WHO WE ARE

CREAHOLIC WHO WE ARE

Expertise and ignorance: both are necessary for invention. Expertise is needed to get an innovative project finished … but without ignorance of the normal limits, it never gets started.

Our team has a unique blend of extensive practical expertise derived from a wide range of industries, along with stubborn ignorance of why so-called 'impossible' things can’t be done.

We’re dedicated to cross-fertilizing ideas, exchanging methods and introducing knowledge from one industry to another. This teamwork supports a culture of restless searching for new and better inventions.

People

CREAHOLIC PEOPLE

Marcel Aeschlimann

Philipp Bernhard

Christoph Berger

Naomi Bitmead

Carole Chapelat

Jean-Claude Frély

Nicole Friedli-Amtenbrink

Andrew Hirniak

Kilian Iannucci

Hans-Peter Iseli

Bertrand Jaccoud

Nadine Jost

André Klopfenstein

Alexandra Krause

Tonino Lanci

Christophe Léchot

Jacqueline Leuenberger

Samuel Malzach

Markus Mast

Hannes Merz

Elmar Mock

Aymeric Niederhauser

Tiziano Sabbioni

Dominique Schild

Martin Sigrist

Loïc Sottas

Laurent Torriani

Mario Tronza

Mario Weiss

Judith Wimmer

Culture

CREAHOLIC CULTURE

Company culture

Invention is usually a lonely activity, but we’ve made it a team sport. This requires a company culture that respects the contradictory attributes required for successful innovation: knowledge, skill and discipline but also spontaneity, rule-breaking and divergence.  

Inspiration often requires cross-fertilization of ideas from different disciplines, and that’s only possible if our people maintain their curiosity, broad knowledge and willingness to pursue unexpected insights wherever they lead.


This culture has sustained hundreds of successful projects for clients, as well as pro-active development projects (so-called 'incubation projects') that have led to a half-dozen spin-off companies.



Origins

 

Origins

Creaholic was founded in 1986 by an inventor: Elmar Mock, one of the team that developed the revolutionary Swatch. His vision was to establish a company of creative and technically minded individuals with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to deliver ground-breaking projects.

That’s why the goal of all our activities is not simply innovation or even creativity ... it’s invention. Not just generating innovative ideas, but bringing those ideas to market. Although the majority of Creaholic work is for our clients, sometimes we come up with ideas that are so disruptive that we also need to create the companies to commercialise them. Like Elmar, we’re dedicated to the process of practical innovation.

Network

 

 

Network

Our team has tremendous expertise … and that includes knowing what we can’t do by ourselves. That’s why we maintain close working relationships with complementary professionals in a wide range of disciplines.

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Marcel
Aeschlimann

Skills:

Never missing a good moment. Team player, but hard-headed when necessary. Keeping positive, staying motivated and motivating others. Dreaming of a better world, loving the process of building successful projects and companies. Believing in what I’m doing and doing it.

What I'm good at:

I know how to surround myself with good people and work with them.

My best idea:

…will come tomorrow. All the ones I’ve had so far where just not too bad.

Philipp
Bernhard

Skills:

Mechanical engineering, CAD, prototyping, research, industrialization, project management

What I'm good at:

Turning ideas into reality.

What I love:

I love to be in nature, whether on foot, on wheels or floating on the water.

Christoph
Berger

Skills:

I'm a physicist by training and spent half of my professional life in academic and industrial research, touching on a broad range of technologies. After a business education, I was active in the IT business and in consulting services where I worked for clients from a wide variety of industries.

What I'm good at:

I'm good at quickly understanding new topics, analyzing situations, dealing with a lot of facts, structuring problems and finding solutions. Despite my analytical training, I kept the ability to put my mind in a gaseous state during ideation, and I'm good at looking at things through someone else's eyes.

What I love:

I love people who turn on some light rather than complaining about the dark. I love people who dare to take first steps towards dreams and visions, even when there is a long and unsure journey ahead. I love directness, openness, honesty and reliability. I love people with roots and wings.

