Stefan Tuchschmid, PhD
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 netpictures.ch 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 built up a dedicated team and shaped VirtaMed together with Co-CEO Raimundo Sierra to become a global leader in surgical training with over 100 employees globally.
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 market. Stefan lives in Winterthur, Switzerland, is married and fully relies on the smiles of his three small children to bring things into perspective.