OUR STORY

We are scientists and business people who push the scientific limits of our discipline to create world-changing products.

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  • HOW WE CAME TO BE

    David Arreaga and Adrian Avendano met at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Advanced Polymer Research Laboratory, under the leadership of Dr. Walter Voit and Dr. Bruce Gnade, where they were engaged in solving a thorny problem: how to create neural interfaces that were both physiologically responsive and mechanically adaptive for electrical interaction with the human nervous system. To accomplish this they had to build processes and materials that enabled advanced control, to the molecular level, of thin film semiconductor integration on polymer substrates.

  • THE BIGGER PICTURE

    The expertise developed with neural interfaces later allowed Dr. Arreaga and Dr. Avendano to develop a novel substrate for a much broader commercial application: a process for manufacturing flexible electronics displays, wearables, sensors, and other devices. To commercialize this and other materials innovations, the pair formed Ares Materials along with their venture development partner, Opus Faveo Innovation Development.

  • OUR OBJECTIVES

    Ares was built with two main objectives. The first was to commercialize the groundbreaking new capabilities of large area flexible electronics substrates. Over the past year Ares Materials’ team has demonstrated transistors built on its flexible material, Pylux, with electrical characteristics similar to those of devices built on glass. Ares has already demonstrated Pylux’s capabilities in 6“ panels fabricated in its own lab facilities in Texas. Ares is now actively engaged with strategic partners in Generation 2 panels (22” diagonal) and beyond, using only standard microfabrication tools and currently available commercial processes.

  • NOT JUST PYLUX™

    The second objective of Ares is to continue the stream of new innovations in electronic materials design beyond flexible substrates. With the support of private and institutional investors, Ares is not only commercializing Pylux™, but also creating additional innovation in electronic materials. The company has expanded its team of scientists and innovators and is building its own portfolio of IP around flexible substrates and other materials sciences breakthroughs.

OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS


Ares Materials is a spin-out from UT Dallas which itself owes its existence to the founders of nearby Texas Instruments who deeply valued education and entrepreneurial activity. Those TI founders wanted to build a continuing pool of high caliber scientists, engineers and business people for the area so they established the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest in 1961 which became the University of Texas at Dallas in 1969. Texas Instruments’ involvement at UTD has continued over the years through scholarships, capital support, research projects, mentoring and other important activities.

The combination of education, innovation and commercial expertise that characterized UTD’s beginning is still very much in evidence today in Ares Materials. The university signed an exclusive license of core technology to Ares Materials in 2015 and maintains an equity stake in the company. Ares continues to utilize UTD’s state of the art clean room and research facilities, allowing the company to avoid duplicative capital costs and instead focus its investment on Ares’ own commercialization lab. UTD faculty members continue to serve on the company’s advisory board.

OUR VENTURE PARTNER

Opus Faveo Innovation Development

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Opus Faveo Innovation Development assembles successful scalable companies from universities and institutions using their proven skills in market analysis, business planning, recruitment, funding, support and oversight. Partners work directly alongside Ares technologists and entrepreneurs as co-founders, utilizing their years of experience in building businesses to create robust, creative and valuable new enterprises.

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