Björn Schimmöller - Chief Executive Officer
Björn took his childhood enthusiasm and joy for building new things from the ground up with Lego® into the chemistry classroom and later to university, where he studied Process Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany. During his diploma thesis at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, his love for research only grew and he extended his stay to earn a PhD in Material Science in Prof. Sotiris Pratsinis’ group, where he was part of a world-class inorganic chemistry laboratory and was fortunate to receive life-changing mentorship.
After completing his PhD, Björn sought to solve real-world problems by applying science. At Cabot Corporation in the USA, he gained extensive experience in nanomaterial R&D, developing new technology platforms and products. Later, by transitioning into a commercial role, he led a high tech >$30M revenue functional materials business segment. Ultimately his work took him to Oxford, UK where he was leading a global R&D team, supporting building a functional materials business from scratch. It was there that he met his co-founder Jon.
Fascinated by the intersection of inorganic materials and their myriad applications to influence and make people’s lives better, Björn’s entrepreneurial mindset and passion for people has found an outlet at iuvantium. Here he is responsible for staying focused on the company’s vision, by developing and executing the business strategy while ensuring that we stay true to our “why”.
To recharge, Björn spends time with his wife and two sons exploring the outdoors, collecting art, finding serenity in his garden with focus on carnivorous plants and cooking memorable meals.
Jon Austyn - Chief Scientific Officer
Farooq Khan - Head of AI Architecture
Farooq is our AI wizard. Working in the area of statistical analysis for more than 15 years and founding his own AI company to develop new AI methodologies for drug discovery he is determined to leave his mark in the space.
Farooq has over 5-years of experience in AI research. Recognised for his innovative AI research, he won an Innovate UK Smart Grant to develop AI for drug discovery and was selected for the highly prestigious NVIDIA Inception Program. With over 15 years of experience in computational complex systems science R&D, he oversaw the application of machine learning in areas of energy engineering, public policy and political campaigning. Developing complex systems science research and the nascent transdisciplinary science frontier, he was a co-founding external partner of Mathsys – Mathematics for Real-World Systems Centre for Doctoral Training – at the University of Warwick. Farooq studied courses in synthetic and systems biology at the University of Cambridge, complex systems science at the Institut des Systèmes Complexes (ISC-PIF) and Rhône-Alpes Complex Systems Institute IXXI at the École normale supérieure de Lyon and neuroscience at the University of Oxford.
Now, by leading the AI strategy at iuvantium, thinking hard about the necessary architecture to let our vision become reality he found his calling.
our ADVISORY BOARD
Prof Jeffrey Almond
Jeffrey Almond is a Visiting Professor at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford and at the Department of Microbiology, University of Reading. He is also an Oxford Martin Fellow with the Oxford Martin Programme on Vaccines.
Previously (1999-2014) he was Vice President and Global Head of Research and External R&D at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of the Sanofi group, based in Lyon France. There he was responsible for a portfolio of vaccine projects across infectious diseases and cancer, and for establishing and managing R&D partnerships with Academia and Biotech companies relevant to the commercial interests of Sanofi Pasteur.
Prior to joining Sanofi, Jeffrey Almond spent most of his career in the UK. He was lecturer at the University of Leicester from 1979-85 and Professor of Microbiology and Head of the School of Animal and Microbial Sciences at the University of Reading 1985-99. He has served on numerous national and international committees including being a member of Council of the MRC and the UK Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee. Previously he has held senior officer positions in several learned societies including the International Union of Microbiological Societies and the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Almond is currently a member of several boards and scientific advisory boards mainly concerning infectious disease control, both in the public and private sectors in Europe, the UK, India and the USA.
Mary brings a strategic focus to intellectual property law matters, a focus annealed over time in close partnership with her inventors and business clients. As iuvantium AB member, Mary is not providing legal advice and supports the leadership team purely from a strategic perspective.
Her IP law practice has been international in scope and has encompassed the acquisition, protection, enforcement and monetization of technology, patent, trademark and other intellectual property assets, dispute resolution, and extensive transactional counseling.
She is currently Partner at the IP law firm Finch & Maloney in the US. Mary began her career as a trial attorney before commencing in-house practice in the field of intellectual property. She served as intellectual property counsel to several international corporations, most recently retiring from the position of Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Cabot Corporation. Before entering the practice of law, Mary worked as a scientist at The R.T. French Company, worked for a brief, but sweet, time at the Hershey Foods R&D laboratory and taught as an adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Mary’s IP law experience spans a range of technical fields, notably high temperature materials, chemistry, polymers, food ingredients, adhesives, abrasive tools and materials, mechanical devices, chemical processes and engineering and downstream applications for chemicals and materials.
Mary has a JD degree from Villanova Law School, is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She holds a B.S. degree in Food Science from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. degree in Food Science, Biochemistry minor, from Oregon State University. She has a certificate in Mediation from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Prof Dermot O'Hare
Professor Dermot O’Hare is a Professor of Organometallic and Materials Chemistry at Oxford, Director of the industrially funded SCG – Oxford Centre of Excellence, and MPLS Associate Head for Industrial Liaison and Innovation.
Dermot was born in Newry, Co. Down and studied at Balliol College, Oxford for his BSc and D. Phil under the direction of Professor M.L.H Green. He was a visiting research fellow at CR&D E.I. du Pont de Nemours in Delaware, and returned to Oxford with a permanent University position and Tutorial Fellowship at Balliol College, and later a University Professorship.
In 2020 he became Senior Research Fellow at Balliol and Professor of Organometallic and Materials Chemistry. He has been honoured by the Institüt de France, Académie des Sciences, the Royal Society of Chemistry (Ludwig Mond Prize, Corday Morgan Medal, Sir Edward Frankland Prize) and by the Exxon European Chemical and Engineering Prize.
Dermot leads a large, multi-disciplinary research team working across the broad areas of catalysis, nanomaterials, polymers and the green economy, working towards finding solutions to global issues relating to energy, zero carbon and the circular economy. In 2019 he won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Tilden Medal for outstanding research in the chemical sciences.