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Gerard Harbers

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Gerard co-founded Xicato in July 2007, serving as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Xicato, Gerard held various technical and management positions at Philips Research Laboratories, Philips Lighting and Lumileds. Starting in 1986, at Philips Research, Gerard designed and developed various optical test systems for testing parts used in optical recording and consumer electronics. After joining Philips Lighting in 1996 as Manager for the Optical Design Group, Gerard led the design and development of LED illumination systems. In 2000, Gerard joined Lumileds Lighting, focusing on system design and pioneering LED backlighting for large-area LCD displays. He was the first in the world to demonstrate a high-power edge-lit RGB LED 18" LCD Monitor at the SID 2000 Conference. Gerard's novel high-power LED system designs included optimized lighting solutions for many new solid-state lighting applications, such as street lights, traffic signals, automotive headlights, signage and contour lighting, and LCD backlights. These designs were the basis for launching several new businesses within Lumileds. Gerard's expertise in this field has led to numerous publications and invited talks. He currently holds 56 issued U.S. patents.