We love animals. We love this planet. And guess what? We also love leather. That really left us only one option—invent a way to harmlessly grow the material we love. Today, our dedication to creating low-impact luxury products is as strong as our leather. We believe technology can bring us back to a time when humans were more in harmony with nature. So we’re committed to pursuing innovations that can help maintain that balance for eons to come.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ingvar’s passion for fashion started at the age of 16, when he left school to become a fashion designer. He founded and ran his own high-end fashion brand for 10 years and scaled up to distribution to 23 countries. His love for Fashion and technology led him to start VitroLabs.
As CEO and Founder of VitroLabs, Ingvar’s understanding of fashion, eye for product, and passion for science and technology brings a new perspective into the emerging world of cultured leather.
Chief Operating Officer
After spending nearly a decade in business strategy and operations, Alexia knows what it takes to grow a company, especially in emerging market categories.
As COO at VitroLabs, Alexia helps develop and drive strategy, ensure operations run smoothly across the company, and maintains lock-step communication both internally and externally.
Dr. Craig Halberstadt
Chief Science Officer
With over 25 years of experience, multiple publications, editor of 2 books and more than 10 issued patents, Craig Halberstadt is a pioneer in the Tissue Engineering space.
With previous experience at companies like Advanced Tissue Sciences and Tengion, Dr. Halberstadt has demonstrated his knowledge of process development for moving tissue engineering products from the bench into the clinic. As Chief Scientific Officer, Craig oversees the overall R&D and scale-up strategy for VitroLabs.
Chief Product Officer
Francois Saix has worked in the luxury fashion industry for 15 years, specializing in Leather Sourcing. Previously he spent over 7 years as Product Development and Sourcing Director, for Leather Goods and Materials at Chanel.
Having worked on the “other side” of the table, as a would-be customer of VitroLabs, Francois brings his experience and perspective in leather sourcing, quality, and customer expectations to his role as Head of Product at VitroLabs.
Dr. Dusko Ilic
Co-Founder & Advisor
Dr. Dusko Ilic is a leader in the field of stem cell technology and 3D skin models with over 25 years of experience leading labs, clinics and teams in startups and academia.
Driven by principles of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement), he takes pride in developing technologies which directly replace or avoid the use of animals in scientific research. As technical co-founder and advisor to VitroLabs, Dusko provides his guidance and expertise around cell biology, matrix biology and tissue engineering.
Associate Director, Bioprocess Engineering
Shrutika began her career at Athersys, the world’s leading stem cell therapy company, gaining unparalleled experience in large scale cell production systems and bioprocess development.
She is currently Associate Director of Bioprocess Engineering at VitroLabs, where she oversees the company’s cell production scale-up strategy and execution.
Our vision is to become the world’s largest tissue-engineering platform—first, by developing real, ethical calf, crocodile, and ostrich leather for use across a range of industries. Then, we’ll work to evolve the technology for regenerative medicine. If you’re interested in building this process with us, apply here.