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VirtaMed Board of Directors


You need good leaders if you want to grow in the right direction. VirtaMed is proud to have found a group of such experienced directors to steer the company towards new successes.

Dr. Eduard M. Brunner, Chairman

Dr. Eduard M. Brunner is the owner of Edbru AG, a company engaged in the financing of start-up companies. He worked in various Swiss industrial companies in different management positions up to the delegate of the board. He is a member of the board of the StartAngels Network, Zurich.

Dr. Brunner holds a PhD in Technical Sciences from the ETH Zurich, a Master's in Business Administration from the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, as well as a Master's in Electrical Engineering from the ETH Zurich.

He was the president of the ETH Alumni Association for ten years.

Dr. Werner Berner

Since 2008, Dr. Werner Berner has been founder and president of Berner Partners AG, a consulting and engineering company. He is also a board member in different companies, mainly in the medical field, as well as president in several foundations.

Dr. Berner has had different functions in international companies. His tasks included, among others, building up a production plant for orthopedic implants, and the related international supply chain. Until 1991, he was responsible for Research & Development as well as manufacturing at an optical device company with products and systems for different applications.

He graduated in mechanical engineering at the University of Applied Science in Brugg-Windisch, Switzerland. Afterwards, Dr. Berner pursued studies at the University of Bern and finished with a PhD in physics from the faculty of science.

Dr. Peter H. Müller

Dr. Peter Müller spent a part of his childhood and working life in Japan, where his grandfather founded COSA/UHAG Ueberseehandel AG in 1927. Dr. Müller continued in the management of family machinery business, active in 10 Asian countries.

For 20 years he has invested into Swiss start-up companies, and in 1999 he founded the StartAngels Network. He graduated as Dipl. Mechan. Ing. ETH in 1974.

Dr. Peter Müller is President of the foundation for the Capri Philosophical Park.

Prof. Dr. Gábor Székely, Co-Founder

Prof. Gábor Székely was elected full Professor at the Computer Vision Laboratory of the ETH Zurich in 2002. He is Director of the NCCR Co-Me (National Centres of Competence in Research in Computer Aided and Image Guided Medical Interventions) of the Swiss National Science Foundation with an annual budget of more than CHF 10 million.

Prof. Székely initiated and led the hysteroscopy simulator project (2001-2004). His major research interest is the development of algorithms and clinical systems for the optimal computer support of medical diagnosis, therapy, training and education. He is a thought leader in the medical image analysis research community with a excellent reputation for his work in surgical simulation.

Dr. Stefan Tuchschmid, VirtaMed CEO and Co-Founder

Stefan Tuchschmid received a Master's degree in electrical engineering from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland in 2005. To finance his undergraduate studies, Stefan founded his first and still-existing company in 2001 when he was 22. In parallel to his PhD thesis "High-fidelity surgical simulator for hysteroscopy" at ETH Zurich, he launched VirtaMed in 2007 to create the most realistic simulators possible. Since then, he has built up a dedicated team and shaped VirtaMed to become the technology leader in surgical training.

Stefan is winner of the MICCAI Young Scientist Award 2007 and the Swiss Economic Award 2013 in Hightech/Biotech as well as serial-winner of most business plan competitions in Switzerland. As any other true entrepreneur, Stefan is passionate about bringing ideas to life and products to the market. Stefan lives in Zurich, Switzerland, is married and fully relies on the smiles of his baby son to bring things into perspective.