Our vision

We are scientists, working for scientists.

Our belief is that each and every Biologist, Researcher and Physician should be able to explore and interact instantly with living cells without damaging them.

We want to support the study of how living cells and bacteria work, evolve and react, thus building a solid base for new drugs and therapies, in order to enable breakthrough researches.

This is the reason why we have developed the 3D Cell Explorer.

 

 

 

Our Story

Nanolive SA was incorporated in November 2013 at the EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne, Switzerland, by Dr. Yann Cotte (CEO) and Dr. Fatih Toy (scientific advisor), following the completion of their respective PhD theses at the EPFL Microsystems laboratory of Prof. Christian Depeursinge (Head of Scientific Advisory Board).

Late 2013, Dr. Andreas Kern and Dr. Sebastien Equis joined as Co-Founders to lead the software development and hardware construction respectively.

Now the team is composed by eleven people from very different backgrounds and geographical origins: engineers, biologists, physicists and business.

Dr. Lisa Pollaro was hired Spring 2014 as Communication Manager, Dr. Sorin Pop as Software Engineer for Image Processing and Nicolas Pignier as Mechanical Engineer.

In 2015 the team expanded with Dr. Bastien Dalla Piazza who joined as head of scientific software, Álvaro Hernández Prieto, as head of embedded software and electronics, Sabine Bautz as operation specialist and Martina Biserni as R&D biologist.

 

Living Cell Tomography

Our 3D Cell Explorer delivers living cell tomography. Just as you may know from a MRI in hospitals, our light microscope uses laser light to deliver live scans of single cells. After placing the cellular specimen in the device, the 3D Cell Explorer performs a continuous rotational scan, while a software allows to display the cell on your computer in 3D within a second.

The intuitive software STEVE enables digitally staining on single cells with an unlimited choice of colours and obtains its 3D reconstruction in real time.

To share, interact, and explore your results, the cells data can further be printed (e.g. 3D printer or 3D holograms), or can be directly viewed on 3D-beamers or in 3D animations.

In addition, supplementary services will be available through our Cloud Biotech Apps and Communities, thus making the 3D Cell Explorer the first cloud microscope.

 

Founders

Yann Cotte, PhD in Physics

Yann Cotte, PhD in Physics

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Feel free to contact him
yann@nanolive.ch

About Yann

Born in Pithiviers in the south of Paris in 1982, he grew up in Amberg, a beautiful city in the green heart of Bavaria. Scientist by formation with a Master in Physics from the State University of New York and a PhD in Holographic Microscopy from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne. After his PhD he jump-started the Nanolive adventure.

 

Sebastien Equis, PhD in Physics

Sebastien Equis, PhD in Physics

Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder

Feel free to contact him
sebastien@nanolive.ch

About Sebastien

Born in Saint-Etienne, France, after a Master in optics from Sup’Optique, in F-91 Orsay, he spent a few years in companies as engineer. He later decided to move back to academia and he got a PhD in Photonics in 2009 from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and worked as a Post-Doc, in the field of interferometry, with a focus on the processing of the interferometric signals. He later worked in the field of laser machining of hard material at EMPA, in Thun. In 2013 he decided to Co-found Nanolive with Yann and Andreas. His task is to make a reliable and user-friendly product with the highest quality standards.

 

Andreas Kern, PhD in Photonics

Andreas Kern, PhD in Photonics

Co-founder

About Andi

Andreas grew up in New York and Tübingen, Germany. After his studies in physics in Freiburg, Germany, he moved to Lausanne for his PhD in Photonics, which he received in 2011. Following a post-doc in micro-spectroscopy in Tübingen, he joined Yann and Sebastien in Lausanne as a co-founder of Nanolive. In his current role as scientific advisor he is always glad to share his ideas and his experience with his friends and colleagues in Lausanne.

 

Fatih Toy, PhD in Digital Holographic Microscopy

Fatih Toy, PhD in Digital Holographic Microscopy

Co-founder

About Fatih

Born in Ankara, Turkey. Received his master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Koc University, Turkey. Then he moved to École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland for his PhD in Digital Holographic Microscopy. During his time at EPFL he participated in the development of the technology behind Nanolive. Currently he takes the role as a scientific advisor at Nanolive, and  he is an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at Medipol University, Turkey.

 

Christian Depeursinge, Professor

Christian Depeursinge, Professor

Co-founder

About Christian

Prof. Christian Depeursinge is one of the forefathers of holography applied to microscopy and seasoned partners of Nanolive. During his long carrier he hold several academic and industry positions, amongst others as the leader of the Microvision and Micro-Diagnostics group at the Advanced Photonics Laboratory of the Institute of Microengineering at  Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and currently at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. His research and expertise in biomedical engineering and optics is internationally acknowledged. Christian is the head of the scientific advisory board at Nanolive and his role comprises scientific strategy and general guidance.

 

 

Team

 

Sabine Bautz, BA in Business Administration

Sabine Bautz, BA in Business Administration

Customer Service Manager

Feel free to contact her
sabine@nanolive.ch 

About Sabine

Born in 1984 in Cologne, the city with Germany’s most visited attraction, the Gothic Cathedral, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in European Business Administration from the Cologne Business School. After several years of experience in the medical business in the field of service, she will build up the Operations Department to contribute to Nanolive’s future success.

 

Nina Behr, Dipl. Ing. Achitectur

Nina Behr, Dipl. Ing. Achitectur

Office Manager

Feel free to contact her
nina@nanolive.ch 

About Nina

Born in Munich, Nina is a studied Architect by profession. She joined Nanolive in Dec 15 as an office manager to organize a smooth office life and she takes care of everything that is not related to a microscope.

