January 10, 2008 16:27 ET

TDI Announces the Passing of Dr. Vladimir Dmitriev (December 3, 1955 - January 6, 2008)

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - January 10, 2008) - Technologies and Devices International, Inc. (TDI), a privately held Maryland corporation, regrets to announce the passing of Dr. Vladimir Dmitriev on January 6, 2008.

Vladimir was known throughout the industry for his tireless pursuit of innovative technology for semiconductor processing. He entered the New Year on a high with TDI having just been awarded an important United States Patent covering novel HVPE production equipment for manufacturing of low defect nitride semiconductor materials. His vision of reliable low cost deposition equipment has been gaining widespread appeal and several important customers have been targeted for installation of TDI's first commercially available machines. Furthermore, Vladimir and TDI were expecting to announce in the very near future a major partner who will be working jointly with the company to refine and help with introduction of the equipment.

Dr. Alexander Usikov will takeover the technical responsibilities held by Vladimir and Tatiana Dmitriev will assume much of his managerial role. Assisting each of them will be Mark Fine, former President of Epichem, Inc. and Rick Stall, former CTO for Emcore Corp. Both Mark and Rick bring extensive managerial and technical expertise along with over 40 years of experience in the industry. Mr. Fine, who has been working with Vladimir and TDI in a Senior Business advisory role commented, "The loss of our close friend is a shock to all of us. His energy and enthusiasm for this business and for life in general was and will always be an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Though his passing is tragic, we are confident this company will pull together and work even harder to carry on with his vision and keep his dream alive."

A private memorial service honoring Dr. Vladimir Dmitriev will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2008 at the Robert A Pumphrey funeral home in Bethesda, Maryland.

About TDI

The company is a privately owned developer and manufacturer of novel compound semiconductors including GaN, AlN, AlGaN, InN, and InGaN. TDI has developed and commercialized a variety of compound semiconductor materials, primarily for applications in solid-state lighting, short wavelength optoelectronics and RF power electronics. For novel development results and TDI's product list please visit

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    12214 Plum Orchard Drive
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