BU named as NextFlex’s New York center for flexible hybrid electronics

VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University is now the center of flexible hybrid electronics for a national company. 

NextFlex chose BU to design, develop, and manufacture new technology that will help improve our area and get Binghamton on the map. 

"It recognizes that Binghamton has been a center of activities in New York and getting a lot of different organizations to work with them," said NextFlex Executive Director Malcolm Thompson. 

The company was attracted to BU because of its growing engineering department that is working to develop new technology that helps fix everyday problems. 

One of the areas of development is healthcare. "Some of the existing projects we work on have to do with medical devices that can be worn they are very soft and flexible and can be worn like a bandage," said Professor of Engineering Mark Poliks. 

This new partnership with NextFlex will help bring these designs to life. 

"We can help fund those products so we can solve those problems so eventually this technology comes to market with real products and exciting opportunities," said Thompson. 

Poliks said it’s the relationship the university has with local and national companies that makes it so valuable to NextFlex. He stated, "We have our students and our faculty working directly with scientists at companies like GE, and Universal and Lockheed Martin and they gain the experience as a potential employee as an engineer or scientist at that company and the companies gain our experience."

BU was chosen out of all of New York to be NextFlex’s center for this initiative. The University of Massachusetts was also appointed for the state of Massachusetts. 

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