Panelists: Sustainable Innovation Culture



Dr. Daniel W. Bühler

Daniel Buehler holds an eMBA (University Zurich / Stanford University, USA) as well as a MSc in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. After several years in clinical research and working as an engineer, he transferred into Medtech industry joining Sulzer Medica. At Sulzer, he held a variety of positions with responsibilities in R&D, Marketing&Sales and Operations. When Centerpulse was acquired by Zimmer, he moved to Zimmer’s HQ and served first as VP in R&D and later took over the responsibility of Zimmer’s Quality and RA organisations. Since 2011 he acts as CEO & President “Vascular Intervention” of Biotronik.


Dr. Gery Colombo

Gery Colombo is the founder & CEO of Hocoma Switzerland, the global market leader for the development, manufacturing and marketing of robotic and sensorbased devices for functional movement therapy. He completed his Studies of Electrical Engineering at the ETH Zurich in 1992. He became Head of Research at the Research department of the Spinal Cord Injury Center, University Clinic Balgrist, Zurich from 1993 – 2001. He was promoted to Dr Sc Techn at the Institute for Biomet Technology of ETH, Zurich in 2001. In 2004,  Gery Colombo was awarded the “Ernst & Young” Entrepreneur of the year in the Start-Up Category.

Corinne König

Corinne König has been working for DePuy Synthes (former Synthes) for 10 years where she is currently responsible for the global strategic marketing of the Trauma Hand and Wrist business, leading a global team with members in Switzerland and the United States.

Before, Corinne König was managing the Trauma Shoulder and Elbow and the Knee strategic marketing groups. Corinne König started her career with Synthes as a Product Manager after graduating from University of Lugano (Switzerland) with a Master of Science in Corporate Communications and Economics.


Beat Lechmann

Beat Lechmann current role is R&D Director for Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine at DePuy Synthes in Solothurn. He holds degrees in Precision Engineering and Industrial Engineering.

His professional career led him from Netstal Machinery Ltd to the AO/ASIF Research and Development Institutes, to Mathys Medical Bettlach Ltd and then to Synthes. His professional focus is the development of new treatments including instruments and implants for trauma, spine surgery but also sports medicine.


Dr. Michael Oberle

Trained in electrical engineering and technology management, Michael Oberle has more than 15 years of experience in founding and managing high-tech enterprises. Michael Oberle is CEO of NeMoDevices, a medical device company providing solutions for monitoring of cerebral blood flow and brain tissue oxygenation. Prior to NeMoDevices, he was managing director of Zurich Medtech AG. Before that, he had joined Schmid&Partner Engineering AG and IT'IS Foundation to establish and manage their new medical technology divisions. Michael Oberle was co-founder and CEO of Miromico AG.


Jürg H. Schnetzer

Jürg Schnetzer has been Executive Director of Swissmedic, Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, since 1 August 2007. In his professional career, he held several senior management positions in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry. Before joining Swissmedic, he worked as an independent consultant for legal and economic affairs at Markwalder & Partners, where he also held the mandate as Manager and Secretary General of the FASMED. Jürg Schnetzer is an Attorney at Law of the Canton of Berne. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Health Administration.

Prof. Dr. Beda Stadler

Beda Stadler, former Director of the University Institute of Immunology at the Insel Hospital in Bern, is emerited professor of Immunology from the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern.

His major research interests were in basic research in the field of allergy and autoimmunity as well as applied research in the field of immunology.

As Vice President of the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) he is heading the life science team.

Prof. Dr. Gabor Szekely

Gabor Szekely is member of CTI since 2010 and responsible for MedTech since 2013. He is Professor for Medical Image Analysis and Visualization at ETH Zurich, heading the research group Medical Image Computing at the Computer Vision Laboratory.

Between 2001 and 2013 he was Director of the National Center of Competence in Research on Computer Aided and Image Guided Medical Interventions (NCCR Co-Me). 



Dr. Yanik Tardy

Yanik Tardy obtained his Ph.D. thesis in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 1992. Active in applied and fundamental research in Biomedical Engineering in various academic institutions for approximately 10 years, he then moved to Medical Device industry.

He has been active in this sector for the last 18 years, in various positions such as Technology development, Product Development and Operation. He is currently R&D Vice President for Global Endodontics with Dentsply Sirona Inc.


Andy Tonazzi

Andy Tonazzi brings over 15 years of experience in various leadership positions in service oriented companies. He started with a technical focussed education and has studied leadership and management.

Andy Tonazzi was given the responsibility for sales and key account management in 2009. One year later he was named CEO of konplan and successfully closed a management buyout in 2012. Since then he developed the company to well positioned player in the Swiss Engineering market for Medical Devices and Mechatronic Systems with close to 50 highly skilled employees.