Naomi
Bitmead

Skills:

Systems engineering, project leadership, project scoping & strategy, IT management and planning

What I'm good at:

My background is in mechatronics, but I am a broad, big-picture thinker and enjoy working on systems and utilizing the interrelations of things. I’m also quite good at talking and exchanging with people, and absorbing and remembering obscure things I have read or come across :o)

What I love:

I have a strong curiosity for technology and love learning new things & relearning stuff I have forgotten. In general, I love meeting people, seeing new sights, reading everything, hearing great music, planning holidays and watching things grow.

Work-wise, I really enjoy the opportunity to work on lots of different projects in a wide variety of fields. Whether it is for a client or an internal incubation, I love the exposure to the different challenges, know-how and knowledge required, and the strategies, needs & cultures that each new project brings.

Carole
Chapelat

Skills:

My background is chemistry, and more specifically, polymer chemistry. I worked for about 8 years in the field of resin formulation for 3D printers (SLA / DLP machines) within several companies, first as a project leader, and then as the person responsible for material development. I also developed IP skills at the same time, because I was the IP advisor for my teams.

What I'm good at:

IP search & landscape, synthesizing information & making reports, photochemistry.

What I love:

I love sharing things and experiences; making the people I love happy, and experiencing new things. I hate having nothing to do, losing time and waking up late.

Jean-Claude
Frély

Skills:

Micromechanics, mechanical engineering, CAD, pneumatics, hydraulics and electronics

What I'm good at:

Everything related to micromechanics

What I love:

I like to follow a project from design to manufacturing, and especially the prototyping phase.

Nicole
Friedli-Amtenbrink

Skills:

Accounting and administration

What I'm good at:

Bookkeeping for Creaholic and its spin-offs

What I love:

I love the world of numbers and the mountains ... in summer and winter

Andrew
Hirniak

Skills:

Multidisciplinary design

What I'm good at:

Creating order out of chaos

My best idea:

My best idea has still to manifest itself. However, so has my worst idea …

Kilian
Iannucci

Skills:

Mechanical engineering, product design, product management, bicycle specification, photography, video editing, prototype construction, CAD, research and coordination

What I'm good at:

A bit of each of my skills

What nobody knows:

My favorite pet is chicken…

Hans-Peter
Iseli

Skills:

Mock-ups, prototyping and organizing

What I'm good at:

Improvising, and helping to bring ideas into reality.

What I love:

I love having the opportunity to work on lots of different projects.

Bertrand
Jaccoud

Skills:

Research and development in the field of packaging, plasma treatments, adhesion, surface modifications and processing

What I'm good at:

I’m good at solving technical problems and pushing innovation into industrialization.

What I love:

I love new challenges and I love to be challenged. I also love discovering new tastes.

I don’t like routine.

Nadine
Jost

Skills:

I am good with numbers and maintaining focus.

What I'm good at:

Communication and client relations

What I love:

I love summer, hot weather, barbeque, and traveling around the world.

André
Klopfenstein

Skills:

Business strategy, product development, start-ups, management, new business development, project management, entrepreneurship, human resources

What I'm good at:

Detecting talents and setting up a dream team. Keeping cohesion and harmony in an organization. Using existing technologies in a smart way.

What I love:

Spending time with my family. Partying with friends. Listening to a good concert. The Creaholic band.

Alexandra
Krause

Skills:

Mechanical and biomedical engineering, testing, FEM simulation, CAD, CAS in industrial design

What I'm good at:

Finding solutions for complex problems, analytic thinking and research

What nobody knows:

I went swimming with crocodiles in the Kakadu National Park in Australia.

Tonino
Lanci

Skills:

Mechanical design, plastics specialist, project leader, in-house injection-molding expert, packaging and medical technology know-how

What I'm good at:

Project management, understanding clients’ needs, keeping the bigger picture in mind (looking at it from different angles), using plastics and related technologies creatively

What nobody knows:

In the mid 1990s, I worked as an unpaid French tutor during my lunch breaks.

Christophe
Léchot

Skills:

Biomedical engineering, especially in cardiology; sensors, actuators, programming and using maker's tools such as 3D printers and laser cutters

What I'm good at:

Combining technologies, being inspired by other fields of technology and building prototypes.

What I love:

Trekking. It gives me a chance to observe, feel and be inspired by nature.

