ABOUT US

Bringing automation to your lab

Our team works on the development and commercialization of devices to automate processes in biology and biotechnology, to accelerate research in fields such as genetics, toxicology, development and behavioral biology, and non-clinical studies.
Our patented technology was originally created to enable the mechanical sorting of zebrafish eggs. However, we have adapted this technology to other fields of research, such as Xenopus laevis, and we look to expand it to other models, such as Arabidopsis thaliana.

Bringing automation to your lab

Our team works on the development and commercialization of devices to automate processes in biology and biotechnology, to accelerate research in fields such as genetics, toxicology, development and behavioral biology, and non-clinical studies.
Our patented technology was originally created to enable the mechanical sorting of zebrafish eggs. However, we have adapted this technology to other fields of research, such as Xenopus laevis, and we look to expand it to other models, such as Arabidopsis thaliana.

We are a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

The idea of the EggSorted started in 2017 when Frank Bonnet, CEO of Bionomous, was working on a European project together with zebrafish researchers. He noticed that the manual sorting of zebrafish embryos was taking the valuable time of researchers and that it was a tiring and, thus, error-prone task.
Ana Hernando joined the project in 2019, and in November of that same year, Frank and Ana decided to found Bionomous, as a company to provide automatic solutions for the sorting of zebrafish eggs and similar entities.
Since 2019, Bionomous’ team has been growing and working on the development of the EggSorter. The device which was originally thought to sort zebrafish eggs has proven to work with different species and entities, such as xenopus eggs and embryos, and killifish eggs. 
In 2021 we closed a 1.3M CHF Seed Round which will allow us to finish the development of the EggSorter and commercialize it in an industrial scale.

MEET THE TEAM

Bionomous Co-Founder and CEO
Frank is an expert in Robotics and Intelligent systems, graduated at EPFL. He is the primary inventor of the patented design offered by Bionomous.

Frank Bonnet, PhD

CEO & Co-founder

Bionomous Co-Founder and CmO
Ana is a biologist specialized in Molecular and Cellular Biology, with experience in branding and marketing strategy.

Ana Hernando

COO & Co-founder

Frank Bonnet, PhD

CEO & Co-founder

Ana Hernando

COO & Co-founder

Mechanical engineer
Quentin is an EPFL graduate in Microengineering, with an specialization in Robotics.

Quentin Golay

Mechatronic engineer

Software engineer
Mickaël has a master in robotics from EPFL with a strong interest in embedded software and machine learning. He is the lead software engineer at Bionomous.

Mickaël Salamin

Software engineer

Quentin Golay

Mechatronic engineer

Mickaël Salamin

Software engineer

Bionomous Board of Directors
Maxim is a robotic engineer, graduated at EPFL, and mostly enthusiastic about computer vision and hardware subjects.

Maxim Pavliv

Robotic engineer

Board Member
Cristina has vast experience in business development and sales. She has worked in many different industries, most notably in investment banking, consultancy and aquaculture.

Cristina Anghel Mills

Sales representative

Maxim Pavliv

Robotic engineer

Cristina Anghel Mills

Sales representative

Mechanical engineer
Mathieu is a student in microengineering, with experience in CAD design.

Mathieu Vilain

Mechanical engineer

Quality engineer
Margaux is a mechanical engineer specialised in biomedical engineering, and has experience in biomechanical testing.

Margaux Bringardner

Quality engineer

Mathieu Vilain

Mechanical engineer

Margaux Bringardner

Quality engineer

Board Member
Nicolas, currently CEO of Nivalis Group, is an accomplished CEO with over twenty years hands-on experience in high-tech industries.

Nicolas Corsi

Board Member

Bionomous Board of Directors
Nader, currently CEO of Scitec Research, is a recognized expert in the field of medical devices and instruments for the life science and clinical research markets.

Nader Donzel

Board Member

Nicolas Corsi

Board Member

Nader Donzel

Board Member

LOCATION

Bionomous offices are located at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.  EPFL is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions, with three specific missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level. EPFL is ranked second in Europe in the areas of engineering and computer science according to the 2016 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. Thus, it is the perfect space to develop our ideas and build our products.

EPFL Mechanical Building
Campus EPFL

BIO-ENVIRONMENT

Bionomous operates from the swiss region of Vaud in the western part of Switzerland. Western Switzerland hosts high-tech competences in basic and applied research. In these fields, the region preserves the links that exist between Swiss and international entities, thus ensuring rich and fertile exchanges.

The region also offers centralised laboratories and state-of-the-art resources to facilitate biomedical research. They are available to the entire biomedical research community and have established many interactions with the industrial and start-up communities, giving the opportunity to companies such as Bionomous to grow and develop.