Robert Mistrík

Probably currently Slovakia’s best-known chemist. He graduated from the Chemical Engineering Faculty of the Slovak University of Technology and completed doctoral studies at the University of Vienna in Austria. He was a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the USA and after returning to Slovakia in 1998 he founded the company HighChem, which supplies technology to a host of universities, research institutes and businesses around the world. After more than 20 years, he sold the firm to the American technology giant Thermo and went on to found two new companies. He has co-authored a paper published in Nature Biotechnology, a journal with one of the highest impact factors in the world.