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.
Graduated from the SKEMA Business School in France, François is a senior finance executive forged by the intensity and diversity of his managerial roles in renowned multinational and industrial companies. He presents a track record of successful missions and projects within fast moving sectors and notably the medical devices industry, with Companies like Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson or Biomet.
Entrepreneur himself, he has been since 2017 involved in multiple Start-ups and SME’s from the EPFL Innovation Park.
Iprova's approach and technology is the magic potion that boosts your innovation ability.
Dr Harm Cronie
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.
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
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.
I'm impressed with the novelty of the software that we are building, and with the strong drive of the team to create useful IP for our clients.
Working at Iprova is very engaging and I am happy to be part of a team of talented and inspiring people. We bring together a unique mix of innovation, AI, and technology to support our customers in their invention journey.
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
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
Iprova is taking the latest AI technology and using it to help customers invent in new and more efficient ways
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 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
Iprova has many repeat agreements from major global companies – they must be doing something right!
Dr Harry Cronin
I am privileged to be working at Iprova with such an exciting brief; to help to redefine the invention process for the modern era
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.
Iprova’s ability to accelerate invention enables rapid business disruption and growth through opening up new product and service based market opportunities.
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.
Dr Keith Lau
Working as an invention developer at Iprova allows me to not only use my scientific knowledge but also embrace my creative side and satisfy my thirst for knowledge.
I am excited to be working at Iprova, and to help drive an inflection point in how invention is conceived of and conducted.
Iprova brings machine learning to invention - two topics close to my heart - by sifting through the 'data deluge' to find inventive connections that matter.
Life is about leaving the world a better place, isn’t it? Iprova feels like a multiplier for improving things around us.
Dr Phil Catton
The Iprova approach to invention allows my curiosity to wander in unexpected directions, and encourages me to follow it to new places that lead to inspirational new ideas.
As a young software engineer, the future of technology is one of my main concerns and I'm proud to be able to develop new projects that will maybe change how our future looks
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.
Necessity is the mother of invention. But Iprova is the father, the midwife and the fertility clinic.
At Iprova I have the opportunity of working at the cutting edge of machine learning and NLP research.
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.
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
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
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.
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.