About us

About us

ABOUT US

Passionate about our work, inspired by what it can do

ANNAIDA was founded in 2018 by Marco and Gora – two friends bound by a shared passion for physics, microtechnology, and life sciences. The name stands for Anna and Ida – their two Italian grandmothers. They invented the MRS device using the microchip developed during their Ph.D. studies in Switzerland – at EPFL in Lausanne and the University of Fribourg.

Our vision

Annaida’s vision is to revolutionize how we measure, analyze and understand microscopic life using precise and non-invasive methods. MRS will create new opportunities for improvement of clinical outcomes, drug development, and scientific discovery. Annaida will continue investing resources and building knowledge to make the measurement and analysis of microscopic life easy, fast, and insightful.

Team

Marco Grisi, PhD

CTO & co-founder

Marco pushes forward core technology and oversees development and research of Annaida. He co-founded Annaida after graduating, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) with a PhD in microengineering and microelectronics for NMR, because he recognizes the potential micro NMR technologies hold for the future.

Gora Conley, PhD

CEO & co-founder

Gora is responsible for driving public exposure efforts for Annaida. He obtained his PhD at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), developing optical methods for synthetic and biological nanomaterials with a focus on project management and business development. After graduating, he co-founded Annaida with his lifelong friend Marco who shares his belief in the potential of micro NMR technologies.

Jaganath Rajendra

Principal RF Design Engineer

Jaganath is the engineer responsible for designing CMOS chips for our device. He holds a MEng(Electronics and communication) from Bangalore University and obtained CEng certification from The Institute of Engineering and Technology, London(2008). He has a vast domain knowledge ranging from DNA Sequencing Chips to CMOS image sensors. He has more than 20 years of experience in CMOS transistor-level analog and mixed signal circuit design and layout, as well as silicon validation and testing. Before joining Annaida he worked for companies such as Sharp ,Intel Corporation UK Ltd and ON semiconductor.

Kathryn Marable, PhD

Physicist/Engineer

Kathryn is our R&D engineer, she is responsible for designing, constructing and testing the supporting electronics & mechanics on top of validating the performance of microchip sensors. Before joining Annaida, she completed a Ph.D. in experimental physics at Harvard University where she designed and constructed a cryogenic, radiofrequency antiproton trap in a strong magnetic field as part of the ATRAP collaboration at CERN.

Giulia Sivelli, PHD

R&D scientist

Giulia is our embryologist and R&D scientist, she is responsible for lab management, cell cultures, experimental design and data analysis. Giulia has a Master of Science in Molecular Biology of the Cell and a PhD from the Royal Veterinary College (London, UK) where she studied mesenchymal stem cells driven tissue regeneration. She has also completed a master course in human assisted reproductive techniques from Pompeu Fabra University in collaboration with EUGIN clinics (Barcelona, Spain).

Guillaume Gruet

R&D engineer

Guillaume is one of our R&D engineers. He participates in the development of our electronic test equipments and in the industrial design of EmbryoSpin. He has a Master of Science in Microengineering from EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) and a Minor in Energy.

Advisory Board

Fabien Murisier, PhD

Dr. Mursier is a senior clinical embryologist at ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology). He is also the head of the Fertility sector at the Medisupport group, member of the CPMA management board and chief executive officer of the Fertas laboratory. Fabien oversees early stage development of new IVF technologies, all the way to clinical trials and commercialization. He received his PhD from the University of Lausanne before joining the Human Genetics Unit of the MRC in Edinburgh.

Prof. Kurt Wüthrich

 

Kurt Wüthrich is a Professor of Biophysics at the ETH Zürich, and Distinguished Senior Professor at the iHuman Institute, ShanghaiTech University. For 50 years, Wüthrich groups at the ETH Zürich, at Scripps Research and at the iHuman Institute have used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) for research in structural biology. Contributions include the method of protein structure determination with NMR in solution, and the use of the principles of transverse relaxation-optimized spectroscopy (TROSY) for NMR experiments with large supramolecular assemblies. Kurt Wüthrich’s achievements in the sciences have been recognized by the Prix Louis Jeantet de Médecine, the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and by a number of other awards and honorary degrees.

Riccardo Tediosi, PhD

 

Dr. Tediosi is a senior executive with a strong background in instrument development and in startup-scaleup ventures. He holds an executive MBA from IMD Business school and combines technical management background with sound business management practices. He is currently CTO at QualySense AG developing AI-based robotic platforms for contactless characterization of seeds. He has been R&D director at Bruker Biospin for the development of NMR/MRI probeheads for high-end MR systems. He holds a PhD in Solid State Physics at the University of Geneva after obtaining his Master degree in Photonics in Pavia.

Prof. Barry Behr

 

Prof. Barry Behr is a nationally and internationally renowned clinical and scientific leader in the research and advances of human reproduction. As a world-renown scientist and lecturer, he is highly sought after to chair scientific programs and conferences and is the first non MD President of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society to be appointed as program chairman of several professional meetings. He is the director of the IVF/ART laboratory at Stanford University and is the Faculty Advisor for the Transgenic, Knockout and Tumor Model Center. In the 90’s Dr. Behr developed a culture medium for embryo culture to the blastocyst stage, which has improved pregnancy rates, implantation rates and reduced the risks of multiple gestation in IVF. He is also the co-inventor of an embryo selection technology that was featured in Time Magazine’s Best of Everything as 8th place in the top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2010.

Board of Directors

Pascal Winnen

 

Pascal is a co-founder and the CEO of HEMEX, a pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device consulting firm with offices in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Previously he worked for Finox Biotech, bringing one of the first biosimilar fertility treatments to the market in the EU and leading to the successful acquisition by Gedeon Richter for EUR 190 million in 2016.

Jacqueline Ruedin Rüsch

 

Jacqueline Ruedin Rüsch started her entrepreneurial career in 2011 when she founded Privilège Management SA. She started to focus her investment activity in venture capital shortly after and launched the first VC fund in 2016. Since then, she has invested in over 30 companies and prides herself in having a very hands-on approach. She is a board member in a number of companies and her professional activity has led her to co-found Privilège Ventures SA, a venture capital firm based in Lugano.

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