New Leader for Hard Coatings Specialist

Hardide plc, the provider of unique metal surface engineering technology, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Graham Hine to the Board of Hardide plc as Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Hine has a proven twelve year track record in Chief Executive and Chairman roles where he has significantly grown shareholder value in technology-based companies in the advanced electronic materials, semiconductors and sensors industries.

He joins from P2i Limited where he was Chairman and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence technology spin-out from Porton Down. At P2i he oversaw the creation of the world’s leading hydrophobic surface enhancement company.

Between 2001 and 2005, Dr. Hine advised in a personal capacity a number of public and private companies on corporate activities and fundraisings, including the sale of Dicon Inc. to First Alert Corporation.

Dr. Hine was also Chief Executive of Capteur Sensors Limited from 1996 to 2001, which was successfully sold to First Technology Plc (now a subsidiary of Honeywell), a FTSE 250 company, achieving excellent capital gain for all shareholders.

Dr. Hine achieved a first class degree in Physics from Southampton University and a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University. After graduation, he spent nine years on the international fast track scheme within the semiconductor division at Philips plc. He subsequently held a number of director-level business development and general management roles in the advanced engineering and electronics industries before joining Capteur Sensors in 1996.

Dr. Hine has been within the last five years a director or a partner of the following companies or partnerships:

  • P2i Limited
  • Element Six Holdings Ltd, Isle of Man
  • Element Six Abrasives SA, Luxembourg
  • Element Six Plus, Isle of Man
  • Element Six SA, Luxembourg
  • Element Six Technologies Holdings Ltd, UK
  • Element Six Technologies Ltd, Isle of Man

In line with information requiring disclosure under paragraph 2 (g) (v) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules, Dr. Hine was Chairman of Metal-X which was voluntarily liquidated in 2001. There are no further matters which are required to be announced with regard to this appointment under paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM rules.

Dr. Hine holds no shares in the Company however as part of his contract of employment he will be granted 6,000,000 options in the Company which will vest over three years beginning in October 2009.

Commenting on the appointment, Robert Goddard, Chairman of Hardide plc, said: “The Board is extremely pleased to welcome Graham Hine as Chief Executive Officer. Graham brings a powerful combination of technical, commercial, financial, SME and blue chip experience. He is an entrepreneurial leader with the technology background, experience and attitude that can take Hardide on to the next level. He has a proven track record in unlocking the potential of innovative technologies and in building strong management teams to deliver extraordinary shareholder value. We welcome him to the Company and look forward to working with him to build on the solid foundations that have been established in Hardide.”

The Feinberg School's Cell Imaging Center will house the latest generation of microscopy equipment, beginning with the Nikon C1Si Confocal and Live Scan Swept-filed Confocal microscopes. The Live Scan Swept-field Confocal microscope allows users to rapidly capture images of fast moving live cell events and samples that are sensitive to light. The C1Si Confocal microscope combines two imaging techniques, confocal and spectral imaging, to view a complete "stack" of images, providing 3D spectrally separated cellular information that is acquired at faster rates and higher resolution than typically available when these techniques are done separately.

"Nikon has joined forces with Northwestern University to offer researchers and students access to the cutting-edge microscopy imaging tools that are enabling a revolution in live-cell imaging research," said Lee C. Shuett, executive vice president, Nikon Instruments. "They, in turn, will provide input from a user's point-of-view about our instruments and applications. This information will help us to fine tune our newest microscopes and peripherals."

As part of the collaboration between the two entities, Nikon will sponsor microscopy workshops at the Feinberg School to ensure researchers and students can achieve the greatest return on their work with the new microscope systems. Several individuals at the Feinberg School of Medicine were instrumental in establishing the collaboration between Nikon and Northwestern including Vladimir Gelfand, the Leslie B. Arey Professor of Cell, Molecular, and Anatomical Sciences; Rex Chisholm, the Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics and Dean for Research; and Robert Goldman, the Stephen Walter Ranson Professor and chair of Cell and Molecular Biology.

"Having the Nikon Imaging Center at the Feinberg School brings many advantages to our students and faculty, most importantly, open access to state-of-the-art imaging technology," said Teng-Leong Chew, PhD, director of the Cell Imaging Facility.

The new Nikon Imaging Facility will host a grand opening ceremony June 4th at 11:30 a.m., followed by an open house. The facility joins imaging centers at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco. Globally, the exclusive list of top imaging centers that house a Nikon Center include Oxford University, England; Curie Institute, France; Heidelberg University, Germany; Singapore Bioimaging Consortium; and Hokkaido University, Japan.

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