A chemical engineer and biotechnologist by profession, István started his carrier as a Researcher at the Budapest Technical University, focusing on bioreactor and engineered ecosystem designs and biorefinery processes. After 15 years, he left academia and founded and led several successful companies, including Organica Water, Inc., now a global player in the water industry, based on his previous inventions.
In 2012, István founded the BIOPOLUS Group and, within that, the BIOPOLUS Institute, a non-profit private R&D organisation to develop solutions and facilitate to close the water, food, waste, and energy loops, combining urban water reuse with distributed biological manufacturing in densely populated urban environment.
Istvan is a globally recognised thought leader in ecological engineering and urban circularity. He holds the Silver Merit Cross of the President of the Republic of Hungary for his achievements in establishing the modern clean-tech industry in Hungary.