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Advances in Institute and Member Achievements Since Entering into a $75 Million Partnership with the Department of Defense in 2015 Will be Highlighted

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --


NextFlex, America's Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute


Innovation Day 2017


A one-day event featuring the latest advancements in the fascinating industry of flexible hybrid electronics (FHE), an emerging technology that will transform virtually every aspect of daily life.

An opportunity to discover new technology developments enabled by FHE and speak to the technologists leading the revolution.


A chance to meet and network with key influencers in the FHE manufacturing supply chain.


An occasion to interact with government agency partners and dignitaries to discuss NextFlex capabilities first-hand.  


An opportunity to learn about FlexFactor, a workforce development initiative that is seeding future manufacturing experts by engaging students in a unique entrepreneurship program. 


The NextFlex Innovation and Technology Hub 
2244 Blach Place, Ste.150
San Jose, California 95131


Thursday, September 21, 2017
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. (PT)
Event starts at 10:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m. guided VIP tour for media and analysts

NOTABLE SPEAKERS:  Kicking off the impressive roster of speakers will be U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Ro Khanna, State Senator Bob Wieckowski and State Assemblyman Kansen Chu; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Mfg. and Industrial Base Policy Dr. John G. McGinn; and Colonel Charles D. Ormsby, Acting Director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, US Air Force.

NextFlex Executive Director Malcolm Thompson will next provide an overview of key advances made over the past year to whet your appetite for the information to be presented by Per Beith, director of electronics technology, Boeing Research & Technology, and Debbie Budd, chancellor of Evergreen Valley College and San Jose City College, along with celebrated author on business leadership Don Schmincke.

ON DISPLAY:  More than 50 NextFlex members and partners from industry, academia and government will be on hand to demonstrate FHE-enabled products and capabilities developed for a host of consumer, medical and defense applications. Here are a few highlights:

  • GE is shifting diagnostics from the doctor's office direct to the patient. Its wireless wearable EKG device reliably communicates between patient and physician, providing instant and constant readings of how the body is responding to various conditions.
  • Lockheed Martin's Desert Hawk III unmanned aircraft system will be on display, together with the FHE components that LM is integrating into the next generation of the drone to enable significant improvements in performance and cost.
  • Brewer Science will share time-sensitive sensors for agricultural water monitoring that can save millions of gallons of water annually when using a needs-based system that shifts the usage focus from "on time" to "on demand."
  • DuPont will demonstrate revolutionary fabrics and wearable clothing that utilize printed silver and dielectric inks, enabling flexible, stretchable and washable fabrics for health monitoring, communication and OLED display.
  • FlexFactor, NextFlex's project-based learning program that immerses high school students in entrepreneurialism and advanced manufacturing, has grown from one classroom with eight students to 36 classrooms and 1,260 students, piloted here in Santa Clara County. Students and education leaders will share their experience with this phenomenally successful program, which is poised to expand throughout California and across the U.S.

RSVP TODAY:  Innovation Day 2017 is open to accredited media and market analysts. As this will be a standing-room only event, those who wish to cover the event must RSVP to Marie Labrie at  providing the name, title, media/firm outlet, phone, and email for each person planning to attend the event no later than Tuesday, September 19, at 5 p.m. Visitors must also provide a valid form of government-issued ID at event check-in. Media members interested in conducting interviews prior to the event or seeking further information regarding the event may also contact Marie Labrie at the email above.

BACKGROUND:  NextFlex was created through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense to advance domestic production of this critical technology. Secretary Ash Carter came here personally two summers ago to announce this relationship at Moffett Field during a widely publicized event.  The result has been the creation of an Innovation and Technology Hub that comprises a state-of-the-art FHE pilot manufacturing line, a process for collaboration among major industry players, and the formation of a workforce development initiative that introduces young people to career opportunities in advanced manufacturing through a project-based entrepreneurial learning program.  Partners' involvement with NextFlex gives them a leg up in their development and manufacturing of products that are literally changing the way we live, work and play and getting them into the marketplace as soon as possible. Innovation Day 2017 is a Year 2 celebration and proof of concept at its San Jose facility.

ABOUT FHE:  FHE incorporates electronics to new and unique materials that are part of our everyday lives. By incorporating the power of silicon ICs, NextFlex partners are creating conformable and stretchable smart products and ushering in an era of "electronics on everything". An entirely new way of developing chips requires new ways to manufacture them. NextFlex is bringing together the funding and project development efforts that will solve FHE manufacturing challenges and create a sustaining ecosystem. 

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