EU projects – Technology Scouting – Business Innovation

Our team

Rudolf Fryček, Ph.D. is the CEO of AMIRES and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the European project management and consultancy.

He was a consultant to several SMEs in the field of production, innovation and company development, including preparation of project for governmental incentive and for several business oriented bank loans. In 2006 he was nominated as a Seconded National Expert to the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation’s Directorate for Industrial Technologies. Beside his technological expertise and daily project officer work (more than 13 projects under his responsibility) he has been active in the policy structuring for exploitation and commercialisation of EU framework projects. He helped to analyze the overall nanotechnology unit project portfolio in terms of generated IPR and also co-organized the workshop with European Patent Office and US Patent and Trade Office on IPR in nanotechnology – lessons from experiences worldwide, held in Brussels. He was a Scientific Coordinator of the EuroNanoForum 2009, the bi-annual conference financed by the European Commission. Since 2011 he is an accredited coach of Innovation Platform – PLATINN, which provides hands-on coaching to SMEs. Rudolf is a cooperation coach, which helps companies to increase their innovation capacity.

Rudolf founded AMIRES company in 2009, runs the Swiss branch and was responsible for FP7 projects iONE-FP7 (Implantable Organic Nano-Electronics) and UnivSEM (Universal scanning electron microscope as a multi-nano-analytical tool).

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Lenka Bajarová is a Managing Director of AMIRES s. r. o., that she joined in 2011. She graduated from the University of Economics, Faculty of International Relations in 2004. Before joining AMIRES Lenka gained her experience in European Union’s Framework Programme for R&D as a National Contact Point for several FP7 priorities. She was working in this position for 5 years and was also a Deputy Head of the Department National Information Centre for European Research, co-leading team of Czech FP7 NCPs. During the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2009 she was actively involved in the preparation of two conferences – EUFORDIA 2009 (impact assessment of research and development) and EuroNanoForum 2009.

In AMIRES, during the last 10 years, Lenka was personally involved as Project and Dissemination Manager in many FP7 and H2020 projects such as AMBASSADOR (Autonomous Management System Developed for Building and District Levels), PI-SCALE (Bringing flexible organic electronics to pilot innovation scale), SABINA (Smart bi-directional multi energy gateway) or currently Switch2Save (Lightweight switchable smart solutions for energy saving large windows and glass facades). At the same time, she has been overseeing management activities in other projects with AMIRES involvement. Building on this broad experience, she has contributed to the set-up of internal management procedures for EU projects supported by the company and to the transfer of this knowledge and internal standards to new colleagues. Lenka is also involved in proposal preparation at this moment especially in the Horizon Europe Widening topics.

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Václav Smítka, Ph.D. is a Chief Process Officer and Programme Manager of AMIRES in the domain of Energy and Sustainability. He graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering in 2009. At the same faculty he finished his Ph.D. in 2013. During his studies he took part in many research and development programmes and projects as a coordinator as well as a member of a research team. All these projects were mainly focused on the deformation measurement methods in the field of civil engineering. As an assistant professor at the Department of Special Geodesy at FCE, CTU in Prague he was also actively involved in teaching and publication activities. During his studies at the Institute of Property Valuation at the University of Economics in Prague he gained knowledge in the field of Real Estate Appraisal.

Václav is a Project and Dissemination Manager of H2020 project SOLWARIS (Solving WATer Issues for CSP plants), and is also contributing to H2020 projects FRIENDSHIP (Forthcoming Research and Industry for European and National Development of SHIP) and MOSAIC (Modular high concentration Solar Configuration). In FP7, he was active in projects FLUIDGLASS (Solar Thermal Glass Facades with Adjustable Transparency) and TRIBUTE (Take the energy bill back to the promised building performance). He is also responsible for H2020 project proposals preparation.

