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Who we are

Founded in March 2017 and based in Grenoble (France), Hprobe is a spin-off company of SPINTEC (one of the leading spintronics research laboratories worldwide) and benefit from many years of research in the field of magnetic testing.

Hprobe is today able to offer a unique patented technology of multidimensional magnetic field generator for magnetic devices and sensors wafer level characterization and testing.
Current product line includes dedicated tools for characterization and testing of MRAM (STT, SOT, VCMA) and Magnetic Sensors (TMR, GMR, etc.) in all phases of the magnetic technology development.
The company is currently working with all major foundries worldwide involved in the manufacturing of MRAM devices.

Our team

Hprobe is based in Grenoble, France and is a spin-off company of Spintec CNRS/CEA/UGA laboratory.

Founder, President and CEO – Laurent Lebrun, Ph.D. 

Dr. Laurent LEBRUN is engineer “Arts et Métiers”. He holds a PhD in new product design and a Business school diploma. He was CEO for 12 years in metrology, machining and machine-tool companies. After buying three small companies, he gathers them to improve their turnover. He has been hired since 2016 by CNRS and the Linksium incubator to industrialize the technology and spin-off Hprobe at the beginning of 2017.

Founder and CTO – Siamak SALIMY, Ph.D.

Dr. Siamak Salimy has 10+ years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He developed advanced CMOS devices and technology in Atmel foundry in France before joining the Semiconductor Division of Teledyne Dalsa in Canada. He was there scientist in charge of CMOS technology development and MEMS sensors test development. In 2014, he joined an innovative MEMS startup company (DelfMEMS) to organize the test department and release in production a competitive testing solution for RF MEMS in the mobile market. Dr. Salimy is also co-founder of China Consultants International and scientific committee member of ePeer Review. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nantes and he is engineer from the Polytech School of Engineering.

Founder and Strategic Advisor – Jean-Pierre NOZIERES, Ph.D. 

Dr. Jean-Pierre Nozières graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique (France) and obtained his PhD in Physics from Grenoble University in 1990. He then went on to work at IBM-Almaden where he pioneered the work on “spin valves” GMR read heads. He was then appointed as research staff at CNRS, Laboratoire Louis Néel where he mostly focused on advanced materials and concepts for magnetic recording heads and media. Dr. Nozières moved back to the US in 1998 by joining Applied Magnetics Corporation as the director for GMR heads development. Another jump across the ocean saw him back in France as director of advanced technology at PHS, a French start-up involved in magnetic MEMS devices. In 2002 he went back to academic research and launched SPINTEC, a new laboratory bridging science and technology in the emerging field of spintronics. He headed SPINTEC for 4 years helping it grow from a handful to 40+ people. In 2006, Dr.Nozières then became the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Crocus Technology, a start-up company focused on MRAM memories. In 2011 Dr.Nozières returned to Spintec as its Executive Director, spearheading the effort towards new applications up to circuit level which led to the onset of eVaderis, a fabless start-up company offering ultra-low power memory IPs.

Sales and Marketing Director – Yann Richard.

Yann Richard has 20 years of experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry. After two Masters of Sciences, one in physics of semiconductors and one in electronics from the University of PARIS (UPMC & Denis Diderot – Jussieu), he completed his scientific and technological background with a Master of Management of Technology, with a specialization in Marketing of Innovation, at EM LYON School of Management (AMBA, AACSB). 

Yann started his career in the semiconductor industry as Marketing (Innovation Marketing, Product Line Manager) and Business Development manager, chasing new customers for new breakthrough products launched on the market. He worked for Thales (MEMS), Atmel/E2V (CMOS Image sensors), Dolphin Integration (Microcontrollers – Silicon IPs), and had also a key role at Freescale for supplying all the Fab equipment for a ramp-up of production (capital sourcing supply management).


NANI – Daniel MONTAG for North America

Daniel Montag has over thirty years of experience serving the device, thin film and materials markets of North America. During this time he has worked with large multinational corporations and a number of startups. Since 1997 he’s been supporting customers in the thin film magnetics industries including TFH, MRAM, sensors and inductors. Daniel is uniquely qualified to assist you with your R&D and manufacturing magnetic test requirements.

AQUILARIS – Jean-Baptiste THERESSE for China

Building bridges between France and China, Aquilaris is specialized in the high-tech sector, helping french technology startups and SME’s to develop their business in China. Together with experts and partners, Aquilaris promotes collaborations with Chinese lead companies and organizations, from  R&D partnerships to manufacturing agreements
Immersed & passionate of chinese culture since 15+ years, Jean-Baptiste is the founder and senior Consultant of Aquilaris. For more than 14 years prior, he has been working for various companies in business development & strategy with strong experience in China, Russia, Eastern Europe and France.

HTSi – Steven WANG for Taiwan

HTSi – Hermes Testing Solutions – has been serving semiconductor testing industry for more than 14 years. We provide the DRAM testing solutions, customized products and product agent. As a distributor, HTSi has very good sales channels and strong service team. We’re working with the key customers and increasing the businesses scope.

HERMES EPITEK – Yeo Keng Chye for Singapore

Hermes-Epitek was founded in 1977 in Taiwan and started the Singapore operation in 1992. Over the years we have become a leading player in this industry by holding true to our vision : To be a World Class Service Company for the Semiconductor Industry. Yeo Keng Chye has being in Hermes-Epitek for more then 20 years working in semiconductor industries supporting on the sales and service in Singapore.