How it all began
Amorphyx was founded in 2012 in Corvallis, Oregon, licensing intellectual property from Oregon State University created by graduate students under Dr. John Wager, Gaulke Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dr. Douglas Keszler, Distiguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of the NSF-funded Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry. ¬†Wager and Keszler are the two lead inventors of the indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) transparent semiconductor that has rapidly gained acceptance in the manufacture of small-area LCD and OLED displays.
Amorphyx continues to operate in a "fabless" R&D model, leasing thin film development facilities from Oregon State University while developing partnerships in the US and Taiwan with leading commercial display R&D laboratories. ¬†The company has cleared many key milestones in the development and validation of the AMNR for large-area LCD applications, and expects to have the AMNR-LCD technology online with its Taiwan-based Consortium partner by the end of 2015.
Amorphyx was initially funded through grants from the OSU Venture Development Fund, the Oregon Nanoscience and Microelectronics Institute (ONAMI), and the Economic Devleopment Administration of the US Department of Commerce. ¬†A collection of private individual investors from Corvallis, Portland and Silicon Valley joined Amorphyx through a convertible note in 2013. ¬†About $1M in Small Business Innovation Research Phase I and II grants from the US National Science Foundation (NSF SBIR) during 2014 and 2015 doubled the total funding into the company to date.