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Roman Pašek is a Programme Manager at AMIRES in the domain of Deep Tech. He joined AMIRES in March 2019. He has finished his Master’s degree from International Relations and European Studies at Palacky University in Olomouc in 2013. After graduation he’s worked for the Investment and Business Development Agency CzechInvest, specifically its R&D Support Department. This department helps Czech companies and R&D institutions find international partners, supports high-tech investments and deals in technology scouting. Roman has also worked for Ricardo, a multi-national technical consulting company managing Horizon 2020 research projects in the automotive industry. Since 2015 he is also a Board Member of DELTA Programme at the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic assessing international industrial research project proposals.

In AMIRES, Roman is managing the OASIS project (Open Access Single entry point for scale-up of Innovative Smart lightweight composite materials and components), acts as Dissemination Manager of H2020 project MANUELA (additive MANUfacturing using mEtal pilot Line) and is responsible for H2020 project proposals preparation.

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Michael ten Donkelaar is a Programme Manager at AMIRES in the domain of Energy and Flexible Electronics. He has a degree in Environmental Science from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and has almost 20 years of consulting and research experience in different positions in the Czech Republic and in the Netherlands. He is an experienced project manager of EU funded R&D projects in the field of energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainable transport. He holds a PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate in the field of project management. Before joining AMIRES in July 2020, he has worked for Ricardo, a multi-national technical consulting company where he was project manager of research projects in the field of transport and electric mobility. Until 2017, he worked for ENVIROS, an energy and environmental consulting company in Prague. In his position as senior consultant he provided advice and consultancy in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for clients from both the public and private sector. Part of his work also included EU-funded research projects for the European Commission.

In AMIRES, Michael is managing the RoLA-FLEX project (addressing Innovative manufacturing processes for flexible photovoltaics and wearable displays), the BOOSTER project (Boost Of Organic Solar Technology for European Radiance) and is responsible for H2020 project proposals preparation.

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Mariana Pacheco Blanco, Ph.D. is a Programme Manager at AMIRES in the domain of Health and Biotechnology. She joined AMIRES in January 2020. She has a bachelor in Biomedicine from the University of Puebla in Mexico and received her Master’s of Science degree in 2012. In 2016 she got her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Muenster in Germany. In the Czech Republic, she participated in cancer research project as scientist in Biocev research centre. During this time, she participated in the design, development and execution of different research projects in biomedical sciences from medical microbiology to cancer. Since December 2019, she is in charge of the Scientific, Academic and Innovation sector of the Mexicans group in the Czech Republic, which belongs to the Global Mexican network (Red global Mx) and works closely with the Mexican Embassy in the Czech  Republic and other Mexican institutions in the development of projects improving the link and collaboration between the two countries.

With more than twelve years of experience in scientific research in three different countries and excellent institutions, at AMIRES Mariana is responsible in the project management of MedPhab and ORGANTRANS projects. She is also responsible for H2020 project proposals preparation.

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Anastasia Grozdanova joined AMIRES team as a Project Manager in February 2020. After graduating Master in Business Administration at the University of Sofia, she gained profound knowledge in the EU affairs by completing several trainings/courses organised by reputable institutions, including the prestigious French École Nationale d’Administration. Anastasia worked both in public and private sector in Bulgaria with a focus on finance and environment. During her term in the Ministry of Environment and Water, she was particularly involved in the management of European funds and developed her expertise in programme management and coordination.

In AMIRES, Anastasia is responsible for managing of H2020 projects FlexFunction2Sustain (Open Innovation Ecosystem for Sustainable Nano-functionalized Flexible Plastic and Paper Surfaces and Membranes) and CONDOR (COmbined suN-Driven Oxidation and CO2 Reduction for renewable energy storage).

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Yevhen Horokhovatskyi, Ph.D. is a Project Manager at AMIRES since September 2020. He has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. At the same university he obtained his Master of Science degree with honour from Medical Biophysics in 2015. In 2018 he received his Ph.D. in Cryobiology from the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice which was a part of the Horizon 2020 research infrastructure project. During his studies he cooperated with leading specialists from all over the world and took part in several international research projects and development programmes as a coordinator as well as a member of a research team. The projects were mainly focused on investigation and elaboration of the new techniques and approaches for quality assessment and cryopreservation of biological materials applying ultralow temperature (−196 °C). Apart from that, he was also actively involved in supervising of master’s students, teaching, publication in scientific journals and presentation of research findings at international conferences. He also gained experience in implementation of new standards, legislation, quality assurance codes and audit during elaboration and production phases of medical devices.

