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Gary Gibson

Founder and CIO, IBEX Innovations, Durham

Gary graduated with a BEng 1st Class Hons degree followed by a PhD in Materials Engineering from Imperial College. He then took up a research post at the University of Cambridge working on the deposition and growth of complex perovskites. After being offered a fellowship at Cambridge, he left academia and moved into industry working for a number of blue chip
corporations, such as SDL and JDSU, and start-ups such as Intense Photonics. He headed many different research teams in the growth and deposition areas of semiconductor fabs as Process Engineering Manager and then Technical Expert.

In order to broaden his skills and being fascinated by the interplay between commerce and technology, he shifted his focus to sales and marketing and account management. In this aspect he took a role as Senior Key Account Manager at Bede X-Ray Metrology and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director of Sales and Marketing. Gary also worked for Kromek for a number of years as a Product Manager and then Phase Focus, a hightech start-up in microscopy, as Director of Sales and Marketing. Lastly in 2010 he founded Ibex Innovations, and as CEO led the company’s initial development and fundraising. In 2013, he stepped down as CEO, and took up his current strategic role as CSO.