Management team

Dr Alfons Nonell-Canals
Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Alfons Nonell-Canals is a specialist in Computer-Aided Drug Design, in the development of such software, and in large-scale chemical and biological analyses. He holds a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona and PhD in Computational Chemistry from Rovira i Virgili University. After some post-doc sessions in the Pompeu Fabra University and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, he decided to establish Mind the Byte to achieve the synergy with his experience and modern AI and cloud computing techniques. He is a member of the CataloniaBio research committee and sits on the board of directors of Bioinformatics Barcelona.

Dr Thomas Högberg
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)

He has spent over 45 years in the pharmaceutical industry with experience from big pharma (Astra, AstraZeneca), mid pharma (ALK-Abello, LEO Pharma) and biotech (7TM Pharma) where he headed various departments (medicinal chemistry, chemical research, DMPK, Patent, Project and Portfolio Management). He has had leading roles from early drug discovery to marketed products and worked in several therapeutic areas including dermatology, metabolic diseases, inflammatory diseases, respiratory diseases, CNS diseases, and infection. He has also been engaged in business development and due diligence in in-and outlicensing in several companies. Dr Högberg earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Uppsala University (Sweden) and is Assoc Prof at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (CChem, FRSC). In the scientific arena, he has published over 100 papers and book chapters and is the co-inventor on over 50 patent applications.

Claudia Nieva
Project Management Director

PhD pharmacist with ten years' experience in research, including postdoctoral positions in Germany and Spain in fields related with developmental and cancer biology and diagnostics. After her academic career, she has held several positions in the area of business development and technology transfer.

Dr Melchor Sanchez Martinez
Scientific Director

PhD in theoretical and computational chemistry applied to the uderstanding of biological and chemical systems towards drug design. In Mind the Byte he is in charge of carrying out client consultancy and R&D projects. He is also course instructor at the Open University of Catalonia, where he assesses students of the MSc in Bioinformatics & Bioestatistics.

Dr David Vidal
R&D Director

David has over 10 years of experience in computational drug discovery, with a strong focus on the design, development and integration of in silico tools for drug design, screening, target profiling and ADME modeling. As R&D director, he has the global objective of upgrading and consolidating company's drug discovery SaaS platform.