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.
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 VENTURE PARTNER
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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