The revolution of AI for high performance materials

Accelerate the time to yield of new materials and processes

The History of Pollen Metrology

  • Birth of Pollen
  • International Development of Pollen
  • Pollen Today

Founded in 2014 by Johann Foucher, Aurélien Labrosse and Alexandre Dervillé. This French deep tech, whose concept dates back to 2010, is the result of 15 years of experience at CEA, CNRS and IBM in the field of process control for the semiconductor industry by its co-founder Johann Foucher. After a period of incubation within Gate1 (now SATT Linksium) from 2013 to 2014, three DNA strands, namely: physics (Johann), computer science (Aurelien) and applied mathematics ( Alexandre) meet and decide to undertake the transition from the technological concept to a disruptive software technology of artificial intelligence and data fusion. The objective is to develop a sufficiently generic technology that can be applied to any industrial field developing innovative materials (semiconductor, 3D printing, cosmetics, building, transport …).

POLLEN set-up collaborations with the greatest french laboratories including the french national metrology institute (LNE), various laboratories of the University Grenoble Alpes (UGA) as well as various manufacturers of chemistry and semiconductor industry to model the core of the PLATYPUS™ technology from 2014 to 2017.

In 2017, thanks to a unique breakthrough technology (validated by the first customers) and the creation of a dream team (made up of very high-level experts in complementary fields of data science), POLLEN raises 2 million euros from XAnge, Kreaxi and private investors for its international deployment.


Today, POLLEN provides its customers with software solutions that enable intelligent cross-analysis of data from multiple characterization instruments and process parameters. This software technology significantly reduces the cost of developing high-performance materials and improves production efficiencies through predictive metrology.

This tool enables POLLEN’s customers to undertake intelligent process control digitization from the early stages of their research and development cycle to final production by capitalizing all the knowledge of their experts on a single software platform of artificial intelligence.

  • Yann Zimmermann

    Coach Agile

  • Luc Burgun


  • Guilhem de Vrégille

    Xange representative

  • Rémi Berthier

    KREAXI representative

  • Johann Foucher

    Founders representative

Yann Zimmermann

Coach Agile

Is a team manager with 15 years of experience in software development in multiple domains, from the EDA to cloud services. He ensures the welfare and the efficiency of the POLLEN teams. Before joining POLLEN, Yann was a software developer at ClearBUS, an online registered mail provider. He was involved in all technical aspects of the productization of the service, from the development of the end user desktop and web applications, as well as in the improvement of servers to make them scalable. It was also assignee at ClearSy and Alstom as a B Method verification expert. Yann holds a PhD degree in formal methods applied to the design of electronic systems from University Henri Poincaré in Nancy.

Luc Burgun


Luc is a successful executive and entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in the electronics industry. He is the CEO of Novasparks, the leader in FPGA-based high performance and ultra-low latency market data solutions for the financial industry. Prior to joining NovaSparks, Luc was VP Engineering at Synopsys. Before that, he was CEO and President of the board for EVE, the leader in standard FPGA-based emulator, which he co-founded in 2000 and sold to Synopsys in 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Luc was also President of the supervisory board of Cofluent, a leader in system level specification acquired by Intel in 2011. Prior to EVE, Luc was managing the emulation engineering team at Mentor Graphics. He has published numerous articles at international technical conferences and has been granted six patents. Luc Burgun holds a Ph.D degree in Computer Science from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI. Luc also leads a small private investment fund focusing on innovative hardware/software French companies in the semiconductor and finance industries.

Guilhem de Vrégille

Xange representative

Guilhem is Deputy Director of Xange in charge of the investments. He has notably invested at Amoéba, Citilog, Docéa Power or Eldim. Xange is a Franco-German venture capital team that manages 450 million Euros and invests in digital, high-tech and impact start-ups. Guilhem has a double degree in Arts & Métiers Engineering and Financial Engineering at EM Lyon.

Rémi Berthier

KREAXI representative

Rémi is an investor at Kreaxi, a management company specializing for more than 25 years in investing in innovative and high-potential startups. Kreaxi invests in the first rounds of tables from 100K € to 2.5M € to support entrepreneurs in the start and acceleration of their startups.

Johann Foucher

Founders representative

Johann is a business executive and entrepreneur with 17 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and advanced process-control. He is the CEO and co-founder of POLLEN Metrology, the first smart process-control software company powered by a revolutionary technology based on deep learning and data fusion. Prior co-founding POLLEN, Johann was assignee at IBM (NY) where he has jointly developed new nanometrology methodologies for sub-30nm node technologies. He has introduced the hybrid metrology concept to get the best from each complementary characterization technique. Before that, he was a researcher and project manager at CEA/LETI institute in the field of nanometrology for semiconductor industry. He has published more than 70 papers and gave numerous invited talks at international conferences and has been granted nine patents. Johann holds a PhD degree in plasma physics applied to advanced semiconductor CMOS gate etching from University Grenoble Alpes and an engineering degree in electronics and plasmas physics from Polytech Orleans.

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