One move can radically change the footprint of a company. In the semiconductor world, that’s especially true. An innovative mind can give a firm a leg up on the competition. Just look at tech giants like Microsoft or chip industry leaders like Intel.
Rockley Photonics is in the midst of a breakout in the space. The company which formed in 2013 is developing application-specific silicon photonics platforms for optical integrations in next-gen sensor systems. It announced on Monday that it is adding Andy Parker, head of the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, to its board of directors.
A Bright Future
Last month, it was revealed that Ahren Innovation Capital was investing in Rockley Photonics. At the time, the details of the transaction were unknown.
Rockley CEO Andrew Rickman said, “Ahren’s Partners have exceptional credibility and their support for Rockley further validates our technology, strategy and our experienced team.”
Interestingly, Andy Parker is a Founding Science Partner of Ahren Innovation Capital. The firm seeks to support transformational companies in areas like genetics and platform technologies, the brain AI, space and robotics, and efficient energy. Adding Parker to the board is a big win for Rockley Photonics as it continues to shape out its place in the chip sector.
He says, “Rockley Photonics is emerging as a transformational business with technology that has the potential to profoundly impact a number of markets. Rockley’s bespoke fabrication process is ideally suited to high-volume production of low-cost sensors.”
Parker goes on to note, “Its platform is highly versatile, and I am looking forward to working with the team to further develop this technology in a range of sectors including data-center connectivity, autonomous vehicles and medical sensing.”
Friends in High Places
After serving as the head of the Cavendish Laboratory, Parker has learned a few things. His primary area of expertise lies in high-energy physics, quantum-sized black holes, and supersymmetry. He has more than 500 publications to his name.
Moreover, Parker is the founder of the ATLAS experiment. Those familiar with the Large Hadron Collider will surely recognize his name. Parker’s work has influenced the development of everything from chip designs to consumer goods. If that isn’t enough he is also a pioneer of artificial photosynthesis.
He will bring a unique skillset and point of view to Rockley that will help set it apart from competitors in the days to come.
CEO Rickman says, “His work in developing silicon detectors, fast electronics and computational radiotherapy fully complements the board’s existing expertise. Andy’s insight will be invaluable as we drive forward applications of Rockley’s technology in multiple markets including high-density communications; machine vision; environmental sensing and healthcare.”