Chris Meadows is Head of Open Innovation of IQE plc in Cardiff.
Chris started his career in electronics and semiconductors at British Telecom Research Laboratories before joining a start-up venture between BT and US based DuPont, developing and manufacturing components for optical fibre communications systems.
In 1988, Chris was part of the founding team at Epitaxial Products International Ltd (EPI) in Cardiff. In 1999 EPI merged with a US competitor and underwent a successful IPO to become IQE plc which currently comprises multiple high-tech manufacturing operations across Europe, Asia and the USA.
Chris has held a number of senior management positions within the Group and his current responsibilities include open innovation, marketing and communications.
IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced compound semiconductor wafers that enable a diverse range of applications across: handset devices, global telecoms infrastructure, connected devices, 3D sensing.
The macro trends of 5G and connected devices are expected to drive significant growth for compound semiconductors over the coming years.
As a scaled global epitaxy wafer manufacturer, IQE is uniquely positioned in this market which has high barriers to entry. IQE supplies the whole market and is agnostic to the winners and losers at chip and OEM level. By leveraging the Group’s intellectual property portfolio including know-how and patents, it produces epitaxy wafers of superior quality, yield and unit economics.
IQE is headquartered in Cardiff UK, and Is listed on the AIM stock Exchange in London.
Chris presented at CoInnovate 2019