentation will look at the progress in using display industry TFT technology to make logic circuits at large scale building on lessons that can be drawn from the silicon industry to accelerate adoption by the market. This presentation will also look at how Smartkem’s TRUFLEX® organic semiconductor inks are used to make organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) that are being used in existing display applications, and the progress being made in enabling OTFT backplane foundry services. Ian will focus on how Smartkem’s low temperature solution coating of OTFTs, directly onto arrays of RGB microLEDs is being used to develop a new generation of low-cost microLED displays at large scale.


Ian Jenks is Chairman and CEO of SmartKem, a company seeking to reshape the world of electronics with a revolutionary semiconductor platform that will enable next generation displays, sensors and logic. Prior to this, Ian has served as CEO of companies operating in both the United States and Europe and has more than 30 years of board-level experience in the industrial technology industry. He was formerly President of Uniphase, Inc. and during his tenure, the market cap grew from $300M to $16B. He was Chairman of Oplink Communications, Inc., which he took public on the NASDAQ, as well as a strategic advisor of WaveOptics, which develops components for AR displays and was recently acquired by SNAP for more than $500M. He also spent seven years as a partner of Crescendo Ventures LLP, which had approximately $1B AUM. Ian has been a director of Techstep ASA, a provider of managed mobile services in the Nordics, Paysafe PLC., an international provider of payment processing services, and Brady PLC., a provider of commodity trading software. Ian received a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering from Bristol University.