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Team & Advisory Board

OUR PEOPLE

We built a team with deep experience in serial entrepreneurship, MedTech product development and Spiden’s key science disciplines.

OUR TEAM

Management

Leo Grünstein

Founder & CEO​

Founder of LG Capital, a Family Office focused on incubation of “big idea” ventures

Serial entrepreneur, investor & Co-Founder of more than two dozens international start-ups, with multiple VC investments and successful exits (e.g. MoneyPark, acquired in 2016 for CHF 153m)

Previously project manager at McKinsey & Co. & Analyst at HSBC’s M&A team

MBA Columbia Business School, B.A. St. Gallen University

Bernd Wittner, PhD

Chief technology officer

20 years of experience in the MedTech industry. Built and lead cross-functional and multi-national R&D organizations; successfully developed, launched and sustained complex therapy systems

Previously Senior R&D leader of the Acute Therapies business in Baxter Healthcare Inc and Gambro Lundia AB

PhD in Engineering Design from the University of Cambridge

Adler Perotte, MD

Chief science & innovation officer

Physician and scientist with over 15 years of experience in medicine, computational biomedical research, and innovation

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University;  created and lead a large research operation developing novel machine learning methods and biomedical devices; published in top-tier machine learning, clinical, and basic science journals

MD, Columbia University, MA in Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, AB Princeton University

Ismene Grohmann

Chief product officer

Visionary and strategic product leader with 15 years of experience in med tech and consumer health

Built and led global product organizations and successfully launched innovative hardware, software and services products

Previously Head of Product of Abbott’s Consumer Biowearabales and Director of Innovation for the Diabetes and Nutrition businesses

MSc Econ Philipps-University Marburg

Daniel Thürig

Chief operating officer

Former Associate Partner at McKinsey & Co. with 8+ years of experience in management consulting, focusing on strategy, M&A, and business building for major high-tech manufacturers and service providers

Operational experience in Design-to-Value, procurement and production programs for high tech products

MA in Economics University of Zurich

Chester Chipperfield

Chief design officer

A design leader previously working at Apple, Tesla and Burberry

Chester works at the intersection of art and science, with a fundamental belief that technology needs more empathy than ever

Övünç Okyay

Co-founder & venture builder

Managing Director LG Capital


Previously PE investor at The Carlyle Group’s $500m MENA Fund, analyst at Morgan Stanley and consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Diverse industry expertise with strong experience in investing, strategy and portfolio management

MBA Columbia Business School; M.Sc. Production Engineering TU Berlin

Biomedical sciences

Banu Eyueboglu Seitz, PhD

Clinical study manager

15 years of experience in design and management of global Class II and III medical devices clinical studies

Previously with BIOTRONIK AG and Alvimedica as Senior CPM, Medical Manager and Clinical Trial Manager

PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetic from TU Munich, and MSc in Biotechnology from METU, Ankara

Elsa Ghirardini, PhD

Biomedical scientist

9 years of experience in biomedical research at top European institutions, including Cambridge University and the Institute of Neuroscience of the Italian National Research Council

Strong expertise in electrophysiology, human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons and gene therapy of brain disorders

PhD in Experimental and Clinical Pharmacological Sciences and MSc in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine from the University of Milan

Fabien Rebeaud, PhD

Director biomedical sciences

Executive Scientific Leader with 15+ years of experience in the biotech and medical device industries

Previously CSO of Abionic SA. Built and led cross-functional teams encompassing R&D, Clinical, Medical and Regulatory Affairs

Developed and brought to market innovative diagnostic solutions improving patient health

PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Lausanne

Fernanda Lavorato

Senior laboratory technician

Over 6 years of experience in clinical analysis laboratories in renowned health care institutions in Argentina

Broadly cross-trained in molecular biology, hematology, serology, microbiology and chemistry; phlebotomy procedures interacting directly with patients in ER, ICU, OR and recovery

