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The Team of Pollen Metrology

  • Johann Foucher

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Ron Burns

    VP Business Development

  • Yann Zimmermann

    Coach Agile

  • Richard Fontanges

    Product Owner

  • Sergio Martinez

    Director of Research & Application

Johann Foucher

Chief Executive Officer

CEO & Member of the Supervisory Board – 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.

Ron Burns

VP Business Development

Is a proven business executive and technology advisor with more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the global electronics, software and professional services industries. Prior to joining Pollen, Ron led a Product Solutions Sales Team for Synopsys’ Verification Group. Ron joined Synopsys in 2012 through its acquisition of EVE, the leader in standard FPGA-based emulation, where he served as VP of Sales. Prior to EVE, Ron held leadership roles at Wipro, Cadence, Siemens/Mentor and several start-up technology ventures. Ron holds a BSEE degree from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Ron is a member of the Band of Angels, as Silicon Valley-based angel investment organization. He also serves as an advisor to new ventures and mentor to multiple Silicon Valley accelerators.

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.

Richard Fontanges

Product Owner

Richard has joined Pollen in 2019, he oversees the developments of mainstream products portfolio in accordance with clients needs and team resources. Graduated as engineer in Semiconductors and Opto-electronic, he worked in the Philips Company for 18 years, as project officer (Philips Semiconductors, representative for French and European actions related to the semiconductor R&D), and as software project leader (Consumer Electronic in advanced embedded software for cable, terrestrial, satellite TV products). His project expertise was asked for Eureka, ANR and French Pôles de Compétitivité (Minalogic, Imaginove). He also worked for 3 years to help innovative SMEs to find public and private partners (Region Rhone-Alpes). During 5 years, he coordinated the Maths labs-Enterprises partnerships in France (CNRS-AMIES agency).

Sergio Martinez

Director of Research & Application

Sergio Martinez has joined Pollen in 2016 as a data scientist. He has been actively involved in developing machine learning algorithms that are integrated into Platypus product portfolio. After managing several research projects and customers programs, Sergio is now head of Research and Application. He holds a Ph.D. in Life and Health Sciences, focusing on using machine learning to detect early forms of cancer in the stomach.

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 Metrology is a French deeptech company specialized in Software of Artificial Intelligence oriented to the production of high-performance materials. The proprietary artificial intelligence framework makes possible the analysis automation of data flows, which are required for the development and production of microprocessors, cosmetics, drugs of the future, etc. The data handled daily by our customers are images of electron or optical microscopes, diffraction signals, process parameters (temperature, pressure, etc.).

Pollen offers to its customers the expertise of its multicultural team from different backgrounds (metrology, physics, computer science, image processing, deep learning, data fusion) to provide an artificial intelligence technology that allows them to facilitate and speed the development of these unique materials.

Pollen is currently in a phase of strong growth internationally, particularly in semiconductor, chemical and cosmetics sectors

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