Joseph Priestley Society Welcomes Steven V. Abramson

Steven V. Abramson

Steven V. Abramson

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: $25
RSVP Online: Registration Required

Universal Display Corporation is lighting up the OLED (organic light-emitting device) revolution with its proprietary phosphorescent technology and materials. This technology can be found inside every energy-efficient OLED display and lighting product, such as the Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones and the new LG curved TVs.

In this installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series Steven V. Abramson, president and CEO of Universal Display Corporation, will present “How Many Years Does It Take to Become an Overnight Sensation? The Story of UDC.”

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  About the Event

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  Event Schedule

Thursday, October 16, 2014

11:30 a.m.

Networking reception

12:15 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Keynote address

  About the Keynote

The journey from an R&D start-up to a growth company has been filled with breakthroughs, challenges, triumphs, and unending persistence and vision. Universal Display Corporation (UDC) was founded with an entrepreneurial concept and technology that was incubated in the labs at Princeton University. Fast-forward 20 years, and that drive for innovation and the dedication to hard work have enabled UDC to evolve into a successful international growth company that continues to broaden its technological and commercial horizons. The company is delivering its key energy-efficient, high-performance phosphorescent technology into the expanding global OLED display and lighting industries. UDC, which has been listed on NASDAQ since 1996, has a current market capitalization of over $1 billion.

 Speaker Biographies

Steven V. Abramson is president and CEO of Universal Display Corporation (UDC) and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 1996. UDC invented and commercialized energy-efficient phosphorescent OLED technology for a wide range of products, including cell-phone displays, TVs, and lighting. After 17 years of tenacious development and spending of over $250 million, UDC is finally seeing significant revenue and earnings growth and is at the cusp of broad market penetration to bring their beautiful, crisp, energy-efficient colors to smartphones, TVs, and new form factors as well as energy efficiency to lighting.

Abramson has spent most of his career involved in the creation and growth of such technologies as digital cellular radio in the 1980s and sustainable environmental technologies in the first half of the 1990s. He also currently serves on the boards of a number of charitable and educational organizations.

He received his J.D. from Temple University in 1979, his M.A. in international relations and philosophy of science from Ohio State University in 1975, and his B.A. in international relations from Bucknell University in 1973.

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