Laboratory Technician from Dr. Ignacio Pirovano Hospital in Argentina

Gevi Anathavettivelu, PhD

Clinical scientist

6 years of experience in immunology and clinical research conducted in academia

Strong expertise in acute and chronic inflammation, hepatology, tumor biology and liver diseases

PhD in Sciences from University of Hamburg, MSc in Molecular Medicine and BS in Biochemistry from University of Frankfurt

Vanessa Matos Gonçalves

Junior biomedical scientist

2 years of experience in assay development, electrochemical biosensors and molecular diagnostic

MSc in Biomedical Engineering at University of Minho & Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Biophotonics

Andrea Sterzi, PhD

Principal photonic engineer

10 years of research experience in Physics, focused on designing and operating a wide range of optical spectroscopy techniques at several institutions such as Empa (ETH, Switzerland) and at the international synchrotron facility Elettra (Trieste, Italy)

Designed and developed a market-oriented deep-UV Raman spectrometer

PhD in Physics from the University of Trieste and BS in Physics from University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Brescia

Christian Zakian, PhD

Senior systems engineer

15+ years of R&D experience in academia focused on clinical translation of optical and acoustic sensing and imaging technologies

Previous scientific lead in EU projects for advanced molecular endoscopy (Helmholtz Munich)

Expertise in translation of imaging techniques for dentistry

PhD in Physics (University of Manchester), Masters in Inflammation (Queen Mary University London)

Jean-Christophe Blancon, PhD

Team lead biophotonics 

10 years of research experience in physics, materials science, and optics-photonics at Rice University, Los Alamos National Lab, Université de Lyon, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Recipient of the 2018 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize for Semiconductor Physics and of the 2019 Highly Cited Researcher

PhD in Physics from Université de Lyon and MSc in Optics & Photonics from KIT

Joanna Hughes, PhD

Biophotonic application specialist

7 years of experience in physical chemistry focused on applications of optical spectroscopy to investigations of biological system and the effects on spectroscopic signatures relevant to enzymatic catalysis and for structural studies of biomolecular aggregates

Expertise in ultrafast photo physics of pharmaceutical products with the focus on their probable phototoxicity

PhD in Chemistry from The University of Manchester UK

Martin Varga

Junior photonic scientist

2 years of experience in experimental and theoretical quantum electronics, including quantum correlations, photonics, metamaterials and metadevices

BSc in Physics and currently completing Physics MSc at the University of Debrecen, been a visiting student at ETH Zürich for one year

Olena Synhaivska, PhD

Biophotonic application specialist

5 years of research experience in biosensor development and optical spectroscopy at Empa

Development of biosensors for specific metal ion detection using peptides; expertise in optical spectroscopy techniques for characterization of proteins implicated in neurodegenerative diseases

PhD in Physics from the University of Basel

Pardeep Kumar, PhD

Senior photonics engineer

10+ years of professional experience, with strong expertise in the development of optical system instrumentation and ultra-precise measurements for data acquisition

Extensive research experience in the design and development of optical systems for the study of light-matter interactions

PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and MSc in Chemistry from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, India
 
Electronics engineering

Anton Holmberg

Junior data scientist

Six months of experience in applying machine learning to physics research

MSc in Engineering Physics from Uppsala University

Bernie Hyung Seok Kim

Distinguished digital ASIC design engineer

25+ years of experience in semiconductor engineering

Previously with Samsung, Philips/NXP, Renesas, and TE Connectivity as a digital design lead for mixed-signal ASICs

BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Pusan National University, and PGC in Business Administration from the Open University

Cemal Baran Erdoğan

Junior electronics engineer

3 years of experince in academia with CMOS integrated circuit design

MSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at EPLF and BSc in Electronics with Minor in Physics at Sabanci University.

