About NextFlex Massachusetts Node

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The NextFlex Massachusetts Node will facilitate and coordinate teaming to propel innovation in flexible hybrid electronics (FHEs) in Massachustts and accelerate the commercialization and manufacturing of FHEs in the United States.

The Node will:

1.  Develop and maintain a strategic vision specific to the MA FHE ecosystem

     Identify and support the areas where we have strengths and that intersect the national NextFlex roadmap

2.  Reinforce the national NextFlex mission

     Promote a unique MA ecosystem that best facilitates the national mission for FHE technology innovation

3.  Promote collaboration among all Massachusetts NextFlex members to fast-track FHE design, development and manufacturing adoption in these focused process areas, including:

     Enable access to any shareable facilities, equipment and infrastructure

     Enable access to faculty, undergrads and grad students at our universities for intellectual interaction

4.  Anchor a regional mechanism for workforce development

     Advance the development of the manufacturing workforce and promote sustainable advanced manufacturing ecosystems in a way that maximizes success in MA

     Include workforce needs of the entire emerging regional supply chain: materials suppliers, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, academic institutions and research centers

5.  Complement and improve connectivity to NextFlex Technology Hub in San Jose

     Participate on the NextFlex Governing Council via the Node’s MA seat

     Include a NextFlex executive representative on the Node Advisory Board


Manufacturing USA logo 

Manufacturing USA is a network of 14 national Institutes, each with a 5-year goal of securing the future of US manufacturing through innovationcollaboration and education.



NextFlex logo

Formed in 2015 through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), NextFlex® is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing U.S. manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics (FHE). When combined with the power of silicon integrated circuits (ICs), adding electronics to new and unique materials that are part of our everyday lives can create conformable, thin and flexible smart products that are making the era of “electronics on everything” a reality.


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The Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) is a program of Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) and Executive Office of Housing an Economic Development (EOHED) that provides capital cost shares for projects and discovery centers located within the Commonwealth’s borders, as part of the state’s on-going commitment to the Manufacturing USA program put forth by the federal government.


Advisory Board

Companies   Government  
E Ink Dr. Mike McCreary, Chief Innovation Officer MassTech/M2I2 Farhad Vazehgoo, Acting Director, Advanced Manufacturing Programs
SI2 Dr. Joseph Kunze, Founder, President/CEO; Jon Lathrop, VP, Programs and Business Development NextFlex Dr. Scott Miller, Director of Strategic Programs
Carpe Diem John Berg, CEO    
Lockheed Martin Jon Nichols, Staff Engineer    
Jabil Girish Wable, Senior Manager, Strategic Capabilities    
MassMEP Kathie Mahoney, Center Director    
MassMEP Richard Sullivan, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Manager     
Northeastern University Dr. Ahmed Busnaina, Distinguished University Professor and Director, The Advanced Nanomanufacturing Cluster for Smart Sensors and Materials CSSM    
UMass Lowell Dr. Julie Chen, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation    
UMass Lowell Dr. Joey Mead, Distinguished University Professor and Department Chair    
UMass Amherst Loren Walker, Director of Research Development    
WPI Ellen Piccioli, Director of Manufacturing Innovation, Research Solutions Institute    
WPI Dr. Pratap M. Rao, Assistant Professor