I took over the overall technical responsibility for a start-up company in the early existence phase (post-seek). This included strategic and operational aspects.
On the strategic side, I realigned the technical USP. The goal was to provide sufficient protection for the technology. Through detailed analysis of the technology as a whole, I was able to identify the area on which development should focus. With the help of a focused literature and patent search, I was able to combine the existing technology with a new one. Simulations have confirmed the potential of this combined technique.
An FTO (Freedom to Operate) analysis showed that the new approach is patentable. I drafted the invention disclosure and prepared the cooperation with a renowned patent attorney’s office.
For the technical development of the company, I created the overall plan and budget and defined and prioritized the necessary measures from it.
My operational tasks included experimental testing of the new technology. For this purpose, I designed and built a functional model. It was important for me to find the most efficient way between the greatest possible significance and the use of the least possible financial resources. I performed and evaluated most of the experiments myself. The results confirmed the predictions from my simulations.
In addition to the technical aspects, I represented the company externally, in front of customers, investors, members of the press and interested parties. I investigated various funding opportunities (Swiss and European innovation programs) and took responsibility for a funding application to the EIC (European Innovation Council).
To build a professional development department, I defined the job profiles of the necessary employees.