Ennio Monteil, PhD

ASIC design engineer

7 years of experience in R&D in academia at University of Turin and INFN

Design of analog and mixed-signal ASICs for the readout of silicon pixel detectors used in high energy physics applications at CERN; low-power and low-noise electronics design; ASIC testing and characterization, notably in high radiation environments

PhD in Physics from the University of Turin

Luis Miguel Jara Casas

Senior electronics engineer

5 years of experience in applied electronics research for high energy physics at CERN

Deep expertise in ASIC testing and characterization, especially in radiation harsh environments; radiation effects to electronics for pixel detectors, total ionizing dose (TID), single event effects (SEUs) and data acquisition systems (DAQ) development

MSc in Electronics Engineering and in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid

Paolo Livi, PhD

Team lead electronics engineering

10 years of experience in R&D conducted in academia (ETH Zurich) and in the industry (Dectris Ltd.)

Design of analog and mixed-signal CMOS integrated circuits (ASICs); design of novel sensors and of integrated sensing systems (bio-chemical sensors, hybrid photon counters); ultra-low power electronics

PhD in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich

Optics & photonics engineering

Bauke Tilma, PhD

Senior principal photonics engineer

16+ years of experience in academic (TU Eindhoven and ETH Zürich) and commercial (Coherent Laser Enterprise Zürich) research, development and production of Semiconductor laser and Photonic integrated circuits for Sensing applications and Telecommunication purposes

PhD in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology

Benjamin W. McMillen, PhD

Senior mechatronics engineer

18+ years of experience in academic and commercial research and development in fiber optics, ultrafast laser materials processing, and systems engineering

Specialization in mechatronics and systems design with an extensive background in electrical and mechanical engineering, applied physics and optics, laser-matter interaction, and ultrafast laser systems

PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh

Bertold Ian Bitachon, PhD

Photonics validation & test engineer

5 years of academic research experience focusing on high-speed optical fiber communication especially in system level implementation and digital signal processing

Deep expertise in high-speed photonic system incorporating machine learning for channel optimization

MSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from ETH Zurich; BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Twente

Jens Hofrichter, PhD

Manager optics & photonics engineering

15 years experience in integrated photonics R&D; drove the laser integration for Silicon Photonics at IBM

Led projects for the development of CMOS computed tomography scanners, wafer-level integration and photon counting for medical imaging, AR cameras and optical microphones at ams-Osram

Author of more than 30 patents; MSc in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen; PhD in Photonics from TU Eindhoven

R&D initiatives

Asma Jebali, PhD

Product owner R&D

15+ years of industrial experience in R&D

Initiated and managed multi-disciplinary R&D projects leading to the development of market-ready products such as medical devices and consumer appliance at Helbling Technik

Led business development and product ownership roles in dynamic start-ups

MSc in Microengineering at EPFL, PhD in Integrated Photonics at ETH Zurich & IBM Research

David Kallweit, PhD

Lead micro- and nano-optics

20+ years of experience in advanced development of novel technologies in MEMS and micro-/nano-optics with a focus on conception, feasibility, systems design and simulation

Previously with CSEM SA and Fraunhofer IPMS, led innovation and development projects in the fields of MEMS, optical biosensing, medical devices and lighting

PhD in micro-optics from IMTEK, University of Freiburg, Germany

Martin Gamble-Salt, PhD

Lead integrator optical subsystems

Optics design and manufacturing leader – ams OSRAM, Knowles Electronics and Heptagon

Martin is experienced in the “make it small, make it work” world of mobile & wearable sensing (Apple, Meta, Google), as well as tiny medical imaging systems

PhD in Physics from the University of Exeter

Svenja Mauthe, PhD

Program manager R&D

Expert in semiconductor optics and optical sensor development with 8+ years of experience in industry research

Previously managed and led interdisciplinary R&D programs and projects including state-aided projects leading to product development as R&D program manager at ams OSRAM

PhD in Photonics at ETH Zurich and IBM Research

Software & machine learning engineering

Agustina La Greca, PhD

Junior data scientist

5+ years of research experience spanning academia and industry, expertise at the intersection of computer science and healthcare

Previous work has focused on leveraging AI and ML methods to address critical healthcare challenges, with an emphasis on improving the quality of care for cancer patients

