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ADEPT – Advanced Devices by ElectroPlaTing


The day-to-day running of ADEPT is handled by the co-investigators and the programme manager. In addition, we have an external advisory board whose remit is to advise on the direction of the research, and its relevance and usefulness to a non-academic audience.

ADEPT Advisory board

Graeme Purdy (chair), CEO, Ilika PLC

Graeme was appointed to head-up Ilika from the beginning of May 2004, just before completion of the company's seed round of funding. He led the company through two successful rounds of venture funding before floating the company on AIM in 2010.

Prior to joining Ilika, Graeme was Chief Operating Officer of a high-technology company in the Netherlands and before that worked internationally in a variety of technical and commercial roles for Shell. Graeme holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD business school in France. Graeme is a Chartered Engineer and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.


Peter Dobson, founder of Oxonica, Oxford Biosensors and Oxford NanoSystems

Professor Peter Dobson was the Director of Oxford University’s Begbroke Science Park until 2013, and also the Strategic Advisor to RCUK on Nanotechnology. He now has affiliations to several universities: Bristol (Physics); UCL (Chemistry); Birmingham (Chair of the NERC Nano facility) Warwick Manufacturing Group (Principal Fellow). He is also on the Strategic Advisory Board of the EPSRC Quantum Technology programme. He founded three companies in Oxford: Oxonica, Oxford Biosensors and Oxford NanoSystems. He is also an advisor to a company in the US, Bikanta that sells nanodiamonds for biomedical applications, founded by a former student. He was also involved in helping another 7-8 companies form and grow locally in the Oxford region.


Catherine Ramsdale, VP Device Design, PragmatIC

Catherine has more than 15 years experience in printed electronics research and development. Over 8 years at Plastic Logic she helped pioneer technologies for semiconductor devices on plastic, including successful transfer to manufacturing. Catherine has a first in Physics from Imperial College and a PhD from the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University, and is a named inventor on 6 patents.

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