In AMIRES, Yevhen is responsible for H2020 project MARVEL (Evolving reversible immunocapture by membrane sensing peptides: towards scalable extracellular vesicles isolation) and acts as a Dissemination Manager of ORGANTRANS project.

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Marika Kůrová joined AMIRES team as a Project Manager in March 2021. Marika holds a Master Degree in European Studies from Masaryk University. She gained a deep insight into EU Research & Innovation landscape as European Research Officer in Czech Liaison Office for Research and Development in Brussels. At her position at University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, she was responsible for financial implementation and management of Horizon 2020 projects funded by Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and EIT Food.

In AMIRES, Marika is in charge of H2020 projects InPulse (Indium-Phosphide Pilot Line for up-scaled, low-barrier, self-sustained, PIC ecosystem) and INSPIRE (InP on SiN Photonic Integrated circuits REalized through wafer-scale micro-transfer Printing) and POSEIDON (NanoPhOtonic devices applying SElf-assembled colloIDs for novel ON-chip light sources).

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Astrid Mirabito is a Project Manager at AMIRES since May 2021. She gained her Bachelor’s Degree in “Languages, Cultures, Literature, Translation” at the Sapienza University of Rome, and she speaks five languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French and Catalan. Astrid also holds a Master’s Degree in “Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities” issued by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and a Master’s Degree in “Cultural Management and Cultural Policy” achieved at the University of General San Martín, Buenos Aires. Thanks to the several scholarships she won, she lived, studied and worked in seven countries: Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Argentina, Belgium and, now, the Czech Republic.

She acquired wide knowledge of EU Policies, Missions, Rules, Procedures and Activities as Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. Working as Tutor at the International Credit Mobility of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, she was responsible for the administrative support of EU funded international programmes, the collection of data on project quality and reports. As Researcher at the Department of Information Science of the University College London, instead, she developed valuable analytical skills. At the moment, she is an active EU Climate Pact Ambassador and she is part of EuCliPa, the Italian related association, joining the Climate Nudging Working Group in order to contribute to the realisation of a short guide aimed at Italian schools, with concrete examples of actions to be implemented, which will be promoted by INDIRE.

In AMIRES, Astrid is involved in the H2020 projects SmartEEs2, that is the Sustainable ecosystem for the adoption, ramp-up and transfer of Emerging Electronics solutions, PHABULOµS (Pilot-line providing highly advanced & robust manufacturing technology for optical free-form micro-structures)  and Smart2Go, the Smart and Flexible Energy Supply Platform for Wearable Electronics.

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Martina Chopart joined the AMIRES team as a Project Manager in August 2021. After graduating from the Bachelor’s program in Translation and Interpreting at the Charles University of Prague, she continued her studies at the University of Valencia, following the Master in European Studies program at the Faculty of Law. In 2019, she obtained a Master of Science degree in International Development from the University of Manchester, focusing her research on the impacts of fossil fuels extraction in South America.

She gained her first professional experience in Chameleon Events Ltd., where she organized international conferences in the Energy sector. After returning to Prague, she worked for the Investment and Business Development Agency under the Ministry of Trade, supporting strategic investment projects from the EcoTech and HealthTech sectors in establishing themselves in the Czech Republic.

In AMIRES, Martina is involved in H2020 projects NanoQI (Multimodal X-ray and Hyperspectral Thin-Film Nano-material Evaluation and Quality Imaging), TINKER (Fabrication Of Sensor Packages Enabled by Additive Manufacturing) and MANUELA (additive MANUfacturing using mEtal pilot Line).

