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Intermolecular and Guardian extend collaboration

February 7, 2012  By Guardian Industries

February 7, 2012 — Intermolecular and Guardian Industries have announced the expansion and extension of their collaborative development program and strategic technology licensing agreement. Intermolecular accelerates research and development for semiconductor and clean-energy industries. The partnership between Intermolecular and Guardian addresses development of a diverse portfolio of advanced glass coatings, many related to energy conservation or generation.

Intermolecular’s High-Productivity Combinatorial R&D platform
accelerates time-to-market for new and improved Guardian glass
products. The newly signed agreement will extend and broaden the
existing partnership to allow the two companies to collaborate on a
greater number of technology development projects simultaneously.

“Over the past two years, Guardian has evaluated and validated
Intermolecular’s team and HPC technology platform,” said Scott Thomsen, president of Guardian’s Flat Glass group. “Our programs with
Intermolecular in both sputtered and liquid coatings are succeeding as
expected, rapidly generating differentiated intellectual property that
will result in superior products coming to market in the coming months
and years. In fact, Intermolecular’s approach to accelerated R&D led
to a greater internal demand to work together. The team at
Intermolecular is both responsive and capable, and HPC technology
delivers as advertised.  We look forward to an ongoing relationship with

Craig Hunter, senior vice president and general manager of
Intermolecular’s clean energy group, commented, “Guardian is a fantastic
partner.  Their openness to our collaborative R&D model coupled
with their commercial aggressiveness and world-class technical team
creates a situation where everyone is focused with urgency on the same
goal – getting better products to market as quickly as possible. Extending and broadening the collaboration with Guardian after working
so closely together over the past two years represents tremendous
validation of the value proposition we offer to our industrial partners.
It is a privilege to be working so closely with a global technology
leader as we jointly develop products that can have such a positive
effect on daily life.”


Intermolecular’s mission is to improve R&D efficiency in the
semiconductor and clean-energy industries through collaborations that
utilize its HPC platform, which allows R&D experimentation to be
performed at speeds up to 100 times faster than traditional methods.

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