PhD graduate in Computer Science/Medical Physics attained from ETH University, accomplished through collaboration with the University Hospital of Zürich

Andrea Giussani, PhD

Senior machine learning engineer

9 years research and data science experience in both academia and industry

Academic Fellow in Computer Science at Bocconi University, Italy and a published author

Expertise in the area of MLOps, data science techniques and survival analysis

PhD in Statistics from Bocconi University

Anna Kutschireiter, PhD

Senior machine learning scientist

7 years of academic research at top US & European institutions; former Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School

Rich expertise computational neuroscience, state-of-the-art machine learning, nonlinear Bayesian filtering

PhD in computational neuroscience from the University of Zurich; MSc in Theoretical Physics from University of Heidelberg

Fernando Perez Cruz, Prof.

Head of machine learning research & AI

Deputy Executive Director of the Swiss Data Science Center and Professor at the Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich

Over 20 years’ of experience in applied machine learning research, including at Bell Labs and Amazon

PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid

Geoffrey Chinot, PhD

Machine learning research scientist

7 years of academic research experience in mathematical statistics with a particular focus on high-dimensional phenomena

Expertise in applied mathematics with applications to data-science (mathematical modelling, optimization, optimal transport)

PhD in theoretical statistics, Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Hannah Bos, PhD

Machine learning research scientist

10+ years of research experience in computational neuroscience and machine learning in academia and industry

Expertise in designing deep networks for time-dependent applications for custom edge devices, data analysis, and modeling of complex systems

PhD in Theoretical Neuroscience from RWTH Aachen; MSc in Physics from the University of Oslo


Jaime Moreno Mateos

Team lead software & machine learning engineering

15+ years of international experience in Information Technology, spanning across academia, R&D, start-ups and multinationals

Previously Team Lead Machine Learning at Credit Suisse, building ML-powered products to fight Financial Crime

MSc in Industrial Engineering from UPM. Data Science & ML management from EPFL

Juliane Klatt, PhD

Machine learning research scientist

6 years of academic research experience in Theoretical Physics and Computational Biology, plus 2.5 years of professional experience as data science consultant at the UN

Broad expertise in mathematical modelling and applications of machine learning

PhD in Theoretical Quantum Optics from University of Freiburg, Germany

Michael Seitz, PhD

Spectroscopy analyst

6 years of academic and industry research experience in material science, physics, chemical engineering, and opto-electronics at ETH, MIT, UAM, Harvard, and Stanford University

Extensive experience in deploying time-resolved microscopy and spectroscopy techniques for opto-electronic materials

PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the Autonomous University of Madrid. MSc and BS in Mechanical Engineering from ETH

Migle Grauzinyte, PhD

Senior machine learning scientist

7 years of research experience in academia and industry

Expertise in the area of computational modelling, optimization, data science techniques and deep learning

PhD in Computational Physics from the University of Basel, MPhys from the University of Edinburgh

Thomas Berger

Junior data analyst

1+ year of experience in advanced spectroscopic analysis and data exploitation concepts in bioprocessing

MSc in Applied Computational Life Sciences at ZHAW Wädenswil

Strategy & operations

Filip Ilievski

IT strategy consultant

15+ years international experience in designing & leading mission critical IT Infrastructure in R&D, Manufacturing, Telecom, Managed Services & Cloud Operators

In-depth IT wisdom and deep know how in IT System Engineering, Virtualization, Hyperconvergence & Datacenters

Former Head of IT in Managed Services Startup, and Chief IT Engineer in ams-OSRAM – Switzerland

Double Major in Computer Science & Management Information Systems

Florian Wiedmann

Associate strategy & operations

5 years of experience working in fast-growing start-ups and for a multinational professional services firm

Former Finance Director at a Swiss cybersecurity start-up

MSc in Business Analytics from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and a BA in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG)

Irina Mutti

Executive assistant

4 years of international experience as an executive assistant and office manager (Switzerland, Ireland)

