Olivier Guenat was born in Biel-Bienne and received his engineering degree (HTL/ETS) in Microtechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Bienne in 1990, his MSc degree in Physics and Electronics from the University of Neuchâtel in 1995, and his PhD degree in Micro- and Nanotechnology in 2000 from the same institution. After his PhD, he was awarded an advanced fellowship from the Swiss National Foundation and pursued his postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. There, he developed microfluidic systems aimed at monitoring cell signals. He then held an Assistant Professor position at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montréal (Canada), where he founded and led the BioMEMS research laboratory until 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he returned to Switzerland and helped develop the Nanomedicine Division of CSEM SA, as Head of the Cell Systems Section. In November 2010, while still being active at the CSEM he was asked to set up the ARTORG Lung Regeneration Technologies activities within the framework of a contract between the University of Bern and the CSEM. In 2012, he decided to focus on his activities at the ARTORG Center. Today, his research aims at developing advanced in-vitro systems that better mimic the in-vivo conditions of the lung.