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60 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2022 Feature Interview by Dan Beaulieu I-CONNECT007 In this interview, I-Connect007 columnist Dan Beaulieu visits with Ralph Birnbaum, director of business development at ioTech Group Ltd., a new Israeli company. Ralph shares information about the company's new and unique additive products including CLAD, a truly disruptive technology. eir product allows for tighter controls and thus finer lines and spaces. Dan Beaulieu: Hi Ralph, will you share the his- tory of ioTech? Ralph Birnbaum: Sure. Over the past five and a half years, we have worked under the radar, developing a groundbreaking technology for additive manufacturing. e co-founders are Hervé Javice (CEO) and Dr. Michael Zenou (CTO). Hervé formerly worked at Atlas Cap- ital in London, where he was a board member and member of the investment committee for their $4 billion alternative investment funds. Hervé earned his MBA from the Harvard Busi- ness School. Michael is a leading expert in laser-assisted deposition. He worked for many years at Orbotech, where he designed their first-in-kind copper printer for PCB repair. Michael has a PhD in physics from the Hebrew University. Beaulieu: Impressive. What is your background and your role at the company? Birnbaum: I have a PhD in engineering, but aer a few years in development, I switched to the commercial side. I used to work for Orbotech, where I marketed the LDI printer. I am now director of business development. I am forging partnerships between ioTech and various companies, both customers and eco- system partners, such as material suppliers and technology partners. I also work on marketing strategy with my colleagues Beaulieu: What does that encompass? Birnbaum: Among other things, I am working with both vendors and customers to develop the next generation of application technology. CLAD Features 'Truly Disruptive' Technology

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