Solid-State Lighting Expert Dr. Bernhard Stapp Named to Board of Pioneering LED Technology Developer Aledia

  Solid-State Lighting Expert Dr. Bernhard Stapp Named to Board of Pioneering
  LED Technology Developer Aledia

    Former OSRAM General Manager and CTO Has Played Key Role In Industry’s
         Evolution, Will Aid Aledia’s Move Towards Industrialization

Business Wire

GRENOBLE, France -- May 22, 2013

Aledia, a pioneering developer of WireLED®, a new microwire-based 3D LED
technology that dramatically cuts manufacturing costs compared to conventional
planar (2D) LEDs, today announced that solid-state lighting (SSL) industry
veteran Dr. Bernhard Stapp has joined its board of directors.

Stapp brings more than a dozen years of executive experience in LED lighting
technologies to Aledia, most recently in senior management positions at OSRAM,
a global leader in SSL manufacturing and marketing.

As general manager and senior vice president of OSRAM AG’s SSL unit, Stapp was
responsible for the company’s professional LED and OLED business. Earlier, as
SSL vice president and general manager at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, he
launched and managed the general-lighting LED business and oversaw launch of
the world’s first OLED lighting products. Prior to that, Stapp was vice
president and CTO of the semiconductor company, where he oversaw global LED,
laser and OLED R&D. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of management
positions in Siemens AG’s Corporate Technology division.

“Aledia’s mission is to bring fundamental change to the world’s lighting
markets by making LED technology substantially more affordable and more
versatile, with better performance and fewer limitations,” said Giorgio
Anania, Aledia’s co-founder, president and CEO. “Bernhard has been a key
player at the heart of the global LED industry since its inception, and also
has an outstanding technical background. His unique perspective on this
industry’s future will be invaluable as Aledia moves into the next stage of
its evolution.”

WireLED®, Aledia’s unique 3D microwire GaN-on-silicon technology, was
developed at the CEA-Leti nanotech research institute in Grenoble. It
addresses the basic technical and economic challenges facing LED lighting by
allowing production of LEDs on inexpensive industry-standard 200mm silicon
wafers using standard semiconductor processes and tools.

“Aledia’s technology is, quite simply, a breakthrough for the entire LED
sector,” said Stapp. “It can meet the industry’s critical requirement for
cost-reduction, while using far simpler production processes and much less
material than conventional approaches. I am very excited about the opportunity
to join this team.”

About Aledia

Aledia is a pioneering developer of next-generation LEDs based on its
disruptive WireLED® nanowire technology, which allows manufacturing of 3D LEDs
for solid-state lighting applications on 8-inch (200mm) or larger wafers in
existing CMOS foundries. The 3D microwire GaN-on-silicon technology was
originally developed by CEA-Leti. It allows significant cost reductions
compared to conventional planar (2D) LEDs, which should accelerate the
penetration of LED applications in new markets, such as general lighting.
Aledia is based in Grenoble, France. For more information, visit


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