Swiss Certificate of Business and Executive Assistance Proficiency

Lisa Wolff

Office manager

Fundamental experience as an Executive Assistant in a large corporation as well as a background in upscale hospitality

Remo Tschudi

IT admin/engineer

20+ years of experience in IT industry with main focus on support, system administration and engineering

Previously at RUAG, migrated 700+ users in Zurich, helped building infrastructures in other countries for migration purposes, and contributed to clean-up and outsourcing projects

Microsoft certified professional, technology specialist and systems administrator

Sophie Bouchard, PharmD

Associate strategy & business development

3 years of experience in pharmaceuticals & clinical pathology, focused on strategy and innovation 

Doctorate in Pharmacy, PharmD Candidate at Université de Lyon

MSc in Management at Emlyon Business School and National Taiwan University

System engineering

Giovanna Nigro

R&D engineer

7 years of experience in start-up and multinational corporations, working in the fields of wearable devices and total laboratory automation

Extensive experience in system testing and in feasibilities studies for innovative projects

MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Certified in Software Test Analysis (ISTQB Advanced), Requirement Engineering (IREB) and Business Analysis (IQBBA)

Mattias Cattepoel

Manager system engineering

15+ years of experience in systems engineering in aeronautics and space industry

Previous Team Lead System Engineering at RUAG Space, focus on team building and processes towards a robust and sustainable customer-oriented development

Dipl.-Ing. in Civil Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg

Marco Rocca, PhD

Fluidics scientist

4 years of research experience in microfluidics at IBM Research/KIT and 1 year of working experience at Cadence Design Systems

Expertise in microfluidics, capillary-driven flows, microfabrication, miniaturized assays, biosensing, prototyping, 3D printing and electronic package design

PhD in Chemistry from KIT and MSc in Nanotechnology from Politecnico di Torino

Mike Gugel

Junior test & lab automation engineer

One year of industrial experience in sensor development and test engineering, specializing in the advancement of medical devices

One year of combined academic and industrial research expertise, with a focus on photonics and automation engineering within the MedTech sector

MSc in Medical Engineering Science from the University of Lübeck

Mohammad Asghari, PhD

Fluidics engineer

6 years of research experience in developing microfluidic platforms for in-vitro diagnostics at ETH Zurich and UNAM 

Expertise in microfluidics, computational modeling, mechanobiology, and flow cytometry 

PhD in Biochemical Engineering from ETH Zurich; MSc in Materials Science from Bilkent University and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology

Onur Gökçe, PhD

Senior engineer microfluidics

15 years of multidisciplinary research experience in academia and industry at Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, IBM Research Zurich, Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH Zurich and 1Drop Diagnostics AG

Expertise in microfluidics, biochemistry at microscale and data science – and is a keen troubleshooter

PhD in Neuroscience from LMU Munich, MSc in Biosciences/Bioengineering and BSc in Mechatronics Engineering from Sabanci University

Robert Lovchik, PhD

Principal engineer

15 years of experience in developing microfluidics for diagnostics and cellular studies at IBM Research Zurich following 6 years on developing biotech and bioprocess engineering

Drove the productization of the microfluidic probe technology at IBM and worked with diagnostic companies to develop core technologies for research and market-oriented platforms

PhD in health sciences and technology from ETH Zurich, MSc in micro/nanotechnology (UAS Dornbirn), BS in biotechnology (ZHAW)

Selin Şengül

Junior technician

Worked as a project leader in a MedTech startup and on scientific programs on COVID-19 in academia

Passionate about developing innovative technological solutions that make a significant impact on enhancing people’s lives

MSc in Health Sciences and Technology with a major in medical technology from ETH Zurich

System integration

Lukas Brückner, PhD

 Lead system integrator optics & spectroscopy

10+ years expertise in the field of optical spectroscopy with focus on non-linear near-infrared Raman techniques

6+ years of experience working in a multi-national start-up environment leading the R&D team to implement innovative optical concepts for the design of novel miniaturized biomedical products

