Bloom combines entrepreunarial experience and strong expertise in chemistry
Dr. Remy Buser
CEO & co-founder
Remy is a chemist by training with 5+ years of startup experience. He has also advised decision-makers on environmental bills and worked in the chemical industry in China. He is passionate about building teams, leveraging technologies and turning disruptive visions into sustainable businesses that have a global impact.
Dr. Florent Héroguel
COO & co-founder
Florent has a 7+ years’ experience leading projects in the field of biomass valorization. He enjoys building partnerships to accelerate the development of high performances products which are both sustainable and cost-competitive. His ambition is to develop a new industry standard. Previously, Florent was project leader at EPFL after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry from ETH Zürich.
Jean Behaghel de Bueren
CSO- PhD student at EPFL
Jean is a chemical engineer with experience in the Flavor and Fragrance industry. He became fascinated by the new potential of biomass valorization thanks to the use of innovative technologies. His ambition is to take part in the paradigm shift from a system where the renewability and the eco-responsability were constraints and become now profitable opportunities. He is eager to increase the potential of biomass valorisation thanks to innovative technologies.
Prof. Jeremy Luterbacher
Co-founder – Board member
Jeremy is at the head of the Laboratory of Sustainable and Catalytic Processing. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University (2012) and performed a Postdoc at University of Wisconsin Madison (2012-2014). He received the ERC Starting Grant (2017) and was awarded University Latsis Prize (2019) and Werner Prize from Swiss Chemical Society (2019).
Matthias is the ex-CFO of Givaudan, a role he has held until his recent retirement. Matthias knows the financial challenges of the Chemical industry inside out and supports the managing team in questions relating to strategy, legal, accounting, taxes and finances. His expertise in similar position in large chemical companies is invaluable for Bloom’s success.
Jonathan is an expert in M&A, currently working at DuPont. His role as a Board Member is to advise the managing team on how to scale a new technology and prepare the company for the sales of licenses, initiate partnerships and eventually prepare a potential acquisition of certain technologies by large industrial groups.
Dr. Monique Figueirêdo
Monique is a chemical engineer by training with experience in industry and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). She has a strong background in biomass valorization strategies and circular economy. As a big enthusiast of biorefineries, her ambition is to support the development of novel biobased value chains and sustainable solutions at Bloom Biorenewables.
Head of materials – scientist at EPFL
Maxime obtained his Master degree focussing on fibres and bio-materials from UGA-Grenoble INP Pagora and perfomed an internship at Nestle Research Center. He is currently scientist at EPFL where he develops new sustainable bio-polymers. He ambitions to accelerate the switch towards bio-based products to enable reaching carbon neutrality. Maxime strengthens the development of innovative biomaterials at Bloom Biorenewables.
Dr. Philip Scholten
Philip holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Liège, BE, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE and an integrated Bachelor and Master from the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. He has worked for Robert Bosch GmbH and INEOS as an intern. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) in Fribourg, CH, on degradable commodity plastics.
Dr. Ydna Questell-Santiago
Ydna obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from EPFL. Her doctoral work involved the stabilisation of biomass-derived carbohydrates and lignin. After this, Ydna worked at MIT as a SNSF postdoc fellow in the design of multifunctional porous materials for the upgrading of biomass-derived molecules and the development of infinite recyclable polyesters. Apart from science, Ydna enjoys sports, watching movies and cooking.
After obtaining his Master of Science from HES-SO in 2020, Romain performed R&D in the field of process optimisation where he gained a strong expertise on scaling-up processes to 100L-scale. Romain will be working closely with our partner HES-SO for the development and scale-up of our bio-plastics derived from non-edible sugars. Beside working at Bloom, Romain enjoys discovering new culinary culture and making French pastry.
Marie holds a Master in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, UK and is joining the team to model and design our processes as part of her PhD thesis at EPFL under the supervision of Prof. Maréchal and Prof. Luterbacher. She is passionate about the circular economy and secured a Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholarship to develop her leadership skills towards sustainability.
Apart from her enthusiasm for science, Marie enjoys being in the great outdoors, and you’ll find her either on a bike, a boat or skis if not in the lab.
Dr. Etienne Gatt
Etienne holds a PhD in biomass valorization from Toulouse (France). Convinced that green innovation can lead to a more sustainable society he has participated in several biomass valorisation projects (lignocellulose fractionation, biosourced materials). His main focus is on continuous and upscalable reactive extrusion. Besides process and fractionation he enjoys climbing and playing music.
EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS (PILOTING & PRODUCTION)
The Innosuisse project 40814.1 IP-ENG “Towards efficient biorefining – meeting market demand for high-value bio-based products” funded by the Swiss governement finances scale-up activities at HEIA ChemTech.
Dr. Roger Marti
Scientific Advisor – HEIA Fribourg
Roger Marti studied chemistry at the Technikum Winterthur and the ETH Zurich. He completed his PhD with Prof. Dr. D. Seebach at the ETH Zurich. After postdoctoral studies at Sandoz Pharma USA, he spent seven years at Carbogen (Switzerland) active PRD and scale-up of pharmaceuticals. In 2004, he joined ZHAW in Winterthur/Wädenswil as Professor of Organic Chemistry. Since 2009, he is Professor of Organic Chemistry & Process Chemistry at the HEIA-FR.
Dr. Michal Dabros
Scientific Advisor – HEIA Fribourg
PhD in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering (EPFL, 2008), professor of Chemical Engineering and Process Control at HEIA-FR and ChemTech since 2010. He has over 10 years of research experience, particularly in the areas of Process Analytical Technologies, on-line monitoring, simulation, control and optimization of chemical and upstream biotech processes. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters and several conference presentations
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Master Thesis in collaboration with EPFL
Development and characterisation of stable water-based emulsions using a bio- based polyester for paper coatings.