Science

Science

It all starts with R&D. We're Ph.D. chemists, physicists, and materials scientists, creating the fundamental breakthroughs that make all we do possible.

Engineering

Engineering

If R&D makes it possible, engineering makes it scalable. We're cutting-edge engineers, taking our fundamental breakthroughs and transforming them into scalable platforms.

Our Leaders

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    Fabrizio Doni
    Chief Executive Officer

    Prior to Flexterra, Fabrizio was Chief Operating Officer for SAES, where he oversaw all day-to-day operations of the group. Fabrizio is also a member of the Board of Directors for various companies of the SAES group, including the President and Managing Director of ETC srl, and Director of Advanced Technologies. Fabrizio is an inventor or co-investor of alloys and products for which multiple patens have been obtained. Fabrizio received his degree in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in Milan.

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  • Karen Chan

    Antonio Facchetti
    Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer

    Antonio is so passionate about chemistry that when he isn’t inventing the next breakthrough electronics material, he is cooking up a feast. Antonio obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of Milan. He did his postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley and then at Northwestern University. Antonio has been elected a Fellow by the Materials Research Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Kavli Foundation, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 350 research articles, 12 books/book chapters, holds over 100 granted U.S. and foreign patents. He was selected as one of the top 100 materials scientists in the world by Thomson Reuters.

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  • Clint Jackson

    Clint Jackson
    Finance Director

    Prior to Flexterra, Clint was a U.S. based Controller for the SAES Group, where he provided financial oversight to a number of the SAES Group U.S. subsidiaries. Clint received his BS in Business Finance from Liberty University and his MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is also a Certified Management Accountant “CMA”.

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  • Yu Xia

    Yu Xia
    Vice President of Technology & Customer Support

    Xia has been working on our flexible TFT technology since he finished graduate school, and has been a critical contributor to our technology. Xia received his BS in Chemistry from his MS in Masterials Science & Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his PhD in Materials Science the University of Minnesota.

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  • Zhihua Chen

    Zhihua Chen
    Vice President of Chemistry & Supply Operations

    Zhihua has been working on our flexible TFT technology since he finished graduate school, and has been a critical contributor to our technology. Zhihua received his BS in Chemistry from Tsinghua University in China, his MS from National University of Singapore, and his PhD in Chemistry from MIT.

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  • Karen Chan

    Karen Chan
    General Counsel

    When not hunting for the latest restaurant opening, Karen crafts patent strategies to protect Flexterra's breakthrough technologies, and advises on all contractual matters between Flexterra and its partners and customers. Prior to joining Flexterra, Karen was a senior associate at international law firm K&L Gates, where she helped build Flexterra’s IP portfolio from its very early days. Karen received her J.D. from Boston University, and her BSc Honors in Chemistry from McGill University. Karen is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to practice in Illinois and Massachusetts.

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Our Board & Advisors

  • Michael Li
    Board Member

    Michael has more than 20 years of combined experiences in venture capital, investment banking and technologies. He is currently a managing partner of Tsing Capital, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, new materials, sustainable transportation, environment protection, robotics, IoT and smart digital. Previously, Michael was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) China, a general partner of Pine Tree Equity, and a principal at Shanghai NewMargin Ventures. He has backed a number of successful IPOs and M&A. Before his career in venture capital, he worked for Lehman Brothers in New York. Michael received his BEng degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, China and MASc degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada.

  • Tobin Marks
    Co-Founder & Scientific Advisor

    Tobin is Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science, and Professor of Applied Physics at Northwestern University. His recognitions include the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Principe de Asturias Prize, the MRS Von Hippel Award, the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. He is a member of the U.S., German, and Indian Academies of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow. Marks has published 1175 peer-reviewed articles and holds over 200 granted US and foreign patents. Degrees: B.S. from the University of Maryland and Ph.D. from MIT.

  • Phil Inagaki
    Founder & Board Member

    Phil is currently CEO of Voxel8, a 3D printing company. Phil’s passion lies at the intersection of science, technology and product design, and loves working on bringing audacious technologies to the market in an entrepreneurial setting filled with brilliant people. Phil founded Flexterra after graduating from Princeton University with a degree in Physics magna cum laude.

  • Pei Kang
    Board Member

    Pei is currently a managing partner of Chengwei Capital, a venture capital investment firm that focuses on investing in companies in the greater China region. Pei has sat on the board of more than 20 companies in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Pei has over 30 years of experience in the hi-tech industry, including over 18 years of experience in various technical and management positions with IBM across Asia. Pei received a Bachelor of Science degree from Chinese Culture University, Taipei.

  • Massimo della Porta
    Chairman of the Board

    Massimo is the Chairman and CEO of the SAES Group. Massimo first joined SAES in 1989, was named an executive director in 1994, and CEO in 2003. Over that time, Massimo has spearheaded and overseen the diversification of SAES's technology and business porfolio, including the co-invention of alloys and products for which multiple patents have been obtained. Massimo brings signifcant experience in advanced functional materials to Flexterra. Massimo recieved his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Rome.

  • Fabrizio Doni
    CEO & Board Member

    Prior to Flexterra, Fabrizio was Chief Operating Officer for SAES, where he oversaw all day-to-day operations of the group. Fabrizio is also a member of the Board of Directors for various companies of the SAES group, including the President and Managing Director of ETC srl, and Director of Advanced Technologies. Fabrizio is an inventor or co-investor of alloys and products for which multiple patens have been obtained. Fabrizio received his degree in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in Milan