Founder — CEO
Before Iprova, Julian was Vice President of Licensing for Honeywell and headed up the company’s licensing business in Europe. After starting his career as an international applications engineer working for virtual instrumentation company National Instruments in Austin, Texas he became a product manager at technology company LSI. He then became the business development director of the DSP group at Central Research Laboratories of EMI Music in London, helping to transform the R&D labs into an Intellectual Property development and licensing business. The R&D labs were reborn as Scipher plc and subsequently listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Julian holds a first degree in electronic engineering, a MSc in Artificial Neural Networks and graduated from the ACDMM at Cambridge University. He has created inventions which have led to over 200 granted and pending patents for companies such as Philips, Nokia and Panasonic.
“In my view, by 2025 over 50% of the world’s inventions will be created using a data-driven approach.”
Dr Nicholas Walker
Chief Scientific Officer
Before joining Iprova, Nick was the managing director of microstructured optics company Microsharp Technologies, and has founded several technology companies including Oxford Biomaterials Ltd. Earlier in his career Nick worked at Central Research Laboratories of EMI Music in London. Here he managed a number of research divisions including the Advanced Computing Group and the Biomedical and Chemical Instrumentation Group and helped to transform the R&D labs into an Intellectual Property development and licensing business. The R&D labs were reborn as Scipher plc and subsequently listed on the London Stock Exchange. During his time with Scipher Nick developed a neural network text data mining system which was licensed and is now part of OpenText Corporation’s products.
Nick has a degree in physiology and a full medical degree along with a PhD in artificial intelligence and is a graduate of both the University of Cambridge and UCL. He has created inventions on behalf of many of the world’s leading technology companies including Deutsche Telekom, Sony and Philips.
“Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Iprova takes the sweat out of it.”
Dr Harm Cronie
Chief Technology Officer
Before joining Iprova, Harm was the CTO of Kandou Bus, a leading semiconductor scale-up company. Harm has a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus on the analysis and design of error-correcting codes. His postdoctoral work at Swiss university EPFL focused on algorithm analysis and design. In addition to Iprova and Kandou Bus, Harm has been the CTO of technology companies in the areas of telecommunications and innovation management, in each case leading the development of their technology roadmap and strategy. Harm has many patent filings based on his inventions with companies such as Nokia, KPN and Sony.
“Iprova’s software tools extend the state of the art in the application of machine learning and other technologies to the field of technical invention, and more broadly innovation.”
Dr Chris Wright
Principal Invention Developer
Chris joined Iprova from a medical start-up company where he was a technical consultant. He studied biology as an undergraduate at Imperial College, has an MSc in tissue engineering and bio-materials, and a PhD in mechanical engineering and neuroscience from UCL. His interest in science and engineering started at an early age, culminating with the construction of a hovercraft during his school days. While at Iprova Chris has created over 70 inventions which have been subject to patent filings by companies such as Sony, Panasonic and Philips.
“Innovating at the cutting edge of many technical frontiers is a challenging, fun and very fulfilling experience — I love it!”
Dr Stephen Potter
Business development advisor
Stephen has a PhD in chemistry and won independent Fellowships at Yale and Cambridge before starting an extensive career in technical and business development roles at ICI, WR Grace, Henkel, CU Chemie Uetikon, Rexam and EMI’s Music’s Central Research Laboratories (which became Scipher). He has also founded and ran start-ups in Switzerland and Sweden. Stephen has been elected one of the IAM-300 Top IP strategists and was Co-Chairman of the LESI High Tech committee and the Chairman of the UK R&D Society.
“Iprova is changing the way the world invents.”
Tim trained as an engineer at Oxford University and started his career in medical devices developing neurodiagnostic equipment. Subsequently he spent much of his career in wireless telecoms, from GSM through to early 5G. Roles include chairing ETSI/3GPP meetings and the creation of standards-essential patents, before moving into more business-focused and product management roles. Following an executive MBA from Cambridge University, he set up a consultancy in the field of data-driven management before joining Iprova. Tim has over 80 patents filings with companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Centrica and Nokia.
“Necessity is the mother of invention. But Iprova is the father, the midwife and the fertility clinic.”
Professor Bill Fischer
Professor of Innovation Management, IMD
Professor of Innovation Management at IMD and co-director of the IMD/MIT-Sloan Driving Strategic Innovation program. Bill writes a blog entitled The Ideas Business for Forbes.com. Previously, Executive President and Dean of CEIBS (the China-European International Business School) in Shanghai (1997-1999). Co-author of Reinventing Giants, The Idea Hunter and Virtuoso Teams.
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.
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.
Partner-patent attorney at Potter Clarkson
Peter Finnie is a Partner at leading London-based patent and trademark firm Potter Clarkson. 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. He also sits on several boards for his clients so they can take full advantage of his broader commercial experience.
Our development teams are spread over 3 main locations – London, Cambridge and Lausanne. They include graduates from universities such as Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, EPFL, ETH, Oxford and Imperial. Over 50% have obtained doctoral degrees, and many have previously worked for leading tech companies.
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