Madigan was recognized for his pioneering work to develop a manufacturing equipment solution to mass-produce organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). OLED technology has revolutionized the flat panel display industry. It’s the gateway technology for flexible displays that enable bendable, foldable and even roll-able consumer electronics products.
In a breakthrough for the display industry, Madigan and his team at Kateeva commercialized the industry’s first inkjet printer engineered specifically to mass produce OLEDs. The solution, called the YIELDjet platform, made high-volume OLED production cost-effective for the first time, giving display manufacturers an essential tool to accelerate their adoption of the transformative technology.
Madigan co-founded Kateeva in 2008 following a decade of OLED-related research at MIT, where he also earned his Ph.D. degree. Since then, he and the Kateeva team have accumulated more than 200 issued and pending patents surrounding the YIELDjet platform and related products.
“Given the immense talent in Silicon Valley, selecting a winner was no easy task,” said SVIPLA President, Carlos Rosario. “Conor is an obvious choice, however. Not just because his inventions helped set the display industry on a game-changing technology transition, or that he’s perpetually contemplating ways to enable new display breakthroughs, but also because he combined technical ingenuity with practical execution. That’s the difficult part. Pretty soon, when consumers can fold their laptops into a wallet-size square, or unfurl their smartphones to form a sturdy notebook, they’ll owe much of that innovation to Kateeva.”