Children and adolescents suffering from forearm loss or upper amelia (lack of a limb since birth) are restricted in the types of activities they can engage in. SwissProsthetics provides a robust, reliable and affordable modular prosthetic solution that allows a variety of activities – such as biking and skiing – to be performed with minimal restrictions.
The team develops prosthetic hand modules for various activities. It has developed and successfully tested solutions for riding a bike, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and playing tennis, among others. The hand modules are coupled to an adaptive shaft through a quick-release coupling system which makes it possible to attach and release the prosthetic modules quickly and reliably. The range of applications is continuously adapted and expanded to meet the relevant needs.
The project was launched as a two-year cooperative venture between appsocial.org and the Institute of Mechatronic Systems at ZHAW in Winterthur. At Wyss Zurich, the project team develops the necessary process steps for market entry in close collaboration with the project initiator and mentor, Professor Andreas Trojan, MD.
This project is supported by the following partners: appsocial.org foundation, Béatrice Ederer-Weber Stiftung, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Innosuisse, Michel Fornasier Charity "Give Children a Hand", MyHandicap foundation, Venture, Venture Kick and Wyss Zurich.
Learn more about SwissProsthetics on the Website www.swissprosthetics.com
Co-Project Leader - R&D
Alex Antosch is the Co-Project Leader at SwissProsthetics. He has the technical lead and is responsible for product development, technical product management, and supply chain management. During his studies, he developed a climbing prosthesis with an increased tensile strength patented with ETH Zurich. Additionally, Alex gained a broad knowledge of patient care, which he can use in the development of a mass-customizable-product. He completed his Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University in Vienna.
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Co-Project Leader - Business Development
Myriam Lingg holds a PhD in Epidemiology (2017). She has a strong track record in scientific and business tasks. During her former assignments in the medical device industry, she was in charge of international product management (Germany) and marketing manager (Mexico). During and since her PhD, she has been published six peer-reviewed first author research studies with a focus on stakeholder relations in health systems. While working for the ECPM in Basel, she gained in-depth experience in cost-impact studies. Since 2018 she is involved in different mandates for start-ups regarding business development. Myriam will support SwissProsthetics in the function of a Co-Project Lead and will focus on Management tasks and Clinical Affairs.
Miro Alessandro Giobbi
Research Assistant Intern
Miro Giobbi joined the SwissProsthetics team at Wyss Zurich in May 2020. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and Technology. Currently, he is studying for a Master’s degree in Medical Technology at ETH Zurich. Prior to joining SwissProsthetics, he completed a research internship at the Responsive Biomedical Systems Lab at ETH Zurich and served as President of the student association Health and Technology (HeaT).
RA & QA Manager
Michelle Gumpelmayer holds an MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna (2018). After her graduation, she relocated to Zurich and started working in the MedTech Industry. In her previous position as Regulatory Affairs Specialist for robotic devices in neurorehabilitation, she was coordinating and monitoring product registrations worldwide. Together with the Quality, Development, and Product Management departments, she was strongly involved in the creation and adaptation of the technical product documentation. Furthermore, she gave support in medical device vigilance reporting and respective CAPA handling. With her experience in medical device regulations, she will have the RA and QA Lead at SwissProsthetics.
Marketing & PR Manager
Carina Linzer joined the SwissProsthetics team at Wyss Zurich in September 2019. She is responsible for the areas of business development, marketing, and PR. Carina earned Bachelor's degrees in Corporate Communication and Spanish at FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW, and the University of Vienna. Before joining SwissProsthetics she worked at Ashoka Austria/CEE as a Marketing Manager.
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After his bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics at TU Wien, he realigned to Biomedical Engineering to deploy his resources to the direct improvement of people’s health and wellbeing. In addition to a diploma supplement on innovation, he did various further trainings on machine learning and data science. Working in a hospice awakened his urge to alleviate suffering. Therefore, he helped Romanian families in the scope of the development aid project Concordia Transilvania and worked with children in the St. Anna Children’s Hospital. Feeling the need to find the right roomies, not just the right accommodation, he co-founded a flat-sharing-platform. Since January 2020, Lukas is part of the team of SwissProsthetics.
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Andreas Trojan is Mentor of the Associate Project SwissProsthetics. He initialized a research project for the development of modular prosthetics. He started with a two years collaboration with the Institute of Mechatronic Systems at ZHAW. Together with his cofounders, he received support from the foundation appsocial.org to develop the proof of concept. The team has also secured additional funding by a renowned private investor to further speed up the development as medical product with certification and shape market access. Besides coming to ETH Zurich, Andreas obtains a position as senior physician at the Brust- and OnkoZentrum Zürich. After his postdoc in Boston he managed to reach a position as Titular-Professor at the University of Zurich medical faculty. His broad biological and medical background prepared him well for his passion about technologies.