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19 January 2016

EpiGaN's board gains Imec veteran to advise on expansion of GaN-on-Si epi product portfolio and services

EpiGaN nv of Hasselt, near Antwerp, Belgium, which supplies commercial-grade gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) epitaxial wafers for the power switching, RF power and sensor markets, says that Lou Hermans has joined its board of directors as an independent member in an advisory role. Hermans will add his broad expertise in founding and growing semiconductor startups to implementing EpiGaN's expansion and its growing portfolio of GaN-on-Si products and services.

In 2007, Hermans co-founded CMOSIS NV of Antwerp Belgium, a provider of CMOS image sensors and solutions, where he served as chairman of the board, VP marketing & sales and chief operating officer.

Incorporated in 2010, EpiGaN was founded by chief executive officer Dr Marianne Germain, chief technology officer Dr Joff Derluyn and chief operating officer Dr Stefan Degroote as a spin-off of nanoelectronics research center Imec of Leuven, Belgium. The founders jointly developed GaN-on-Si technology at Imec, part of which has been licensed to EpiGaN. The firm now develops and delivers GaN-on-Si and GaN-on-SiC epiwafers to device makers worldwide for power switching, RF power and sensor applications, specifically shipping epitaxial (Al,Ga)N heterostructures grown on silicon substrates up to 200mm in diameter.

"Lou has a far reaching experience and expertise in successfully growing semiconductor startup companies," says Germain. "We are now taking our next expansion step as the GaN market is accelerating its transition from R&D activities to full-fledged commercial production and application," she adds.

"Being an Imec spin-off and knowing the EpiGaN founding team from my time at Imec, I have always been following with great interest the development of EpiGaN, its products and services offered," comments Hermans.

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