Team

Dr. Jannis Fischer

FOUNDER & CEO

Jannis studied physics at FU and HU Berlin with exchanges to ETH Zurich, University of California Los Angeles, and CERN. During his PhD at ETH Zurich, he worked on the development of SAFIR, a small animal PET system with unprecedented temporal resolution. BPET (a SAFIR spin-off) started in 2017 with the grant of an ETH Pioneer Fellowship to Max and Jannis. Since then other awards have followed, e.g. VentureKick and Forbes Europe 30 under 30. Jannis works mainly on NeuroLF electronics, image reconstruction, and business development.

Dr. Max Ahnen

FOUNDER & COO

After studying physics at the TU Munich, the Max Planck Institute for Physics, and Durham University, Max became a PhD student on gamma-ray Cherenkov telescopes at the ETH Zurich Institute for Particle Physics. Upon finishing his PhD, Max, together with Jannis, was awarded the 2017 ETH Pioneer Fellowship for the Brain PET Project. VentureKick and Forbes Europe 30 under 30 followed. Max spends his time advancing the business, writing software, and developing the NeuroLF system.

Dr. Ekaterina Mikhaylova

RESEARCH LEAD

Ekaterina earned her Ph.D. in Physics with an emphasis on Medical Imaging from the Institute for High Energy Physics of Barcelona in Spain. After finishing the doctoral studies Ekaterina joined the MEDISIP group at University of Ghent as a postdoctoral researcher. From 2016 to 2019 she continued her career in the field of Medical Imaging at the University of California, Davis. In 2020 Ekaterina joined Positrigo as a Nuclear Medical Imaging Research Lead.

Elena Bernasconi

CARAQA Manager

Elena studied Health Science and Technology at ETH Zurich with a Major in Neuroscience and has spent an exchange semester at the University of Melbourne. After finishing her master degree, she started with us in 2020 as a Trainee. In September 2020 she graduated with a CAS CARAQA from FHNW. She is our Manager for Clinical, Regulatory, and Quality Affairs 

Fynn von Kistowski

Electrical Engineer

Fynn earned his MSc in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich in 2020 with focus on digital electronics and FPGA design. He is passionate about medical technology and has been working in hardware development teams of startups and companies in the fields of automated vision and active prosthetics in Zurich and Reykjavík. In 2020 Fynn joined Positrigo as a electrical engineer.

Elias Werner

El.Eng./Student

Elias finished his apprenticeship in Electronics EFZ from ETH Zurich in 2018. He was a key worker also for the BPET project in the group of Prof. Dissertori, with diverse tasks in firmware and electronics design and development. He continuously improved his education and was awarded the Swiss Berufsmaturität in 2020, which allowed him to start studying Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich in the winter semester of 2020. Elias started as electrical engineer working student in 2020.

Sandro Schickli

EL.ENG./STUDENT

Sandro finished his apprenticeship in Electronics EFZ from ETH Zurich in 2016 and continued working in the engineers pool of the ETH Zurich Institute for Particle Physics until 2017 where he contributed significantly to PET detector electronics development. In 2019 he achieved the Swiss Matura. He is studying Physics at ETH Zurich since winter semester 2019 and started as electrical engineer working student in Positrigo in 2020.

Juan Manuel Streb, PDEng

Software, Det. Lead

Juan, electrical engineer and software engineer by training, completed his formal education in software technology with a PDEng from TUe (Eindhoven, NL) in 2011. While working in companies in Argentina, the Netherlands, and Switzerland he always stayed close to the hardware. He accumulated years of experience on hardware-software systems and their architecture. In 2020 Juan joined Positrigo as a software developer – detector system lead.

Advisors

Prof. Dr. Bruno Weber

CO-FOUNDER, ADVISOR

Co-Founder of Swisstrace and Professor at the Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of Zurich, Weber brings together expertise from PET imaging, biology, and business.

Dr. Werner Lustermann

CO-FOUNDER, ADVISOR

Senior scientist and responsible for the engineers and technicians pool at the Institute of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, with 20+ years experience. He has a track record of ground breaking detectors included in the CMS experiment at CERN, AMS1 aboard a NASA Space Shuttle Mission, AMS2 operational on the International Space Station, the First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope on La Palma, and the ambitious SAFIR PET scanner.

Prof. Dr. Günther Dissertori

CO-FOUNDER, ADVISOR

Professor for Particle Physics at ETH Zurich, Dissertori brings 20+ years of experience in particle physics into our project. The current head of the Institute of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at ETH and former Deputy Spokesperson of the CMS experiment at CERN.

Prof. em. Dr. Alfred Buck

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD, ADVISOR

Co-Founder of Swisstrace and Professor and Director at the Nuclear Medicine section of the University Hospital Zurich. Buck helps the team build a device from clinicians, for clinicians.

Urs Suter

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, ADVISOR

Former CEO and chairman of the board of directors at Siemens Healthcare AG and Healthcare Diagnostics GmbH.

Michael Stucky

ADVISOR

Michael was CFO and co-founder of GlycoVaxyn, a Swiss biotech start-up and ETH spinoff (sold to GSK), as well as a co-founder of Silicon Valley software start-ups. Prior to this, Michael spent 10 years at Swiss bank Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch, both in Switzerland and North America. Michael holds Masters’ degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Zurich. He is our Innosuisse coach.

Prof. Dr. Kris Thielemans

ADVISOR

Internationally recognized expert in data processing techniques for PET, with previous experience in Theoretical Physics. Finding innovative and practically achievable ways to improve quantitative and diagnostic image quality. Advisor to a world-wide team of scientists to develop, implement and test new algorithms, and to present results to stakeholders. Kris is Professor in Medical Imaging Physics at UCL and founder of Algorithms and Software Consulting Ltd.