Meet the team

A new approach

Iprova is the result of a new approach to invention created by people who are passionate about working at the very leading edge of engineering and science. We bring the creative results of our work, in the form of intellectual property, to industry leaders around the globe.

Thoughts from some of our team members

Dr Harm Cronie
CTO

Dr Harm Cronie
CTO

Harm has a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus on the analysis and design of error-correcting codes. His postdoctoral work focused on the analysis and design of algorithms applicable in data compression, communications and statistical inference. Harm has founded technology companies in the areas of semiconductors, telecommunications, and innovation management. As the CTO of these companies, he drove their technology roadmap resulting in many patent applications covering several products.

Iprova's software tools allow inventors and R&D scientists to deliver relevant and out-of-the-box inventions for the next-generation of products.

Julian Nolan
CEO and Founder

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Julian Nolan
CEO and Founder

Before starting Iprova, Julian was Vice President of Licensing for Honeywell in Europe. Formerly, Julian worked at the Central Research Laboratories of EMI Music in London in the role of business development director of the DSP group. Julian holds a first degree in electronic engineering, and postgraduate degrees in subjects that include Artificial Intelligence.

At Iprova we invent faster and more diversely than before so our customers can innovate more quickly and speed up the evolution of their business.

Dr Nicholas Walker
CSO

Dr Nicholas Walker
CSO

Nicholas has a degree in physiology and a full medical degree along with a PhD in artificial intelligence. He has founded a number of technology companies including Oxford Biomaterials Ltd and iXscient Ltd and was the managing director of microstructured optics company Microsharp Technologies for 10 years, where he developed optics for solar energy and lighting. For the previous 10 years Nick worked at Thorn EMI Central Research Laboratories where he managed a number of research divisions including the Advanced Computing Group and the Biomedical and Chemical Instrumentation Group. During that time he developed a neural network text data mining system which was licensed and is now part of OpenText Corporation’s products.

Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Iprova takes the sweat out of it.

Ahmed Mouhtaine

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Ahmed Mouhtaine

Working at Iprova is a unique opportunity to create pioneering technology for the acceleration of human creativity.

Ana Manasovska

Ana Manasovska

It's hugely exciting to help develop a data-driven approach to invention using the latest advances in machine learning and other technologies.

David Duffy

David Duffy

Iprova’s cutting-edge software capabilities allow our team to always be inventing exciting solutions to tomorrow’s problems - the variety of projects mean no two days are ever the same.

Dr Bernadette Elliott-Bowman

Dr Bernadette Elliott-Bowman

Iprova's AI-based software allows us to push the boundaries of our own intelligence and create inventions that will help define the technologies of tomorrow. I feel privileged to play a part.

Dr Catherine Breslin

Dr Catherine Breslin

Catherine is a machine learning scientist and consultant based in Cambridge UK. Since completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2008, she has commercial and academic experience of automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding and human-computer dialogue systems. Catherine is excited by the application of research to real-world problems involving speech and language at scale.

Dr Chris Wright

Dr Chris Wright

Innovating at the cutting edge of many technical frontiers has been a challenging, fun and very fulfilling experience, which has been enabled in no small part by the friendly and collaborative atmosphere in the Iprova team.

Dr Jasper van den Berg

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Dr Jasper van den Berg

Working at Iprova is great: fast-paced, exciting and with a unique approach to the invention process. The capabilities of our software team are impressive, allowing us to rapidly evolve this exciting field.

Dr Matthew Lawrenson

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Dr Matthew Lawrenson

Consultant

At Iprova we deliver the next key inventions to some of the largest and most well-respected companies in the world. Inventing the next generation of consumer and industrial technologies is both extremely challenging and rewarding.

Dr Shao Min Tan

Dr Shao Min Tan

Working at Iprova involves a fascinating blend of creativity and technical challenge. I very much enjoy being part of a team of such friendly and interesting people, tackling the problem of teaching machines to invent.

Dr Stephen Potter

Dr Stephen Potter

Iprova has many repeat agreements from major global companies – they must be doing something right!

Ivo Mihailovic

Ivo Mihailovic

I am proud to be a member of Iprova’s pioneering team which is bringing digital transformation to invention.

