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.

  • Johann Foucher

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Ron Burns

    VP Business Development

  • Yann Zimmermann

    Coach Agile

  • Guilhem Bernard

    Chief Product Officer

  • Alexandre Dervillé

    Chief Technical Officer

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.

Guilhem Bernard

Chief Product Officer

Guilhem holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics during which he specialized in solving diffusion problems in complex environments with a significant component of numerical simulation. During his career, he acquired strong software development skills that allowed him to go to work following his career as a physicist as software development / design engineer and scientific expert for 2 years. He has worked with companies specializing in energy and medicine. Guilhem then developed his knowledge of machine learning by working as an integrator of artificial intelligence algorithms for nearly a year. Guilhem has now joined Pollen Metrology as a Product Manager where he combines all his skills to assess and understand customer needs, plan the product development roadmap and ensure the best possible customer relationship.

Alexandre Dervillé

Chief Technical Officer

Is a young and competitive applied mathematician. He is the CTO and co-founder of Pollen Metrology. Each day, Alexandre brings his passion, energy and high skill level to the team to answer to the roadmap specifications and deliver high quality product around POLLEN revolutionary technology. Alexandre holds a master degree in applied mathematics with a specialisation in statistics and image processing from the University Grenoble Alpes.

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