About Us

At Helio, we are creating materials for a new generation of brighter and more colourful displays that use significantly less power.

Emanating from Oxford and Cambridge universities, we are supported by investors who share our vision and ambition to be market leader in the industry. 

We work with the best scientific and commercial brains in our field to expedite solid research and development. We look forward to a very bright future.

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Our Founders

Helio Display Materials was spun out from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge by our founders, Professors Sir Richard Friend and Henry Snaith. The fundamental IP created by these eminent scientists underlies our research and is licensed to us by the universities. 

Professor Sir Richard Friend FRS FREng 

Distinguished for his work with organic polymers and the electronic properties of molecular semiconductors, Sir Richard is Cavendish Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He also holds a wealth of prestigious awards and honours celebrating his achievements in this field, gaining a knighthood for 'services to physics' in 2003.

Professor Henry Snaith FRS

Henry gained his PhD in 2005 for research on polymer solar cells, supervised by Sir Richard. He holds numerous accolades for his work, and currently leads the Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Device Group at Oxford University.

In 2010, Henry founded the now hugely successful Oxford PV, leaders in perovskite solar technology, which recently achieved significant funding to support its move into volume manufacturing.

Our aim is to employ the best material scientists in the world in our field and we look for qualified, experienced and passionate researchers to join our existing team. Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Bernard Wenger, joined us from the Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Device Group, Oxford University, run by Professor Henry Snaith - a leading scientist in this field.

We offer an exciting and challenging environment within equipment-rich laboratories at the heart of Oxford University. We plan to move to our own, bespoke designed, innovative premises close to Oxford, in 2020. 

If you want to be part of a well-funded, fast-growing start-up, and feel that your skills and experience match current career opportunities at Helio, we'd like to hear from you.

Our Investors

We are funded by venture capitalists IP Group and Longwall Ventures, both of whom have a wealth of experience in supporting start-up technology companies. They were attracted by our: 

  • Excellent prospects of being first to market with the next generation of display technology 
  • Promise to bring superior efficiency and lower costs to the industry through metal halide perovskites
  • Unique position as licensee of the fundamental IP from Oxford and Cambridge universities
  • Rapid speed of progress 
  • Close relationship with the founders, their active involvement providing ongoing scientific support and advice

IP Group invests in a large portfolio of small and start-up technology companies. The company is based in the City of London.

Longwall Ventures focuses on B2B, scientific start-up businesses and mainly invests at the pre-revenue stage. It is based on the Harwell Campus, in Oxfordshire.

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