Jimmy Zhong

Jimmy Zhong

Representative in China

Jimmy Zhong is advisor and contact point of Iprova Sàrl for the Chinese Market. He has been the General Manager of Nokia Technologies (Beijing) Co., Ltd. since August 2016. His responsibility covers from patent licensing, Brand licensing, technology licensing, Digital Media and Digital Health businesses in China. Before that he was the vice president responsible for Sony (China) Limited’s IP and standardization group since 2012. Before joining Sony, Jimmy worked for Philips (China) Investment Co, Ltd for 12 years as the vice president in charge of IP and standardization activities in Greater China.

Jimmy has rich experience in managing intellectual property and standardization in China. He has in-depth knowledge of the Chinese IP and political environment and has developed a broad personal network in relevant industry and government agencies.

Jimmy holds a master’s degree in physics from the Simon Fraser University of Canada and also in electronics engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Joel Rosenberg

Joel Rosenberg

Iprova’s ability to accelerate invention enables rapid business disruption and growth through opening up new product and service based market opportunities.

Katharina Ballani

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Katharina Ballani

At Iprova I enjoy working at the boundary between the present and the future. It is exciting how inventions are created by our innovative and dynamic team.

Libby Kinsey

Libby Kinsey

Iprova brings machine learning to invention - two topics close to my heart - by sifting through the 'data deluge' to find inventive connections that matter.

Matteo Pagliardini

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Matteo Pagliardini

After more than a century spent by humans to automatize repetitive tasks, it’s time for us to tackle automatizing the creative ones. Iprova is one of those rare companies audaciously taking that step.

Max Helletzgruber

Max Helletzgruber

The technology developed at Iprova is truly unique. It is exciting to be part of the Iprova team and and help to pioneer data-driven invention.

Stuart Coyle

Stuart Coyle

Iprova is changing the dynamics of the invention process, influencing how companies identify the products and services of the future. Iprova's melding of human creativity and AI results in a stimulating environment that is changing the way we invent.

Susumu Tsugaru

Susumu Tsugaru

Representative in Japan

Susumu Tsugaru is advisor and contact point of Iprova Sàrl for the Japanese Market. He has more than 35 years of experiences in various IP fields including IP licensing and IP strategy. He was in the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Japan of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards for 20 years.   Before joining Philips, he was at a major Japanese electronics company for 18 years in positions handling IP creation, licensing and litigation. He has deep experiences in establishment and operation of patent pool licenses for DVD and Blue-ray Standards. He is also in the position of representative partner of M&S Partners.

Tim Beard

Tim Beard

Necessity is the mother of invention. But Iprova is the father, the midwife and the fertility clinic.

Yassine Benyahia

Yassine Benyahia

At Iprova I have the opportunity of working at the cutting edge of machine learning and NLP research.

Advisory Board

Jean-Philippe Lallement
Managing Director, Innovation Park, EPFL

Jean-Philippe Lallement
Managing Director, Innovation Park, EPFL

Jean-Philippe Lallement is the Managing Director of the Innovation Park at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL. A prominent specialist in high-tech entrepreneurship, Jean-Philippe formerly held the role of Vice President and General Manager at SITA Group and was closely involved in the formation of Equant, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Peter Finnie
Managing Partner at Gill Jennings & Every

Peter Finnie
Managing Partner at Gill Jennings & Every

Peter Finnie is a Partner at leading London-based patent and trademark firm Gill Jennings & Every. He is a highly experienced patent attorney with broad-ranging technical expertise. Peter acts for major corporations in the US as well as SMEs and large corporates across Europe and Asia.

Professor Bill Fischer
Professor of Innovation Management, IMD

Professor Bill Fischer
Professor of Innovation Management, IMD

Bill Fischer is Professor of Innovation Management at IMD, where he has been on the faculty for more than 15 years. Bill writes a blog entitled The Ideas Business for Forbes.com and has authored three books relating to innovation: Virtuoso Teams in 2005, The Idea Hunter in 2011, and Reinventing Giants in 2013.

Professor Martin Jaggi
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, EPFL

Professor Martin Jaggi
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, EPFL

Martin Jaggi is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor at EPFL, researching in machine learning, natural language understanding and large scale learning algorithms. Before that, he was a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, in Berkeley, US, and at École Polytechnique in France, and earned his PhD from ETH Zurich.

Ruud Peters
Former Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Philips

Ruud Peters
Former Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Philips

As Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Philips for 15 years until the end of 2013, Ruud Peters created and managed one of the world’s most successful Intellectual Property businesses. After his retirement as Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Ruud has continued to work with Philips as an advisor on various strategy and Intellectual Property related projects.

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