The former CEO of Kateeva and early investor in Tesla will advise Eyesafe as it begins to scale the company and its next generation display technology
MINNEAPOLIS // January 5, 2022 // Eyesafe Inc., Inc., a world leader in blue light management technology and standards for the consumer electronics industry, today announced the appointment of veteran display executive and storied technology investor Alain Harrus as a Strategic Advisor. Harrus joins a bevy of seasoned professionals who will advise Eyesafe as it begins to roll out its blue light management technology to the global display industry.
Harrus most recently served as the CEO and Chairman of Kateeva, the world’s first inkjet printing equipment solution engineered to mass-produce OLED displays. Prior to his work at Kateeva, Harrus was a partner at Crosslink Capital, where he co-led the firm’s semiconductor and energy technology investment activities. In an earlier role as Co-founder and General Partner at Compass Venture Partners, Alain was a Series A investor in Tesla Motors, recognizing the game changing potential for electric transportation.
In his role as Strategic Advisor at Eyesafe, Harrus will be charged with guiding the deployment of Eyesafe® Display Technology and the company’s upcoming investment round.
“I am excited to be joining Eyesafe as a Strategic Advisor,” remarked Harrus. “Eyesafe is an innovative company, bridging the healthcare and technology sectors with its next generation low blue light solutions. It’s the connective fiber linking the global display industry, consumer electronics, and healthcare – digital devices are nearly everywhere and growing increasingly ubiquitous in our daily lives. Our screens are getting bigger, brighter and closer to the eye – and Eyesafe is the leader in not only studying the impact of these screens on human health, but also serving up intelligent solutions to address these issues.”
“Eyesafe is a proven leader in developing health-based solutions for mitigating blue light and creating standards for the consumer electronics industry, and I look forward to helping the company scale in the year ahead,” added Harrus.
Harrus, who is originally from France, has spent over 40 years in the United States. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics, a master’s in physics from the University of Paris XI at Orsay, France, and a Ph.D. in solid state physics from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 technical papers and is a co-inventor on six patents.
“Alain brings decades of experience and expertise across several key sectors to his role as Strategic Advisor at Eyesafe,” commented Justin Barrett, co-founder and CEO of Eyesafe. “His deep knowledge of the global display industry, coupled with years of investing in high-growth technology companies, will prove invaluable in the year ahead as we roll out new technology and focus on our next investment series.”
Harrus’s appointment as Strategic Advisor is immediate.
Eyesafe Inc. is the worldwide supplier of advanced blue light mitigating technology, solutions, and standards. With pioneering products and services, in collaboration with leaders in healthcare, Eyesafe is shaping the future of low blue light consumer electronics. Eyesafe® Standards, Eyesafe® Technology, and the associated intellectual property portfolio is developed by a world-class team of eye doctors, engineers, and scientists with decades of experience in electronics, display materials, light management, optometry, and ophthalmology. The Eyesafe brand is trusted by consumers and integrated in millions of digital devices from Dell, HP, Lenovo, ZAGG and others. Eyesafe was recently ranked #5 in the computer hardware category in the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. Learn more at eyesafe.com