Multiwave Technologies AG is a Swiss R&D company specializing in metamaterial design across engineering applications. The company develops proprietary software and algorithms to accelerate metamaterial design by several orders of magnitude compared to conventional software tools. The company is composed of scientists with backgrounds in mathematics, physics and engineering and is a pioneer in the field of metamaterial design.
Multiwave uses its proprietary software to design, patent and commercialize metamaterials, across a breadth of applications, ranging from the telecommunication, defense and aerospace, medical imaging, eyewear, etc. Specifically, we also develop tools to design metamaterials for MRI antennas.
Laboratory: Swiss CorporationScientist leader: Dr Tryfon Antonakakis
- Key personnel
Dr Tryfon Antonakakis, obtained a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College London, where he was awarded the Yael Dawker Centenary Prize for the best PhD thesis in the Department of Mathematics. Prior to that, he earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.
Prior to founding Multiwave, Tryfon worked as a scientist at world-leading institutions, such as CERN and Imperial College London. His research interests are motivated by engineering and physics applications. They include the application of homogenization theories for wave propagation in micro-structured media in the field of electromagnetism and acoustics as well as diffusion processes for heat transfer modeling of structures under particle beams. Tryfon started his professional journey as a research associate at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) between 2010-2013. At CERN he used mathematical modeling to design particle beam dumps for the Large Hadron Collider and developed analytic solutions for specific heat diffusion and thermo-elasticity problems.
Between 2013-2014, Tryfon worked as a quantitative analyst at 80 Capital, a London-based algorithmic hedge fund that has since merged with Marshall Wace LLP. In parallel to his work at 80 Capital, Tryfon was a post-doctoral research associate in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College.
Panos Antonakakis, Co-Founder & CFO.
Panos co-founded Multiwave Technologies AG and provided the initial seed funding for the establishment and running of the company. He is currently responsible for business development, investor relations and strategy to commercialize Multiwave technologies. He also chairs the board of directors of the company. Panos is an economist by training and started his career at the World Trade Organisation (“WTO”) where he worked on several economic development initiatives across the world between 2002-2010. During that time, he led work in various WTO committees and was a director at the WTO pension fund (CHF400 million AUM) with executive responsibilities for asset allocation.
Following the WTO, Panos worked at British American Tobacco (“BAT”) where he established the company’s trade practice between 2010-2014. His work redefined the way BAT tackled regulation and the way it optimized its factory footprint. Panos represented BAT at the US Chamber of Commerce and other key industry associations. While at BAT, Panos also served as Director of the UK BAT pension fund (£3 billion AUM). In 2014, Panos left BAT to establish AP Advisory Ltd, an international advisory company offering services to FTSE 100 companies on international trade and industrial relations. He closed AP Advisory to co-found Multiwave and lead its successful capital increase in 2015. Panos has a track record in fundraising for technology companies. He maintains a significant network in the private equity, venture capital and industrial space, which he continues to leverage for Multiwave. Panos speaks French, English and Greek and is proficient in Spanish. He earned his BA and MA in Economics at McGill University and Concordia University, respectively.
Ms. Marine Moussu, research engineer, is currently preparing a doctoral thesis at Institut Fresnel in strong collaboration with Multiwave Innovation. While pursuing higher education, she developed interest in wave physics and biomedical applications. Research internships in the field of ultrasound imaging confirmed her vocation to work on innovative projects related to concrete clinical solutions for early diagnosis and therapeutics. Her current position in Multiwave Innovation and Institut Fresnel is now the opportunity to discover and take on high-field MRI challenges.
Her role in the project: analytical and numerical design of MRI antennas.
Dr. Elodie GEORGET, obtained her Ph.D degree in 2014.
She is the head of the subsidiary Multiwave Innovation and the head of medical technologies. She is experienced in the field of electromagnetism working on the development of experimental techniques like RF antennas for MRI, metrology and electromagnetic characterization of materials. Prior to Multiwave, she worked at CEA-Neurospin for 2 years to pushed the boundaries on ultra-high field MRI antenna. She obtained her PhD in Physics from Aix Marseille University in the CNRS research laboratory Institut Fresnel, in 2014.
Her role in the project: she will develop MRI antenna with metamaterial add-on products
Dr. Ivan VOZNYUK obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2014.
He joined Multiwave Innovation in 2016 from the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission LETI Institute (CEA- LETI) in Grenoble, France where he worked as a post-doctoral researcher from 2014-2016 on the optimization and design of complex micro and nano-photonic devices for applications ranging from healthcare to wireless devices.
Ivan’s current research interests include computational electromagnetics, optimization and design of photonic devices as well as the development of parallel numerical methods and algorithms.
His role in the project: he will develop novel numerical and semi-analytical techniques for electromagnetic modeling
Dr. Duy Thong NGUYEN obtained his Ph.D degree in 2012
He has established a strong background on Electromagnetism during his PhD in which, the research involves developing infrared imaging array technology at CEA-Leti at Grenoble, France from 2009 to 2012. From there, he has gained experiences on radiofrequency and antenna design by working as post-doctoral researcher at LCIS laboratory at Valence, France. He is involved in high frequency electronics when working in RFID technology industry from 2015 to 2018. He joined Multiwave Innovation in 2018 as senior electronic engineer.
His role in the project: he will develop electronics for MRI antenna and contribute his expertise on radiofrequency circuit, antenna to the project.
Dr. Zo RAOLISON obtained is Ph.D degree in 2013.
He joined Multiwave Innovation in April 2018 to lead the development of MRI dielectric pads (MRI accessories designed to improve the quality of MRI images) after a few post-doctoral contracts on elaboration and characterizations of material composites.
He works on production, risk management and regulatory processes of MRI dielectric pads to bring them from the lab to the market.
His role in the project: he will elaborate dielectric pads and write the regulatory files for CE marking