Empowering AI-First Companies

We believe Foundation Models have the power to reshape all industries. Yet, existing Large Language Models fall short on multilinguality and their applicability to complex industry use cases. This is where nyonic will offer new possibilities for global businesses.

With our cutting-edge Foundation Models, we will support companies on their journey to becoming AI-empowered intelligent enterprises. Companies have a transformative journey ahead of them: From embedding and fine-tuning a Generic Foundation Model, to incorporating a Vertical and Domain-Specific Model enhanced with industrial language and knowledge, and, finally, building a custom model to process comprehensive company knowledge.

Nyonic will serve as a basis for this intelligent business transformation. We will provide a comprehensive API and services designed to meet the requirements of specific industry sectors.

For our clients, this means they can use a reliable and continuously evolving alternative for their businesses at a much lower cost, without the need for significant investments in their own expensive infrastructure.

Industry Focused

We are building Large Language Models (LLMs) that focus on industry applications and include sector-specific data.


Our LLMs will focus on multilingual capabilities and provide best performances for industry use cases.

Responsible & Trustworthy AI

We are committed to designing, developing and deploying our AI-applications in a responsible and trustworthy way.


Nyonic's Founders

We are proud to have assembled a team of leading experts from across the German AI and technology landscape. With a diverse range of experience and expertise from organizations such as Open AI, SAP, IBM, Lenovo, Palantir, Rocket Internet, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Merantix and the German AI Association, our team is uniquely positioned to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems and build a better future for Europe.

Han Dong (CEO)

Dong brings more than 15 years of experience in AI research, commercialization, technology incubation and investment to nyonic. He has co-founded several startups in the field of artificial intelligence, including an autonomous driving software company that raised tens of millions USD in the first year of its establishment. He was an advisor to various startups in Generative AI and Conversational AI. Dong also worked at Rocket Internet and accelerated its startup’s global expansion, product localization, and fund raising. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Dong was an EU “Marie Curie Fellow” and researched on machine learning and computer vision, with focus on human action recognition. He researched at the Max Planck Institute, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and Xerox Research before dropping out of a PhD programme at the University of Bonn to do an MBA at INSEAD in France and start his career in industry.

Vanessa Cann (CEO Europe)

Vanessa brings extensive experience in the European AI landscape to nyonic. As Managing Director at the German AI Association, Vanessa has built the largest network for AI companies in Europe. She was one of the initiators of the initiative LEAM (Large European AI Models), where she pushed towards building up a dedicated AI infrastructure and more European collaboration in the field of foundational models. At the German AI Association, Vanessa founded a non-profit academy for artificial intelligence to educate the general public about AI and united ten international AI associations through the European AI Forum, giving European founders a voice in politics. Prior to joining the German AI Association, Vanessa worked at the German Startups Association and advised Fortune 500 companies in their digital policies. For her commitment to the European AI ecosystem, she was named one of the 30 most important people under 30 by Forbes in 2022.

Dr. Johannes Otterbach (Chief Technology Officer)

Johannes is an expert in natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and quantum computing. He brings over 12 years of experience in these fields to nyonic. He was an algorithm researcher and engineering member at OpenAI, where he played a key role in developing and rolling out the OpenAI API. He is among the few experts in the world with a comprehensive understanding of the technology behind GPT-3.

His experience also includes building and leading the research unit at Merantix Momentum, as well as working in various engineering, research, and data science roles for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Palantir, Rigetti, and LendUp. Before his industry career, he was a researcher in theoretical quantum physics at Harvard University and the RPTU Kaiserslautern. With his expertise, Johannes is leading nyonic’s technical team to deliver innovative AI solutions based on Foundation Models.

Dr. Feiyu Xu (Chief Innovation Officer)

Feiyu brings more than 20 years of experience in AI, especially in NLP to nyonic. Since May 2020, she has served as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence, at SAP. Feiyu led the AI strategy of SAP and its holistic implementation for business AI. From 2017 to 2020, she was Vice President of Lenovo Group, where she headed the AI Lab of Lenovo Research. Prior to joining Lenovo, Feiyu was Principal Researcher of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), leading the research group of text analytics. In addition, she was co-founder and general manager of Yocoy Technologies GmbH, a DFKI spin-off company founded in 2007. Feiyu is member of the supervisory boards of DFKI and the ZF Group.

In 2013, she won a Google Focused Research Award for contributions in NLP. In 2014, she was awarded the title of DFKI Research Fellow, the highest honor for DFKI researchers. In 2019, Feiyu was selected by Forbes for their 2019 China List of Top 50 Women in Tech.

Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit (Chief Science Officer)

Hans is a distinguished computational linguist and AI scientist with a global reputation. He is Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), where he served as Head of the Research Division Language Technology and Berlin Site Lead and currently still supports the DFKI Berlin Lab in a part-time advisory function. Hans was Full Professor of Computational Linguistics and Computer Science at Saarland University and Honorary Professor at Technical University Berlin.

He worked for more than 30 years in AI, in Germany, USA and China. He (co-)authored more than 250 scientific publications, co-founded several AI startups and served on various supervisory and advisory boards. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and the International Committee of Computational Linguistics.

"Nyonic’s focus on creating powerful foundation models for Europe has the potential to revolutionize the field of AI."

Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
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