Bi/ond was founded to empower biological innovations through the use of engineered microchips. Our intimate working relationship with biologists helped realize the supportive role engineering can play in generating reproducible and accurate biological models.

This is how we built a bridge between biology and engineering - through the combination of our in-depth knowledge of microelectronics and experience with biological solutions

We provide tools to some of the top European hospitals and collaborate with a myriad of technical institutes and research centers.

Every person is unique, and our medicines should reflect that as well. The Bi/ond team aims to make this reality possible by developing a lab technology for more accurate drug testing and simulations of any tissue type.

dr. Cinzia Silvestri

CEO and co-founder

“Progress is more than just innovation”

Cinzia has a doctorate in microelectronics and an entrepreneurial mindset.

She has over six years of experience in research focused on nanomaterials, silicon microfabrication and applications in biotechnology. 

During her experience in academia, she realized that her mission is to shorten the distance between academics and industry.

Cinzia strongly believes that a new set of role models in science are needed, this is why she built up a diverse and multidisciplinary team to address the big challenges in the Organ-on-Chip field.

Her interest in making an impact led her to walk on a few stages, especially to show the importance of gender balance in STEM.

This approach brought her to be nominated as Inspiring 50 Italy for 2019.

Thanks to her vision, BI/OND has been included in the Fund Right Initiative both as women-lead company as well as diversity in the team.

dr. Nikolas Gaio

CTO and co-founder

“Pragmatically and realistically, a future without animal testing is possible”

Nikolas has a PhD in Microelectronics and a MSc in biomedical engineering. Together with the Bi/ond team, he is working to bridge the gap between microelectronics and biology.

He aims at demolishing the communication barriers between researchers in these two fields, by supporting their research, not only with lab tools, but also with experienced advice.

Nikolas is currently in charge of several pilot projects and is providing each group with tailored services to unlock the potential of their research.

Thanks to his passion to reduce and replace animals in drug testing, Bi/ond is included in the Animal-Free Innovations list 2019, an initiative defined by the Dutch TPI Initiative (Transition Program for Innovation without the use of animals).

dr. William F. G. Solano

CSO and co-founder

“Science is the most powerful tool to overcome our customers’ challenges”

William is one of the founders and inventor of Bi/ond. He also holds a position as Adjunct Professor at Costa Rica University; he supports universities and research centers gathering data while publishing results obtained with the Bi/ond device. 

With seven years of experience in micro-fabrication and microfluidics, William is in charge of working with customers to find optimal parameters to obtain the best physiologically relevant environment for their cells.

His passion for data and science makes him the right person to supervise the characterization and testing of devices, and he will do everything to deliver a reliable product.

Lonneke Walraven-Odijk

Financial Controller

“BI/OND aims to do good for mankind and has a product with a lot of potential to have a great societal value and impact. That’s where I feel at home”

Lonneke takes care of setting up the administration and make reports available in a way everyone can easily understand them, and make sure that all information get updated with just one click.

She will be implementing internal processes as lean as possible to make sure there are no unnecessary steps.

Lonneke has been working within the field of project administration in research-oriented companies for 12 years.

She gained lots of experience with implementing, testing and adjusting administration software which also met the reporting requirements for the European and regionally funded projects. She also built management-requested reports from scratch.

Lonneke joined BI/OND because she is really more of a science-girl, indeed she feels at home there where’s research being done and the aim is to improve the world for the better.

Tawab Karim

Junior Process Engineer

“Science is the tool for modern day evolution of mankind”

Tawab is a recent graduate, but with his expertise in microfabrication and biology, he aims to further develop the Bi/ond organ-on-chip platform.

He kicked off his career as a Junior Mechanical Engineer focusing his efforts and tasks on the healthcare environment, a field dear to him and where he could see solid growth. He began to work on super-resolution microscopes which enabled the use of light microscopy down to single nanometers.

From the academic and research world, Tawab decided to shift towards the industry field working along with ambitious startups with a revolutionary mission. After a short experience as Algorithm Engineer, he focused his professional ambitions on a field he was actively studying and he could put his acquired skills into practice: microelectronics.

Working at Bi/ond represents for him a unique opportunity to combine healthcare and micro-fabrication, working within a young and ambitious research team supported by a great commercial drive. His ambition is to help establish the technology of Bi/ond products and bring the power of our micro engineered devices at the services of R&D pharma and strike a difference in modern medicines.

Anish Ballal

Mechanical Engineer

“Innovation is my passion and engineering is my profession”

Anish Ballal holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Twente, Enschede. He is passionate about designing innovative and feasible solutions and validating them to meet the customer based requirements. 

He brings in 2 years of experience and expertise with mechanical design and testing for high tech consumer and biomedical based solutions.

Anish believes in cultivating relationships with stakeholders and motivating colleagues to implement complex solutions. 

