Keynote speakers 2018

PANEL 1 // Medical technology meets flexible electronics

24 October 2018 // 10:30 - 12:00


Dr. Michael Meyer

KEYNOTE:Ecosysterms in MedTech: Strategy for global leaders

Dr. Michael Meyer
Siemens Healthineers - Siemens Healthcare GmbH

PANEL 2 // Diagnostics | Analytics

24 October 2018 // 13:30 - 15:00


Marie-Luise Kriebitzsch

KEYNOTE:Data-driven personalized medicine

Marie-Luise Kriebitzsch
Roche Diagnostics GmbH

As Digital Business Manager Marie-Luise Kriebitzsch is part of the team for personalized medicine of Roche Diagnostics GmbH with focus on the commercialization of the Roche Digital Diagnostics and CDx portfolio.

Ms. Kriebitzsch holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in computer visualistics with a focus on human medicine. She has worked in various roles for software providers in the healthcare sector and has developed and commercialised solutions with innovative software products and in the field of digital health.

The NAVIFY Tumor Board software supports teams of physicians in the implementation of tumor boards. The software simplifies the coordination of tumor boards as well as the collection, presentation and discussion of patient information. This helps to define and track customized therapies. In addition, the NAVIFY Tumor Board allows clinically relevant data to be combined with real data (RWD) and guidelines. Thus, the software contributes to fast, improved treatment decisions, which can be crucial for cancer patients.

PANEL 3 // New oncological concepts

24 October 2018 // 15:30 - 17:00


PD Dr. med. habil. Stephan Fricke

KEYNOTE: High potential of new immunoncological therapies

PD Dr. med. habil. Stephan Fricke
Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI

PANEL 4 // Smart Medical Devices

25 October 2018 // 11:00 - 12:30


Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz

KEYNOTE: Flexible microimplants as interfaces to the nervous system

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz

University of Freiburg, Department of Microsystems Engineering - IMTEC, Laboratory for Biomedical Microtechnology

Thomas Stieglitz graduated in electrical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe in 1993. He received his doctorate (summa cum laude) in 1998 and his habilitation in 2002 at the University of Saarland. From 1993 to 2004 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering in St. Ingbert/Saar in the field of neuroprosthetics. Since 2004 he has been working at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg as Professor for Biomedical Microtechnology at the Institute of Microsystems Technology (IMTEC). He is co-author of about 100 scientific journal articles, 300 conference papers and co-inventor of 18 patents. He is co-founder and consultant of the neurotechnical spin-off companies CorTec GmbH and neuroloop GmbH.

Stieglitz is deputy speaker of the BrainLinks-BrainTools excellence cluster and is involved in the development of miniaturized implants for the neurosciences and chronic applications for neurorehabilitation in the brain as well as in the peripheral nervous system. Electrode arrays for sensory feedback after amputation have been used in "sentient prostheses" for upper and lower extremities; selective vagus nerve stimulation for lowering blood pressure is being transferred to human studies.

PANEL 5 // Bioinformatics

25 October 2018 // 14:00 - 15:30


Axel Nemetz 

KEYNOTE: Ask Dr. Watson!?! Healthcare opportunities with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Axel Nemetz

IBM Deutschland GmbH

Artificial intelligence is increasingly finding its way into the most diverse areas of our lives. Three examples from the healthcare sector are presented, which describe the benefits, existing hurdles as well as the dynamics and opportunities.

Axel Nemetz heads the Life Sciences division at IBM in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He has worked for health insurance companies, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in Europe, the US and Asia and is familiar with the challenges and opportunities in healthcare. He completed his education with a doctorate in biophysics at the Max Planck Institute in Mainz.