Jacqueline
Leuenberger

Skills:

Languages, administration and organization

What I'm good at:

Occasionally using my cooking skills to motivate my colleagues…

What I love:

Some days I just sit in front of the little beehive in our garden and watch the bees’ activities.

Samuel
Malzach

Skills:

Automotive engineering, drive technology, mechatronics, CAD, FEM

What I'm good at:

Keeping an overview of interdisciplinary engineering projects.

What nobody knows:

I am the biggest fan of my father’s artwork: andreasmalzach.ch

Markus
Mast

Skills:

Trained in mechanical engineering and further specialized in plastics technology. My focus is on all aspects of technical development and design engineering in various projects.

What I'm good at:

With my structured way of thinking I enjoy bringing different ideas together to form new, innovative solutions.

What nobody knows:

I used to be a keen water-polo player...

Hannes
Merz

Skills:

Mechanical design, micro technology, medical technology, mechanical engineering of jig-grinding machines

What I'm good at:

CAD, thinking outside the box, analysis, calculations, research, planning, teamwork

What I love:

Letting my thoughts run free. Being in the Alps and sleeping in a tent on top of a mountain.

Elmar
Mock

Skills:

Breakthrough innovation, entrepreneurship, lecturing, writing

What I'm good at:

Finding solutions, engineering, thinking, debating

My best idea:

Creaholic

Aymeric
Niederhauser

Skills:

Biomedical engineering (MSc), micro- & medical technology (BSc), robotics, mechatronics, FEM simulations, project leadership, entrepreneurship (CAS)

What I'm good at:

Interdisciplinary thinking and engineering, teamwork, cooking

What I love:

I like generate new ideas and push established barriers in a multidisciplinary team. The most beautiful inventions are often made “off-road”.

Tiziano
Sabbioni

Skills:

I’m very patient and I never give up.

What I'm good at:

Problem solving

What I love:

I love to eat spare ribs and to travel the world.

Dominique
Schild

Skills:

Micromechanics, specializing in the restoration of antique clocks and watches

What I'm good at:

The theory and practice of watchmaking

What I love:

To do shiatsu massage.

Martin
Sigrist

Skills:

Mechanical design, physical calculations and simulations, mechatronics, prototyping, testing and data analysis

What I'm good at:

Logical thinking and handling of tiny mechanical pieces

What I love:

I like to understand how things are working, from simple mechanical devices up to the whole universe.

Loïc
Sottas

Skills:

Bioenginnering (biomedical, neural engineering, neuroprosthesis and biomechanics), brain machine interface, electronics, microfabrication, CAD, FEM simulation, data analysis. Always motivated, keeping positive and a team player.

What I'm good at:

Being creative, solving challenges, interdisciplinary thinking, tinkering and turning ideas into concrete products..

What nobody knows:

I was a good horse rider and part of the swiss national team for 7 years.


Laurent
Torriani

Skills:

Ultrasonic welding, statistics, prototyping, test planning and realization, material expertise, wood engineering, organ building

What I'm good at:

Simplifying problems; generating new ideas and testing their functionality. Conceptualizing and creating simple test-devices and prototypes.

What I love:

Discovering new landscapes and the use of wood in startling areas.

Mario
Tronza

Skills:

Product design, design thinking, product strategy

What I'm good at:

Sensing what role design can play in bringing an advantage to a project

What I love:

To think like a designer.

Mario
Weiss

Skills:

Industrial and product design, project management, technical design and industrialization, design research, tinkering, prototyping and concept visualization

What I'm good at:

Fantasizing, optimizing and organizing

What I love:

Solving problems and making things work in the simplest and most elegant way.

Judith
Wimmer

Skills:

Human and organizational development, business modelling, design thinking, facilitation and moderation

What I'm good at:

Seeing a pattern: navigating vertically (from the nitty gritty details to the big picture) and horizontally (from people to process and technology)

I merge strategy and implementation with my background in engineering, marketing and organizational development as well as my experience in innovation and strategy consulting. I combine an open mind with a well-structured, hands-on mentality and the ability to support and develop people.

What I love:

I love experiencing unfolding and emerging elements due to human interaction.

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