Bertrand Klaiber has 20+ years’ experience in innovation management, strategic marketing and business development, with particular focus on emerging markets. He graduated in electrical engineering at EPFL in 1994, and completed an MBA with honors at the University of Lausanne in 2004. He worked for several international companies, namely Motorola Semiconductors, Logitech and LEM, assuming increasing levels of responsibility from project management to worldwide strategic marketing manager.
In 2010 Bertrand co-created the EssentialMed foundation whose mission consists in providing access to appropriate medical technologies to impoverished communities across the globe. He was part of the team that initiated GlobalDiagnostiX project, which arose from the observation that most health workers in the South have to deal – often heroically – with the lack of reliable medical equipment in their hospitals. This project aimed to develop a new medical imaging system specifically for these contexts. From 2012 to 2015, Bertrand led the development of the technology at EPFL with a consortium of several research and medical institutes. Convinced that both high profitability and large social impact could be achieved simultaneously, he developed an original business model and founded the Pristem company to industrialize and deploy the solution. He also developed the EssentialTech program at EPFL, with which Pristem continues to work closely to develop other medical equipment highly needed in emerging markets.
Swiss, born in 1961, graduated with a degree in business management, Master of Science in Management from HEC University in Lausanne and PED program in international management at IMD, Stéphane has more than 20 years’ Management & Operational experience and expertise and has held senior executive positions (Chairman, Board member/President du Directoire and CEO) for more than 10 years in numerous Swiss and international companies, in various activities, with different types of shareholders/investors.
Stephane has an impressive track record in Business building & Management (incl. Luxury & Watches, telecommunication, high-tech start-ups, Strategic Project), in Finance (M&A, Investment funds, Venture Capital, Equity fundraising, structured finance, financial engineering, portfolio management, credits & risks, tax optimisation), and Consulting (strategy, Business development, operational, production, marketing & sales). He has led multidisciplinary operational teams of experts, has managed large budgets and many large teams throughout his career.
Founder member of the Foundation Essentialmed, Stephane has actively participated to the definition of the strategy of the Foundation and to the concept of developing and deploying effective, high-quality and affordable medical devices, adapted to the needs of impoverished communities across the globe. He has notably been part of the first concrete project named “GlobalDiagnostiX” developped and fully supported by EPFL, Lausanne, that became Pristem SA.
Stéphane founded in 2010 the Swiss Watch Company Frères Rochat SA, specialised in the Singing Bird automatons, which he sold in 2016.
Klaus Schönenberger obtained an MS in Microengineering (1993), followed by a PhD (1996) from EPFL. After a post-doc at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, he spent over 10 years in the medical devices industry in leading positions such as Vice-President of Worldwide R&D in a $100m company and Global Vice-President of Research and Technology in a $1bn company. He has supervised the launch of over 25 electro-medical devices on the market and filed 23 patents. In 2009 he started-up the EssentialMed Foundation, an innovative non-profit venture, which he is now leading as its CEO. In 2011, he joined EPFL to initiate and lead EssentialTech, a program aimed at developing technologies and business models adapted to the context of low-income countries. He is currently leading several pioneering projects under the EssentialTech umbrella in various areas such as an infant incubator for developing countries, and two projects in the area of viral diseases such as Ebola. The flagship project of EssentialTech is project GlobalDiagnostiX: designing and deploying an appropriate digital x-ray imaging system and business model for developing and emerging countries. He also proposed and led the creation of a research center in Cameroon jointly operated by EPFL and the Polytechnic Institute in Yaoundé.
Mr Peter Cardle, a chartered Electronics Engineer, has, for the last 30 years, been responsible for international sales and business development of medical imaging firms, including Thales, GE Health Care and Fischer Imaging Corporation. His last position was Vice President of Sales for EOS Imaging, a French high-tech start-up selling an innovative full-body orthopaedic x-ray imaging system.
Romain Sahli is a software engineer with several years of experience in the medical devices industry. After graduating in Communication Systems at the EPFL with a specialization in image processing, Romain Sahli worked for two years as a software engineer at Varian Medical Systems, the worldwide leading manufacturer of radiation therapy medical equipment. He worked closely with the project management office and quality engineers during the whole development phase and participated in the technical decision processes. He joined the GlobalDiagnostiX management team at the end of 2013. He was responsible for coordinating the work of more than 40 scientists, engineers, medical experts and external partners, and communicating common objectives towards the conception of the appropriate x-ray device. Moreover he is in charge of managing all the technical specifications as well as the system requirements and user aspects, constantly liaising with stakeholders and partners in Africa.
Our potential CTO has extensive knowledge in high-tech R&D team management. He has 20 years of activity in technical development and 16 years in managing multidisciplinary teams developing high quality industrial, traction and automotive products composed of electronic, sensors, embedded software and mechanical components. He holds a master’s degree in micro-engineering and a PhD in applied science from EPFL. During his career, he has participated to several research programs and has achieved successful transfers of academic research works into industrial products. Responsible for the on-time/quality/cost delivery of full product development roadmaps, he has built multidisciplinary teams and associated work processes to successfully achieve his objectives and cope with constantly evolving technical fields and business needs.
Our potential COO is an innovative, visionary, engaged and results-driven leader who focused on achieving high performance and company transformations in challenging environments. Over the last 20 years he progressively acquired functional/program/portfolio & general management expertise in highly regulated industries (Aerospace and MedTech). He was respectively Project leader, Director of Medical Devices Development, Chief Technology Officer and Site Manager within several Medtech firms including a leading diagnostic imaging company. Expert in managing the entire product life cycle encompassing research, development, quality, regulatory, manufacturing, supply and services, he successfully designed and deployed medical device organizations, built partnerships with key decision makers, increased productivity and reduced time to market.