“Accelerating and facilitating life science by combining human and artificial intelligence.”

Executive Board

Dr. Adrian A. Wanner

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Adrian founded ariadne.ai during his doctoral work with Prof. Dr. Rainer Friedrich at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (Novartis) in Basel, Switzerland. In 2016, he was awarded with the Ruth Chiquet-Ehrismann Originality Prize. Adrian holds a Master of Science in theoretical physics and neuroinformatics from ETH Zurich and is a C.V. Starr Fellow at Princeton University studying the neuronal basis of working memory in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Sebastian Seung and Prof. Dr. David Tank.

Dr. Fabian Svara

Co-Founder and Chief Technological Officer

Fabian holds a B.S. in molecular biology from Heidelberg University, and a Master of Science in systems biology from ETH Zurich. He was awarded with scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Boehringer Ingelheim Fond to pursue his doctoral work with Prof. Dr. Winfried Denk at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich. Fabian is a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Kevin Briggman at the center of advanced European studies and research in Bonn.

Dr. Jörgen Kornfeld

Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor

With a Master of Science in computational biology and bioinformatics from ETH Zurich, Jörgen contributes over 10 years of experience with machine learning and the analysis of massive microscopy image data sets. Jörgen received a Boehringer Ingelheim Fellowship for his doctoral studies with Prof. Dr. Winfried Denk at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich which he finished with highest honors. He is a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Dr. Michale Fee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and collaborates closely with laboratories at the New York University and Google AI.

Emanuel Thaler

Head of Legal

Emanuel is a passionate contract lawyer. At ariadne.ai, he safeguards that all the brilliant ideas do not struggle at the stage of legal and administrative implementation. After graduating from the Universities of Zurich and Oslo, he passed the Zurich bar exam and currently serves as senior law clerk and judge at the District Court of Zurich dealing with commercial matters.

Advisory Board

Peter Kamm

Former Chief Executive Officer and President of the Board of Directors of Philips Switzerland

Peter started his career in the computer and medtech industry, where he worked, among others, for General Electric Company. After several years in the Customer Service of Philips, Peter became General Director of Philips Medical Systems of Austria and Switzerland in 2003. From 2005, Peter served as CEO and President of the Board of Directors of Philips Switzerland. Peter holds a degree in electrical engineering and information technology and an executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Sandro Meyer

Head of Life Insurance Zurich Switzerland

Sandro joined Zurich in 1994 from Winterthur Reinsurance Corp. and launched his career in the strategic business unit formerly known as Life International. Between 2001 and 2006, he built up the Zurich Employee Benefit Network (ZEBN) as part of Global Corporate’s International Program Business. In 2006, he relocated to Chicago as Senior Vice President for Global Corporate North America to introduce the Customer Relationship Management model. In August 2010, Sandro became Head of Life & Pensions (CLP) and serves as Head of Life since July 2018.

Prof. Botond Roska

PhD, MD, scientific advisor and director of the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology (IOB) in Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Roska is a renowned expert in neurobiology and a pioneer in retinal research. He is director of the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology, a joint-venture between Novartis and the University Hospital Basel. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Basel since 2014 and earned his MD at the Semmelweis University of Medicine in Budapest. After his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, he became a Harvard Junior Fellow at Harvard University. In 2005 he started his research group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research. Prof. Roska has received numerous prestigious honours and awards, including the Alcon Award, the Alfred Vogt Award, and the Cogan Award.