MANAGEMENT

Adam A. Kablanian,

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Adam joined CYNORA in May 2019 to lead the company’s transition from R&D to commercialization.

A seasoned technology CEO, Adam’s forte is building successful global companies around disruptive science-based technologies, creating value for customers and shareholders. Previously, he led several Silicon Valley-based public and privately-held companies, where he productized complex technologies and built large infrastructures to support global customers. They include Virage Logic, an embedded memory leader he co-founded and took public before it was acquired by Synopsys. He also led PlasmaSi, an OLED encapsulation company when OLED displays began to soar ahead of LCDs as the preferred choice for smartphones. PlasmaSi was subsequently acquired by Aixtron.

Adam holds a B.A. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in California.

Jan Richter, PhD,

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Jan joined CYNORA in May 2020. He is chief architect of the company’s technology vision and leads all research and product development programs.

Before CYNORA, Jan was CTO of Siltectra where he initiated the startup’s laser-based wafering solution. He built the team that pioneered the process, forged key partnerships, established the company’s world-class IP position, and positioned the technology in the marketplace. When Siltectra was acquired by Infineon Technologies in 2018, Jan directed the process and knowledge transfer from Siltectra’s Dresden HQ to Infineon’s facility in Austria. Before Siltectra, he held engineering management positions at the Advanced Mask Technology Center in Dresden.

Jan holds a Master’s degree in solid state physics and a PhD in nanobiotechnology, both from the Dresden University of Technology. He did post-doc work in chemistry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and was a visiting scholar at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has authored well-cited publications and is named on more than 150 patents.

Michael Bächle,

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Michael co-founded CYNORA in 2008. As COO, he is building an operations infrastructure to implement the company’s goals.

Michael co-developed CYNORA’s TADF technology platform, along with co-founder Thomas Baumann. He served as technical director during the company’s early years, switching to operations as CYNORA grew from a core group of technology experts to a team of more than 100.

Thomas Baumann, PhD,

Chief Science Officer (CSO)

Thomas co-founded CYNORA in 2008. He leads the company’s research and development activities, and is the chief architect of CYNORA’s intellectual property (IP) strategy.

Thomas is an organic chemistry professional with special expertise in the development of organic and organometallic compounds for OLED materials used in electronic products. He applied his deep knowledge to co-develop CYNORA’s TADF technology platform, adding breakthrough innovations to differentiate the solution and enable customers with emitter products to advance their competitive edge.

Thomas obtained his diploma in Chemistry from the University of Bayreuth.  He completed his PhD degree in Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Following his PhD, he took a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He holds more than two dozen patents and has co-authored several papers.

Bernhard Stapp, PhD,

Chief Strategy Advisor

Bernhard joined CYNORA in May 2020. As Chief Strategy Advisor, he is guiding CYNORA’s transformation to an AI-based materials discovery company, while taking the lead on IP matters and joint development engagements with customers and partners.

Before CYNORA, Bernhard provided expert counsel to companies and venture capital firms with a focus on compound semiconductors and organic electronics. He advised on business strategy, technology and IP issues, as well as due diligence and M&As. Earlier, he spent a decade at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, where he led the introduction of the industry’s first OLED lighting products. He ended his tenure as GM/SVP of the company’s LED and OLED businesses. Before OSRAM, he worked at Siemens in various technology, materials, and manufacturing leadership positions. 

Bernhard earned a Diploma in chemistry, and a PhD in the study of homogenous catalysis with platinum-organic complexes, both from the University of Ulm in Germany.

Johannes Fröhling,

VP Business Development

Johannes joined CYNORA in October 2019 to lead the company’s business development programs.

His special expertise is executing corporate strategies, including M&As for semiconductor-related companies. Throughout his career, he has held executive and other roles at Grace Semiconductor, Applied Materials, AIXTRON and JENOPTIK. In 2017, he established a business to invest in DEEPTECH companies.

Johannes holds a German Engineering Degree in Semiconductor Technology and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, in California.