Genes Ink wins €2.2m SME grant

Genes Ink, a French start up company specializing in conductive and semi-conductive inks, has won a €2.2m grant in phase two of the European SME instrument program.

Strictly speaking, the grant was for the Clearsilver project, which is led by Genes Ink. The Clearsilver project is aiming to develop new materials for transparent electrodes, which are widely used in all types of screens (smartphones, televisions, tablets, etc.). Currently, this market mostly uses ITO, an expensive rare material that is produced in extreme conditions. Its mechanical weaknesses are also an obstacle to the development of the electronic sector.

Genes Ink is hoping to commercial a solution based on flexible transparent electrodes for applications in photovoltaics and for OLED technologies (lighting, backlighting, and screen technology).

Genes Ink has partnered with another French SME, Kelenn Technologie for the Clearsilver project. Genes Ink was set up in 2010, and is based in Provence, France, and is an integral part of the French Tech Aix-Marseille ecosystem.

Corinne Versini, Genes Ink CEO, commented: “Thanks to the funding won with phase 2 SME instrument for the project Clearsilver, we aim at developing the printed electronic sector in France by revitalizing evolving industries: electronics, innovation and printing chemistry. Our objective is to promote France as the European locomotive.”




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