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The University of Southampton

University spin-out appoints new Chairman

Published: 6 October 2004

Ilika Technologies Ltd, the science-led materials discovery company, which was spun out of the University of Southampton in May, has appointed Jack Boyer as its Chairman.

Ilika promotes an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to materials discovery and brings its customers enhanced value through speed of execution and creative approaches to experimental design. The Company's core competencies are focused on the use of thin film research methodology to create new inorganic materials, the application of polymer science and leveraging expertise in crystallographic analysis.

R&D programs led by Ilika have helped to discover new materials for diverse market segments ranging from the fuel cell sector to the personal care market.

The technologies applied by Ilika have been continuously refined over the past decade. The Company's approach to high throughput materials discovery reflects the philosophy that valuable discoveries are more likely to result from high quality, scientifically-founded research programs.

Jack Boyer was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Trident Components Ltd and Chairman of HH Martyn Ltd. Prior to that, Jack was executive director at Goldman Sachs and a consultant with Bain.

He is a graduate of Stanford, the London School of Economics and INSEAD.

"Ilika's approach of blending high quality scientific input with state-of-the-art high throughput techniques for materials discovery is already yielding significant benefits for its customers," said Jack. "It's very exciting to be a part of the team shaping this rapidly growing company."

Notes for editors

  1. Digital image of Jack Boyer is available.
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has over 19,200 students and 4,800 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £250 million.
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