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Top Stock Picks In The Advanced Materials Space – Avinash Kant – D.a. Davidson & Co.

Avinash Kant, Ph.D., joined D.A. Davidson & Co. in August 2008 to establish coverage of advanced materials companies focused on technology and clean technology. Prior to joining D.A. Davidson, Dr. Kant served as a Principal of Equity Research at First Albany/Broadpoint Capital. Previously, Dr. Kant covered the semiconductor capital equipment sector at Canaccord Adams and SG Cowen Securities Corporation. Prior to his sell-side career, Dr. Kant was involved with semiconductor processing research at chip manufacturers. Dr. Kant earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His research in advanced thin films and composite materials has been presented extensively in leading international conferences and journals. Profile
TWST: Please start with an overview of your coverage universe.

Dr. Kant: I cover a unique group called advanced materials, which I started back in 2006. While investors have traditionally looked at