 

Marine Cabezas, BS in Political Economics

Marine Cabezas, BS in Political Economics

Executive Assistant & Accountant

Feel free to contact her
marine@nanolive.ch 

About Marine

Born in Geneva, she came to study at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) in the faculty of HEC. It is during her Bachelor that she started working for Nanolive as an administrative assistant. After obtaining her Bachelor degree in political economics, she began a Master in Actuarial Sciences next to her job at Nanolive.

 

Luca Clario, MSc in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine

Luca Clario, MSc in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine

Application Specialist

Feel free to contact him
luca@nanolive.ch

About Luca

Born in Venice, the city on the water in Italy, in 1990. After his Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Milan, he decided to study in deep the potentialities of start-up markets obtaining a Diploma Master in “Biotechnologies for Enterprises” at the Business School CUOA in Vicenza (Italy). Now he is part of the Nanolive team as R&D Biologist.

 

Bastien Dalla Piazza, PhD in Physics

Bastien Dalla Piazza, PhD in Physics

Chief Scientific Officer

Feel free to contact him
bastien@nanolive.ch

About Bastien

Born in 1981 in Bern, Switzerland, he spent his earlier years in the French-speaking part of the Bern canton known as “Jura Bernois”. After a brief detour in literature studies at University of Lausanne (UNIL), he began his physics studies at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he obtained his master’s degree and later his Physics PhD, having worked on exotic properties of some magnetic materials using massively parallel supercomputers. In 2015 he arrived at Nanolive to take care of the scientific software allowing the reconstruction of 3D cells from holographic data.

 

Paul Habfast, MSc in software engineering

Paul Habfast, MSc in software engineering

Head of Cloud Services

Feel free to contact him
paul@nanolive.ch

About Paul

Born in Paris in 1989, Paul grew up in The Hague in the Netherlands and came to Switzerland for his studies. Paul completed his Masters in 2013, with already 3 years of experience working as an engineer for multiple companies. He then co-created his own company specialized in helping biotec companies reach their cloud-related goals, which he ran for 3 years before joining Nanolive.

 

Nicolas Pignier, MSc in Mechanical Engineering

Nicolas Pignier, MSc in Mechanical Engineering

Hardware Engineer

Feel free to contact him
nicolas@nanolive.ch

About Nicolas

Born in Chambéry, in the French Alps in 1983. He obtained his Master degree in Mechanical Engineer from the Technological University of Belfort Montbéliard (UTBM) before acquiring a significant experience in product development and mechanical design across different industries (aeronautics and electrical power). Nicolas is contributing to the development of the 3D Cell Explorer from its prototyping to its industrialisation.

 

Lisa Pollaro, PhD in Biochemical Engineering

Lisa Pollaro, PhD in Biochemical Engineering

Chief Operating Officer

Feel free to contact her
lisa@nanolive.ch

About Lisa

Born in Vicenza, a small city in the north of Italy in 1985. Scientist by formation with a master in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from Padua University and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne. After her PhD she jumped immediately in the Nanolive adventure.

 

Sorin Pop, PhD in Image Processing

Sorin Pop, PhD in Image Processing

Software Engineer

Feel free to contact him
sorin@nanolive.ch

About Sorin

Sorin POP obtained his BSc, and MSc in Telecommunication from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2003 and in 2005, respectively. He then moved to France where he got his PhD in Image Processing from Bordeaux University in 2008. Before becoming a Software Engineer at Nanolive, he worked as an Image Processing Researcher at Pasteur Institute, Paris on quantitative data analysis projects in cell biology microscopy.

 

Álvaro Hernández Prieto, MSc in Electronics

Álvaro Hernández Prieto, MSc in Electronics

Head of Embedded Software and Electronics

Feel free to contact him
alvaro@nanolive.ch

About Álvaro

He was born in Salamanca, the city of the oldest University in Spain, in 1984. In that beautiful city he did his BSc in Physics. After his Master’s of Science in the Complutense University of Madrid and four years working for the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, he arrived at CERN, in Geneva, to work in the biggest particle accelerator. For three years he worked in the Engineering department between electronics and data acquisition programming. In January 2015 he arrived to Nanolive to direct the embedded software and the electronics of the Cell Explorer.

 

Christopher Tremblay, BSc in Life Science

Christopher Tremblay, BSc in Life Science

R&D Biologist

Feel free to contact him
chris@nanolive.ch

About Christopher

Born in Evry, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris. He moved to Nyon in Switzerland at the age of five. He obtained his bachelor degree in Life Science at EPFL in 2014 and he’s currently doing his Master’s degree in Bioengineering also at EPFL. He joined Nanolive as a trainee in R&D Biologist since 2014.

 

Qifan Zhang, MSc in Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship

Qifan Zhang, MSc in Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship

Technical Sales Engineer

Feel free to contact her
qifan@nanolive.ch 

About Qifan

Born in 1991, Lanzhou, Northwest China. After high school, she moved to Xiamen, a beautiful coastal city in Southeast China where she got her BSc in Chemistry in Xiamen University, during which she studied in Utrecht University in the Netherlands as exchange student. Then she began her master study in Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). She joined Nanolive for market research and analysis as well as distribution management.

 

Claude Zominy

Claude Zominy

Production Manager

Feel free to contact him
claude@nanolive.ch 

About Claude

Claude is a French citizen, born in 1962. Holding an engineering degree, his technical background is software and electronic design. In his carrier, he held many various positions in R&D and Production departments in major international companies designing and manufacturing machine tools for worldwide markets. Excited by the start-up challenge, he joined the Nanolive adventure to contribute by his broad industrial experience to the company development and success.

 

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