PhD in Physical Chemistry from Heidelberg University

Marcel-li Grimau Puigibert, PhD

Senior photonics engineer

+10 years experience in photonics R&D in both academia and industry

Deep expertise in photonic technologies for quantum communication and sensing applications

Previously team lead of at ams-OSRAM (Innovation office Lab) focused on the development of innovative photonic solutions for consumer market applications

PhD in Physics (University of Calgary), MSc in Photonics (ICFO-UPC, Barcelona)

ADVISORY BOARD

Christian Casal, PhD

Serial VC & PE investor with multiple successful exits

Formerly CEO of McKinsey Switzerland, and member of McKinsey’s Global Board, mostly focusing on financial services (Head of EMEA Banking)

Various Board positions in Switzerland incl. Lucernefestival, and Tafeln Schweiz

PhD and M.Sc. in Business Administration from University of St. Gallen

Stephen Oesterle, MD

Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates in Palo Alto since 2015; serving on several Boards (e.g., Baxter)

Formerly Medtronic’s Senior Vice-President for Medicine and Technology and a member of the Medtronic Executive Committee for 14 years

Served on the faculty at Stanford and Harvard Medical Schools while directing the Invasive Cardiology Services at Stanford Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital

Young Sohn, MS

Former Corporate President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics

Chairman of the Board of Harman International, served on the Boards of Arm, Cadence and Cymer

Seed investor to companies such as Berkeley Lights, Fungible, Zoom Video, Graphcore and TTTech, continuous to be very active venture investor

Jessie Inchauspé
aka Glucose Goddess

Author of the international bestseller “Glucose Revolution” (2022) and “The Glucose Goddess Method” (2023)
Founder of Glucose Goddess, providing actionable advice based on cutting-edge science, focusing on the importance of balancing one’s blood sugar to maximize health and longevity, which has garnered a community of >2m followers

Formerly Senior Product Manager at 23andMe, focusing on bridging genetic information and consumer behavior change

Oern Stuge, MD, MBA

Physician executive with 30+ years of international experience in life sciences

Currently Chairman of Orsco Lifesciences, successfully selling/listing 9 companies, including a unicorn

Former Medtronic’s Senior Vice-President and President of EMEA, Canada & emerging markets for 12 years, founded the Structural Heart Division and launched the first commercially available percutaneous heart valve in the world

Edward J. Ludwig, MBA

Board member of Boston Scientific and Board member at CVS health

Former Chairman of the Board of Becton, Dickinson and Company from 2002-2012, and its CEO from 2000-2011

Formerly served as a Director of Xylem, and as Vice Chair of the Board of trustees of the Hackensack University Medical Center Network

Jürgen Popp, Prof.

Chair of Physical Chemistry at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Scientific Director of the Liebniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena

Research interest includes biophotonics, in particular with the development and application of innovative Raman techniques for biomedical diagnosis

PhD in Chemistry from University of Würzburg, Post-doc from Yale University

Mervyn Singer, Prof. MD

Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London with over 30 years’ research experience

Has developed and co-developed medical devices resulting in e.g., reduced length of stay after surgery, improved COVID-19 care

Co-chaired the Sepsis-3 International Task Force that redefined sepsis (Singer JAMA 2016); paper has had >3 million views and is one of the most heavily cited in the scientific literature over the past 5 years

Petra Jantzer, PhD

Managing Director with Accenture focused on technology and digitization

VP of the Board of Advance – women in business society

Formerly Partner with McKinsey, where she worked for 17 years, focused on Pharma, Biotech & Technology

Post-doc, PhD and MSc in Biology and Immunology at Ludwig-Maximilians University

Omer Dzemali, Prof. MD

Chief Physician of the Clinic for Cardiac Surgery in the City Hospital Triemli Zurich

More than 20 years’ of experience in cardiology

Full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, State University Tetova (Macedonia); Lecturer in Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and University of Zurich

Doctorate in Medicine from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz

Thomas Shook, MD

Former Executive VP, Clinical Research Services and Chief Medical Officer, Parexel
International

More than 15 years experience consulting to early-stage and established companies in drug
and medical device development

Interventional cardiologist with over 20 years experience in academic and clinical medical
practice, and designing and conducting clinical trials in cardiovascular drugs and devices

Edoardo Charbon, Prof.

