The Memory of an SOI Champion Lives On


Soitec pledges to honor the life’s work of co-founder Jean-Michel Lamure with continued success and passion for the industry.


This spring, the advanced substrate community lost a great friend and colleague, Jean-Michel Lamure. An unflagging SOI champion and Soitec co-founder, Jean- Michel spent most of his career in the semiconductor industry.

As an award-winning researcher at CEA-Léti, he was elected to the French Academy of Technology. In 1992, he joined forces with André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé to create Soitec, a CEA-Léti spin-off leveraging the patented Smart Cut™ technology invented by their colleague, Michel Bruel.

Jean-Michel’s passion for the industry, his energy and his technical, personal and managerial expertise were instrumental in Soitec’s rapid growth. In his last position, he served as the company’s Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Even prior to his illness, however, Jean- Michel felt he wanted to spend more time with his family, and the company brought in Pascal Mauberger to assume the role of COO.

Jean-Michel Lamure died peacefully in his sleep on May 4, 2006, after a brave fight against cancer. He is survived by his wife, son and family, to whom the entire community sends deepest condolences. The Soitec team has pledged to honor Jean-Michel’s memory and lifetime achievements through the company’s continued success.

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