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Dimitris Kalias PhD
Founder & CEO

Dimitris has held various senior positions in business development, sales and chemical development in leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies including Ciba-Geigy, EMS Dottikon and Lonza.

He founded VIO Chemicals AG in 2001.

Dimitris completed his studies with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Zurich.

Haris Koftis PhD
Scientific Advisory Board

Haris has 20 years of combined experience in organic synthesis, process development and a thorough understanding of the efficiency, quality and compliance requirements of the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Currently he is the Director of R&D API Operations for Pharmathen, with a portfolio of 20 APIs.

He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, followed by a 3-year Postdoc appointment at the TSRI in California. He has published more than 20 papers and 30 patents as a result of the industrial research in the field.

Yujing Zu MBA
Head of Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain

Yujing started working for VIO Chemicals in 2008. She combines extensive expertise in Sustainable Business Development, International Trade, Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in the chemical and pharmaceutical Industries on global level. In her last position she was the International Trade Director in a chemical trading company.

Yujing graduated from Cardiff University Business School in the United Kingdom with a degree in Master of Business Administration MBA.

Manuela Miracola
Senior Sales Manager
Head of Administration

Manuela joined VIO Chemicals in 2006. She has over 20 years of experience in the chemical field, mainly as head of a back office team responsible for administration as well as purchasing and sales with close customer contact. In her last position she was Sales Manager Switzerland and Italy in a chemical trading company. Manuela graduated from KV Zurich Business School with a degree in Commerce.

Ralf Budnik PhD
Business Development Manager

Ralf joined VIO Chemicals in 2014. Previously, he was responsible for business development at Indukern Chemie AG and has held several senior positions in business development, key account management and international sales in the chemical industry. Ralf studied chemistry at the University of Essen, Germany, where he also obtained his Ph.D.

Michael Scholze PhD
Key Account Manager

Michael joined VIO Chemicals in 2016. Before, he was responsible for Business Intelligence at Bachem, and held positions as Business Development Manager and Key Account Manager at Solvias, with responsibilities in Europe and the United States. Michael studied chemistry and did his Ph.D. at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, followed by a Postdoc at the University of Iowa.

Thanos Andreou PhD
Scientific Affairs 

After completing his studies and post-doc in Organic Synthesis at the University of Barcelona, Thanos joined the R&D team in 2009. He is working to enhance target framing and evaluation and to transform constraints to opportunities. Meanwhile, he is exploring the viability of new concepts, methodologies and upcoming enabling technologies, in order to expand the team's knowledge base and technical arsenal, along with managing research synergies and collaborations with academic partners.

Maria Andrielou MA
Marketing & Communication

Maria joined VIO Chemicals in 2017. Previously, she worked as Communications Counsellor for Research & Innovation in the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) in Brussels and Communications Adviser for the Environmental Engineering Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Maria studied linguistics and has a Master's degree in Cross-Cultural Communication & International Relations from the University of Newcastle.

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