Chair of the Board
Until 2015, Renate Schreiber was CEO of Medela Group, a leader in breastfeeding products and medical vacuum solutions with distribution in more than 90 countries. Her global network to key opinion leaders, experience in women’s health, and the track record to build high-growth medical device companies is highly relevant to make Ava a global success. Renate has studied at the University of St. Gallen / Switzerland and Harvard Business School / USA. She joined Ava’s board of directors at the end of 2015.
Benedikt Baumgartner, PhD
Benedikt has an Master in electrical engineering and a PhD in computer science, both from TU München / Germany. During his PhD Benedikt worked on the automation of cardiac devices and algorithms for robust patient monitoring in close collaboration with healthcare professionals. Benedikt is the author of several publications and presented his results at various international conferences. Before joining Ava in October 2015, Benedikt worked as a product manager for Biotronik, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cardio- and endovascular medical devices.
Lea von Bidder
President Ava Science and VP Marketing
Lea co-founded L’inouï, a premium chocolate production and retail chain in Bangalore, India. She holds a Master’s degree in global entrepreneurship from EM Lyon in France, Zhejiang University in China and Purdue Krannert University in the USA. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of St.Gallen and HEC Montréal in Canada. In between her studies, Lea worked for the marketing division of Procter & Gamble in Frankfurt and for a strategy-consulting boutique in Paris.
Co-Founder, VP Product & Operations
Philipp has a bachelor degree in mechanical and process engineering and a master’s degree in Management, Technology and Economics, both from ETH Zurich. He started his career in the marketing department of Porsche AG in Stuttgart. Thereafter, he joined an international corporation active the pharmaceutical and medical industries. After two years, Philipp took over responsibility of their medical division. In 2011, Philipp became managing director of the company’s business in South Africa. After three years in Johannesburg, Philipp joined the Ava team. He is currently responsible for product management and operations.
Pascal has worked in wearable tech for more than ten years. He built up smartwatch company Limmex and research company Smartwatch Group. Pascal won various international prizes for his projects and was named one of the 300 most influential Swiss persons by the Swiss business magazine Bilan. Pascal has studied at the University of St. Gallen and Columbia Business School. Before focusing on wearable technologies, he worked as a product manager at medtech company Synthes and as a business consultant at McKinsey.
Peter has spent the last 10 years building up high-tech ventures. Before Ava he co-founded greenTEG, where he developed various sensor solutions for OEM customers. Prior to that, he built up the renewable energy project developer sol-E Suisse as CTO. He holds several patents and has received various startup and technology awards. Peter studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich and holds an executive diploma in management from the University of St. Gallen. He is member of the American Society of Reproduction Medicine (ASRM).
Lisa Falco, PhD
VP Data Science
After an MSc in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg/Sweden, Lisa did a PhD in biomedical signal processing at EPFL in Lausanne/Switzerland and was a visiting researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston/US. Lisa worked in the algorithm and signal processing teams of Solianis (non-invasive measurement of blood sugar) and Scanco Medical (microcomputed tomography scanners). Lisa is the author of several patents and has presented scientific results at various international conferences.
Prof. Dr. Elena Gates
Prof. Dr. Elena Gates is a general obstetrician and gynecologist at the UCSF Obstetrics & Gynecology faculty practice at Mission Bay, which Gates was responsible for opening in 2011. Gates serves as vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF. She joined Ava’s scientific advisory board in 2016 and advises Ava on medical topics in the US.
Prof. Dr. med. Brigitte Leeners
Scientific Advisory Board
After medical studies at the University of Aachen/Germany, Prof. Leeners became a senior physician at the University of Zurich/Switzerland. One of her main research topics is mathematical modelling of the menstrual cycle. Prof. Leeners’ research has been published in leading publications in the field of gynecology and reproduction medicine around the world. Prof. Leeners has been strongly involved in the scientific studies of Ava, and joined the scientific advisory board in 2015.
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