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Kristin Aldag is a Project Manager at AMIRES since September 2021. She graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Area Studies and finished the Joint Master’s Degree in European Politics and Society with Charles University in Prague and Leiden University in 2021. Through her studies and participation in various conferences and Model European Union events, she gained a profound understanding of EU affairs, policies, rules and procedures. She previously worked with Interreg projects supporting the integrated territorial development and cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, and further developed her expertise in EU funding during a dedicated course on EU Cohesion policy. As an avid supporter of European Integration, she is engaged in multiple civil society initiatives and has actively managed several educational projects funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme.

In AMIRES, Kristin is involved in the H2020 projects PANCAIM (Pancreatic cancer AI for genomics and personalized Medicine) and TUMOR-ln-oC (Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip for cancer studies).

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Eleonora Alamaro joined AMIRES as Project Manager in October 2021. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Economics at Federico II University of Naples, she joined the European Master in Business Studies, an International joint degree that is composed of 4 semesters in 4 different European countries: Italy, France, Germany, Spain.

Due to her interest in sustainability and circular economy, she took part in a one-year SVE project in a social cooperative in Belgium, where she organized debates and events on organic food consumption. Then, she worked as HR and Reporting Specialist for a sustainable Finnish paper company in Poland. Before joining AMIRES, she was Schuman Trainee at the European Parliament, Directorate for Security and Safety, where she acquired wide knowledge about EU procedures and activities.

In AMIRES, Eleonora is involved in H2020 projects ComBioTES (Compact bio-based thermal energy storage for buildings) and FRIENDSHIP (Forthcoming Research and Industry for European and National Development of SHIP).

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Monika Doležalová joined AMIRES team as an Office Manager in September 2020. She graduated from the Institute of Hospitality Management with degree Ing. in Hospitality and Spa Management in 2014. Monika started as a receptionist and after she moved to London where she started working for Hilton Hotels. As a Front Office Shift Leader Monika came back to Prague and worked for Hilton Prague as a Duty Manager. The latest Monika’s job was a Front Office Manager for a 5* hotel in central Prague.

In AMIRES, Monika is responsible for the marketing activities of the company, for administrative and organizational support to our team, proposal and projects support as well as events management.

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Jana Mwangi joined AMIRES team as a Project Manager in December 2016. She finished her International Master degree in Asia Pacific Affairs at the National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan and has gained excellent insights into the world of economics and politics, and strengthened her analytical skills.

Jana has accumulated good management skills from project management in one of the biggest company’s Research, Innovation and Development centre focused on ODE, OEM of small appliances in Asia. Her core duties were based in international trade and the expansion of businesses in Eastern and Central Europe. Specifically, she had identified and analysed data to determine company trends and new opportunities capable of bringing expansion. From an event management perspective, she has an intense passion for international development, in particular programs dedicated to human rights. She is also a founder of the ZENA MATCHA company, creatively building a brand with a great meaning to empower people.

Jana is currently on parental leave but at the same time she acts as a Community Manager in SmartEEs2 project.

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Martina Nešverová is a Programme Manager at AMIRES in the domain of Health and Biotechnology. She gained her bachelor’s degree at the University of Economics in Prague, Faculty of International Relations, major: International Trade in 2009 and her master’s degree at Touro College in New York, Graduate School of Business, major: International Finance in 2011. Martina has been developing her expertise with grant preparation and management since 2010. In the capacity of the Executive Assistant to the Dean at Touro College’s Graduate School of Education she, among other responsibilities, participated in preparation and management of two grants funded by the US Department of Education. As the Manager of International Projects and, subsequently, Member of the Board of Directors at AGEL Research a.s. she coordinated involvement of the AGEL Healthcare Group entities in international research consortia projects submitted for funding into Horizon 2020 competition. Martina also serves as Director of Program Management and Chief Liaison for EU at IMPACT Leadership 21, a New York based global platform providing leadership solutions that drive change toward inclusive and sustainable economies. She is a representative to the United Nations.

Martina is currently on parental leave.

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