Following his motivation in working towards bridging down research and science based ideas into engineering solutions, Anish joined BI/OND in 2020 to support the development of a platform for accurate and effective drug based testing solution for patients.

Mitchell Han

Senior Scientist

“Only together we can tackle the biggest challenges in bringing scientific progress to society”

Mitchell has a PhD in Cell Biology and has more than 4 years of Postdoctoral research experience in cell-biomaterials interactions. He is motivated to making complex physiologically relevant cell models more accessible with the Bi/ond team.

With his expertise in cellular characterization, he aims to further develop complex cell models that better mimic tissues of the human body, which will reduce the need for animal testing and paves the way for personalized medicine.
Mitchell strongly believes that a multidisciplinary approach is needed to take the Organ-On-Chip platform to the next level.

His experience working at the interface of biology with material science, engineering, and biophysics, certainly make him a perfect fit to contribute to this goal.

Giulia La Volpe

Marketing Lead

“BI/OND means for me a step closer to a better society where I see solid values being honored and empowered. Sharing these strong beliefs with the whole team it’s a unique opportunity to work towards a revolutionary mission”

Giulia is leading marketing and communications tasks within the team, making sure our message and story are shared across all channels and our mission is clear to all.

Her professional path in Marketing & Communications started 9 years ago, giving her the chance to gather solid skills in the field, developing a full-stack marketer profile, while passing through different industries, products, and services.

She is confident that every opportunity is unique. No matter the place, no matter the field. In Bi/ond she sees a great occasion to push the frontier of innovation and progress further and where communication support is vital to let the message travel miles and beyond.

She has an international profile, has been living in several countries, working in different cities, amazed by experiencing new cultures, languages, and people. Diversity and Inclusion are certainly matching with her values.

Amr Othman​

Field Applications Scientist

“It is time to spare patients from non-effective treatments with accurately predictive Organ-on-Chip models”

Amr gained experience working as a community, hospital and clinical pharmacist for three years before doing his master’s in biomedical research and joining our team.

Thanks to his direct contact with industry and hospitals and research experience in in vitro modelling, Amr is now prepared to support BI/OND with in-depth knowledge about in-house biological testing and technical requirements to make each model more realistic.

He is passionate and driven by the potential of Organ-On-Chip to serve as personalized drug testing platforms, thereby increasing the drugs success rate and reducing animal testing.

For many people all this would be too ambitious, this is why we chose Amr to be in charge of it!

Liesbeth Gebuijs

Inside Sales Engineer

Liesbeth’s interests have always been in the field of life sciences. That started with physiotherapy, but after mainly treating disease symptoms, she was keen to pursue the research side of diseases. She gained a bachelor’s in higher laboratory education, followed by a master’s degree in biomolecular sciences and one in oncology. She continued her research education with a Ph.D. project and worked as a researcher in Sweden.

After enriching experiences in the lab, she felt motivated to join a commercial company to put all into practice. After a year as an inside sales engineer working for pharmaceutical companies, Bi/ond offered her the opportunity to set up the inside sales strategy and she didn’t miss the opportunity. Liesbeth truly believes in our potential and considers our OoC platform a more suitable and representable option to pave the way toward personalized medicine by using the patient’s own material for testing drugs and other dedicated therapies. 

Curtis Nicholson

Sales Lead - Europe

Curtis has an MSc in Immunology gathering solid work experience with various advanced platforms for multiplex biomarker analysis, analyzing protein interactions, and, cellular characterization. He has been working in sales for the past nineteen years, focusing his last years in the field of functional proteomics. He is ready to bring his knowledge and broad skillset to Bi/ond, introducing our disruptive technology to the market, strengthening our network, and establishing long-standing partnerships.  
The opportunity to work at Bi/ond gives him the chance to evaluate the existing market to assess areas for improvement and the current areas in which the application of OOC technology remains unexplored. Moreover, he will guide the sales and marketing team to spotlight and bring awareness to the real advantages Bi/ond’s technology offers over conventional techniques and the competitive landscape, developing a platform that enables a true representation of systemic biology that can be used for effective disease modeling and drug development programs and ultimately establishing Bi/ond as the preferred platform recognized by regulatory agencies for OOC application in drug development. 

Lucas Dal Ponte Feliciano

Electronics System Engineer

Lucas has an MSc in mechatronics, working with the development of innovative products for the past 6 years. Only in the last year, he has worked on developing implantable sensors and never looked back!

The opportunity to work at Bi/ond gives him the chance to develop the best electronics data acquisition and control systems for stimulating and monitoring cells for our product ecosystem. With his personal experience with the developments of data acquisition systems and a methodology that integrates the progress of electro-medical devices, his mission is to improve our time to market while providing high-quality products to our end users.

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