Excellence in grain, seed and bean sorting.

Board of Directors

Dr. Geoffrey SCOTT

Chairman of the Board

2002 - Present: CEO Uster Technologies AG, the market leader for quality testing instruments & standards for the cotton /textile industry. Led the company through 2 private equity financings; IPO in 2007 on the Swiss SIX exchange

1999 - 2002: Geschäftsfuhrer, Zellweger Uster Division of Zellweger Luwa Group
1995 - 1999: VP Business Development, Kevex Instruments (California USA), leading producer of analytical X-ray instrumentation; roles in strategy, R&D,marketing, sales and after-sales
1989 - 1995: Fisons Instuments (UK & International), world leading analytical instrumentation company; various operational and corporate roles, covering strategy, finance, M&A, business development, marketing and sales
1979 - 1989: Beckman Instruments (UK & Europe), world leader in bioscience research instrumentation and clinical diagnostics systems; roles in sales, product management and marketing

1979 Nottingham University (UK), PhD, Microbial Biochemistry
1976 Liverpool University (UK), BSc(Hons) Biochemistry

2008 Ernst & Young Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year (Industry)


Alberto Romaneschi

Member of the Board

2012 to Present: Managing Director at Elsevier Finance SA in Neuchatel

2008 - 2012: Principal, Romaneschi & Partners, Zurich, treasury and finance consulting
2006 - 2008: CFO Ascom Group, Switzerland
1989 - 2006: Senior Finance Executive Nestlé Group
(CFO Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Holdings, Inc., Oakland, USA
CFO Cereal Partners Worldwide S.A., Morges, Switzerland
Group Treasurer Nestlé Group, Vevey, Switzerland)
1983 - 1989: Senior Banker, Swiss Bank Corporation, Zurich & New York

Master in business and economics from the University of Zurich
Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, the Senior Executive Program, (2000)

Speaks fluently Italian, English, German, French and Spanish


Dr. Stefan BLARER

Member of the Board

2007 - Present: Managing Director at DRIMARCH GmbH, a boutique consultant to Life Science ventures, SME's and the pharmaceutical industry

2001 - 2007: Head of Global R&D IS at Syngenta
1997 - 2007: Head of Research Support at Novartis
1990 - 1997: Group Leader of Agro Research Chemistry at Sandoz
1988 - 1990: Laboratory Leader of Chemistry and Cheminformatics at Zoecon Inc
1985 - 1988: Laboratory Leader of Cardiovascular Research Chemistry at Sandoz

Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Research School of Chemistry - Australian National University
PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from ETH Zurich (Prof. Dieter Seebach)
He was among the pioneers to use computational chemistry to direct synthetic efforts


Dr. Beat BÜHLMANN

Member of the Board

2010 to Present: Active business angel (see selected current business angel investments), Private Equity fund investor and board member (see board seats)

2005 - 2010: Horizon21 Private Equity AG, Pfäffikon. Partner, Head of Investment
2001 - 2004: Tendo Corporate Finance AG, Zürich. Founding Partner and Chairman
1997 - 2000: SMS Securities AG, Zürich / Go4Equity AG, Zürich. Partner
1997 - 1997: University of Washington, Seattle. Visiting Scholar. On invitation by L. Schall
1994 - 1996: Swiss Banking Institute, University of Zurich. Research Assistant to R. Volkart
1991 - 1992: Swiss Bank Corporation, Zürich. Assistant
1988 - 1988: Zellweger AG, Uster. Industrial internship

PhD Thesis "On the Determinants of the Corporate Hedging Decision"
Harvard Business School, Boston / USA, Advanced Management Program (AMP 175)

Selected current business angel investments:

Since 2011: QualySense (www.qualysense.com)
Since 2011: On-Running (www.on-running.com)
Since 2010: Codestreet (www.codestreet.com)
Since 2010: Decision Sciences (www.decisionsciencescorp.com)
Since 2009: Phytoceuticals (www.phytoceuticals.ch)
Since 2003: LogicSource (www.logicsource.com)

Board Seats / Selected Memberships:

Since 2013: Director, Ferrum AG, Schafisheim
Since 2013: Director, QualySense AG, Dübendorf.
Since 2010: Director (since 2011 Chairman), Phytoceuticals AG, Zürich.
2005 - 2010: Director, Invision Holding AG and Invision Private Equity AG, Zug.
Since 2005: Executive Chairman shaPE Capital AG, Freienbach (listed Private Equity Fund of Funds; SIX: SHPN).
Since 2003: Fachrat Corporate Finance, IFZ, Zug.
2002 - 2006: Director, Essel Propack, Mumbai / India (Largest Global toothpaste tubes manufacturer; public company listed on Indian Stock Exchange; ESSL.BO).


Markus SCHNURRENBERGER

Member of the Board

2004 – Present: attorney-at-law and civil law notary with BKS Advokatur Notariat (Schnurrenberger, Tobler, Gnehm & Partner since 2016), Zug (founding partner) – practising mainly in commercial, contract and company law

1995 – 2004: Zug resident partner with the law firm of Bär&Karrer, Zurich
1990 – 1995: attorney-at-law with Bär&Karrer, Zurich
1988 – 1990: attorney-at-law with Spiess&Spiess, Zurich
1986 – 1988: trainee in commercial banking and assistant at multinational services division with Credit Suisse in New York and Zurich
1983 – 1986: trainee and law clerk in preparation of the Zug bar exam

1978 – 1983: law studies at Zurich University (Master of Law)
1965 – 1977: primary and high school in Zug

Various directorships in Swiss SMEs
Vice-chairman of the Lawyers’ Examination Board of the canton of Zug

Speaks fluently German, English and French; good level of Italian


Dr. Francesco DELL'ENDICE

Member of the Board

2010 - Present: Founder of QualySense
2005 - 2010: Hyperspectral Calibration Scientist at University of Zurich
1994 - 2005: Assistant to CEO at Confezioni Dienne

PhD in Remote Sensing from University of Zurich (Prof. Klaus Itten) (Switzerland)
Master in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Certificate of Applied Science for Space Studies from University of South Australia (Australia)
Bachelor in Spacecrafts and Vehicles from Supaero - Toulouse (France)
Best Paper from Young Author 2008 at ISPRS, Beijing 2008
2012 Finalist at Ernst & Young Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year (Emerging Entrepreneur)

Speaks fluently Italian, English, French. Good level of German, Russian and Spanish

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