Dr. Solomzi Makohliso is the Deputy Leader of the the EssentialTech Program at EPFL. He is an international entrepreneur with biotechnology industry experience from the United States, Europe, and South Africa. He was also the founder and CEO of Ayanda Biosystems in Switzerland, and a Resident Entrepreneur at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa. He currently serves on the Swiss National Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation in Science & Technology with Africa. Previously, he served as a member of the Biotechnology Advisory Panel for the national Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in South Africa and was a Member of the Nanotechnology Advisory Board in South Africa. He holds a PhD in Biomaterials from EPFL.
Marie Ivorra Grosse has been working for more than 20 years in Technology driven companies. She started her career as Project Manager in a SME, based in Switzerland and leader in high end space components. After some years, she took over the responsibility for the technical department and later became CEO. The company then integrated the RUAG Group, where she led a Business Unit in the space division for 8 years. In this function she considerably enhanced the sales of the existing products and initiated the development of new products for space, medical and industrial applications.
She recently decided to make a change in her career by focusing her efforts on startups in technical application domains. In this role she challenges funders in strategic orientation and business development. She establishes strategic partnerships with industries and academic partners. Her main objective is to develop and strengthen management teams in order to maximize company profitability and efficiency for the sustain future of the companies.
Marie Ivorra Grosse obtained her Master in Microtechnology from the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne (Switzerland).
Dr. Beat Stoll holds a diploma in Medicine from the Medical Faculty of Basel and a diploma in Health Care and Management in Tropical Countries from the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel, Switzerland. After a MD thesis in Medical specialty of Internal Medicine (FMH) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, he achieved a Master in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Geneva in 1996. From 1985 to 1998, Mr. Stoll practiced internal medicine in various hospitals in Switzerland and Cameroon, also being Joint Chief Medical Officer in Tropical medicine in Bafang, Cameroon. Then he worked as National Project Coordinator of a Prevention programme in Primary Health Care at the University of Geneva, also being Staff member of the Master in Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action and Staff member of the Master in Advanced Studies in Public Health.
Dr. Beat Stoll is co-founder of the EssentialMed foundation addressing the problem of access to essential medical devices in the developing world. Since more than 15 years, he is also Consultant and teacher for various health projects in Africa, mainly in Cameroon, in the domain of strengthening Primary Health Care. The collaboration includes WHO Geneva, the Health Ministry in Cameroon, the ICRC, the tuberculosis program in Cameroon and the Novartis Foundation. Finally, he is in charge of teaching community health and tropical medicine at the medical faculty and since 2015 of the coordination of the first Master of Science in Global health in Switzerland focusing an international target group of students at University of Geneva.
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.
Mr. Theo Camenzind (Eng. ETH) is working since about 30 years for the JOSEF BETSCHART AG (www.xray-swiss.ch), a Swiss renowned manufacturer of innovative and highly dependable medical power generators and x-ray systems. As the CTO, Mr. Camenzind is responsible for the development and the manufacturing of the products of the company. Since 2007 he is the Senior partner and the CEO of the company.
Dr Jean-Philippe Thiran is Associate Professor in Signal Processing at the Swiss Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL). He also holds a 20% associate professor position with the Department of Radiology of the University Hospital Center and University of Lausanne (CHUV-UNIL).
Prof Samuel Nko’o Amvene is Head of the radiology department at the University Hospital Center of Yaoundé, Cameroon, General Coordinator of the specialized studies in clinical radiology at the Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Faculty of the University of Yaoundé I, and General Inspector of services at the Ministry of Higher Education.