Veteran Labour backbencher praises "technical innovations" of local business SmartKem

Award-winning business SmartKem welcomed local Labour MP Graham Stringer to their technology facility in Blackley last Friday (7 June).

As a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, Mr Stringer was eager to hear about SmartKem’s industry-leading status as a supplier of organic semiconductors used in flexible electronic display technology.

Mr Stringer also heard about how SmartKem’s innovative truFLEX platform helped the business  win the Printed Electronics Asia award for Best Advanced Material Development alongside the 2015 Innovative Product of the Year award for Wales.

With support from venture capital trust (VCT) fund Octopus, SmartKem was able to create an additional 20 jobs in Blackley and Broughton, whilst also expanding the business’ operations into the Asian market.

Mr Stringer was greeted by Ian Jenks and Dr Beverley Brown, SmartKem Interim CEO and Chief Technology Officer respectively. Following the visit, Mr Stringer said:

“Having visited the Blackley site of SmartKem’s technology facility today I was deeply impressed by the technical innovations this company is making. It was a quick glance into the future and it’s great to have such a high-tech firm in the middle of the constituency”.