Unidym, a majority owned subsidiary of Arrowhead Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ARWR), announced today that TEL Venture Capital, Inc., the U.S. investment arm of Tokyo Electron, has invested additional capital into the company. Concurrent with the investment, Unidym and Tokyo Electron intend to enter into a program to develop equipment for use in the production and integration of Unidym’s films. The two companies also agreed to share information to advance Unidym's progress in printed electronics, a disruptive approach to electronics manufacturing that leverages inexpensive wet coating processes rather than the more expensive processes currently employed in the electronics industry.
Unidym is a leader in carbon nanotube-based transparent, conductive films (TCFs) for the electronics industry. TCFs are a critical component in devices such as touch panels, displays, and thin-film solar cells. For example, both touch panels and LCDs typically employ two TCF layers per device. Unidym's TCFs offer substantial advantages over the incumbent technology, indium-based metal oxides, including: improved durability, lower processing costs, and lower overall cost structure. For the LCD and solar industries, Unidym plans to sell a TCF ink that customers will deposit in their manufacturing lines. TEL and Unidym intend to work together to modify TEL's existing equipment to support Unidym's inks.
"Tokyo Electron's follow on investment validates our product offering in the display industry," said Art Swift, President and CEO of Unidym. "TEL is one of the world's leading suppliers of LCD manufacturing equipment and an ideal partner to provide complete equipment solutions to our LCD display customers."