New CEO as printed sensor maker Isorg ramps up

New CEO as printed sensor maker Isorg ramps up

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By Nick Flaherty

Printed image sensor pioneer Isorg has appointed a new chief executive, with the founding CEO moving to another board role.

Dieter May will take over as CEO of the large-area image sensor maker to transform the company from an SME into a major corporation. He takes over from Isorg founder Jean-Yves Gomez, who led Isorg’s technological and industrial development since its creation in 2010 and will be chief innovation officer (CIO).

May joins Isorg from Osram Opto Semiconductors in Munich, where he was chairman of the board and CEO for three years. He brings to Isorg extensive experience of top-level industrial business management in semiconductors, software, automotive and mobile communications and previously worked at BMW, Nokia and Infineon.

The appointment comes as Isorg starts commercial ramp-up. May aims to ensure that Isorg’s industrial scale-up is ready to meet the required mass production for consumer markets.

Isorg has developed a range of slim-format security and identity sensors with CEA-Liten using organic photodiodes on substrates such as plastic, glass or CMOS. Biometric modules are approved for use in security applications and the larger-area Fingerprint on Display (FoD) solutions are targeted for smartphone user authentication. Isorg also collaborates with industrial players on developing fingerprint sensors.

It operates an industrial plant in Limoges, France, for mass producing OPD sensors, and an R&D centre in Grenoble, France. It has raised €47.8m ($58.4m) in three financing rounds.

“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 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.”

“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 at Isorg. “His vision and executive management track record, as well as his go-to-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.”

“Our products are now ready for commercialization. Dieter has repeatedly shown his ability to transform innovation into real commercial success. We expect great business growth in the years to come,” said  former CEO Gomez.

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