Isorg appoints Dieter May as new CEO
Isorg, a pioneer in Organic PhotoDetectors (OPDs) and largearea image sensors, today announces the appointment of Dieter May as CEO; to transform the company from an SME into a major corporation. He takes over from Isorg founder JeanYves Gomez, who has successfully led Isorg’s technological and industrial development since its creation in 2010. Mr. Gomez will now devote his time to driving future generations of technology as chief innovation officer.
Mr. May joins Isorg from Osram Opto Semiconductors in Munich, where he was chairman of the board and CEO for three years. With a distinguished career in hi-tech, he brings to Isorg extensive experience of top-level industrial business management in semiconductors, software, automotive and mobile communications. Mr. May has over 30 years of experience in world-leading organizations driving transformational change and product innovation in optoelectronics and digital products and services, beyond Osram Opto to include BMW, Nokia and Infineon.
His appointment comes at a time when Isorg is about to begin its commercial ramp-up. Mr. May’s aim is to build a company with a scalable footprint. He will ensure that Isorg’s industrial scale-up is ready to meet the required mass production for consumer markets and drive business success.
“We are delighted to welcome Dieter to Isorg, as we chart the next chapter in our journey to becoming market leader in large area photodetectors and image sensors,” said Jean-Pierre Bizet, board member. “His vision and executive management track record, as well as his goto- market strategy, alliances and M&A experience will serve Isorg well, as the company extends its offering globally in the consumer electronics, security and ID markets.”
“We sincerely thank Jean-Yves for his fortitude in bringing Isorg’s OPD technology to maturity. Isorg will continue to benefit from his technological talents and insights,” added Bizet.
Isorg offers a range of innovative, slim-format and easy-integration security and identity solutions. Its biometric modules are approved for use in security applications. Its larger-area Fingerprint on Display (FoD) solutions are targeted for smartphone user authentication, enabling users to make higher value mobile data transactions more securely. Isorg also collaborates with industrial players on developing fingerprint sensors.
“Isorg has developed an impressively disruptive technology and made great achievements with its Organic PhotoDiode (OPD) innovations and full-blown FoD platform. There is significant expertise at the company. I have met many talented staff in various technical fields and dedicated teams who have worked hard to bring the technology to maturity and acquire a world class IP position,” said Dieter May. “I am convinced by Isorg’s huge potential, its capacity to gain a firm foothold in different promising markets and become a leader there.”
“I am very enthusiastic about Dieter joining us. Our products are now ready for commercialization. Dieter has repeatedly shown his ability to transform innovation into real commercial success. We expect great business progress in the years to come,” said Jean-Yves Gomez.
Isorg’s large-area image sensors and biometrics solutions are based on organic photodiodes, a transformational technology that can convert a substrate, such as plastic, glass or CMOS, into an optical sensing surface. It operates a state-of-the-art industrial plant in Limoges, France, for mass producing OPD sensors, and an R&D center in Grenoble, France.
Isorg is a pioneer in organic and printed electronics for large area photodetectors and image sensors. It offers a new generation of high-performance imagers with the capability for easy integration into systems with various shapes or form factors. Its flexible image sensors have application in consumer electronics, ID security and access control, IoT and medical devices. In 2016, it launched the first worldwide proof-of-concept of a large-sized high-resolution (500 dpi) flexible plastic fingerprint sensor for biometric security and other applications. Created in 2010 and partnering with CEA-Liten, a leading French innovation center for new energy technologies and nanomaterials, Isorg has raised €47.8M (approx. $58.4M) in three financing rounds.