UGP developed out of the I2C Start-Academy, a programm of the Innovation & Incubation Centre at TU Wien. The Start-Academy aims at identifying & validating business opportunities based on research projects.
During this program the two founders met and worked together. Later they decided to found UGP materials together each bringing expert know-how. One in the field of materials science, the other one in the field of business development and starting a company.
Ing. Dietmar Gombotz, BBSc - Chief Executive Officer
Dietmar is an entrepreneur at heart, with a strong tech background. He has founded 2 companies and was involved in the foundation of many more as both advisor or seeding-partner.
Dietmar acts as a consultant in foundations regarding technology decisions and he mentors start-ups especially in the field of sales and going-to-market (B2B space).
His role in UGP materials is to oversee and scale up overall operations. He handles business development, finances and project management of consulting and research projects.
Dr. Miriam M. Unterlass - Chief Scientific Officer
Miriam is head of the research group "Advanced Polymer Materials" at TU Wien and inventor of the novel polymerization technique "hydrothermal polymerization (HTP)".
She won several awards for her innovative research in the field of high-performance polymers, including the "START Price 2017" the highest ranking scientific award for junior scientists in Austria.
Her Position in the company is to oversee research and development, the technology transfer from science to production environment, and support with scientific advise in prototyping.