Full Professor of EPFL with over 25 years of exp. with CMOS sensors, biophotonics, ultra low-power wireless embedded systems, ultra high-speed and 3D optical sensors

Advised numerous organizations, including Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard, and the Carlyle Group

Diploma (ETH Zürich), MSc (UCSD) and PhD (UC-Berkeley) in Electrical Engineering

Joyce Wong, Prof.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University with more than 20 years of experience in development of novel biomaterials

Research interests include theranostics (detection and treatment) for cardiovascular diseases and cancer; tissue-engineered and nanoparticle strategies for cardiovascular diseases

PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stefano Ciampolini, Prof.

Serial healthcare and medical technology entrepreneur in Europe and the US with multiple successful exits in the dialysis and renal care sector

Adjunct Professor of Imperial College Business School in London, Mentor at Imperial Enterprise Lab’s Venture Mentoring Service as well as a member of the Chair of Entrepreneurship at ETH Zurich. Jury member of Venture Kick, Switzerland’s largest startup accelerator program

Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Prof. MD

Professor at the Medical School Trinity College and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Multiple roles in leading medical societies such as the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC)

Published >300 manuscripts on critically ill infection, sepsis and translational medicine in top-end journals

Lui Forni, Prof. MD

Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University of Surrey and Royal Surrey Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Wide ranging research experience ranging from basic physical chemistry through to patient centred clinical trials

Research interests focus on extracorporeal techniques and novel biomarkers for acute kidney injury translating research from the bench to the bedside. Published extensively particularly in critical care nephrology

Chris McIntyre, Prof. MD

Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Biophysics and Robert Linday Chair of Dialysis Research and Innovation at the University of Western Ontario, London

Leading a team of multidisciplinary researchers focused largely on the pathophysiology of the effecting cardiovascular, brain, liver and gastro-intestinal structure and function in patients with chronic kidney disease

Roland Betz, Dipl-Ing

45 years’ experience with medical devices (e.g., patient monitoring, dental, digital imaging, linear accelerators, dialysis, reha, etc.)

Roles included VP of Quality and Regulatory Affairs with Siemens, Gambro/Baxter and Invacare

International involvement and contacts with regulatory authorities in the EU, USA, China and India

Founder of an independent consulting company (RBQ!)

Stephen Goldrick, PhD

Associate Professor in Digital Bioprocess Engineering at the University College London

Former researcher at the UCL-AstraZeneca Center of Excellence, working on predictive multivariate decision-support tools in the bioprocessing sector

Specialized in the application of advanced data analytics and machine learning applications to the biotechnology industry

Andrew Berger, Prof.

Professor of Optics and of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester (USA)

Research interest in biomedical optics, particularly noninvasive spectroscopic assessment of biological tissues and single cells

PhD in Physics from MIT, post-doc at Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, University of California/Irvine

Lars Berger

Economist with 30 years of international healthcare industry experience

Led 15+ groundbreaking IVD, drug delivery and SaMD projects for companies like Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi driving significant business growth; Expert in agile innovation processes

Founder of Berger Services, providing consulting to Life Sciences and MedTech firms for opportunity assessment, portfolio analysis, and program management

Lutz Heinemann, Prof.

3 years as Assistant Professor in Neurophysiology at Düsseldorf University and 14 years at the Clinic for Nutrition and Metabolism

Founder and CEO of the Profil Institut für Stoffwechselforschung in Neuss, Germany until 2009; Member of diabetes associations, Scientific Advisory Boards for pharmaceutical companies, and Managing Editor of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology

Research focuses on insulin pharmacology and diabetes technology; Coordinated EU-funded project AP@home from 2010 to 2015.